Date(s) - 27/06/2020 - 18/07/2020
After our hugely successful visit to the new XC hotspot of Krusevo, Macedonia in July 2019, having returned home we just had to rebook straight away for 2020. Almost all the pilots who joined us on our first trip are keen to revisit, as personal bests for height, distance and time just kept on falling. The location, flying and organisation is second to none and it really is a trip you should add into your diary.
Over the last five years Krusevo has firmly cemented its place as one of the best summer thermalling and XC destinations, with pilots visiting from all over the world. A testament of how great it is for XC flying is the amount of top class XC competitions that have been held there over the last few seasons.
The arrangements we made with an excellent, trusted local contact could not be faulted. We had a dedicated van and driver for transport and retrieves which meant both Akis and I were able to fly with our pilots every step of the way and having two guides in the air meant we could easily form a gaggle and take ourselves off for beautiful tours around the valley. This is definitely an arrangement we will be repeating in 2020.
Krusevo has a good combination of mountain ridge and flat land flying, which allows us to practice both skills. As usual all flights will be backed up with full pre and post flight briefings with analysis to help improve your understanding of the black art of XC flying.
The trip is suitable for nearly all levels of pilots, however for very low airtime pilots it is very important to understand that although there will be plenty of opportunity to fly, at certain times of day the conditions may be a little thermic and suitable only for the more experienced pilots in the group. We also ask that each pilot is confident at launching and landing unaided. Some experience with thermal flying would be beneficial but every pilot has to start somewhere and Krusevo is one of the best places I have seen for pilots to step up in their flying and get to grips with thermalling.
At Free Flight Academy we pride ourselves on always offering good quality accommodation and in Krucevo is no exception. Our trip price is based on two sharing, however there are a limited number of single rooms available. If you are interested in a single room please let us know. They will be allocated on a first come first serve basis at an additional cost of £105 per week.
Book just one week or two together! Airport: We anticipate pick up and drop offs will be from Skopje airport (SKP), however flights for June / July 2020 have not yet been scheduled. In 2019 the pick up time was 1.30pm and drop off was 04:00am so we are currently assuming this will be similar in 2020. In 2019 these times were to coincide with the only direct flight option from the UK which was with Wizz Air from London Luton, we will keep you posted as soon as schedules have been confirmed. There was also the option of flying into Sofia (SOF), in Bulgaria (220km from Skopje), which had wider flight options with slightly more sociable departure times, however anyone choosing to go this way will be responsible for their own transfer.
Some items of kit to remember: