• OZONE Krushevo Open

    from 22 to 28 July 2018
    friendly and low-stress cross country competition

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The Ozone Krushevo Open is a friendly and low-stress cross country competition designed for capable pilots who do not yet have extensive competition experience. This competition is designed in the spirit and model of the now-legendary Ozone Chabre Open, which has been running since 2006!
The emphasis is on safe, achievable tasks.  The event is aimed primarily at competent and experienced pilots who have not yet competed in major events. Above all, mission is to have fun!  Sponsored by Ozone, the event includes daily briefings and de-briefings by Jocky Sanderson.  The Krushevo region has a long history of successful competition tasks and ideal XC flying weather at this time of year.

Task setting, briefings and de-briefings will be led by Jocky Sanderson, who will also act as Meet Director. Jocky’s skill and experience in cross country flying, SIV, safety and training, his enthusiasm to help pilots improve and his animated briefings and de-briefings truly make the competition the best learning environment for any budding competition pilot.
The Ozone Krushevo Open is a Serial Class event. This event is restricted to Sport Class and below. No EN-D class gliders are allowed!  Pilots are scored by class.  Rankings will be awarded in each category: Fun, Recreation, and Sport, determined by aspect ratio and certification, plus females and rookies. For further details, see the COMPETITION RULES AND INFORMATION

Ozone has agreed to support pilots flying Ozone wings with a discount of 20 euros on the entry fee. The entry fee includes: seven days potential flying, with transport and retrieves, Live Tracking, T-shirt, talks and de-briefs, party and more.. For family and friends, there will be a special entry ticket to cover all the extra events around the competition and a T-shirt. The Ozone Krushevo Open is organised by the Heli XC Club of Krushevo, and Baki Shakirovski, with support from Ozone, local and regional authorities, local businesses and Cross Country Magazine.

about Krushevo flying

Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, 159 km from the capital Skopje, 55 km from Bitola, 32 km from Prilep, and only 68 km from the Macedonian – Greek crossing border “Medzitlia – Niki”. Main takeoff places are East and West starts. Very comfortable even for beginners they also enjoy excellent (in mountain terms) roads connections.
East Start 1420m ASL (41.340802, 21.256547)
It is facing east – northeast towards Pelagonia Valley. It is several minutes drive from the town and an asphalt road goes almost through the launch. When you take the paraglider out from the car, it is already on the place where it should be open. Lazy pilots will love this launch. East Start is a grassy shallow slope bordered by big trees from the South, which offers thick shadows in sunny days.
Home thermals are everywhere: on the left, on the right side from the take off and sometimes straight ahead.
All kind of different cross-country flights can be made from East start. Usual flights are out-and-return to town Prilep to the East, all kind of triangles and zigzags in the valley or over the ridge or distance flights to the South up to the Greek border. Coming back from the South is quite difficult because in “normal” summer afternoon light north wind is blowing through the valley. A good road connection helps coming back.
West Start 1440m ASL
It’s a secondary smaller take off place facing west – southwest, it is 500 meters away from East Start. Cars, again, can be driven right up to the launch.
The same cross-country flights can be done from here. Landing fields under this launch are smaller than on the other side of mountain where there are very large fields, mostly grassy. This launch can also be used for beginners so landings should suit competition pilots too!

Who we are

Organizers
The event will be organised by the local club Heli XC from Krushevo

Meet Directors Jocky Sanderson &
Baki Shakirovski
Organizing Club Heli XC Krushevo
Host Clubs Heli XC Krushevo
Competition Organiser Baki Shakirovski – Heli XC
Retrieve Stefo Jankulovski
Organization Baki Shakirovski,
Igor Todevski &
Stefan Dzugovski
Transport & Retrieves
Weather
Webmaster Stefan Dzugovski
Scoring Stefan Dzugovski

Competition Rules and Information

Eligibility – Pilot experience & insurance
-Maximum 125 pilots.
– Competing pilots must hold the a minimum of IPPI 4
-Competing pilots must have full liability, medical and repatriation insurance.
-Competing Pilots must satisfy themselves and the organizers that they are adequately experienced to compete and fly in the prevailing (thermic) conditions at Krushevo.
-The organisation reserves the right to refuse admission.

Classes
Classes will be based on a combination of flat aspect ratio and EN certification.
There will be three glider Classes: Fun, Recreation, Sport, Rookie class and a Women’s class.

Fun – EN B or below and AR equal to or less than 5.2

Recreation – EN B or below and AR equal to or less than 5.7, but greater than 5.2

Sport – EN C or below and AR equal to or less than 6.4, but greater than 5.7

The organisation retains the right to make the final decision on glider class for pilots and wings.

Equipment: Safety & Scoring

-Pilots must carry 2m radio utilisable in the bands between 140 and 145 MHz which will be kept on the competition channel at all times when flying.
-Pilots must carry a recently repacked reserve parachute
-Pilots will be supplied with a Live Tracking device each flying day
-Tracks for scoring will be taken from the tracker whenever possible.  Pilots should also use an approved GPS for back up:  see check list on GPSdump website for details of approved type.
-GPS must be capable of recording altitude in the track log

Selection and entry fee

Online Registration is open.  The aim is to ensure a good balance of entries across the classes, while prioritising, where possible, team entries.  Entry will still largely be on a ‘first come, first in’ basis, but within certain criteria.

