from the 18 - 20th of June 2021
TOA means "Take Off Ardèchois" as the name of this gorgeous region where the competition is hosted. This region and the metro in this middle south est of France is at the confluence between the Alps chains and the first relief of the Central Massiv chains that are creating a venturi effect either from Mediterranean see to North of Europe or vice-versa.
Consequently, two wind directions are leading to the two slopes that are selected for the FAI contests:
- Called the North TOA, closed to Sceautres town, for north winds
- Called the South TOA, closed to Saint-Pons town, for south winds
Both slopes are approx. 10kms away from each other which is quite comfortable to find useful accommodations. To get lastest news on the page, please subscribe to this website or check it as much as you need.
A lot of F3F competitions have been flown on both slopes and a very successful French Championships were held in 2014, in 2019 also and in addition multiple league contests since 2009. Both slopes has a great edge profile, the preferred slope is certainly the North one regarding its lift and its efficiency. The actual French record is on this slope, this record was brake in a roll the same day. When it starting like this, the limit comes from the pilot then. The chance to fly on one or the other slope approximately 80/20, 80 on North slope, 20 on South slope.
Parking and accommodation are different on each slope, so please check out the North slope tab or South slope tab depending of selected slope, and print out all the info. 4G network is quite forgottened there.
Please, keep in mind that all our road and field to access the slopes, are parts of private farmers who give their authorisations to fly on those amazing slopes, stay gentle every times with them and follow those simple rules:
- not let animals leave the fields -> every times you see a gate along a fence, it has to be closed after you crossed it, every times.
- follow all the times the path through the fields to save farmer grass.
- the slopes are located in common fire risky zone, dry zone, so keep in mind that the fire will develop very fast. Keep your cigarettes in your cars, and try to not crash your gliders again the earth, down to the edge, it will take a long time to catch the fire.
- slopes sites are keeped natural and preserved, be kind to keep all your waste in your car, bins are available down to all towns.
- We'll be flying until light or weather conditions no longer permit.
Registration of pilots on the slope and frequency verification will start on Friday morning from 9:00am and will end at 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).