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Krushevo, Macedonia XC

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Krushevo, Macedonia XC

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Join us for some fun XC flying in the beautiful Krushevo region 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. Very comfortable even for beginners they also enjoy excellent roads connections.

On a typical day you will be driven to the take off. There you'll be given a team brief/ de-brief, and lecture. Once everyone is ready we'll set a task to fly and then take off together, flying as far as possible, under radio tuition, as a team. One of us will be with the first group and the other guides will be positioned throughout the pack, with the last one bringing up the rear. After a few days into the course we may change to position ourselves to look after the pilots who may need more guiding.

Our aim is to have everyone getting personal bests and making the most out of the conditions, so please feel free to ask loads of questions and make sure you sap us of all knowledge.

The launches are generally smooth but steep and grassy with a gentle up-slope breeze. As XC pilots, you should all be good enough to fly from there with no problems so there won't always be a take-off instructor there. Please remember that you must be self-reliant and be able to make your own decisions. If you bomb out then it is sometimes possible get a lift back up to take-off for another go.

We will start at 10AM on July 7th and finish in the evening of 13th July. After the briefing, we will go to launch, treating it as a relaxing orientation thermalling flight to get pilots familiar with the area and their kit and blow away the cobwebs. The big Xc's will start on the second day, where we start the day at 09:00.

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Site details and weather updates

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.

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.

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.

Guide / Instructor Geordie Petts
Course Fee Details The course fees are for guiding of 7 days.

We have booked rooms at Hotel Montana for our group, which is one of the best places to stay in town. We will be staying here on a twin sharing basis, though we do have a few rooms available for single occupancy.

We have also organised a logistics package with our local organiser, which includes :

- Lunch packages
- Daily mountain transport and retrieves

The add-on cost for this (accomodation + mountain transport + retrieves) will be £500 for 8 nights

We have booked rooms for our group from 20th July checkin and 28th July checkout. Do get in touch with us if you want to stay on for extra nights.

Flights & Transfers

Plan to arrive into Krushevo the evening of 20th July. The course finishes on the evening of 27th July, so pilots can plan to fly out on 28th July.

You can reach Krushevo either by car or you can fly into Skopje international airport. We can organise a car from Krusevo to pick you up at the airport. The cost is  about 60 EUR per car, that can take between 3 and 4 people.


We assume that you will arrive with a functional paraglider, harness and reserve parachute (we are happy to check it for you) You will also need;

  • vario/alti vario (ideally with GPS).
  • 2m radio ( these can be hired from us at £25 per week)
  • Medical repatriation insurance and E111 card, GPS (is advised but not essential)
  • Warm clothing/flying suit (we often have cloudbase above 3,000m which can be cold, even in July and August)

Please ensure that you have filled in and understood our acceptance of risk form on our website. Local maps are readily available at local shops.

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