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Apr
7
Sun
Pre-PWC Brazil: Governador Valadares
Apr 7 – Apr 13 all-day
Pre-PWC Brazil: Governador Valadares @ Governador Valadares | State of Minas Gerais | Brazil

A pre-PWC round is to be held at Governador Valadares, Brazil from 7-13 April 2019.

It also serves as the first round of the Brazilian Paragliding Championship.

pwca.org

Apr
18
Thu
Montegrappa Trophy 2019
Apr 18 – Apr 22 all-day

Montegrappa Trophy 2019

The Montegrappa Trophy competition takes place at Borso del Grappa in north-east Italy over the Easter weekend, 18-22 April 2019.

There are places for up to 150 pilots in the competition, which is also a round of the Italian Nationals 2019. Alongside the competition is a season-opening trade show – come and see the current lines of some of the industry’s biggest names.

More details at Trofeomontegrappa.it and Airtribune.

Apr
29
Mon
Greek Paragliding Championship / Pre World Cup 2019
Apr 29 – May 5 all-day

Empesos

Empesos is to host the 2019 Greek Paragliding Championship, which will also be a pre World Cup event.

Organisers say the site is well known as a competition venue, offering outstanding views, plentiful thermals, friendly locals and excellent fresh local food.

More at Livetrack24.

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
14
Sun
Pre-PWC Spain: Piedrahita
Jul 14 @ 2:38 pm – Jul 19 @ 3:38 pm
Pre-PWC Spain: Piedrahita @ Piedrahíta | Castilla y León | Spain

NomadAir are to host a pre-PWC round in Piedrahita, Spain from 14-19 July 2019.

pwca.orgnomadair.com

Aug
31
Sat
Pre-PWC Brazil: Poços de Caldas
Aug 31 – Sep 6 all-day
Pre-PWC Brazil: Poços de Caldas @ State of Minas Gerais | Brazil

A second Brazilian pre-PWC for 2019 is to be held in Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais from 31 Aug to 6 Sep, the week before the PWC round in Pico do Gaviao.

It is also the second round of the Brazilian National Championships.

pwc.org

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.

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

Nov
14
Thu
European Paragliding Convention
Nov 14 – Nov 15 all-day

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