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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

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

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

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