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Roldanillo Valle del Cauca has been the venue for the main paragliding competitions, including the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal, the Paragliding World Cup and several national and international paragliding Championships, the Valle del Cauca is one of the best places on planet earth to fly paragliding, becoming a dream place and tourist destination for many paragliders due to the cultural diversity, the road network that facilitates movement, the perfect weather conditions and all the diverse tourist activities developed in this charismatic region.

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Flying site

Roldanillo is the principal home for paragliding and hang gliding events in Colombia. Located on the west side of the Valle del Cauca at the foot of the Cordillera Occidental the town sits at an elevation of 966 meters and has an average annual temperature of 23°C.

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  • 117 Pilots Confirmed
  • 367 Pilots total registered
  • 280 EUR Entry fee
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  • 150 Pilots max allowed
  • 49 Countries presented
  • ✅ CCC and lower allowed
    ❌ Uncertified wings prohibited
  • 🏆 🏅 FAI Status = CAT 2
  • left before start of event
  • before registration 19/09 19:57 (America/Bogota)
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    The organiser will supply Live trackers to you, for safety and scoring

    Live trackers supplied
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    There will be medical rescue services at launch

    Medic on takeoff
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    The region generally has good phone coverage

    Good phone coverage
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    We will be monitoring radios for your safety whilst you fly

    Radio coverage
  • 🛰️

    Live Tracking is MANDATORY in this event to score. The organiser will provide the trackers.

    Live trackers mandatory
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    There will be vehicles supplied to take you to launch

    Launch Transport
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    There will be retrieve vehicles available to return pilots to HQ

    Retrieve included
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    There are toilets at, or near, the launch

    Toilets on takeoff
  • 🛰

    The organisers will download the tracklogs at HQ for scoring

    Tracklogs managed
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    The organisers are using Airtribune for registration, tracking, blogging and to publish scores

    Airtribune blogging
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    There will be ballast water available at launch

    Ballast on takeoff
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    There will be daily lunch packs for pilots

    Lunch packs
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    The organisers will give you printed maps at registration

    Maps are supplied
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    The organisers will give you an ID card with all the essential items listed

    ID Cards
  • The organisers will have free WiFi available at HQ

    Free WiFi
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    You will receive a tshirt or other welcome gift

    Free gift
  • ♻️

    The organisers support reducing the use of unnecessary plastic at the event. This includes NOT giving disposable water bottles

    Plastic reduction

Event info

Roldanillo Valle del Cauca has been the venue for the main paragliding competitions, including the Paragliding World Cup Superfinal, the Paragliding World Cup and several national and international paragliding Championships, the Valle del Cauca is one of the best places on planet earth to fly paragliding, becoming a dream place and tourist destination for many paragliders due to the cultural diversity, the road network that facilitates movement, the perfect weather conditions and all the diverse tourist activities developed in this charismatic region.

Flying site

Roldanillo is the principal home for paragliding and hang gliding events in Colombia. Located on the west side of the Valle del Cauca at the foot of the Cordillera Occidental the town sits at an elevation of 966 meters and has an average annual temperature of 23°C.

Flying conditions are generally ideal in January and only a handful of tasks over the past few years have been cancelled. Out and return and cats‐cradle type tasks of up to 120km have been successfully flown in recent events using goals to the north, centre and south of the Valle de Cauca.

Primarily an agricultural region, the Valle de Cauca has excellent infrastructure and plenty of open space to land. Main highways runs along the east and west sides of the valley connected by secondary roads. The central valley area is bisected north‐south by the Cauca river. Agricultural roads and tracks provide access to farmsteads and plantations.

The task area is characterised by the foothills of the Cordillera Occidental to the west, the wide open agricultural valley and smaller grassy hills to the east. Primarily a sugar cane growing area, the valley is easily out‐landable in safety. Very few areas are fenced and access is generally unrestricted. Occasional inundation from the Cauca river presents the only landing hazard in certain areas (dependant on preceding rainfall).

Grape plantations and military bases are off limits. These areas will be marked on maps. Goal fields are available in abundance although must be selected on the basis of the cropping and harvesting cycles. They will be defined and verified by the organisation at least 2 weeks prior to the competition.

Airspace and Other Restrictions: There are airports at Cartago in the north and Tuluá to the southeast that have infrequent military traffic. The Meet Director and event team have daily communication with the air traffic controllers and radio contact during the task.

There is traditionally an extremely high level of cooperation with the civil aviation authority, air traffic control and the event organisation. In previous events domestic flights have been rerouted to avoid the task areas.

The area south of Tuluá has a ceiling of 9000 ft (approximately 2700 m) while to the north is 10,000 ft (approximately 3000 m).

Roldanillo and Valle de Cauca is a ‘friendly’ site suitable for all qualified pilots. The conditions are generally light with 3‐4 m/s maximum climbs. Wind is usually negligible.

The only area of strong climbs and known possible turbulence at the quarry to the south is avoided through sensible tasking.

