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Jul
16
Mon
15th European Paragliding Championship
Jul 16 – Jul 28 all-day

European Paragliding Championship 2018The 15th European Paragliding Championship will take place in Montalegre, Portugal, from 16 – 28 July 2018. 

The flying site is situated in the north of Portugal with high mountains and open valleys, surrounded by vast plains to several directions. The place is perfect and secure for cross-country flights. “Good for 100km triangles”, organisers say!

Airtribune.com

europg2018.pt

Jul
18
Wed
2018 Midwest Corn Alps, USA
Jul 18 – Jul 21 all-day

Midwest Corn AlpsThe US flatlands of Minnesota are where the Midwest Corn Alps will be held in July 2018. Both hang gliders and paraglider pilots are invited.

“Cosmos, although a small town, has tow roads of gold. You would be surprised how few two-mile sections of rural road are unobstructed by power lines and trees. Cosmos has some of the best. We utilise both N/S and E/W gravel roads for truck tow/platform launches. These are quiet, county roads lined with corn, soybeans, beets and hay for easy bailout LZs as far as you can see”.

Pilots need to be USHPA members, rated H2 or above.

airtribune.com

Eigertour hike-and-fly race
Jul 18 – Jul 21 all-day

Eigertour hike-and-fly competition 2018

The Eigertour hike-and-fly race sets off from Grindelwald, Switzerland on 18 July 2018.

There are pro and amateur categories in the three-day race, which uses Alpine refuges as turnpoints.

The rules are simple:

  • A given route to mountain huts
  • A photo in front of every hut with equipment uploaded to our FB site
  • The first one who arrives after the completed route to grindelwald wins the race
  • Only hiking and flying is allowed
  • Approved pro-pilots are allowed for the pro-tour
  • All the other pilots may compete at the amateur tour

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Jul
21
Sat
All Comers Open 2018
Jul 21 – Jul 28 all-day
All Comers Open 2018 @ Feltre | Veneto | Italy

The British Paragliding Competitions committee have introduced a new event for 2018, the All Comers Open, which is an FAI cat 2 learning competition.

It’s aimed at pilots who have flown at least one competition before, and will take place at Feltre, Italy, from 21-28 July 2018.

Brett Janaway is meet director, and the competition tasks, which will be “challenging enough for the most accomplished pilots” will be backed up by briefings and debriefs, events and talks.

“The All Comers Open will attract PWC qualification letters and we therefore hope it will appeal to our young BPRA crew and their fellow pilots from other Euro nations, looking for a fun comp where they may also qualify for that all important first PWC season”.

Registration opens at 09:00 GMT on 3 February 2018, and organisers say:

“The approved pilot list will be ordered by time/date of registration and pilots will be invited to pay in ranked order. Registration for the competition will open on 3rd February 2018 and pilots will be invited to pay beginning 17th February”.

More information on the British Paragliding Comps page; Registration on Airtribune

Jul
22
Sun
Ozone Krushevo open (PG)
Jul 22 – Jul 28 all-day

Ozone Krushevo Open

The first Ozone Krushevo Open friendly paragliding competition will take place from 22-28 July 2018.

Organisers say:

“The Krushevo Open is designed in the spirit and model of the Legendary Ozone Chabre Open, a stress-free paragliding cross-country competition with an emphasis on fun and learning through in-depth XC coaching and setting achievable tasks.

It is aimed primarily at pilots with some XC experience, who want to get more into competitions or further hone their XC skills. Daily briefings and de-briefings by Jocky Sanderson set the stage for a week of intense learning in a perfect location for fun XC flying”.

Scores will be categorised by wing classes, Fun, Recreation and Sport, which are defined by the wing’s aspect ratio. There is also a Rookie, and Women’s class.

krusevoadventure.com

Jul
25
Wed
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa
Jul 25 – Aug 3 all-day
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa @ Hartbeespoort | North West | South Africa

The Icarus trophy paramotor adventure race will take place in southern Africa in 2018.

The race, which is run by the Adventurists, has previously been held in the United States, and last year was won by 22-year-old Tucker Gott.

“This is the Icarus Trophy on steroids, adventure on a baobab stick”.

The race will be around 1,000 miles long, depending on the actual route chosen by participants. Pilots will start at Hartbeespoort near Johannesburg in South Africa on 25 July, and cross Botswana to finish in Zambia a few days later. Pilots have to land and cross borders on foot, and their passports will be checked for the appropriate stamps! More on the 2018 route here.

