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Mar
2
Fri
Stubai Cup 2018
Mar 2 – Mar 4 all-day
Stubai Cup 2018 @ Neustift im Stubaital | Tyrol | Austria

The Stubai Cup takes place every year and this year’s theme is Flying Flower Power. “Love is in the air!”, say its organisers.

The three-day event combines an open-air trade show in the landing field, testival, aerial displays and a prize draw. Chrigel Maurer will be giving a not-to-be-missed presentation on the Friday evening so get there in time for that.

Pilot briefings and weather reports will be given daily in the school, and shuttles will run from the landing field to the lifts. Pilots can then free-fly over the snowy arena before landing back at the event site.

All registered pilots are automatically entered in the Fun Cup, whose prizes include an EN-A paraglider.

Parafly.at

 

Mar
30
Fri
Icarus X Series (PPG), South Africa @ Zulu Nyala Lodge
Mar 30 – Mar 31 all-day

An Icarus X Series paramotor race, weekend-long little brother to the Icarus Trophy, is taking place at the end of March 2018 in South Africa.

The X series was created on the back of the popularity of the Icarus Trophy, the world’s longest paramotor race, and features four shorter-format stand-alone race events across four continents (one in the US, one in the UK, one in Australia and now one in South Africa). 

“March’s race will see pilots follow a stunning 340km two-day course. Taking off on the 30th of March, participants will follow an ABC-A course, starting & finishing at Zulu Nyala Lodge, Gauteng, and will fly over some of the area’s best nature reserves and parks, giving pilots a unique view of their wildlife, and stopping at checkpoints at the Vaalkop and Buffelspoort dams en route. A properly epic & diverse triangle showcasing South Africa at its best“.

As with the Icarus Trophy, there are Race and Adventure categories. Find out more at:

xseries.icarustrophy.com

Apr
28
Sat
XXIV El Hierro International Paragliding Festival @ El Hierro
Apr 28 – May 1 all-day

Join some of the world’s top acro pilots and 130 others on the beautiful island of El Hierro, known for its non-stop consistent conditions where you can fly all day.

Expect acro shows, paramotor acro displays, fun accuracy comps, lots and lots of airtime – plus non-stop fiesta in the evening.

El-Hierro-Paragliding-Festival-2018-SQUARE-850

May
6
Sun
FAI World Paramotor Championships 2018
May 6 all-day
FAI World Paramotor Championships 2018 @ Thailand

Thailand are hosting the FAI World Paramotor Championships 2018 at Pasak Jolasid Dam, Lopburi.

The event starts on 30 April, and comprises the following categories:

RPF 1 T (Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown solo) (Men)
RPF 1 T (Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown solo)
RPL 1 T (Paraglider Control / Landplane / Flown solo)
RPF 2 T (Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown with two persons)
RPL 2 T (Paraglider Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)

www.rasat-faithailand.com

May
31
Thu
Kössen Super Paragliding Testival @ Koessen
May 31 – Jun 3 all-day
Kössen Super Paragliding Testival @ Koessen | Kössen | Tyrol | Austria

 

The tenth Kössen Paragliding Testival is on from 31 May to 3 June 2018.

Last year saw record crowds at the Austrian event, with 4,300 pilots and 7,500 flights flown over four days. It’s rapidly becoming a must-attend for everyone in the paragliding industry.

The idea of the festival is that pilots can turn up, drop off their passport in exchange for a demo wing, and then use the cablecar to swiftly head up for a test fly. Dedicated pilots can fly lots of wings.

www.fly-koessen.at

Jun
1
Fri
El Yelmo International Festival of the Air 2018
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day

El Yelmo International Festival of the Air is back in Segura de la Sierra, Andalucia, Spain, on 1-3 June 2018. Now in its 19th edition, the free-flying festival promises three days of fun in the Spanish sun, with airshows, a trade fair, conferences, a competition and the International Festival of Air Cinema.

Hundreds of paraglider and paramotor pilots are expected, with 20,000 spectators over the weekend.

fiaelyelmo.com

El Yelmo 2018

Jul
25
Wed
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa
Jul 25 – Aug 3 all-day
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa @ Hartbeespoort | North West | South Africa

The Icarus trophy paramotor adventure race will take place in southern Africa in 2018.

The race, which is run by the Adventurists, has previously been held in the United States, and last year was won by 22-year-old Tucker Gott.

“This is the Icarus Trophy on steroids, adventure on a baobab stick”.

The race will be around 1,000 miles long, depending on the actual route chosen by participants. Pilots will start at Hartbeespoort near Johannesburg in South Africa on 25 July, and cross Botswana to finish in Zambia a few days later. Pilots have to land and cross borders on foot, and their passports will be checked for the appropriate stamps! More on the 2018 route here.

This year again there will be an Adventure Division (supported, no race element), and a Race Division (no designated supporter, but pilots can use ‘open access’ support- anything that the average person can access.

“Should they manage to charm total strangers into lending their assistance, that’s kosher. They cannot use help offered by friends, distant relatives, other pilots or the race team to further their progress.

“Probably the key part of any adventure is the adventurous bits. And that means setting out into the world and fending for yourself. Anything else becomes a bit less exciting. It starts to remove all the fun bits, like ‘where the hell will I sleep?’ or ‘what do I do now I’ve run out of fuel?’ And it starts to become a bit of a guided tour.”

All competitors must carry their own food, clothes and sleeping equipment (although if you land near a hotel it’s within the rules to use it) and basic paramotor spares. Competitors are tracked, and are sent regular weather reports. There’s also a support truck following just in case, although, “It will probably take a while to reach you if you land in the middle of the desert, so best pack some sandwiches”.

icarustrophy.com

Aug
21
Tue
Azores Paragliding Festival 2018
Aug 21 – Aug 25 all-day
Azores Paragliding Festival 2018 @ Azores | Portugal

The 24th Azores paragliding festival takes place from 21-25 August 2018 on the Portuguese island of Sao Miguel.

Run by the Federação Portuguesa de Voo Livre (FPVL)

See the event’s Facebook page for more information.

 

Sep
20
Thu
Coupe Icare 2018 @ St Hilaire du Touvet
Sep 20 – Sep 23 all-day

The 45th Coupe Icare takes palce 20-23 September 2018. Expect up to 100,000 visitors, thousands of paraglider and paramotor pilots, plus a huge film festival.

All the info: www.coupe-icare.org/GB_home.html

Coupe-Icare-2018

Oct
6
Sat
4807 Flying Light
Oct 6 – Oct 10 all-day

4807 Flying Light poster

The Saint-Gervais paragliding club host this festival dedicated to everything lightweight. It’s an opportunity to see and try the latest lightweight kit from a range of manufacturers.

Hike-and-fly group excusrsions are arranged, with a range of options to suit different tastes and abilities, so you can borrow kit and test it out.

stgervais.vollibre.free.fr

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