The magical mayhem of the Coupe Icare takes place on the third weekend of September at Saint Hilaire du Touvet and the Lumbin landing field near Grenoble in the south of France.
This year’s festival pays homage to the great Leonardo Da Vinci, who died 500 years ago! There will be an exhibition at the church of Saint Hilaire and shows on the theme of the great Italian inventor.
A huge trade show takes over two large marquees as well as outdoor stands; demonstration flights from all sorts of craft fill the sky, and the fancy-dress fly down is one of the event’s biggest draws, with some truly crazy costumes. Don’t forget the all-important film festival that runs throughout the long weekend. As well as all of this, the south take-off becomes a children’s wonderland, with activities from kite-making to science lessons to meeting birds of prey.
Paragliding from the sites during the daytimes is restricted to fancy-dress competitors and authorised pilots, but plenty make the early-morning hike to the Dent de Crolles if conditions allow, for a morning fly down among hot air balloons.
The first hang gliding competition of the Australian calendar, the Canungra Classic is an eight-day, FAI cat. 2 competition. It starts on 5 October 2019.
“It will be an opportunity for aspiring competition pilots to fly with Australia and New Zealand’s best pilots. Overseas pilots are most welcome and will be rewarded with the opportunity of flying one of Australia’s challenging and premier hang gliding sites“.
Take-off is Mount Tamborine. The entry fee is AUS$300 plus AUS$30 site fee for non-members. Pilots must hold at least temporary membership to the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.
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.
In 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
This year’s Bright Open will be organised by Wally Arcidiacono in conjunction with the Australian Paragliding Squad. Members of the squad will be responsible for various aspects of the competition organisation prior to the competition start date, and any profits made will be directed back to the Australian Squad for training and coaching purposes.
Mentoring will be available, and the event will be run in parallel with the Gundowring Open using Mystic, Gundowring, Ray’s Hill, Mt Emu and Tawonga Gap sites.
The Flow Corryong Open takes place at Mt. Elliot in Queensland, Australia which is ” just a few thermal glides from Mt Kosciuszko, the highest mountain in Australia”.
It’s mountain flying, and organisers say “the valley system makes the flying spectacular and the retrieves easy and quick”. Pilots need to organise their own retrieve drivers.
It’s a high-level comp aimed at experienced intermediate and advanced rated pilots. It’s the last AAA event of the Australian season, and the last chance for Australian pilots to gain Ladder points.
Overseas pilots should know about rules to do with preventing bushfires, including no smoking and no rocket flares.