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The idea of Panchgani Open is to bring the Paragliding pilots from around the world together to enjoy the love for competition flying...

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Flying site

One of the top paragliding sites in India, Panchgani (पंचगणि) is a famous hill station and municipal council in Satara district in Maharashtra province. Panchgani is nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyādri mountain ranges, also there are five villages around the Panchgani are Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral and Taighat.

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How to get here

Panchgani is 120 km from Pune (Maharashtra), West coast of India.

Event info

The idea of Panchgani Open is to bring the Paragliding pilots from around the world together to enjoy the love for competition flying.

Flying site

One of the top paragliding sites in India, Panchgani (पंचगणि) is a famous hill station and municipal council in Satara district in Maharashtra province. Panchgani is nestled at middle of five hills in the Sahyādri mountain ranges, also there are five villages around the Panchgani are Dandeghar, Khingar, Godwali, Amral and Taighat. The Krishnā River flows nearby which made the lake of Dhom Dam on the Krishna 9 km from Wai.

To the east of the Panchgani there are Wai, Bavdhan and Nagewadi dam, to the west there is Gureghar, to the south are Khingar and; Rajpuri,& to the north is Dhom Dam.

The temperature in Panchgani is around 12 degrees C during the winter, and sometimes reaches 34 C during the summer; however the humidity level is very low. The Monsoon rains are heavy and the rainy season lasts from June till February, allowing the region three months of relatively dry and sunny spring.

The five hills surrounding Panchgani are topped by a volcanic plateau, which is the second highest in Asia after the Tibetan plateau. These plateaus, alternatively known as "table land", are a part of the Deccan Plateau and they were raised by pressure between the earth plates.

The site has East West and South facing takeoffs

Harisson's Folly (Panchgani East) : 17°56'36" (17.9435)N; 73°49'53" (73.8316)E
Elevation : 1100 m. Motorable access. Nearly 1000 ft high.
Lots of flat ground for top landing even for student pilots.

Landing:
Bottom of hill, Fields cultivated and uncultivated 10 min walkable to a village called 'Pasarni' where public transport and sharable taxi is available for returning to take off point.

Panchgani west: : N 17° 55' 51.6" (17.931) E 73° 47' 59.6" ( 73.7999) or N 17° 55.86000' , E 73° 47.99400'
Landing: Bottom of Hill: Uncultivated field, If you have enough height you could make it to the banks of lake which could also be a safe place for landing

Khingar (Panchgani South)take off : 17°53'49" (17.897)N; 73°49'5" (73.8183)E
Elevation : 1174 m. Wide sandy and grassy slope.

Organizers

Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
Aero Club of India
Vistasp Kharas
+919820128126
vistaspkharas@gmail.com

Selection and entry fee

Participation criteria:
[Equipment]
Equipment Requirements:
- Glider Classification: EN, CCC
- Certified EN Harness
- Helmet
- Reserve
- GPS
- 2m Radio
- Airtribune application installed on smart-phone for Live tracking. (or GPS with livetracking)
- Telegram application installed on smart-phone for competition communication.
- Medical insurance covering paragliding (proof will be checked at competition registration)


Insurance: Accident/Medical/hospitalisation insurance covering paragliding (proof to be checked during registration). NO EXCEPTIONS!

[Pilot experience]

- IPPI or any other equivalent Rating
- Pilots without IPPI or equivalent rating can participate if they can provide a flight log proof of having done an XC at least once in the past one year covering a distance of at least 20 km and/or recommendation by an instructor or a senior pilot. Such pilots are requested to provide the above before hand by sending the details to vistaspkharas@gmail.com. Decision taken by the organising committee on entry of such pilots shall be deemed final.

Fees:
Indian Rupee 7,000/- for Indian Pilots
€ 100 for others

Entry fee includes:
- Results processing
- Transportation to take-off from HQ
- Retrieval to HQ
- Ground based Search and Rescue and Ambulance
- GPS coordinates, map of the area
- One Lunch packet
- T-shirt
- Local SIM Cards (under negotiation)

Please note no helicopter rescue is arranged by the organizer

Payment method to be communicated after confirmation

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Maximum/Minimum Participants:
The maximum no. of pilots allowed for the comp is 100.
# Minimum confirmed/paid participants should be 30.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Scoring: Overall, ENB Category, Women

General schedule

Event program

Official Registration, Training, Mandatory Safety Briefing:
18th Feb,
Registration at 9:00 AM
Trial Task : starts as soon as weather permits

Official Contest flying days:
19th Feb to 23rd Feb

Prize-giving and Closing ceremony: 23rd Feb

Daily schedule

9:00 transport to takeoff
10:00 task briefing
11:00 window open
17:00 gps download

Accommodation and Activities

Megan Desouza
Eco Camp Panchgani.
Mobile: +91 99604 36352
Landline: +91-2168-241164
email: desouzamegan@yahoo.com

How to get here

Panchgani is 120 km from Pune (Maharashtra), West coast of India.

Bhim Nagar, Panchgani, Maharashtra 412805, India
Panchgani IN

Plane

The nearest international airports - Mumbai (4 hrs drive).
Web: http://www.csia.in/
Panchgani is located at about 255 km from Mumbai.

Bus

There are both private and public bus transport to Panchgani or Mahabaleshwar from Bombay and Pune.
Website: http://www.redbus.in

Train

Take a train to the nearest big city - Pune. It takes about 3,5 hours.
Web: http://www.indianrail.gov.in/know_Station_Code.html
From Pune take a bus. Panchgani is 120 km from Pune.

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Confirmed pilots
Total registered
Allowed pilots
Women
Men
# Name Sponsor Glider Status

Overall

  1. arvind paul (786)
  2. Vasily Pavlov (10)
  3. Jon Pio (288)

Overall results

Women

  1. Mirjam Hempel (7)
  2. Rinul Pashankar (47)
  3. Preeti Prerna (50)

Women results

Sports class - upto EN C

  1. Vasily Pavlov (10)
  2. Bishal Thapa (425)
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Sports class - upto EN C results

Tasks and results

Task 1

19 Feb, 2017

56.6 km — Race to goal

Comp. results:
Tracks:

Task 4

22 Feb, 2017

48.3 km — Race to goal

Task 5

23 Feb, 2017

43.7 km — Race to goal

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