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
The 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.
This annual speedriding festival takes place from 28 March to 4 April 2020. All levels are welcome, and riders will be mixing with and learning from some of the world’s top pros including Martin Schricke, Francois Bon, Maxence Cavalade, Yo Casta and Jules Gentet.
It’s run by skiandfly.com, who offer various packages which include accommodation (various options), daily workshops and clinics, plus there will be equipment available to test and social activities. Private coaching sessions are available at extra cost.
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.
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.
The hang gliding World Championships is all set for 19 April – 1 May 2020 at Wilotree Park in Groveland, Florida.
- 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
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.
The Pan American Championships is an aerotow hang gliding competition set to take place in Big Spring, Texas – billed by organisers as “the finest cross-country hang gliding competition site in the World” – in August 2020.
Organisers say Big Spring is synonymous with big tasks, smooth thermals, unrestricted landing areas, easy retrieves, consistent 1pm cumulus development, air-conditioned HQ, a hangar for set-up and free water and ice cream. And records, of course.
Pilots must be at least temporary USHPA members to take part in the competition, and must hold the equivalent of IPPI5 rating, and be aerotow proficient.
Entry fees are $550 per pilot plus tow fees of $900 (for 11 – 12 days).
Check Airtribune.com for the full conditions.