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Jul
27
Fri
Parafest 2018
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day
Parafest 2018 @ Wales | United Kingdom

Parafest, the UK’s family-friendly flying-and-music festival, is back in North Wales from 27-29 July 2018.

Mixing live music and family entertainment with paragliding, hang gliding and paramotoring, Parafest takes place at Llanbedr airfield on the beautiful Welsh coast, at the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

The event will host the UK’s only manufacturers’ trade show as well winch and aerotowing for suitably qualified pilots. There are hill-launch sites just a short drive away, and local pilots will be on hand to brief visitors.

Powered pilots have a dedicated area of the airfield to use for the duration of the event, from which they can explore the miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, the picture-postcard coastal towns and the mountains and valleys of Snowdonia.

Organisers say:

“Parafest is not just for pilots it’s for the whole family. Bring your partner, bring the kids, bring non-flying friends – you can even bring the dog!”

A purpose-built stage in the festival arena will host professional live bands who will play until midnight on the Friday and Saturday nights. Party-lovers can then head over to the Asbo Disco, set away from the camping area, where DJs will play on into the wee small hours.

More information and tickets at parafest.co.uk and facebook.com/parafestuk

Sep
8
Sat
Mega Festival del Aire, Argentina @ San Pedro Airport
Sep 8 – Sep 9 all-day
Mega Festival del Aire, Argentina @ San Pedro Airport | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Argentina

This Argentinean festival celebrates all things free-flight. This year it takes place from 8-9 September, at San Pedro airport northeast of Buenos Aires.

The festival’s goal is to promote the sport among non-flyers, and there are lots of airshows including PPG acro, skydiving, paramotoring, paragliding and hang gliding, free-flight biplanes and hot air balloons. The site is a flatland location so pilots should be tow qualified to fly.

The festival was born in 2016 and the first edition saw 14,000 visitors. 160 pilots took to the skies, and 180kg of food were collected to be donated locally. In 2017 the number of visitors rose to 20,000 people, with twice as many pilots and twice the weight of food donations collected.

More on the event’s Facebook page.

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

Nov
15
Thu
Kendal MFF: Ozone Free-Flight Session
Nov 15 all-day

tain Film Festival 2018

Hang glider and paraglider adventure pilot Antoine Boisellier, and the UK’s young acro star Jack Pimblett, will be among the speakers at the Ozone Free Flight Session on 15 November 2018.

Hosted by Jocky Sanderson, the session is just one part of the four-day Kendal Mountain Film Festival, which runs from 15-18 November 2018.

The Ozone Free Flight Session starts at 19:30 on Thursday 15 November at Kendal Town Hall. Tickets are on sale now and cost £12.50 for adults, or £7.50 for under-18s.

The full program of events can be seen here.

mountainfest.co.uk

Feb
2
Sat
Las Candelas Paramotores
Feb 2 – Feb 3 all-day
Feb
8
Fri
Jaco Air Fest, Costa Rica
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day

Jaco Fest

The people of Garabito in Costa Rica say the location, geography and beauty of their home is a good spot for air sports and should be better known to pilots. They are holding a festival in February 2019 for pilots to see for themselves.

Over three days in February, the skies will filled with paragliders, hang gliders, ultralights, skydivers, aeromodels, hot air balloons and drones. In the festival arena below there will be boomerangs, frisbees, kites, a climbing wall and food stands.

A paragliding accuracy competition and acro shows are booked in too, with Raul Rodriguez and Horacio Llorens in attendance. The festival will be held in a manner that respects the environment, with activities to teach children the importance of looking after it.

Sound good? 8, 9 and 10 February 2018 are the dates to be there.

jacoairfest.com / Facebook page

Apr
19
Fri
Ghana Paragliding Festival
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

The 2019 Ghana Paragliding Festival is based at the Odweanoma Mountain, Atibie Kwahu from April 19-21, 2019. Professional tandem pilots fly hundreds of participants over the long weekend.

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

Aug
1
Thu
Coupe Icare China 2019 @ Mount Sishe, Jimo district, Qingdao city, China
Aug 1 – Aug 4 all-day

Coupe Icare China

After a successful first year in Qilian, the Chinese edition of the Coupe Icare is this year being held near Quindao city southeast of Beijing.

The organisers say “July and August are the most amazing time in Qingdao! Pilots and visitors can enjoy both Coupe Icare China Flying Festival (01-04 August) and Qingdao International Beer Festival.”

For more details see paraglidingchina.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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