Pyrenees's Cup 2022

The Pyrenees's Cup 2022 is planned 

from the 16th to the 18th of September 2022

Toulouse and its nice area , known for good food, vine and interesting tourist sites in the close vincinity is hosting this event of the 2022 Eurotour. The organization is assured by the model airplane club of Eole Muret (near Toulouse).

General

The region and the meteo in the south west of France is dominated by the Pyrenees mountains that are creating an airflow either from the Mediterranean See to the Atlantic Ocean or vice-versa. Consequently , only two wind directions are experienced and are leading to the two slopes that are selected for the FAI contest:

  • Saint Ferriol (near Quillan) for north-western winds
  • Laurac le Grand for south-eastern winds (called "Vent d'Autan")

Both slopes are approx. 75km away from each other which is not very practical but weather forecast is reliable in the region an permits to select the slope two or one days before the competition. It is consequently important to stay in contact the organizers team (via internet or phone) in order to know the selected slope.



A lot of F3F competitions have been flown on both slopes and a very successful French Championships were held in St. Ferriol in 2007, in Laurac 2010 and of course FAI/Eurotour contests in 2007, 2008, 2009 and the Viking Race in 2010 and again FAI/Eurotour in 2011 and 2013. Just have a look on some pictures in the Photo Gallery. Saint Ferriol is certainly the preferred slope as we find there a sharp edge with limited thermal influence. Laurac has no sharp profile and the famous Vent d'Autan is in most cases quiet strong with thermal influence. The chance to fly on one or the other slope is 50/50.




Parking and accommodation on both spots is the same with cars close to the flying area and no significant walking distance but protection against cold and windy conditions is very important.

For the precise location of slopes, please refer and print out the maps.

Registration has been performed on F3XVault and actual status can be checked on:


A waiting list has been opened and registration is possible with the following link:


Payment shall be received not later than the 1st of August 2022 to confirm participation to the event. With no payment received, pilots from the waiting list will be automatically transferred to the participants list on the 2nd of August and will receive a dedicated E-Mail to allow preparation for travel and accommodation. Thanks for understanding and please ensure payment in time.

As it is still impossible to predict the future and the evolution of the Corona Crises, only the necessary expenses will be made upfront and organisation team aims to refund the registration fees in case of event cancellation.

For payment instructions, PLS refer to the registration page.




Date

The competition will start on Friday 16th of September 2022 at 12:00 am (briefing, 1st flight at 12:30 am) and will finish on Sunday 18th October 2022 with no more rounds started after 2:30pm. The results are intended to be announced around 4:00pm. In case that the validation of the contest is endangered by insufficient number of flown rounds (less than 4), the competition might exceptionally end around 5:30pm with results announced at 6:00pm latest.

Planning

Registration of pilots on the slope and frequency verification will start on Friday morning from 9:00am and will end 12:00am. Flights must stop at 11:45 as the briefing will be held from 12:00 to 12:30. In order to achieve a maximum number of rounds, flights will start on Saturday and Sunday morning around 9:00am and flying will end when daylight becomes insufficient. On Sunday, it is intended to start no round after 2:30pm, except of the validation of the contest is endangered (see description above).

Number of Pilots

The number of pilots is limited to 55. Registration shall be confirmed by payment not later than 1st of August. Waiting list will be used and pilots will be transferred to open slots from the 2nd of August onwards. Individual information will be sent to pilots on the waiting list to inform about open slots for the contest.

FAI License


All participants must hold a valid FAI License 2022 and third-party insurance for flying RC models in France. FAI license will be checked and exchanged against the starting numbers before the contest.




Flying Order

The first pilot to start the competition will be randomly determined during the briefing. A shift of about 14 pilots will be applied for the next day of flying or in case of changing the slope during the same day.

Important Note

In order to know what slope is finally selected, the organizers will give indication on Thursday 15th of September 2022 at 9:00pm on this home page.