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Feb
5
Tue
XCBusa 2019
Feb 5 – Oct 31 all-day

XCBusa 2019

XCBusa is an annual paragliding competition that has been run by the Busa Flying Team in the Lake Garda area of Italy since 2014.

Scores take into account three flights. These can be flown any time between February and October but must meet specific criteria. Two must be declared before the flight is flown, and a third can be declared within 24 hours afterwards. The specific criteria can be studied on XCbusa.com.

There are always good prizes on offer, and this year the first prize is a Woody Valley GTO Light harness.

xcbusa.com

May
30
Thu
Hand’Icare Cup 2019
May 30 – Jun 2 all-day

Hand'Icare Cup 2019

The first ever Hand’Icare Cup is to take place at Saint Hilaire, France from 30 May – 2 June 2019. It’s a friendly paragliding competition open to all, with places reserved for pilots with disabilities.

Pilots take part in teams of two, though participants can sign up individually and will be allocated a team partner.

The tasks are diverse and audience-friendly, and will include “Le Ponpon” – catching two balloons tied together with string, endurance, spot-landing and cross-country.

Wings, harnesses, GPSs, wheelchairs and other equipment are available to borrow if required – contact the organisers for more information.

handicarecup.com

May
31
Fri
20th El Yelmo International Air Festival
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

El Yelmo

The 20th El Yelmo International Air Festival will be held from 31 May – 2 June 2019.

There will be a trade fair, air shows and the Festival of Air Cinema, plus the fifth El Yelmo XC Open will be held a few days before the main event.

fiaelyelmo.com

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
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
19
Wed
Iceland PG Open 2019
Jun 19 – Jun 23 all-day

Iceland PG Open 2019If you’ve ever fancied exploring the rugged and beautiful Icelandic landscape by air, the Iceland PG Open, which takes place from 19-23 June 2019, could be the ideal time to do it.

Registration is through Airtribune. The competition has a limit of 50 pilots, and Icelanic nationals have priority over the first 30 places until 15 March.

HQ is the campsite at Arnes, about 100km east of Reykjavik. You will need a car to get there.

Airtribune.com 

 

Jun
20
Thu
Jura’ltitude XC 2019
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day

Jura’ltitude XC is an accessible two-day hike-and-fly competition in the Swiss Alps, with two categories:

In the Access category, a five-turnpoint 56km course is defined around Moutiers which pilots can follow either clockwise or anticlockwise; The Adventure category has 20 turnpoints, each allocated a certain number of points. Pilots visit as many of the turnpoints as they like, in any order, to gather as many points as possible.

The usual hike-and-fly rules apply and asistants are allowed, but not compulsory.

juraltitude.ch

Jun
22
Sat
British Championship Open 2019, Spain
Jun 22 – Jun 28 all-day

Pedro Bernardo

The second of two British Paragliding Championships/Opens of 2019 will be held at Pedro Bernardo near Avila in Spain, from 22-28 June.

pgcomps.org.uk

Jun
29
Sat
Ozone Chabre Open 2019
Jun 29 – Jul 5 all-day

Ozone Chabre Open 2018This low-stress, friendly competition is now in its 14th year. It will take place during the first week of July, and makes use of several take-offs in the vicinity of Laragne-Montéglin in southern France.

This year the competition will be open to sport class wings and below – no EN-Ds allowed! Jocky Sanderson will be meet director again.

Scoring will be in Fun, Recreation and Sport classes, defined by wing aspect ratio (see flylaragne.com for more details) with a strong emphasis on team flying. Pilots are encouraged to form mixed-ability and mixed wing-class teams of four pilots.

A full programme of events – social and educational – will be planned around the flying.

Pilots flying Ozone wings get a €20 reduction of the entry fee.

Registration opens on 20 January 2019 at 6pm GMT. Pilots need to register early, and are encouraged to register in teams of four.

flylaragne.com

Jul
7
Sun
BGD Weightless 2019
Jul 7 – Jul 13 all-day

 

BGD Epic

The second BGD Weightless competition will take place in Saint Jean Montclar, France from 7-13 July 2019.

The competition is aimed at up-and-coming pilots looking to improve their cross-country competition flying, in a fun environment alongside some of the best pilots in the world.

Organisers say the event is particularly suited to leisure pilots who have flown some XCs (20km+), but it does not exclude more advanced pilots who will also benefit from participation, although no two-liners are allowed.

For 2019, Bruce has says he will be testing a new handicap system for Weightless.

“We will remove the weight categories and have a handicap system instead. The handicap will be based on 0.25% score adjustment (score of each pilot per task) for every 1kg in weight. This is the conclusion drawn from the analysis of the first weightless comp. Fine details of how this handicap will be applied are not yet decided. Anyway it’s an ongoing experiment, so we will try it next year and see how it works.

“As the BGD weightless scoring is experimental and the scoring system is ‘in development’ we will be using this prototype handicap scoring system only for the event itself.  The results submitted to FAI will be the standard results without any weight adjustment. So effectively there will be two different scores for the event. The Weight Adjusted scores and the standard FAI scores.

“Prizes at the event will follow weight adjusted scores. FAI ranking will follow FAI scores”.

More information and registration at airtribune.com

 

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