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Jul
12
Fri
World Hang Gliding Championship
Jul 12 – Jul 26 all-day

Hang Gliding World Championships Italy 2019

The FAI World Hang Gliding Championship takes place every two years, and 2019 is a Championship year! The 22nd event will take place from 12-27 July 2019 in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.

Organisers say tasks will explore far and wide, and may well take pilots across borders into Slovenia and Austria.

Italy2019.com

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

Jul
21
Sun
Flymaster Open 2019
Jul 21 – Jul 27 all-day

 

Flymaster Open

The first Flymaster Open paragliding XC competition is set to take place in Krushevo, Macedonia from 21-27 July 2019. “The first of many”, organisers say.

It also serves as the Macedonia paragliding championship. It’s an FAI 2 competition for pilots of all wing classes. Flymaster are sponsoring the event with live tracking for all pilots and instruments to be awarded as prizes in a draw.

The entry fee is €190 until 30 May, €220 thereafter, and includes a colour map, tracking and retrieves, packed lunches, SIM cards and parties.

Register at Flymasteropen.com

 

Aug
5
Mon
16th Paragliding World Championships
Aug 5 – Aug 18 all-day
16th Paragliding World Championships @ Krushevo | Municipality of Kruševo | Macedonia (FYROM)

The 16th Paragliding World Championships take place in Krushevo, Macedonia this August.

Will the French be knocked from their top spots? Pierre Rémy and Seiko Fukuoka-Naville are reigning champions, finishing on top in Monte Avena in 2017.

fai.org

 

Aug
10
Sat
Big Spring Nationals 2019 (pre Pan-Americans)
Aug 10 – Aug 17 all-day

Big Spring Nationals 2019The 17th Big Spring Nationals takes place at Big Spring, Texas from 10-17 August 2019.

The site of the 2007 World Hang Gliding Championship, organisers say Big Spring is “the finest cross-country hang gliding competition site in the World”.

They say you can expect big tasks, smooth thermals, unrestricted landing areas, easy retrieval and consistent cu’s at 1pm!

Classes are Swifts, Rigids, Women’s, Sport and Open.

Register at Airtribune.com

Italian HG Open / Monte Cucco International Trophy 2019
Aug 10 – Aug 18 all-day

Italian HG Open Monte Cucco International Trophy
The Italian Open / Monte Cucco International trophy takes place in Sigillo, Italy from 10-18 August 2019, and is to be a test event for the 2020 European Class 1 Championships. 

The flying arena is the Alta Valle del Chiascio and the mountain ridges of the Monte Cucco Massif in Sigillo, a place that has hosted numerous high-level hang gliding competitions before.

The entry fee includes a T-shirt, dinner and packed lunches but pilots need to organise their own lifts to launch and retrieves. The organisation can provide contact details for shuttle drivers if necessary.

Register at Airtribune.com

Aug
18
Sun
Disentis Open 2019
Aug 18 – Aug 24 all-day
Disentis Open 2019 @ Disentis | Grisons | Switzerland

The Disentis Open is an FAI cat 2 “educational open”, that will be held in Switzerland from 18-24 August 2019.

Meet director Martin Scheel will give daily briefings and weather forecasts (pictured above, photo by Andy Busslinger), and there will be lectures and workshops throughout the week. Speakers include Urs Haari (on emergency systems), Jörg Ewald (instruments) and Urs Braun (mental training).

Prizes and rankings will be for Open and Sport Classes (up to EN C).

Registration opens 1 May 2019. The entry fee is CHF 295 for Swiss nationals, or €250 for non-Swiss. Pilots ranking in the top 50 of the WPRS get a free place.

www.disentis-open.ch

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
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

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