Roldanillo is the principal home for paragliding and hang gliding events in Colombia. Located on the west side of the Valle del Cauca at the foot of the Cordillera Occidental the town sits at an elevation of 966 meters and has an average annual temperature of 23°C.

Flying conditions are generally ideal in January and only a handful of tasks over the past few years have been cancelled. Out and return and cats‐cradle type tasks of up to 120km have been successfully flown in recent events using goals to the north, centre and south of the Valle de Cauca.

Primarily an agricultural region, the Valle de Cauca has excellent infrastructure and plenty of open space to land. Main highways runs along the east and west sides of the valley connected by secondary roads. The central valley area is bisected north‐south by the Cauca river. Agricultural roads and tracks provide access to farmsteads and plantations.

The task area is characterised by the foothills of the Cordillera Occidental to the west, the wide open agricultural valley and smaller grassy hills to the east. Primarily a sugar cane growing area, the valley is easily out‐landable in safety. Very few areas are fenced and access is generally unrestricted. Occasional inundation from the Cauca river presents the only landing hazard in certain areas (dependant on preceding rainfall). 

Grape plantations and military bases are off limits. These areas will be marked on maps. Goal fields are available in abundance although must be selected on the basis of the cropping and harvesting cycles. They will be defined and verified by the organisation at least 2 weeks prior to the competition.
Airspace and Other Restrictions
There are airports at Cartago in the north and Tuluá to the southeast that have infrequent military traffic. The Meet Director and event team have daily communication with the air traffic controllers and radio contact during the task. 

There is traditionally an extremely high level of cooperation with the civil aviation authority, air traffic control and the event organisation. In previous events domestic flights have been rerouted to avoid the task areas.

The area south of Tuluá has a ceiling of 9000 ft (approximately 2700 m) while to the north is 10,000 ft (approximately 3000 m). 

Roldanillo and Valle de Cauca is a ‘friendly’ site suitable for all qualified pilots. The conditions are generally light with 3‐4 m/s maximum climbs. Wind is usually negligible.

The only area of strong climbs and known possible turbulence at the quarry to the south is avoided through sensible tasking.

Close attention is paid at all times to the meteo forecast to ensure tasks take pilots away from the mountains in the later parts of the day to avoid any leeside rotor due to the Pacific breeze.

The take off that will be used for this Super Final is named AGUAPANELAS, It has elevation of 900 m above the valley floor. Thermic breeze enters launch at around 9:00 am and tasks traditionally start at around 11 a.m.

Breeze is generally very light throughout the launchable window. Events with 140+ pilots have been successfully run with no impact from the back‐wind during the launch window period.

Site safety record

The area has an excellent safety record with few incidents. Thermic conditions are generally regarded as light and conducive to safe tasking for all levels of pilots. The few accidents in recent events have been generally caused by aborted launches or by inexperienced pilots failing to consider the necessary glide to the valley after thermalling up behind the take off area.


1900 m ASL, Latitude 4º2417,61¨N Longitude 76º12`37.98¨W

Exposure East. Launch ground is ample approx. 4000 sq. meters with windsocks at both the north and south side. The size of the launch ground is big enough to allow 140+ pilots to take off within 30‐45 minutes. It is covered with grass.
Launch is a 25 minute drive on a paved road from the main plaza of Roldanillo and can be accessed by all types of vehicles. Participants and organizers will have transport to the launch in event buses or cars. Ample parking is available at launch and in Roldanillo for event and public vehicles.

Facilities: Latrines, sunshades, and snacks will be provided on the south side of the launch. A snack kiosk with refreshments is available south side of the launch near the parking and spectator areas. Power and water available if needed. Ballast water is available close to the launch area. 
A commercial type weighing scale will be sited in the launch area to allow pilots to check weight prior to the task window opening.

In front and below the launch there are high tension power lines. These are visible from the launch and have not caused any obstruction to pilots nor have we encountered any problems or incidents related to these.
Competition tasks setting issues at Roldanillo
Tasking will generally keep tp the following established logic:

1. Up to start: Start cylinders will be selected to allow pilots to climb and stabilise in various points close to the western foothills and Roldanillo in areas of known thermic activity. Experience and local knowledge allows us to select points that give various options for gaggles to wait, thus relieving congestion.

2. Start > midday : Flying in the western foothills to take advantage of thermic activity before the valley heats up and becomes active.

3. Midday > early afternoon: Flying out & return or cats cradle type tasks in the valley and utilising the eastern hills.

4. Goal: Located in the central / eastern part of the valley. The end of the speed section will be a cylinder, size & position to be decided by the task setting committee. The goal will be either a cylinder or a line for the end of task.
Maps of task area
Pilots will be issued with an A3 printed waypoint map showing waypoints, restricted areas and topography. Excellent base maps are available from the Colombian cartographic institute.( Large scale task maps will be available at launch / pilot briefing.