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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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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

IPC
Indian Paragliding Competitions
Aero Club of India
Federation Aeronautique Internationale
Paragliding World Cup Association
Paragliding Association of India
Brett Admin
Meet Director
Vistasp Kharas
Technical Coordinator
Shreya Bhatt
Event Director
Magdalena Kozlowska
Scorer
Raghav Sundar
Logistics
Uday Mali
Communications

Selection and entry fee

Entry Fees
• INR 16,000 if confirmed before 31st Dec 2018
• INR 20,000 from 1st Jan 2019

You will get a separate email from admin@panchganiopen.in on how to make payment
Acceptance into the event is according to the order of PAYMENT, not registration. If you are slow to pay then you lose the offer of a place. Please help us organizing this event better by confirming as soon as possible.

Entry fee includes
o ID card and safety/contact information
o Competitor and Glider Identification
o Transportation from HQ to Take Off
o Retrieval to HQ
o Ground Based Search and Rescue and Ambulance
o GPS Coordinates and Map of area
o Lunch Packet
o T-shirt
o SIM card for foreign pilots
o Participation Certificate
o Access to Competition events and parties
o Flymaster Live Tracker unit for the duration of competition

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 30 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 admin@panchganiopen.in . Decision taken by the organizing committee on entry of such pilots shall be deemed final.

Please note due to limitations no helicopter rescue is arranged by the organizer. However GSM Trackers will be provided so that Road rescue is always on top of any unforeseen events

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, Indian National

General schedule

Registration Monday February 11th 09:00 – 14:00
Mandatory Safety Briefing Monday February 11th 19:00 – 19:30
Opening Ceremony Tuesday February 12th 10:00
Contest flying days Tuesday February 12th 'till Sunday February 17th 8:00 – 17:00
Prize giving and closing ceremony Sunday February 17th 19:00

Daily schedule

8:00 transport to takeoff
10:00 task briefing
11:00 window open
17:00 gps download, Tracker Return

Accommodation and Activities

1. Ravine Hotel - This will be our HQ
For 10% Competitor Discount use promo code PORH2019 while booking on
http://www.ravinehotel.com/
Tel: +91 2168 241060/61/62
Fax: +91 2168 241059
mail@ravinehotel.com

2. Eco Camp - 700 mts from HQ
Contact person - Megan desouza
Contact number - +91 9960436352
desouzamegan@yahoo.com

3. Hotel Millennium Park - 3.5 kms from HQ.
S. No. 13, Godavali Village, Behind Bharati Vidyapith, Panchgani-Mahabaleshwar, Satara, Maharashtra, India -412805. Landline- 02168-241771 / 72 / 73
Mobile: +919764018034 / +919867188804 Whatsapp: 9764018027,9764018034
For 15% Competitor Discount use promo code PARA19 while booking on
www.millenniumparkpanchgani.com ( 9764018034)
COUPON CODE : PARA19

Additionally Pilots and their partners will get discount of 25% at on wheelz amusement park
www.onwheelz.com ( 9764018039)

How to get here

You have various options to book your Taxis from Pune or Mumbai Airport
If you want to manage transport on your own then
1.Ola Outstation (Download OLA App) or use https://www.olacabs.com/outstation
2.Uber intercity (Download Uber App)
3. https://redcars.goibibo.com/redcars/

if you want some help then our Volunteer Shekhar has extended help in coordinating Taxis for us
His contact details are
Shekharraizada@gmail.com
Whatsapp no: +91 88069 52534
Alternate Mobile no: +91 77988 88684

Dhandeghar, Panchgani, Maharashtra, 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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