The Kaapse Buitepos Club in collaboration with Cape Nomads will be hosting the 2018 South African Paragliding Open from 9-15 December 2018.
There will be an official practice day on 8 December, and an unofficial additional practice day on 7th.
Porterville, in the South West of South Africa, about 90km from the Atlantic ocean and 120km north-east of Cape Town, has hosted several high-profile paragliding competitions. It’s renowned for its good mixture of thermal and dynamic flying and big-distance flights on the ridge and in the flats.
Further information can be found on livetrack24.com
Forbes Flatlands 2019 takes place from 28 December 2018. There are Open, Women and Sport classes, and the competition is FAI cat. 2.
The program of events is:
Registration – 28 December 2018
Welcome night: Friday 28 December 2018
Practice flying: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December 2018
1st competition day: Saturday 29 December 2018
8th (last) Competition day: Saturday 5 January 2019
Presentation: Saturday 5 January 2019
Early bird entry fee is $300, rising to $450 for the latest payers.
This is the second edition of this “new kind of XC paragliding competition”, where pilots choose their own course and fly as far as they can on whatever glider they have. A handicap scoring system takes glider level into account.
The comp is the brainchild of Marko Hrgetic, who wanted to promote competition flying where pilots’ real XC skills are tested, and where it is not the pilot on the hottest wing who takes the shortest line, who wins.
Pilots fly in teams and are scored individually as well as contributing to their team’s score. Scoring takes into account distance flown and average speed, weighted by glider category. (The formula is explained on the competition rules page, here).
Live trackers are provided by the organisation, and there will be lectures in the evenings.
The Bright Open is a 7-day cross-country paragliding competition that will be held from 12-18 January 2019.
The competition is HGFA AAA and FAI Cat 2, and open to all pilots with a minimum of an Australia PG4 rating or equivalent.
The Flow Corryong Open 2019 is held at Mount Elliot, “one of the best alpine flying sites in Australia” and just a few thermal glides from Mt Kosciuszko, Australia’s highest mountain.
Organisers add, “The valley system makes the flying spectacular and the retrieves easy and quick”.
85 pilots maximum and no open0class wings allowed.
The 2019 Panchgani Open is a Pre-Paragliding World Cup, as well as the Indian Nationals.
Panchgani is close to Mumbai, in the Western Ghats, and offers stunning XC flying across tablelands and lakes.
GSM trackers are provided to participants, who must all have AirTribune’s app installed on a smartphone for live tracking.
The NSW State Titles foot-launch hang gliding XC competition takes in Manilla from 17-23 February 2019.
“The comp attracts the best of the best from Australia and around the world, so is the ideal site for up-and-coming pilots to learn from those at the top of their game. It is also the ideal comp for newer pilots wishing to fly big air and fly big flights.”
HQ is the Royal Hotel, Manilla.