Flatlands of Macedonia
Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans, 159 km from the capital Skopje, 55 km from Bitola, 32 km from Prilep, and only 68 km from the Macedonian – Greek crossing border “Medzitlia – Niki”.
Main takeoff places are East and West starts with lovely grassy launch. . With massive flatlands to fly and safely land in, Suitable for all pilot levels. The valley has excellent road connectivity.
On a typical day, you will be driven to the takeoff, where you’ll be given a team brief/de-brief. Once everyone is ready we’ll set a task to fly and then take off together. We will fly as far as possible under radio guidance, as a team. One of The Flight Park’s guides will be with the first group and the other guides will be positioned throughout the pack, with the last one bringing up the rear. Throughout the course, the guides will switch positions through the pack so that you can get the most out of each one’s flying and guiding styles.
East Start 1420m ASL (41.340802, 21.256547)
It is facing east – northeast towards Pelagonia Valley. It is several minutes drive from the town and an asphalt road goes almost through the launch. When you take the paraglider out from the car, it is already on the place where it should be open. Lazy pilots will love this launch. East Start is a grassy shallow slope bordered by big trees from the South, which offers thick shadows in sunny days.
West Start 1440m ASL
It’s a secondary smaller take off place facing west – southwest, it is 500 meters away from East Start. Cars, again, can be driven right up to the launch. The same cross-country flights can be done from here. Landing fields under this launch are smaller than on the other side of mountain where there are very large fields, mostly grassy.
Home thermals are everywhere: on the left, on the right side from the take off and sometimes straight ahead. All kind of different cross-country flights can be made from East start.
Usual flights are out-and-return to town Prilep to the East, all kind of triangles and zigzags in the valley or over the ridge or distance flights to the South up to the Greek border. Coming back from the South is quite difficult because in “normal” summer afternoon light north wind is blowing through the valley. A good road connection helps coming back.
01. Flying Kit
We expect that you will arrive with a functional paraglider, harness, reserve parachute, helmet, and Vario/GPS.
We recommend you bring along your own trackers (Inreach / Spots). If you don’t have one then we can provide you with one, but do let us know before the course
The weather is nice and warm, good enough to fly in shorts and a thin flying jacket and gloves.
It is essential that you have travel insurance which covers you in respect of the following:
- Medical Treatment
- Medical Repatriation
- Search & Rescue by helicopter
We will hand out a central grab sheet form, where we would like all pilots to fill in their emergency contact details, insurance policy, and contact numbers.
This grab sheet also mirrors all the Risk Acceptance sign-offs that are a part of this document. Please give it a good read and make sure you understand and accept the risk involved.