FAI Hang Gliding World Championship


23rd FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship / 14th FAI Women World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship / 9th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 5 Championship will take place in Krushevo, Macedonia from 6th to 19th August, 2023.

Championship is happening in the best period of the year for this flying site and is run by the experienced team which successfully organised two class 1 European and two class 5 World championships at the same site. This, along with the predictable weather with 90% of competition flying days is a guarantee for fair competitive event and equal chance for every competitor.

Local regulations can be downloaded here.

Registration

Applications from NAC’s must be sent to the following email: hgworlds2021@gmail.com using this form, starting from 31/1/2023 and finishing on 30/04/2023.
All pilots selected by their NAC must preregister here.

Selection and entry fee

The maximum number of pilots in the championship is 130.
The maximum number of pilots expected in Class 1 is 105.
The maximum number of pilots expected in Class 5 is 25.
The numbers being ‘expected’ means that if there are too few pilots in one Class and too many in another, numbers will be readjusted in agreement with CIVL Bureau.

The maximum number of pilots constituting a national team in Class 1 is 6.
The maximum number of pilots constituting a national team in Class 5 is 5.
This number may be reviewed at the time of the first allocation in consideration to the number of pilots entered by each nation.

The Entry fee will be:
– 600 euros per pilot.
– 300 euros per team leader/assistant.
Team leaders who are also pilots in the competition will pay only the pilot entry fee.

Payment details

Account Name: HGPG EVENTS Skopje, UL. BORKA TALEVSKI BR. 40/15 SKOPJE
Bank Name: NLB BANKA AD SKOPJE
Bank Address: Mother Teresa 1
Swift Code: TUTNMK22
Account Number: IBAN: MK07210722000115206
All money transfer fees are covered by the sender.


Eligibility to Compete

As per FAI Sporting Code – Section 7A In the 36 months before the ranking reference date, which is 3 calendar months before the championship starts, a pilot has to have:
Class 1:  
• Been ranked with at least 20 WPRS points in Hang Gliding Class 1.
• Participated in one or more FAI sanctioned competitions with at least 30 pilots. 
Class 5:
• Been ranked with at least 20 WPRS points in Hang Gliding Class 1, 2 or 5.
• Flown a Class 5 glider in at least one Second Category event with at least 30 participants


Programme

Training day:
06.08.2023
Registration:
07.08.2023, 9 am – 12 am
Mandatory Safety Briefing:
07.08.2023, 8 am – 9 am
Opening cerremony
07.08.2023, 8 pm
Championship flying days:
08 – 18.08.2023
Prize-giving & Closing ceremony:
19.08.2023

Daily schedule

8:30 am: Headquarters open  
9:00 am: Team Leader meeting  
9:30 am: Task and Safety Committee meetings
11:30 am: Pilot briefing/Task briefing 
12:00 pm: Take-off window opens. 
7:00 pm: Scoring office opens  
9:00 pm: Provisional results published 

* Schedule is subject to change on need to base.


Flying Site

All kind of different cross-country flights can be made in the flying area. 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 more demanding because in “normal” summer afternoon light north wind is blowing through the valley. A good road connection helps coming back.

East TO 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 hang glider from the car, it is already on the place where it should be opened. 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. 

West TO 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. There is easily reachable bomb-out landing field under this launch but it’s 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!