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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
Forbes Flatlands 2020
Jan 4 – Jan 11 all-day
Forbes Flatlands 2020 @ Forbes | New South Wales | Australia

The 2020 Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship 2020 takes place at the Bill Moyes International Airport at the beginning of January.

A practice day on 3 January will be followed by eight competition days starting 4 January.

Launch is by aerotow (the aerotow is organised by Mr Bill Moyes himself), so pilots must be aerotow qualified and bring their own tow release and bridle. HGFA membership is compulsory.

The entry fee is $350 before 7 November, $400 before 7 December, $450 at registration. An aerotow feee of $450 covers unlimited tows and 10 days’ club and site fees.

Register at forbesflatlands.com

Jan
23
Thu
New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals
Jan 23 – Feb 1 all-day

New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals 2020The New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals are to be held at Murchison on New Zealand’s South Island, from 23 January – 1 February 2020.

It’s the same site they used last year, when pilots enjoyed “a phenomenal week of flying with five tasks flown”. It offers 360-degree take-offs and is situated “bang in the middle” of the east and west coasts. Easy landings at the foot of the mountain and plenty of good out-landing opportunities mean the site lends itself well to competitions.

Airtribune.com

Mar
24
Tue
X-Berg Challenge 2020
Mar 24 – Mar 29 all-day
X-Berg Challenge 2020 @ Mokhotlong | Lesotho

The eighth edition of the X-Berg Challenge will take place from 24-29 March 2020 with Extreme (three-day) and Mini (two-day) versions.

Paraglider pilots race mountain bikers and runners around turnpoints in the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa / Lesotho. The route distance depends which way you go, and typically only 10% of competitors make it to the finish of the Extreme Challenge.

2019’s Extreme winner was mountain biker Jon Kirkman who finished in 24 hours and 43 minutes; second in were biker team Justin Armstrong and Peter Joughin, a day later.

Between Heaven and Earth, who organise the event, are offering complete travel packages from Johannesburg International Airport to the 2020 X-Berg Challenge event, along with return transport, accommodation and add-on travel packages including trips to game reserves, Cape Town and Wilderness retreat.

 xbergchallenge.com

Apr
12
Sun
Paradise Airports Nationals
Apr 12 – Apr 18 all-day
Paradise Airports Nationals @ Groveland | Florida | United States

The Paradise Airports Nationals is a flatlands hang gliding competition that will be held at Wilotree Park in Florida from 12 April 2020, a week before the Worlds.

Davis Straub is meet director. There will be practice tasks on 10 and 11 April, and Open, Sport, Swift, and Rigid wing classes.

It’s an aerotow competition, and there is a $400 towing fee in addition to the competition entry fee.

Organisers say:

This is a CIVL category 2 competition set up for Class 1 Open pilots. Sport Class pilots who can’t qualify for the Worlds can register also as well as any Sport Class pilots flying in the Worlds. Women, Rigid and Swift class pilots flying in the Worlds looking to practice in advance of the Worlds are also welcome.

Live tracking with Flymaster trackers provided.

Airtribune.com

Apr
19
Sun
2020 Hang Gliding World Championships
Apr 19 – May 1 all-day

Hang Gliding World Championships 2020

The hang gliding World Championships is all set for 19 April – 1 May 2020 at Wilotree Park in Groveland, Florida.

It comprises:

  • 2nd FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Sport Class
  • 14th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Championships
  • 9th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 5
  • 1st FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 2

It’s flatland flying, and the entry fee includes the Wilotree Park fee. Flymaster trackers will be provided for the live tracking.

More information on Airtribune

Jun
13
Sat
Airtour 2020
Jun 13 – Jun 21 all-day
Airtour 2020 @ Saint-Hilaire | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The dates for the 2020 Airtour, Saint Hilaire’s seven-day hike-and-fly race, have been set: 13-21 June 2020.

It will be the seventh edition of the tour. The route is likely to be some 300km long, starting from Saint Hilaire, the exact details to be disclosed nearer the time.

Facebook.com/@sthil’airtour/airtour.fr

Jun
19
Fri
Mondiale Air Paramotor 2020
Jun 19 – Jun 21 all-day
Mondiale Air Paramotor 2020

One of the world’s biggest paramotor fly-ins, the Mondiale Air Paramotor, will take place 19-21 June 2019 in Blois, France.

Close to Paris, the fly-in is expected to attract hundreds of paramotor pilots from across Europe and further afield.

The Mondiale takes place every two years.

www.mondialairparamoteur.com

Jun
21
Sun
X-Pyr 2020
Jun 21 – Jun 27 all-day
X-Pyr 2020 @ Hondarribia | Basque Country | Spain

2020 is an X-Pyr year! The fifth edition of the hike-and-fly race across the Pyrenees starts on 21 June 2020.

If you’d like to be among the pilots selected to race 500km across the Pyrenees from west to east, you’ll need to submit a pre-application on x-pyr.com by 31 December 2019.

Aug
2
Sun
Pan American HG Championships
Aug 2 – Aug 14 all-day

First Pan-American Championships 2020

The first FAI Pan-American Championships and 2020 Pan-Americans are to be held at Big Spring, Texas from 2-14 August 2020.

The site is renowned for big tasks, smooth thermals, unrestricted landing areas, easy retrieval on multiple roads and consistent cu’s. The air-conditioned head quarters, hangar for setup, free water and ice cream will make life so much easier and more pleasant!

The comp will be live tracked, with Flymaster trackers provided.

The Championships are a USHPA and CIVL sanctioned Category 1 competition; USHPA NTSS and CIVL WPRS points will be awarded.

The Pan-Americans are Category 2 sanctioned; USHPA NTSS and CIVL WPRS points will be awarded.

More on Facebook and Airtribune

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