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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

Oct
5
Sat
Canungra Hang Gliding Classic 2019
Oct 5 – Oct 12 all-day

Canungra Hang Gliding Classic 2019

The first hang gliding competition of the Australian calendar, the Canungra Classic is an eight-day, FAI cat. 2 competition. It starts on 5 October 2019.

Organisers say:

It will be an opportunity for aspiring competition pilots to fly with Australia and New Zealand’s best pilots. Overseas pilots are most welcome and will be rewarded with the opportunity of flying one of Australia’s challenging and premier hang gliding sites“.

Take-off is Mount Tamborine. The entry fee is AUS$300 plus AUS$30 site fee for non-members. Pilots must hold at least temporary membership to the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.

Airtribune.com

Oct
13
Sun
Pre-PWC Argentina
Oct 13 @ 8:26 am – Oct 19 @ 9:26 am

Pre-PWC ArgentinaA The Argentinean Championship takes place from 13 October 2019 at La Rioja, and it is also a pre-PWC event.

Organisers say the launch site is well known for its excellent thermals, and the take-off has been recently improved, with 500m² of synthetic grass to lay your wing out on.

Airtribune.com

 

Oct
19
Sat
Canungra Cup 2019
Oct 19 – Oct 26 all-day

Canungra Cup 2019

Australia’s popular paragliding season-opener, the Canungra Cup is back. This year’s dates are 19-26 October.

The Canungra Cup is an eight-day, FAI 2 cat. comp, with scores counting towards pilots’ WPRS scores. Pilots must be IPPI4 rated or equivalent to take part, and need to be members or temporary members of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.

The AU$400 (Early Bird) or AU$450 entry fee includes retrieves and airport transfers.

Airtribune.com

Pre-PWC La Reunion
Oct 19 @ 8:34 am – Oct 25 @ 9:34 am

Pre-PWC La Reunion

The verdant island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean is to host a pre-PWC event from 19-25 October 2019.

The flying sites at Saint Leu, Saint Paul and Saint Rose are all potential launches for the event.

lvl.re / Airtibune.com

Oct
30
Wed
Open Iquique
Oct 30 – Nov 3 all-day

Open Iquique 2019

Organisers bill the Iquique Open as “the most extreme and driest competition in Chile”. Pilots launch on a hill facing the breeze from the Pacific Ocean, then have the Atacama desert as a huge playground to the east.

Airspace restrictions to the south will be relaxed during the event, to allow a corridor of flight in what is usually the no-go around Diego Aracena airport.

Organisers claim flying is possible 360 days a year, and for up to 10 hours a day in October and November. Expect 2-6m/s thermals and winds of 8-25km/h.

Airtribune.com

Nov
1
Fri
Canoa Open 2019
Nov 1 – Nov 3 all-day

Canoa Open 2019

Racing hang gliders along the Pacific coastline in Ecuador in constant sea breezes with fabulous views – that’s the Canoa Open!

The competition has been on the calendar for an incredible 24 years. Take-off is a pilot-owned launch site called The Nest, at 165m and pilots reach heights of up to around 600m. It’s all about low-to-the-ground speed flying. There’s no airspace to worry about and you can land on the beach.

Airtribune.com

Nov
14
Thu
European Paragliding Convention
Nov 14 – Nov 15 all-day
Nov
23
Sat
Pre-PWC Santiago and Chilean Open
Nov 23 – Nov 30 all-day

Pre-PWC SantiagoFly with condors in the strong thermals of the Chilean Andes at the Chilean Open 2019, which is also a pre-PWC event.

Base is the flying site of Vizcachas, Santiago. Sign up for “exciting and challenging paragliding”, 8m/s thermals, 100+km flights and memories to last a lifetime!

Airtribune.com

Dec
7
Sat
Asian Oceanic Continental Championships – test event
Dec 7 – Dec 14 all-day

Bright, AustraliaIn December 2019, Bright, Australia, is to host a test event for the forthcoming 2020 Cat. 1 Asian Oceanic Continental Championships.

The test competition is open to all registered FAI competition pilots with a minimum of Australia PG4 / IPPI4 equivalent. Pilots will be selected based on Australian National and WPRS rankings.

Register at Airtribune.com

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