Close attention is paid at all times to the meteo forecast to ensure tasks take pilots away from the mountains in the later parts of the day to avoid any leeside rotor due to the Pacific breeze.

Thermic breeze enters launch at around 9:00 am and tasks traditionally start at around 11 a.m. Breeze is generally very light throughout the launchable window with conditions occasionally becoming tail‐wind if the meteo indicates a strong Pacific breeze.

Site Safety Record: The area has an excellent safety record with few incidents. Thermic conditions are generally regarded as light and conducive to safe tasking for all levels of pilots. The few accidents in recent events have been generally caused by aborted launches or by inexperienced pilots failing to consider the necessary glide to the valley after thermalling up behind the take off area.

Take off "Aguapanela" D01 N 076 W April 24 14.00 12 41.00 1860

Competition tasks setting issues at Roldanillo:
Tasking will generally keep tp the following established logic:

1. Up to start: Start cylinders will be selected to allow pilots to climb and stabilise in various points close to the western foothills and Roldanillo in areas of known thermic activity. Experience and local knowledge allows us to select points that give various options for gaggles to wait, thus relieving congestion.

2. Start > midday : Flying in the western foothills to take advantage of thermic activity before the valley heats up and becomes active.

3. Midday > early afternoon: Flying out & return or cats cradle type tasks in the valley and utilising the eastern hills.

4. Goal: Located in the central / eastern part of the valley. The end of the speed section will be a cylinder, size & position to be decided by the task setting committee. The goal will be either a cylinder or a line for the end of task.

Maps of task area: Pilots will be issued with an A3 printed waypoint map showing waypoints, restricted areas and topography. Excellent base maps are available from the Colombian cartographic institute.(www.igac.gov.co). Large scale task maps will be available at launch / pilot briefing.

Roldanillo take off video

Selection and entry fee

Maximum number of pilots: 150

Selection criteria for national pilots:
In order of registration online: YES
In WPRS order: YES

Selection criteria for non-national pilots:
In order of registration online: YES
In WPRS order: YES


- National Pilot License.
- Signed application form.
- Signed Liability Release, Waiver of Legal Rights.
- ID, Passport or driver's license.
- Insurance*.
- Payment stub of the registration fee.
- Complete registration form ready before day 1.
- Accept current local regulations.

INSURANCE.
Pilots must verify the validity of their insurance administered by the government or private in the country where the competition takes place. In some countries (ROLDANILLO-COLOMBIA).
It is strongly recommended to know the local contact of the insurance company to avoid delays.
It is the pilot's responsibility to ensure that their own insurance coverage is adequate.
Health insurance. It must be valid to paraglide in Colombia. You must show a copy of the contract to prove it. If the pilot does not have this insurance, he must buy it locally, the organization of the event will offer him an option.

Documents required at registration

  • Issued by your local NAC on behalf of the FAI. You cannot normally compete in an FAI event without one. Contact your National Association (NAC)

    FAI Sporting Licence
  • The organiser requires you to present your National flying licence.

    National Licence
  • You will need to sign an applicaton form at the venue. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Application form
  • You will need to sign a waiver or release document to show you understand the risks. Usually the organiser will provide it on arrival.

    Signed Waiver/Release form
  • You will need to provide photo ID on arrival. This could be Passport, Driving Licence or National ID, for example.

    Identification documents needed
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your liability (3rd party) insurance documents

    Liability Insurance
  • You must provide the organiser with a copy of your medical, rescue and repatriation insurance. You can purchase Global Rescue cover from Airtribune

    Rescue/Medical Insurance

Cancellation Policy

Any pilot who cancels their registration will receive a refund as follows:

Cancellation date more than 20 days before the competition start date, 50% refund.

Cancellation date less than 15 days before the start date of the competition: 0% refund.

The impossibility of attending due to travel reasons related to Covid is not a reason for the reimbursement of an amount greater than the percentages and times indicated above. Please make sure you have adequate travel insurance to cover any last minute cancellations.

Cancellation of a competition by the organization, i.e. Covid19 interference, etc. In the event that the organizers consider it necessary to cancel, relocate or reschedule the competition, you will be entitled to a partial refund. This will be on the scale as follows:

1. Up to 30 days before the first official day of the event: 100% less administrative charge.
2. 30 to 7 days before the first official day of the event: An amount equivalent to the amount paid less the amount spent by the organization in preparations up to that moment.
3. Less than 7 days before the event: No refund will be given.
4. After the start of the competition, any refund will be at the discretion of the organizers.

The organizers will not be responsible for expenses incurred by any person attending or intending to attend the event, or any consequential loss arising from the cancellation, relocation or rescheduling of the event.

Cualquier piloto que cancele su registro recibirá un reembolso de la siguiente manera:

Fecha de cancelación más de 20 días antes de la fecha de inicio de la competencia, reembolso del 50%.

Fecha de cancelación menos de 15 días antes de la fecha de inicio de la competencia: 0% de reembolso.

La imposibilidad de asistir debido a motivos de viaje relacionados con Covid no es motivo para el reembolso de una cantidad superior a los porcentajes y tiempos indicados anteriormente. Por favor, asegúrese de tener seguro de viaje adecuado para cubrir cualquier cancelación de última hora.

