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May
17
Fri
Yamaska Open (HG)
May 17 – May 20 all-day

Yamaska Open

The Yamaska Open 2019 will be held at Mt Yamaska, Quebec, during the long weekend of Victoria Day, 17-20 May 2019. There will be both open and sport class categories.

More information and registration at Airtribune.com

May
25
Sat
Canadian HG Nationals
May 25 – Jun 1 all-day

Canadian HG Nationals

The Canadian Hang Gliding Nationals will be held from 25 May – 1 June 2019 at Kamloops.

Airtribune.com

Jun
6
Thu
Moyes Guyuan China flying season
Jun 6 – Jun 22 all-day

Moyes China

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.

Moyes.com.au

Jun
7
Fri
Erzgebirge Cup 2019
Jun 7 – Jun 10 all-day

Class 5 hang gliderThe Erzgebirge Cup is an XC competition for Class 5 (rigid) hang gliders. It will be held at Hartenstein, Germany from 6-10 June 2019.

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.

dhv.de

Jun
15
Sat
Dutch HG Open 2019
Jun 15 – Jun 22 all-day

Dutch Open 2019

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

Jun
20
Thu
Ludesch open 2019 (HG)
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day
Ludesch open 2019 (HG) @ Ludesch | Vorarlberg | Austria

The annual international hang gliding competition, the Ludesch Open, has been going for more than 20 years.

The €100 entry fee includes transport to launch, retrieves, food and drink and a pilot party on the Saturday evening in the Lee Bar.

There is prize money of €300 for first place, €200 for second place and €150 for third place.

airtribune.com

 

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

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