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Dec
13
Thu
Altitude with Attitude: Manilla fly-in
Dec 13 – Dec 16 all-day

Altitude with Attitude: Manilla

Altitude with Attitude run a series of fly-ins for female pilots in Australia.

The Manilla fly-in is a three-day event for up to six participants. Organisers say,

“We will be using the mornings to review instrument set-up, review weather tools, and consider the day’s forecast for likely routes.”

The entry fee includes food, accommodation and retrieves.

Check the Altitude with Attitude website for more information.

Dec
29
Sat
Forbes Flatlands 2019 @ Bill Moyes International Airport
Dec 29 2018 – Jan 5 2019 all-day

Forbes Flatlands 2019

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.

forbesflatlands.com

Jan
6
Sun
XC Sky Race 2018, Mexico
Jan 6 – Jan 12 all-day

XC Sky Race

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.

xcskyrace.com

 

Jan
12
Sat
Bright Open 2019 @ Mystic Flight Park
Jan 12 – Jan 18 all-day

Bright Open 2019

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.

airtribune.com

 

Jan
13
Sun
Monarca Paragliding Open
Jan 13 – Jan 19 all-day

Monarca Paragliding Open 2019

The 15th Monarca Paragliding Open takes place at El Peñon, Valle de Bravo, Mexico from 13-19 January 2019.

Pilots can register at monarcaopen.com

Jan
20
Sun
Flow Corryong Open 2019
Jan 20 – Jan 26 all-day

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.

Airtribune.com

Jan
26
Sat
British PG Open Colombia
Jan 26 – Feb 2 all-day

RoldanilloThe first of two rounds that make up the 2019 British Paragliding Championships, the Roldanillo event takes place from 26 January to 2 February 2019.

Airtribune.compgcomps.org.uk

 

New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals 2019
Jan 26 – Feb 2 all-day
New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals 2019 @ Canterbury | New Zealand

The 41st New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals take place at Mount Murchison, South Island, from 26th January – 2 February 2019.

The FAI cat 2 competition has Open and Sport Class categories.

Organisers say, “Fantastic mountain flying here in New Zealand so come to our National Champs and hone your skills prior to the 2019 Worlds!”

Registration and more information at nzhgnats.blogspot.com

Feb
8
Fri
Jaco Air Fest, Costa Rica
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day

Jaco Fest

The people of Garabito in Costa Rica say the location, geography and beauty of their home is a good spot for airports and should be better known to pilots. They are holding a festival in February 2019 for pilots to see for themselves.

Over three days in February, the skies will filled with paragliders, hang gliders, ultralights, skydivers, aeromodels, hot air balloons and drones. In the festival arena below there will be boomerangs, frisbees, kites, a climbing wall and food stands.

A paragliding accuracy competition and acro shows are booked in too, with Raul Rodriguez and Horacio Llorens in attendance. The festival will be held in a manner that respects the environment, with activities to teach children the importance of looking after it.

Sound good? 8, 9 and 10 February 2018 are the dates to be there.

jacoairfest.com / Facebook page

Feb
12
Tue
Panchgani Paragliding Open 2019 (Pre PWC and Indian Nationals)
Feb 12 – Feb 17 all-day
Panchgani Paragliding Open 2019 (Pre PWC and Indian Nationals) @ Panchgani | Maharashtra | India

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.

Airtribune.com

 

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