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Your free-flying calendar

Feb
5
Tue
XCBusa 2019
Feb 5 – Oct 31 all-day

XCBusa 2019

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.

xcbusa.com

Oct
19
Sat
Canungra Cup 2019
Oct 19 – Oct 26 all-day

Canungra Cup 2019

Australia’s popular paragliding season-opener, the Canungra Cup is back. This year’s dates are 19-26 October.

The Canungra Cup is an eight-day, FAI 2 cat. comp, with scores counting towards pilots’ WPRS scores. Pilots must be IPPI4 rated or equivalent to take part, and need to be members or temporary members of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.

The AU$400 (Early Bird) or AU$450 entry fee includes retrieves and airport transfers.

Airtribune.com

Pre-PWC La Reunion
Oct 19 @ 8:34 am – Oct 25 @ 9:34 am

Pre-PWC La Reunion

The verdant island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean is to host a pre-PWC event from 19-25 October 2019.

The flying sites at Saint Leu, Saint Paul and Saint Rose are all potential launches for the event.

lvl.re / Airtibune.com

Oct
30
Wed
Open Iquique
Oct 30 – Nov 3 all-day

Open Iquique 2019

Organisers bill the Iquique Open as “the most extreme and driest competition in Chile”. Pilots launch on a hill facing the breeze from the Pacific Ocean, then have the Atacama desert as a huge playground to the east.

Airspace restrictions to the south will be relaxed during the event, to allow a corridor of flight in what is usually the no-go around Diego Aracena airport.

Organisers claim flying is possible 360 days a year, and for up to 10 hours a day in October and November. Expect 2-6m/s thermals and winds of 8-25km/h.

Airtribune.com

Nov
1
Fri
Canoa Open 2019
Nov 1 – Nov 3 all-day

Canoa Open 2019

Racing hang gliders along the Pacific coastline in Ecuador in constant sea breezes with fabulous views – that’s the Canoa Open!

The competition has been on the calendar for an incredible 24 years. Take-off is a pilot-owned launch site called The Nest, at 165m and pilots reach heights of up to around 600m. It’s all about low-to-the-ground speed flying. There’s no airspace to worry about and you can land on the beach.

Airtribune.com

Nov
2
Sat
Moyes Team Challenge 2019
Nov 2 – Nov 5 all-day

Moyes Team Challenge 2019

The Moyes Team Challenge aims to introduce hang glider pilots to flying the Forbes flatlands in Spring conditions, under the guidance of an experienced team leader.

Tasks will be set and pilots will learn about weather conditions, instruments and more. The evenings will be spent reinforcing that knowledge around a good ole Aussie barbie.

It costs $150 to enter. It’s an aerotow comp and tows are an additional $30 each. There is the possibility for pilots to gain their aerotow rating during the event.

To apply, email Vicki, fly@forbesflatlands.com and include, your name, HGFA#, Hours, Glider, Experience.

More at forbesflatlands.com/team-challenge

Nov
23
Sat
Pre-PWC Santiago and Chilean Open
Nov 23 – Nov 30 all-day

Pre-PWC SantiagoFly with condors in the strong thermals of the Chilean Andes at the Chilean Open 2019, which is also a pre-PWC event.

Base is the flying site of Vizcachas, Santiago. Sign up for “exciting and challenging paragliding”, 8m/s thermals, 100+km flights and memories to last a lifetime!

Airtribune.com

Dec
7
Sat
Asian Oceanic Continental Championships – test event
Dec 7 – Dec 14 all-day

Bright, AustraliaIn December 2019, Bright, Australia, is to host a test event for the forthcoming 2020 Cat. 1 Asian Oceanic Continental Championships.

The test competition is open to all registered FAI competition pilots with a minimum of Australia PG4 / IPPI4 equivalent. Pilots will be selected based on Australian National and WPRS rankings.

Register at Airtribune.com

Dec
14
Sat
Rise & Fall
Dec 14 all-day
Rise & Fall @ Mayrhofen | Tyrol | Austria

Celebrating the opening of the winter season in the Zillertal, Rise & Fall is an adventure relay race for ski-tourers, paragliders, mountain bikers and downhill skiers.

Teams of four athletes each cover 430m vertical – the ski tourers and mountain bikers go uphill, the paragliders and downhill skiers go, well, downhill.

If the thrills and spills of the race aren’t motivation enough, the €10,000 prize pot just might be …

riseandfall.at

Jan
4
Sat
BGD Weightless 2020
Jan 4 – Jan 10 all-day

BGD Weightless 2019

BGD’s Weightless is back in January 2020, this time in Roldanillo, Colombia.

The competition scores pilots in weight categories, the thinking being to even things out with a handicap system that favours lighter pilots. Organisers say:

Being big has less of an advantage, and carrying excessive ballast will not help you so much. We want to have a fun week where everyone feels like they have a chance of scoring well, regardless of what they fly, and how heavy they fly“.

Organisers can’t praise the venue enough, listing off attributes including: “grassy launches, colourful valleys, masses of landing options, some of the friendliest people on the planet, sun, flowers, music, good food and loads and loads of good flatland flying which everyone can enjoy”.

A brand new BGD glider is the most coveted prize in the raffle, but there are lots of other goodies to be won too including Naviter flight instruments.

The competition precedes the British Open and Colombian Nationals to be held at the same venue, so if you have the time and the inclination there’s the possibility to do all three.

Airtribune.com

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