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High Performance Stage 2022

ACAO – Calcinate del Pesce (VA) – 27 march – 2 april 2022


The exceptional weather conditions, the mixture of alpine and foothills flight area, the structures of the Adele and Giorgio Orsi Airport and the organizational skills of ACAO are now known to gliding pilots from all over the world. Spring flights of high sporting value with take-off from ACAO are countless. Among these, some European records, numerous Italian distance and speed records, all FAI insignia up to the 1,250 km diploma, numerous flights of over 1,000 km, including the first 1,000 km in FAI triangle declared with take-off from Italy, up to arrive at flights of over 1,600 km.
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To allow all glider pilots to take on their challenge flights (badges, distance, speed and records), ACAO makes its airport available every year with its organization, its means and its staff, organizing the SAP (High Performance Stage). The fourteenth edition of the SAP will take place from March 27 to April 2, 2022.

Here is a short video edited with the footage taken in the 2021 edition of SAP:

Every day of the High Performance Stage (SAP), in addition to the ACAO staff, some pilots of the Italian Team will be present. While in-flight assistance is not guaranteed, the participating pilots will have a constant reference on the ground for every need or advice (flight area, outlandings, turning points and task of the day, time of take-off and start of the task, etc.).
The weather briefing will take place every morning (in presence or online according to the anti Covid provisions in force) with suggestions to pilots on the daily tasks according to the different individual objectives. Where possible, de-briefings will also be held in the evening for the analysis of the flights made, and/or to deal with interesting topics for sport pilots.


In addition to the flight activity, the Volo a Vela restaurant and the ACAO Bar will also be active throughout the week (anti Covid measures permitting).
The SAP is dedicated to sport pilots of all levels with an own glider and a valid FAI sporting licence. However, participation to the SAP is recommended to pilots who have already achieved at least their Silver Badge and who have already gained a good mountain flying experience (participation to other stages and / or competitions and at least 300 km flown).

During the week there may also be the opportunity for participants to fly with experienced pilots on high-performance two-seat gliders (Duodiscus Acao or two-seater of private pilots). To fly on a private two-seater glider, it will be necessary to agree directly with the pilots who own their gliders.

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Sumarising, the SAP is dedicated to those who want:

      • to broaden your knowledge of the Alpine flying territory and increase your flying pace;
      • allenarsi in vista della partecipazione a gare di velocità e/o di distanza;
      • to acquire a new significant flight experience, talking with experienced pilots;
      • to train for the participation in speed and / or distance races;
      • to simply dedicate to one of the most meteorologically promising weeks in the Alps, to fly in company of friends who share the same passion, in a very well equipped and organized club.

Costs and methods of participation

The SAP participation fee consists of a fee of € 190.00 per glider and a fee of € 60.00 per pilot.
Pilots under the age of 26 enjoy a benefit of a 50% discount on the above fees. The participation fee is not divisible and must be paid by Saturday 26 March (by bank transfer or directly to the ACAO secretariat). The current ACAO price list (published on will be applied to the cost of towing and must be paid by the end of the flight week.


Subscriptions are already open and the payment of the entry fee must be sent to the secretary ( by Saturday March 26th.
All the pilots that are interested can subscribe either online at this subscription page or by writing and e-mail to the following address:

The updated list of registered pilots is shown at this page.