The Slovenian candidature for the WC F3J 2016

The Slovenian candidature for the WC F3J 2016


Slovenia is a small country in the center of Europe that’s located between Italy and Croatia on the north side of the Adriatic Sea. Its area is very small, just a little over 20,000 km 2.

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The WC would take place in Vipavska valley which is one of the most beautiful valleys in Slovenia. The location of the airport is in the center of the valley, right next to the highway exit. A town called Vipava is located near the airport. This old town is very beautiful and interesting and has a documented history that is more than 600 years old.




Our club MD Ventus, the organizer for the Slovenian Flying Association, is one of the most active clubs in the country, boasting more than 10 years of activity. Our home base is at a very old airfield from the First World War, which is today reserved only for flying with model aircrafts. We organize many regional, national and international events, all in categories F3J and F5J. Throughout the past several years, we have achieved a very high level of performance in our organization and in September 2014, we’ll be hosting one of the qualifying competitions for the German national team in category F3J. We're very honoured and excited about this event and we also believe it will provide a great preparation for the World Championships.

Scene of the World Championship

The flying airfield is an expansion of a 1st world war airport and measures a total area of 3 km2. It’s very well maintained and surrounded by excellent scenery. There are no trees on the surface of the airfield at all and it’s as flat as it could possibly be.  The location of the airport is excellent because of its proximity to the highway exit. This highway has great connections with both Italy (Milan) and Germany (Munchen). Airline connections are even better; the main Slovenian international airport of Ljubljana is just 1 hour away, while the international airport of Marco Polo, Italy just 2 hours away.




There is a large camping site located right by the airport. For those who don’t like to camp, it’s also possible to rent rooms at one of the eco tourist farms. A 4-star hotel and hostel are also located in the area. All the mentioned locations are reachable within 5-10 minutes by car. 

We’ll provide flying without a safety corridor, 15 landing spots and a mega tent to store models overnight.


About the Valley


This scenic valley is just a step away from from the North Adriatic Sea. The Mediterranean influence is present in the region’s pleasant everyday climate. As I have mentioned, the town of Vipava-one of the most picturesque places-lies in the center of the valley. This town was mentioned in historic records for the first time in the 13th century, although the Romans were present in this area even before that time. In the center of Vipava is a very unique river source – the source of the Vipava River which runs through the center of the city is in the shape of a delta - which is the only such river source in Europe. Vipava was constructed around the river, so citizens who lived here many years ago had to construct many bridges. Today, there are 25 of them, so this lovely spot is also known as the Slovenian Venice.  In the Vipava area, there is also a very famous mansion called Zemono. Zemono is famous because one of the most important battles for Christianity was fought right next to it.

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Aside from its history, this region is a great natural area for enjoying the outdoors and participating in sporting activities. Visitors can enjoy paragliding, soar gliding and mountain hiking because the position of the valley is more than perfect for these kinds of activities. Road cycling is also a very popular sport here. We have plenty of nice roads that are low in traffic but have very good connections with the Slovenian Karst – which is a very popular area for rock climbing. From there, tourists also have a beautiful view of the Adriatic Sea. However, this is only a small sample of all the natural beauty that Slovenia is so lucky to have. In fact, one of this region’s most fascinating facts is that all Slovenian attractions are accessible in just one hour by car.




We are sure that our airfield position, coupled with the passion of the local airplane model makers as well as the support of our local municipality would be a great guarantee for excellent, enjoyable and quality performance.   So come and enjoy Slovenia’s Vipava Valley with us – I am sure the experience will provide spectacular memories and a fantastic World Championship event!