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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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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

Aero Club of India
Indian Paragliding Competitions
admin@panchganiopen.in
Asian Continental Paragliding Association
Federation Aeronautique Internationale
Sikkim Paragliding Association
sikkimparaglidingassociation@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 Rs.15000/- for Indian Pilots
€ 200 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, Sports (upto EN C), Women

General schedule

Panchgani Paragliding Open 2018
HQ - RAVINE HOTEL BANQUET HALL

12th February 2018
Registration
10:00 hrs - 12:00 hrs
15:00 hrs - 18:00 hrs

13th February 2018
08:30 hrs - Mandatory Safety Briefing
09:30 hrs - Opening Ceremony
10:00hrs - Depart for Launch
‘Program of the day’
19:00 hrs - Sundown Party @ Eco Camp

14th February 2018
09:00 hrs Depart for Launch
‘Program of the day’
19:00hrs - Bonfire at Ecocamp

15th February 2018
09:00 hrs Depart for Launch
‘Program of the day’
19:30hrs - 21:00hrs
Glide screening @ Ecocamp

16th February 2018
9:00 hrs Depart for Launch
‘Program of the day’
19:00hrs - Bonfire at Ecocamp

17th February 2018
09:00 hrs Depart for Launch
‘Program of the day’
20:00hrs - 21:00 hrs
Himalayan Odyssey screening @ Ravine Hotel Banquet Hall

18th February 2018
09:00 hrs Depart for Launch
‘Program of the day’
19:00 hrs - Prize distribution
Cocktails and Dinner @ Ravine Hotel Banquet Hall/ Rooftop

Daily schedule

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

Accommodation and Activities

1. Eco Camp
Contact person - Megan desouza
Contact number - +91 9960436352
desouzamegan@yahoo.com

2. Ravine Hotel
http://www.ravinehotel.com/
Sydney Point, Wai-Panchgani Road, Panchgani 412 805, MH, India
Tel: +91 2168 241060/61/62
Fax: +91 2168 241059
mail@ravinehotel.com

How to get here

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

Overall

  1. Ajay kumar Sharma (421)
  2. Debu Choudhury (21)
  3. Eemeli Aittokallio (77)

Overall results

Women

  1. Yue Qian (132)
  2. Rinul Pashankar (47)
  3. Kanan Thakur (2018)

Women results

Indian National

  1. Ajay kumar Sharma (421)
  2. Debu Choudhury (21)
  3. Vijay Soni (777)

Indian National results

Sports (upto C)

  1. Vasily Pavlov (4)
  2. prakashchand thakur (2)
  3. max Khan (204)

Sports (upto C) results

Tasks and results

Task 2

15 Feb, 2018

45.8 km — Race to goal

Replay:
Task results:
Comp. results:
Tracks:

Task 3

16 Feb, 2018

74.2 km — Race to goal

Task 4

17 Feb, 2018

76.6 km — Race to goal

Task 5

18 Feb, 2018

64.6 km — Race to goal

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