Pyrénées Cup Cancellation

Dear pilots

Pyrénées Cup would have started in roughly 10 days and since weeks, we are observing the corona situation in France and more specifically in our region (Occitania). You find attached the published statistics for France and Haute-Garonne. These figures are not encouraging because the situation still degrades and the risk for further restrictions is constantly rising.

At any time, the regional governor might call out restrictions and limit any event or accumulation to 10 people.

Paired with the risk of health to each pilot and the intention to avoid any spread of Corona Virus, I took the decision to finally cancel the Pyrénées Cup 2020.

Within the next weeks, I will return to each of you the registration fees.

I hope that the situation improves for the next year and we will see again on a slope.

Kind wishes from Toulouse and please stay safe.


Situation in France

Situation in Haute-Garonne area

Pyrenees's Cup 2020

The Pyrenees's Cup 2020 is planned 

from the 2nd to the 4th of October 2020

Toulouse and its nice area , known for good food, vine and interesting tourist sites in the close vincinity is hosting this event of the 2018 Eurotour. The organization is assured by the model airplane club of Eole Muret (near Toulouse).


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.

UPDATE: **** Please read carefully the local rules ****

Inscription will be accepted until Wednesday 30th of September 2020

*** Inscriptions avant le mercredi 30 septembre 2020 ***

Registration has moved to F3XVault: 

Registration status (name, teams and payment status) can be checked on F3XVault.

Registration shall be confirmed with payment not later than 15th of August. 

Payment  be received before 31st of August to validate your registration. Without payment received, the pilots from the waiting list will be automatically moved to the participants list.
Thanks to take care and ensure payment in time.


The competition will start on Friday 2nd of October 2020 at 12:00 am (briefing, 1st flight at 12:30 am) and will finish on Sunday 4th October 2020 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.

La compétition commencera le Vendredi 2 octobre 2020 à 12h00 (briefing, 1er vol à 12h30) et terminera le dimanche 4 octobre 2020 avec aucune manche démarrée après 14:30h. Les résultats seront annoncés vers 16h00. Dans le cas où la validation du concours est en jeu à cause du nombre de manches effectuées (moins de 4), la compétition pourra exceptionnellement se terminée vers 17h30 avec une proclamation des résultats vers 18h00 au plus tard.


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).

L'enregistrement des pilotes sur la pente et la vérification des fréquences commencera le Vendredi de 9h00 à 12h00. Aucun vol ne sera autorisé le Vendredi matin après 11h45 heures. Dans le but d'effectuer un maximum de manches, le début des vols se fera le Samedi et Dimanche matin à 9h00 et se terminera en fonction de la luminosité du jour. Dimanche, aucune manche ne débutera après 14h30, sauf si la validation du concours est en jeu (voir paragraphe précédent).

Number of Pilots

The number of pilots is limited to 50. Registration shall be confirmed by payment not later than 15th of August. Waiting list will be used and pilots will be transferred to open slots from the 16th of August onwards. Individual information will be sent to pilots on the waiting list to inform about open slots for the contest.

Le nombre de pilotes est limité à 50. L’enregistrement doit être confirmer par le paiement pas plus tard que le 15 août 2020. Une liste d’attente sera mise en place et à partir du 16 août, les pilotes seront transférés vers la liste de participants. En cas de transfert t participation possible, le pilote concerné sera informé individuellement.

FAI License / Licence FAI

All participants must hold a valid FAI License 2020 and third-party insurance for flying RC models in France. FAI license will be checked and exchanged against the starting numbers before the contest.

Tous les pilotes doivent posséder une licence 2020 FAI valide (donc license FFAM). Les license FAI seront échangées contre le dossard avant le concours.

Flying Order 

The first pilot to start the competition will be randomly determined during the briefing. A shift of about 18 pilots will be applied for the next day of flying.

Le premier pilote à voler sera déterminer durant le briefing par tirage au sort. Un décalage d'environ 18 pilotes sera appliqué chaque jour.

Important Note

In order to know what slope is finally selected, the organizers will give indication on Thursday 1st of October 2020 at 9:00 pm on this home page.

Afin de connaître quelle pente est choisie, l'organisateur indiquera la pente sélectionnée jeudi 1 Octobre 2020 à 21 heures sur cette page web.