• The Wide Open


Frequently Asked Questions

What type of pilot is it open to?
The Nordic Open really is open to Cross Country pilots of minimum IPPI 5, or their national equivalent. You must have some XC experience and are encouraged to have competed previously in an FAI competition.

How much flying experience do I need?
To participate in this competition you certainly don’t need to be a “sky-god”.  However, you will need to have some previous XC experience, be fairly happy thermalling and not be too fazed by flying together with other pilots.  You will of course be expected to be reasonably proficient at launching without assistance and be able to make sensible landing decisions.  If you are in any doubt or wish to discuss your suitability for this event, please don’t hesitate to contact the organising team.

Can I enter if I’ve never really used my GPS before?
This competition is not intended to be a beginners competition, however it is friendly to the lesser experienced competition pilot. Although it is preferable to know how to use the GPS for basic tasks, there will be plenty of help on hand to help you refine your understanding of the GPS.

What prizes are there?
The Nordic Open will have a selection of trophies for several categories. In addition, there will be some prizes donated by various sponsors to be announced at the event.

How are the prizes given?
The organisers shall award the prizes in any manner they choose throughout the event. In principle there will not be prizes for winning any flying tasks, but they shall be given on a discretionary basis.

What is an IPPI card?
The term IPPI stands for International Pilot Proficiency Information. It is issued by your National Association and reflects the standard you are trained to.

For example, a UK pilot would contact the BHPA office who would issue a license at IPPI 4, if you are Pilot rated, at a cost of £11. Do not confuse it with a Sporting License.

What is a Sporting License?
This is a license to be able to compete in an FAI sanctioned competition. It is issued by your National Association and usually all pilots are eligible to hold it.

For example, a UK pilot would contact the BHPA office who would issue a license at a cost of £11. Whilst an IPPI card is not required, a sporting licence is required for this event.


General Info


Registration Open

Registration for the Nordic Paragliding event opens on 22nd January at 11:00 CET

The venue for 2017 is Tolmin, Slovenia (Julian Alps).



This years event is again being organised by Brett Janaway who organised the 2015 & 2016 Nordic Open's.


Nordic Open Basics

The Nordic Paragliding Open has the following aspects:

- FAI Cat 2
- 140 Pilot places
- 240 Euro entry fee*
- Includes Transport
- Includes Retrieves
- Includes Lunch Packs
- Includes GPS Tracking
- Includes T-shirt
- Includes Final Party

*50% entry fee payable on registration. 50% payable at the venue in August. Initial payment non refundable.


Registration Format

Registration Opens - Soon

The first 2 weeks of registration are open ONLY to 28 pilots from each Nordic nation, according to WPRS.

Weeks 2 to 6 are then open to general Nordic entries, according to registration time.

After week 6, entry is open to all nations, according to registration time.

Places will be filled according to WPRS on the first allocation, and then by registration time thereafter.

There are a maximum of 140 places.

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