High Performance Training – Blue Week

ACAO – Calcinate del Pesce (VA) – April 15th – 21th 2018

IMG_0783The exceptional nature of the weather conditions, of the flying area (alpine and foothills), of the facilities at Adele & Giorgio airport and of the ACAO organisation skill are already well-known in the worldwide soaring community. Each year in springtime Calcinate sees some various high level sporting flights. This includes European records and many Italian speed and distance records, plus all the FAI badges and diplomas up to 1,250km, numerous flights over 1,000km all the way to 1,600km.
To allow all glider pilots to hone their skills in competitive flying (badges, diplomas and records), from April 15th to April 21th 2018 (Settimana Azzura / Blue Week) ACAO is making available its airfield with its organisation, equipment and staff.
Each day during Blue Week, in addition to ACAO staff, at least one pilot from the Italian National Team will be present. Though not guaranteeing in-flight assistance, participating pilots will have constant ground support and advice (flying area, outlanding, turning points and daily task, timing of task takeoffs and departures etc).
Each morning there will be a met. briefing with task suggestions in line with personal objectives. In addition to the flight line, the Volo a Vela restaurant and ACAO bar will be open all week.
High Performance training camp (SAP) is aimed at competition pilots of all levels with their own gliders* and a 2018 FAI licence. Be advised that SAP participation is for those who have already achieved at least a Silver C badge and have good experience in mountain soaring (participation in other training camps or races and a 300km task successfully completed). For those with less experience, participation in PerPromo at Calcinate during the same week is advised instead.
During the week there could be a chance to fly with expert pilots in high performance two seaters*
To sum it up the week is aimed at those who intend to:


  • Achieve new FAI badges or records;
  • Increase Alpine gliding experience and speed;
  • Train for May 2018 speed races (Coppa Città di Varese, 18m and Open classes Italian National Championships);
  • Gain significant new experience competing with expert pilots;
  • Just spend one of the most promising week in the Alps flying in the company of friends in a well-equipped and organised club.

Cost of participation in SAP is 200.00€. ACAO members and those under 25 benefit from a 100.00€ discount. Discounts are cumulative (for ACAO members under 25 it’s free.). The fee must be paid in one lump sum. For towing costs consult the published ACAO price list. (published on acao.it)
Pilots intending to participate in SAP are requested to book by email to segreteriaeventi@acao.it. The email subject should be “Partecipazione SAP 2018” and it should contain the following information: name, date of birth, address, telephone number, aeroclub, glider model and callsign, as well as any specific requests.


* ACAO single seaters can only be used during the week by ACAO members (book with the secretary); they cannot be used by non members. Both ACAO DuoDiscus two seaters can, however, be flown by non members pending prior request and under the following conditions:


  • Between Monday and Friday (no w/e);
  • With an ACAO club member on board;
  • The non member pilot will be charged €150 per flying day (excluding towing);
  • Assignment of both two seaters will be made on a first come, first served basis.