Cancelación de una competencia por parte de la organización, es decir, interferencia de Covid19, etc. En caso de que los organizadores consideren necesario cancelar, reubicar o reprogramar la competencia tendrá derecho a un reembolso parcial. Esto estará en la escala de la siguiente manera:

1. Hasta 30 días antes del primer día oficial del evento: 100% menos cargo administrativo.
2. 30 a 7 días antes del primer día oficial del evento: Un monto equivalente al monto pagado menos la cantidad gastada por la organización en preparativos hasta ese momento.
3. Menos de 7 días antes del evento: No se dará devolución.
4. Después del inicio de la competencia, cualquier reembolso quedará a discreción de los organizadores.

Los organizadores no serán responsables de los gastos incurridos por cualquier persona que asista o tenga la intención de asistir al evento, o cualquier pérdida consecuente que surja de la cancelación, reubicación o reprogramación del evento.

Prize fund and scoring categories

Colombian Overall 1-2-3
Colombian female 1-2-3
Colombian Serial 1-2-3
Colombian Sport 1-2-3

Competition Overall 1-2-3
Female Overall 1-2-3
Serial overall 1-2-3
Sport overall 1-2-3

General schedule

January 21, 2023.
14:00 Parade cultural artistic groups, countries and competitors.
10:00 - 18:00 Official Registration and Equipment Inspection, Official Venue of the Event.
19:00 - Mandatory security briefing.
20:30 - Opening Ceremony.

Sunday, January 22 - Saturday, January 28, 2023
Competition flying days.

Saturday, January 29, 2022.
20:00 -Closing Ceremony.

21 de enero de 2023.
14:00 Desfile comparsas artísticas culturales, países y competidores.
10:00 - 18:00 Registro Oficial e Inspección de Equipos, Sede Oficial del Evento.
19:00 - Reunión informativa de seguridad obligatoria.
20:30 - Ceremonia de Apertura.

Domingo, 22 de enero - sábado, 28 de enero de 2023
Días de vuelo de competición.

Sábado, 28 de enero de 2022.
20:00 -Clausura.

Daily schedule

07:00 - Headquarters opening.
08:00 - Transportation to take-off area.
10:00 - Director/Task and Safety Committee Meetings.
10:30 - Briefing / Official results of the previous task / Definition of the task.
11:00 - Takeoff window opens.
16:30 - Opening of the scoring office.
20:00 - Provisional results.
The daily schedule may change, depending on weather conditions.

07:00 - Apertura de la sede.
08:00 - Transporte a zona de despegue.
10:00 - Reuniones de Director/Comité de Pruebas y Seguridad.
10:30 - Briefing de pilotos / Resultados oficiales de la prueba anterior / Definición de la prueba.
11:00 - Se abre la ventana de despegue.
16:30 - Apertura de la oficina de puntuación.
20:00 - Resultados provisionales.
El horario diario puede cambiar, dependiendo de las condiciones climáticas.

Accommodation and Activities

How to get here

Cl. 7 #7-1, Roldanillo, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
Roldanillo Valle del Cauca Colombia

Plane

Most international flights layover in Bogota's "El Dorado International Airport". The international and domestic terminals are connected by a shuttle. From Bogota take the quick domestic flight to Armenia, Pereira, or Cali where you can easily find ground transport to Roldanillo. For cost and convenience we highly recommend you fly into Pereira.
If you would like the organization to pick you up from Cali or Pereira please contact us with a detailed itinerary and plan. We would also appreciate a call or email during your layover in Bogota confirming your on time arrival.
Local airport taxis are safe and offer competitive pricing for 1 or 2 pilots with gear. Groups should contact the organization for pickup. Budget travelers can find buses to Roldanillo from Pereira, Cali, or Armenia. The bus terminals and airports are separate.

Pereira
Recommended city to fly into. 1 and 15 minute drive to Roldanillo.

Cali
The second most important airport in Colombia. Cali's “Alfonso Bonilla Aragon” airport services domestic and international flights and adds new international routs regularly. 2 hour drive to Roldanillo.

Armenia
Smaller airport and city with less service. 1 and 30 minute drive to Roldanillo.

Bus

From the bus terminals in Pereira, Cali, or Armenia look for the Roldanillo's local bus company De Occidente for safe and comfortable transport.
De Occidente: www.deoccidente.com/roldanillo/
The company is comfortable servicing international Paraglide pilots and very helpful.

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Organizers

FEDEAEREOS
CARRERA 7 #116-50, WEWORK USQUEN, BOGOTÁ - COLOMBIA
ASISTENTE@FEDEAEREOS.ORG
+57 (314) 866 0361
HENRY ARCILA
Comisionado Organizador
ALFREDO VALENCIA
Comisionado organizador
YERMENSON AGUDELO
DIRECTOR TECNICO
CRISTIAN AGUDELO
Director Evento
directoreventos@outlook.com
+57 3207958964

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