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May
5
Sat
Southern Alps Hang Gliding Open
May 5 – May 13 all-day
Southern Alps Hang Gliding Open @ Saint-André-les-Alpes | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France

The Southern Alps Hang Gliding Open will take place at Laragne and Saint André-les-Alpes in the southern French Alps from 5-13 May 2018.

The FAI cat 2 event is organised by the French ultralight association, ADPUL, and is open to Class 1, Class 5 and Sport Class hang gliders. The first three competition days (6-8 May) will be held at Laragne, and the remainder further south in Saint André-les-Alpes.

The tasks will be around 80-150km (more if the conditions are good) and Flymaster 360 trackers will be used to track pilots.

Schedule:
5 May: Registration at Laragne (Camping de Laragne-Montéglin).  Introduction to cross country flying in the area covering Southern Alps aerology, plus safety and pilot briefings and practice task.
6-8 May: Competition days
9 May: Registration at St André-les-Alpes; training day; safety and pilot briefings
10-13 May: Competition days
13 May: Prize-giving from 6pm

More information at ultralight-glider.com, and registration here.

Facebook page here.

 

May
10
Thu
Pre-PWC Passy, France, 2018
May 10 – May 13 all-day
Pre-PWC Passy, France, 2018 @ Passy | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The club Mont Blanc Vol Libre are hosting a Pre-PWC round at Passy Plaine-Joux from 10-13 May 2017.

Photo: cmbvl.fr

pwca.org

May
18
Fri
Outdoormix Festival 2018
May 18 – May 21 all-day

Outdoormix Festival 2018Celebrating music, extreme sports and the Great outdoors, the Outdoormix festival 2018 will be held over the long weekend of 18-21 May at Embrun, France. 

Sports you can find out more about or take part in include paragliding, kayaking, slacklining, stand-up paddle boarding, long boarding, climbing, yoga and kitesurfing.

Each evening of 18th, 19th and 20th May there will be a concert, with four bands or artists each night.

More details and tickets here.

Jun
3
Sun
Pre-PWC Pyrénées-Cerdagne Targassonne, France, 2018
Jun 3 – Jun 9 all-day
Pre-PWC Pyrénées-Cerdagne Targassonne, France, 2018 @ Targassonne | Occitanie | France

A second French Pre-PWC for 2018 is to be held in the Pyrenees in June 2018, hosted by Pôle Espoir Vol Libre.

The site of Targassonne, near Font-Romeu, is where a host of top French pilots (Charles Cazaux, Laurie Genovese, Jérémie Lager, Maxime Pinot, Méryl Delferrière, Simon Pellissier … ) learned to fly.

Base camp will be L’enclave campsite in the town of Estavar.

More information and registration on Airtribune

pwca.org

Jun
9
Sat
Airtour 2018, France
Jun 9 – Jun 17 all-day

The sixth edition of the Airtour hike-and-fly competition will take place from 9-17 June 2018, starting as always at St Hilaire du Touvet in the French Alps.

This year for the first time pilots can choose to fly in Adventure or Competition categories, tackling three different tasks of increasing difficulty, graded green, blue and red, like ski pistes. In all, the course covers over 300km through the Alps.

Adventure category
Pilots taking part in the Adventure category are not ranked, though they are tracked and their positions displayed on the website as with the competition pilots. They follow the green, blue and red courses in order. Adventure-category pilots can race alone or teams, and pilot and supporter can alternate. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and some cross-country experience.

Race category
In the Race category, pilots follow the green, blue and red courses in order, and first to goal wins the race. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and either competition experience or proof of significant cross-country flights in order to be selected.

The three different courses that comprise the Airtour 2018 route

The three different courses that comprise the Airtour 2018 route

The courses
Green: small Chatreuse tour with optional turnpoint la Sure
Blue: loop to the south around Trieves, Devoluy, Le Buech, le Vercors and an optional turnpoint at Aspres sur Buech
Red: loop in the heart of the French Alps with Mont Blanc as an optional turnpoint

Pre-registration is open on the Airtour website, and closes on 31 January 2018.

 

Airtour.frFacebook page

Jun
24
Sun
Naviter Open, Montclar, 2018
Jun 24 – Jun 30 all-day
Naviter Open, Montclar, 2018 @ Montclar | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France

The 2018 Naviter Open will take place at St Jean Montclar in southern France from 24 – 30 June.

The event is an FAI 2 competition, aimed at pilots wishing to learn the art of competition flying. Organisers say, “Pilots love the fun and friendly atmosphere, the in-depth daily briefings and the easy access to some of the best pilots in the world”.

The event is being supported by Naviter and is being organised on their behalf by FlyEvent.org. More information and registration at Airtribune.com. See also the event’s Facebook page.

Photo: Benoit Morel

NaviterOpen.org

Jun
30
Sat
Ozone Chabre Open 2018
Jun 30 – Jul 6 all-day
Ozone Chabre Open 2018 @ Laragne-Montéglin | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France

The 13th Ozone Chabre Open will take place from 30th June to 6th July 2018

The friendly, low-stress competition welcomes experienced pilots who are new to comps and emphasises safe, achievable tasks.

There are prizes for Fun, Recreation and Sport categories, determined by wing aspect ratio and certification. Only EN A, B and C wings are allowed in this competition – no EN-Ds this year. There are also separate prizes for women and rookies.

Team flying is strongly encouraged, ideally teams with four pilots of mixed abilities and glider ratings, and those from clubs and schools. “We especially welcome those where the team leaders are willing to help less competition-savvy members, with advice and guidance”, say organisers.

In addition to the flying, the comp has a full programme of activities including talks and lectures, briefings and debriefings by meet director Jocky Sanderson, and of course the legendary Ribiers paella/pizza evening.

The entry fee is €270 euros, although Ozone sponsors pilots flying Ozone wings giving each a €20 discount. The fee includes seven potential flying days with transport and retrieves, live tracking, T-shirt, talks and de-briefs, two meals and the Ozone party. For family and friends, there will be a special entry ticket to cover all the extra events around the competition, and a T-shirt.  All registered pilots will be entered into a draw for great prizes including a brand new Ozone wing.

The Ozone Chabre Open is organised by the Laragne-based club, Chabre Vol Libre, with support from Ozone, local and regional authorities, local businesses, and Cross Country Magazine.

Aug
19
Sun
Dutch Hang Gliding Open 2018
Aug 19 – Aug 25 all-day

Dutch Open 2018The Dutch Open takes place in Laragne-Monteglin in the French Alps from 19-25 August 2018. 

The event is open to hang glider classes 1 (including Sport class) and 5. Information and registration on Airtribune.

Aug
26
Sun
British National Hang Gliding Championships 2018
Aug 26 – Sep 1 all-day

British Hang Gliding Nationals 2018The British National Hang Gliding Championships take place in Laragne, southern France, from 26 August – 1 September 2018.

nats.bhgcomps.uk

Sep
15
Sat
Red Bull Elements 2018
Sep 15 all-day

Red Bull Elements

Red Bull Elements – the four-discipline relay race featuring swimming, trail running, mountain biking and paragliding – takes place on 15 September 2018 at Talloires in France.

Registration is open (March 2018) for teams wishing too take part.

redbullelements.com

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