XCBusa is an annual paragliding competition that has been run by the Busa Flying Team in the Lake Garda area of Italy since 2014.
Scores take into account three flights. These can be flown any time between February and October but must meet specific criteria. Two must be declared before the flight is flown, and a third can be declared within 24 hours afterwards. The specific criteria can be studied on XCbusa.com.
There are always good prizes on offer, and this year the first prize is a Woody Valley GTO Light harness.
The Endless Foot Drag PPG gathering will be taking place from 20-27 May 2019 at Fredonia, Kansas.
The $50 pilot registration fee includes a T-shirt and hat. Pilots can camp onsite – there will be toilet facilities and food trucks – or there are two motels in the town.
There will be a trade show, cross country scavenger hunt with cash prizes and other friendly comps and fireworks on 25th.
Pilots should be PPG 2 rated. For any pilots who wish to attend but do not have this rating, prior permission is required before flying at the event.
The first ever Hand’Icare Cup is to take place at Saint Hilaire, France from 30 May – 2 June 2019. It’s a friendly paragliding competition open to all, with places reserved for pilots with disabilities.
Pilots take part in teams of two, though participants can sign up individually and will be allocated a team partner.
The tasks are diverse and audience-friendly, and will include “Le Ponpon” – catching two balloons tied together with string, endurance, spot-landing and cross-country.
Wings, harnesses, GPSs, wheelchairs and other equipment are available to borrow if required – contact the organisers for more information.
The 20th El Yelmo International Air Festival will be held from 31 May – 2 June 2019.
There will be a trade fair, air shows and the Festival of Air Cinema, plus the fifth El Yelmo XC Open will be held a few days before the main event.
Moyes are running a trip to Inner Mongolia for hang glider pilots, comprising a week-long competition followed by sightseeing or free-flying.
The base will be Guyuan, China, four hours northwest of Beijing, and the trip starts 6 June. It will be aerotowing, so pilots need to hold the appropriate rating.
The cost above includes the competition entry fee, welcome and presentation dinners and a T-shirt, but does not include aerotow fees, retrieves or airport pick-ups.
For more information or to register your interest, email Vicki at Moyes.
There will be a training day and registration on 6 June, and then three task days, with a fourth as a reserve day, to be used if there have not been two valid tasks.
Annecy’s hike-and-fly competition, Bornes to Fly is now in its seventh edition. It runs from 8-10 June 2019.
It’s a three-day hike-and-fly competition with two bivouacs in nature (or beds in hotels, as you like). The exact route will be announced on departure day, but it will be between 100km and 250km in distance, around turnpoints in the beautiful landscape of France’s Haute Savoie, starting at Talloires beach on the shores of Annecy lake.
The route will be set where the weather dictates, and could encompass the Aravis, Bauges, Beaufort, Chablais or Mont Blanc massifs.
The Tarent’Airtour offers hike-and-fly pilots the perfect way to explore the Tarentaise – the Mont Blanc, Vanoise et Beaufortain regions of the Alps – by paraglider and by foot.
It’s a three-day hike-and-fly tour around a circuit, demarked by five refuge turnpoints. Pilots have to stop at one of the refuges each evening, which means no chase-cars or supporters are necessary, and everyone gets a hot meal and a bed for the night. The event starts with a meal and briefing at the Val Joli refuge in Séez on 13 June 2019.
Points are earned by tagging lakes, summits etc which are assigned different point scores. Pilots must accumulate as many points as they can, before making their way to the finish at Bourg Saint Maurice by 3pm on the Sunday.
The €200 entry fee includes the meal on the first night, and the following two nights’ food and accommodation in refuges. Pilots can opt to stay in the Val Joli refuge on 13th for an extra €15.
The Dutch Hang Gliding Open will take place in Kandel, Germany, from 15-22 June 2019.
The competition is open to all competition hang glider pilots (IPPI 5 or equivalent required), and limited to 50 places. There will be Class 1, Class 5 and Sports Class divisions.
Information and registration at Livetrack24.com