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Your free-flying calendar

Jun
29
Sat
PWC 2019 Portugal: Manteigas
Jun 29 – Jul 6 all-day
PWC 2019 Portugal: Manteigas @ Manteigas | Guarda District | Portugal

The third round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Manteigas, Portugal from 29 June – 6 July 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 June

Linzhou, China 8-15 June

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov

pwca.org

Photo: Xabier González

Jun
30
Sun
Spanish National Hang Gliding Championship
Jun 30 – Jul 6 all-day

Spanish National Hang Gliding Championship 2019The 42nd Spanish National Hang Gliding Championship takes place in Zujar near Granada in southern Spain, from 30 June to 6 July 2019.

Class 1, Class 5 and Sports Class categories.

More information on Airtribune.com

Jul
11
Thu
Parafest 2019
Jul 11 – Jul 14 all-day

Parafest posterThe UK’s music and flying festival, Parafest, returns to the stunning setting of Caerwys in North Wales in July 2019.

Parafest is the UK’s only event for all foot launched and single-seat trike aviation. The festival site is ideally placed for access to both coastal and mountain flying, with several North Wales flying sites a short drive away for free-flyers, and a dedicated field for powered craft to use from Thursday to Sunday.

There will be a trade show with demo equipment available, and the British Vintage Hang Glider Rally will be on site with up to 40 fully rigged gliders charting the history of UK hang gliding from its beginnings to the present day.

The pilot-run ‘Fly Inn’ bar will be stocked with Welsh real ales, gins, rums, Pimms, Prosecco, cocktails and more. In addition there will be arts and crafts markets, a children’s area, live music from 1pm to 1am on the Friday and Saturday nights, sideshows and much more.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £65 for pilots (Thursday to Sunday) or £55 for non-flyers. Under-16s are free and dogs are welcome. Organisers warn, “Parafest sells out to capacity every year and tickets must be bought in advance from the website”.

Parafest.co.uk

Jul
12
Fri
World Hang Gliding Championship
Jul 12 – Jul 26 all-day

Hang Gliding World Championships Italy 2019

The FAI World Hang Gliding Championship takes place every two years, and 2019 is a Championship year! The 22nd event will take place from 12-27 July 2019 in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.

Organisers say tasks will explore far and wide, and may well take pilots across borders into Slovenia and Austria.

Italy2019.com

Jul
26
Fri
The Willi XC Challenge
Jul 26 – Aug 4 all-day

The Willi XC Challenge

The Willi XC Challenge is an annual hang gliding and paragliding competition that takes place at Mount 7 in Golden, BC. In 2019 it will be held from 26 July – 4 August.

With The Lookout on Mount 7 in Golden, BC as the launch point, the competition focuses on Open-Distance XC and Out-and-Return flights at one of the premier XC sites in North America.  This is your best, safest and most fun opportunity to fly big distance in the mountains.

Don’t let the word “competition” deter you.  The key word for this meet is “fun”. While the experienced pilots will (as usual) want to pit their skills against their peers, it’s all done in the spirit of good fun in a relatively low-stress environment.  For the intermediate and veteran pilots out there, there’s a chance to build your XC chops at a big mountain, big air site.  This is also an excellent opportunity for low air time pilots to gain some XC experience and learn from more seasoned pilots.  You’re welcome even if you just want to hang out at launch, watch what more experienced pilots do, then take a sledder at the end of the day.  In fact, our intent is to reward you for doing just that – safely and well.  This event is a great opportunity to learn and build your confidence in a friendly atmosphere.

thewillixc.com

facebook.com/TheWilliXCChallenge

Aug
10
Sat
Big Spring Nationals 2019 (pre Pan-Americans)
Aug 10 – Aug 17 all-day

Big Spring Nationals 2019The 17th Big Spring Nationals takes place at Big Spring, Texas from 10-17 August 2019.

The site of the 2007 World Hang Gliding Championship, organisers say Big Spring is “the finest cross-country hang gliding competition site in the World”.

They say you can expect big tasks, smooth thermals, unrestricted landing areas, easy retrieval and consistent cu’s at 1pm!

Classes are Swifts, Rigids, Women’s, Sport and Open.

Register at Airtribune.com

Aug
18
Sun
French Hang Gliding Championships
Aug 18 – Aug 23 all-day
French Hang Gliding Championships @ Targassonne | Occitanie | France

The French hang gliding Championships will take place in Targasonne in the French Pyrenees from 18-23 August 2019.

The comp will be flown from the site of Picos dels Moros near Font-Romeu, and there will be Class 1, Class 5 and Sports class categories.

championnatdefrancedelta.com

Sep
7
Sat
PWC 2019 Brazil: Pico do Gaviao
Sep 7 – Sep 14 all-day
PWC 2019 Brazil: Pico do Gaviao @ State of Minas Gerais | Brazil

The fourth round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Pico do Gaviao, Brazil from 17-14 Sep 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 Jun

Linzhou, China 8-15 Jun 2019

Manteigas, Portugal 29 Jun – 6 Jul 2019

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov

pwca.org

Sep
15
Sun
Santa Cruz Flats Race
Sep 15 – Sep 21 all-day

Santa Cruz Flats RaceFancy desert racing on hang gliders?  The Santa Cruz Flats Race takes place in Arizona, USA from 15 September 2019.

Organisers say:

The Francisco Grande Golf Resort is hosting us for the 12th year. The resort allows us to park fully assembled gliders in the green grass under the shade of many trees just adjacent to the “tower” where all of our rooms are. You can sit in the comfort of your balcony and see all the gliders below“.

Details on Airtribune.com

Sep
19
Thu
46th Coupe Icare
Sep 19 – Sep 22 all-day
46th Coupe Icare @ Saint-Hilaire | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

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.

coupe-icare.org

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