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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
6
Fri
Stubai Cup 2020
Mar 6 – Mar 8 all-day
Stubai Cup 2020 @ Neustift im Stubaital | Tyrol | Austria

The Stubai Cup is back! The 28th event will take place from 6-8 March 2020, and will host the Paragliding Accuracy Cup.

There’s always a great atmosphere at this open-air trade show and testival, and it’s a great way to meet up with old friends and kick-start the 2020 European flying season.

stubai.at | parafly.at

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
11
Thu
Super Paragliding Testival 2020
Jun 11 – Jun 14 all-day

The dates to note for this year’s Super Paragliding Testival are 11 – 14 June 2020.

Pilots are invited to put the dates in the diary then come along and test wings and harnesses (solo only – no tandem flights allowed at the event).

The ski lift that goes to launch is within easy walk of the landing field where the manufacturers’ stands will be set up. It’s also home to the famous Fliegerbar that will be serving cold beer and weisswurst (white sausage). Choose what you want to demo, head up the lift then fly from the north-facing mountain slope, known for its gentle thermals.

fly-koessen.at

Kossen Super Paragliding Festival

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.

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