This year again there will be an Adventure Division (supported, no race element), and a Race Division (no designated supporter, but pilots can use ‘open access’ support- anything that the average person can access.

“Should they manage to charm total strangers into lending their assistance, that’s kosher. They cannot use help offered by friends, distant relatives, other pilots or the race team to further their progress.

“Probably the key part of any adventure is the adventurous bits. And that means setting out into the world and fending for yourself. Anything else becomes a bit less exciting. It starts to remove all the fun bits, like ‘where the hell will I sleep?’ or ‘what do I do now I’ve run out of fuel?’ And it starts to become a bit of a guided tour.”

All competitors must carry their own food, clothes and sleeping equipment (although if you land near a hotel it’s within the rules to use it) and basic paramotor spares. Competitors are tracked, and are sent regular weather reports. There’s also a support truck following just in case, although, “It will probably take a while to reach you if you land in the middle of the desert, so best pack some sandwiches”.

icarustrophy.com

Jul
27
Fri
Hang Gliding Pre-worlds 2018 – Friuli Venezia Giulia
Jul 27 – Aug 4 all-day
Hang Gliding Pre-worlds 2018 - Friuli Venezia Giulia @ Tolmezzo | Friuli-Venezia Giulia | Italy

The Hang Gliding Pre-Worlds 2018 will be based in Tolmezzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the northeast of Italy and will run from 27 July until 4 August.

Organisers say:

“The competition flying area will develop above extremely different and vast areas: from the sea to the Dolomites, crossing the flatlands, the Alps and the Prealps.  The main competition region will be Friuli Venezia Giulia, but pilots could fly also above some other regions and countries: Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Slovenia and Austria“.

More information and registration at Airtribune.com

Parafest 2018
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day
Parafest 2018 @ Wales | United Kingdom

Parafest, the UK’s family-friendly flying-and-music festival, is back in North Wales from 27-29 July 2018.

Mixing live music and family entertainment with paragliding, hang gliding and paramotoring, Parafest takes place at Llanbedr airfield on the beautiful Welsh coast, at the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

The event will host the UK’s only manufacturers’ trade show as well winch and aerotowing for suitably qualified pilots. There are hill-launch sites just a short drive away, and local pilots will be on hand to brief visitors.

Powered pilots have a dedicated area of the airfield to use for the duration of the event, from which they can explore the miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, the picture-postcard coastal towns and the mountains and valleys of Snowdonia.

Organisers say:

“Parafest is not just for pilots it’s for the whole family. Bring your partner, bring the kids, bring non-flying friends – you can even bring the dog!”

A purpose-built stage in the festival arena will host professional live bands who will play until midnight on the Friday and Saturday nights. Party-lovers can then head over to the Asbo Disco, set away from the camping area, where DJs will play on into the wee small hours.

More information and tickets at parafest.co.uk and facebook.com/parafestuk

Jul
28
Sat
Acro Masuria Paragliding Show Ełk 2018.
Jul 28 – Jul 29 all-day

Acro Masuria Paragliding ShowA new paragliding and paramotoring show is to be held in Ełk, northeast Poland, on 28 July 2018.

Hosted by the Masuria Paragliders Association and backed by the city government, the city council, the Municipal Centre of Sport and Recreation (MOSIR) and Minari Engines, it will be held at Parkowa Street city beach in Ełk. The programme includes lectures, a trade show, and model-making workshops and other activities for children.

For pilots there will be an organised PPG flying event with barbecue (pilots need proof of qualifications, and a radio to take part).

More information on the event’s Facebook page.

Aug
5
Sun
Big Spring Nationals 2018 (HG) @ McMahon Wrinkle Airport
Aug 5 – Aug 11 all-day
Big Spring Nationals 2018 (HG) @ McMahon Wrinkle Airport | Big Spring | Texas | United States

If you come to Texas in August for the 16th Big Spring National Series you can expect big Tasks, smooth thermals, unrestricted landing areas and easy retrieval.

In addition, consistent 1pm cumulus development, air-conditioned HQ and free water and ice cream are in store. Organisers say, “We usually fly big distances every day at Big Spring so be prepared physically.” You have been warned!

Airtribune.com

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