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May
20
Mon
Endless Foot Drag (PPG)
May 20 – May 27 all-day

Endless Foot Drag 2019

The Endless Foot Drag PPG gathering will be taking place from 20-27 May 2019 at Fredonia, Kansas.

The $50 pilot registration fee includes a T-shirt and hat. Pilots can camp onsite – there will be toilet facilities and food trucks – or there are two motels in the town.

There will be a trade show, cross country scavenger hunt with cash prizes and other friendly comps and fireworks on 25th.

Pilots should be PPG 2 rated. For any pilots who wish to attend but do not have this rating, prior permission is required before flying at the event.

endlessfootdrag.com

May
25
Sat
PWC 2019 France: Coeur de Savoie
May 25 – Jun 1 all-day
PWC 2019 France: Coeur de Savoie @ Chamousset | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The first round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Chamousset, Coeur de Savoie, from 25 May – 1 June 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Linzhou, China 8-15 June 2019

Manteigas, Portugal 29 June – 6 July

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep 2019

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov 2019

pwca.org

Jun
7
Fri
Gruyere Fly 2019
Jun 7 – Jun 9 all-day
Gruyere Fly 2019 @ Gruyères | Fribourg | Switzerland

This three-day hike-and-fly competition starts and ends at the Gruyère Château.

Competitors have to complete a course around turnpoints, laid out in a figure-eight. If they complete the circuit before the time is up, they can go round again.

There are two categories: ‘Compétiteur’ is standard hike-and-fly competition rules – only your feet or your wing can be used for transport and the mandatory kit must be carried; the Mobilité douce” category offers a gentler approach, where public transport including ski-lifts can be used to help get pilots to take-offs. Between 9pm and 6am is rest time.

Pilots don’t need an FAI sporting licence, but IPPI level 4 or above is required.

gruyerefly.ch

Jun
8
Sat
PWC 2019 China: Linzhou
Jun 8 – Jun 15 all-day
PWC 2019 China: Linzhou @ Anyang | Henan | China

The second round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour takes place at Linzhou, China, from 8-15 June 2019.

The other dates on the tour are:

Coeur de Savoie, France 25 May – 1 June

Manteigas, Portugal 29 June – 6 July

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep

Loma Bola, Argentina, 9-16 Nov

pwca.org

Jun
13
Thu
Red Bull X-Alps 2019
Jun 13 – Jun 23 all-day
Red Bull X-Alps 2019 @ Salzburg | Salzburg | Austria

2019 is a Red Bull X-Alps Year! The ninth edition kicks off with the Prologue on 13 June, when all athletes race around a course, aiming to win one of three available extra night passes.

The race itself starts on 16 June. 32 athletes will be taking part, including five-times winner Chrigel Maurer (SUI1) and Romanian running man Toma Coconea who hasn’t missed a single race. Fourteen of the athletes to line up at the start are rookies, including the two female participants, Kinga Mastalerz (NZL2) and Dominika Kasieczko (POL).

The exact route for the 2019 event will be announced in March, and thousands will be following the athletes’ progress day and night via the live tracking and media updates.

redbullxalps.com

 

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

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

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
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

Nov
9
Sat
PWC 2019 Argentina: Loma Bola
Nov 9 – Nov 16 all-day

The fifth and final round of the 2019 Paragliding World Cup tour will now be held in Loma Bola, Argentina (the event planned in Mexico was cancelled).

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

Pico do Gaviao, Brazil 7-14 Sep 2019

pwca.org

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