2024 Greek Pre World Cup - Siatista

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Aether Air Sports Club
Anastasios Siasios

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The Airsports Club of Aether proudly presents the Pre-PWC Aetheria Open & 33rd Hellenic Paragliding Championship.

It will take place in Siatista, Greece from 17-24th August 2024.

For those not familiar with the area, Siatista is located approx 120km West of Thessaloniki on the Greek mainland, and 120km SE of Krushevo, along the same mountain range.

HQ – Trabantzeio High School, located here:

Mitropoleos 6, Siatista 503 00, Greece

The flying area is characterized by the dramatic landscapes of the Askio mountains, providing a stunning backdrop for competitions. The varying terrain includes open valleys and gentle hills, ideal for safe landings. Siatista’s landscape is primarily open and accessible, with minimal fenced areas, ensuring safety and freedom for pilots during their flights.

There are 2 main take-offs that the competition will be using:

Analipsi – Galatini
Location: 40.31304, 21.53038

Altitude: 1,270m
Orientation: SW

The main launch site, Analipsi Galatini, is conveniently located just 20 minutes away from Siatista, at an altitude of 1270 meters.

It boasts an easy and safe launch slope, suitable for all level of pilot. The site’s capacity to support simultaneous launches of up to 3 gliders makes it an excellent choice for large-scale competitive events.

Access to launch site is straightforward, with a well-maintained, concrete road.

Location: 40.28825,21.58621

Altitude: 1,730m
Orientation: N

The 2nd launch site – “Vellia” is North facing, and from the slopes in front of the wind turbines above Siatista. At 1730m it is higher than Analipsi, and works better on days with stronger meteological North wind.

There is ample space for multiple gliders to launch from, no obstacles, and a relatively uniform ridge to soar. Access is via a reasonable dirt road from Siatista.

Siatista’s blend of natural beauty, cultural richness, and excellent flying conditions positions it as an ideal location for paragliding competitions, offering pilots and spectators alike a unique and memorable experience.

Flights logged from Siatista in Xcontest.org:

Saturday 17 August
17:00 – 19:00 – Official Registration @ HQ
19:30 – Welcome BBQ

Sunday 18 August
09:30 – Mandatory Safety Briefing

Sunday 18 Aug – Friday 23 August
6 Task Days

Saturday 24 August
Back-up task day in case there are not at least 5 valid tasks from the previous task days

Prize-Giving & Closing Ceremony

Daily schedule
08:00 – Headquarter opens
09:30 – Transport to take-off
11:00 – Meet Director / Task and Safety Committee meetings
11:15 – Pilots’ briefing / Previous task official results / Task definition
12:00 – Take-off window opens
17:00 – Report Back
20:00 – Provisional results

The Entry Fee is €250

It will include:

Transport to Launch
Retrieves within the task area on main roads
Daily weather briefing
Live GPS Trackers
Lunch Packs
Commemorative T-Shirt
Official Dinner
PWCA Letters
Transport & Guided trips of various attractions in the area on evenings and non-flyable days

Selection process:
Registration will open for all on: Friday 12th January 20:00 (UTC+2)

The first 40 places will be reserved for Greek Pilots, who will be invited to pay before 31st January.

On the 1st February 2024 remaining places will be offered in order of initial registration date/time.

Pilots must have the following:

FAI Sporting Licence valid for 2024
3rd Party Liability Insurance
Medical/Travel Insurance
2m Radio
Complete set of certified equipment (Paraglider, Harness, Helmet, Reserve)

ecommended Hotels:

Hotel Arhontariki

Hotel Siatista

Hotel Iberis

There are several other hotels within Siatista itself, most of which can either found on hotel sites like Booking.com or alternatively find details on Google Maps & book direct.

Also, it is possible to camp for free inside the gymnasium at the HQ. There are hot showers/toilets & electric available. The HQ is Trabantzeio High School, located here:

Grevena and Kozani are both approximately 25-30 mins drive away and have alternative hotel options & Airbnbs


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