There will be quotas on:

  • Number of Rookies
  • Number of women
  • Numbers of Fun, Recreation and Sport class gliders
  • Plus: A number of ‘wild card’ places allocated by the organizers for sponsors and to complete teams.

Eligibility – Gliders

– Paragliders must be Certified – this is a class competition and no open class gliders will be accepted. Gliders should have appropriate EN/DHV stickers, gliders not bearing stickers will be scrutinised as will all prize winning gliders.
-Only paragliders Certified to EN A to C standards or DHV equivalents are acceptable.
-EN D & CCC gliders are excluded.

Entry Fee
270 Euro- pre registered competitors, 250 Euro for pilots flying Ozone Wings.
90 Euro – non-competitors – events entry
Entry Fee is non transferable

General schedule

Saturday, July 21, 2018
17:00 – 20:00 – Official Registration

Sunday, July 22, 2018
07:30 – 09:00 – Official Registration
09:00 – Mandatory Safety Briefing and Opening Ceremony
10:00 – Transport to the Take-off, first official task

Sunday, July 22 – Friday, July 27, 2018
Contest flying days

Saturday, July 28
Reserve day in case of less than 3 tasks

Friday, 27 Jul OR Saturday,28 Jul, 2018
20:00 – Prize-giving and closing ceremony

Daily schedule

08:00 – Headquarter opens
09:30 – Briefing at the HQ
10:00 – Transport to the take-off
11:00 – Pilots’ briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
12:00 – Take-off window opens
16:30 – Scoring office opens
20:00 – Provisional results

How to get here

You can reach Krusevo either by car or you can fly into Skopje international airport.
If you want to get from Skopje to Krusevo, please contact Stefo about the transport possibility.
We can organise a car from Krusevo to pick you up at the airport. The cost is ca. 50-60 EUR per car, that can take between 3 and 4 people.

International airports in Skopje and Ohrid connects Macedonia with several major European cities. Close regional airports in Belgrade, Sofia and Thessaloniki can also be used, as they are all within a few hours’ drive from Macedonia.

Low cost airlines flying to Macedonia
TurkishAirlines http://www.turkishairlines.com – Turkey, Russia, Brazil, India, Israel, Spain, Canada, China, Korea, Norway, France, CzechRepublic, SouthAfrica, Japan, UnitedStates,Ukraine.
SWISS http://www.swiss.com – Denmark, Brazil, India, Israel, Spain, Canada, Norway, Poland, France, CzechRepublic, Japan, SouthAfrica, UnitedStates
WizzAir, http://wizzair.com/ – Great Britain, Italy, Germany,Poland, France
Air Berlin http://www.airberlin.com,
TUIfly http://www.tuifly.com/de/index.html – Germany, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, UnitedStates
Pegasus http://www.flypgs.com – Denmark,Israel,Ukraine
CroatiaAirlines http://www.croatiaairlines.com -Netherlands, France, Croatia
Adria http://www.adria.si/ – Slovenia

Car

The international highway E-75 runs north-south from Serbia to Greece, bisecting Macedonia. This is the most common route for overland tourists to take for entering Macedonia. There are also good roads connecting the country with Bulgaria to the East and Albania to the West.
Krusevo is on around a 2 hour drive (160 km) from Skopje Airport, via Motorway “Alexander of Macedon”/A1/А1 and A1, or on about 1 h 36 min drive (119.7 km) from Ohrid Airport via E65 and R1305 (note that this path is not a highway).

Rent-a-car
Numerous car-rental companies, run by both Macedonian companies and local representatives of recognized Western companies are available in Macedonia. Among the latter there are Sixth, Avis and Hertz, whereas among the most prominent Macedonian companies one should name Biveks, Ineks, Mn, Ni-Mar Komerc and Putnik-Eurodolar.
Rental car prices in Macedonia generally start from 40-50 euros per day, though for longer periods the rate can be somewhat lower. In order to rent a car, be prepared to present a valid passport and driver’s license from your home country.

Driving tips
Driving in Macedonia by car: While roads in Macedonia are generally good, drivers should watch out for falling rock zones in mountainous areas, and dogs, cows and sheep in rural areas. Drivers should also note that in Macedonia it is illegal to talk on a mobile phone while driving, seatbelts are mandatory and headlights have to be on during the day.

Bus

A number of bus lines connect Macedonia with all neighbouring countries and other European cities. Buses are frequent, and offer relatively inexpensive fares and professional service. Usually they depart from Skopje bus station.
Travelling on public inter-city buses in Macedonia used to be quite an interesting experience, since it usually included loud folk music and the risk of having to travel next to very different people with sometimes not so pleasant habits, subject to many urban legends and jokes. At present, public buses have improved and most of them have air-conditioning as well. Still, if you decide to travel by a public inter-city bus, do check it first before buying a ticket.

Train

An international train, operating daily, twice a day, connects Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Thessaloniki (Greece) via Macedonia. It stops at Tabanovce (the Macedonia-Serbia border crossing point), Kumanovo, Skopje, Veles, Gradsko, Negotino, DemirKapija, and Gevgelija (Greek border crossing point), as well as a few small villages. From Skopje, Veles and Gradsko there are train connections to Prilep (35 km from Krusevo).

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Ozone Krusevo open 2018

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