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.
The Green Swamp Sports Klassic hang gliding competition takes place in Groveland, Florida from 18-24 March 2018.
It’s a sports-class only hang gliding competition, with experienced pilots mentoring those with less experience. It is run by the Oz Report, who write:
“We are very excited about this competition (as well as the huge Quest Air National Series coming in April). Moyes, Icaro and Wills will all be represented among the mentors. We’ll get to show off the changes happening at the Quest Air Soaring Center (Wilotree Park).
Sport Class competition provides an entry point for newer hang glider pilots who wish to improve their cross-country flying skills and who would like to get a taste of hang gliding competition. Competition has become very complex and this is a great opportunity to get help to learn the many aspects of competition”.
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:
The 2018 Kwahu Paragliding Festival is a flagship event for the Ministry of Tourism in Ghana and is now in its 13th year. This year the event will take place in the Odwianuma Mountains from 30 March to 2 April 2018. Flying fee is GHC250.
The take off site is being expanded and the festival is expected to attract “thousands of people from far and near, and will include paragliding, funfairs and entertainment.”
Wills Wing Wallaby 2018 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 April. There will be a party and dinner on the Saturday night.
Wills Wing say:
“The Wills Wing demo trailer will be stocked with a full fleet of the new laminate Falcon 4s, Sport 2s, U2s and T2s. Come on out, fly and check out the latest gliders, see some old friends and help us mark the occasion!“
The Quest Air National Series takes place in Groveland, Florida, from 15-21 April 2018. It is open to Open, Sports and Rigid class hang gliders.
The competition is USHPA and CIVL sanctioned so USHPA NTSS and CIVL WPRS points will be awarded. Flymaster trackers will be used in the event, and there are places for 120 pilots.
The entry fee is $150 before 1 April, which goes up to $250 afterwards. An aerotowing fee of $350 is payable on check-in
The X-Berg Challenge four-day adventure race starts on 26 April 2018. The race sees paragliders, mountain bikers and runners racing against each other around turnpoints in the Drakensberg, South Africa.
The length of the route differs from race to race, but organisers say it will be around 90-180km in a straight line. Athletes choose their own routes to best suit their sport, taking in the turnpoints, and it’s a race to the finish.
The event is now in its sixth year, and the solo category has been won once by a trail runner and twice each by mountain bikers and paragliders.
Pilots can enter solo or as part of a team of two to four, and can mix disciplines. It’s recommended to have a dedicated supporter, but if a willing volunteer can’t be found there is a resupply service for unsupported athletes. Read about the team and solo entry combinations and more, here.
The pre-race briefing takes place on 26 April at The Border Post, Oliviershoek Pass, with race days from 27-30 April.
There is a 10% discount on the entry fee for athletes who have entered before. Registration closes 9 March 2017.
The X-Berg Challenge, Lesotho’s paragliding vs running vs biking adventure race, takes place from 20-24 March 2019.
“The challenge is to fly, run and cycle along a pre-set race route across the Drakensberg, South Africa, around turnpoints. The length of the route differs from race to race but is around 90-180 km straight-line distance. First to goal wins.”
Entries are open at xbergchallenge.com
The Southern Alps Hang Gliding Open will take place at Laragne and Saint André-les-Alpes in the southern French Alps from 5-13 May 2018.
The FAI cat 2 event is organised by the French ultralight association, ADPUL, and is open to Class 1, Class 5 and Sport Class hang gliders. The first three competition days (6-8 May) will be held at Laragne, and the remainder further south in Saint André-les-Alpes.
The tasks will be around 80-150km (more if the conditions are good) and Flymaster 360 trackers will be used to track pilots.
5 May: Registration at Laragne (Camping de Laragne-Montéglin). Introduction to cross country flying in the area covering Southern Alps aerology, plus safety and pilot briefings and practice task.
6-8 May: Competition days
9 May: Registration at St André-les-Alpes; training day; safety and pilot briefings
10-13 May: Competition days
13 May: Prize-giving from 6pm
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