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.
Come to the high mountains of Pakistan for the first Pakistan International paragliding Cup, which is to be held in Muzaffarabad.
Dave Snowden will be Meet Director, and there are places for up to 120 pilots to compete in Elite ( up to 100km tasks) and Sports (up to 50km) categories.
It’s high-mountain terrain: “The region of Azad Jamu and Kashmir offers mountain paragliding from accessible launches into ranges which rise to 6,000-8,000m.”
Pilots can also opt to sign up for a 6-day tour to Hunza in the inner Karakoram after the competition (US$400).
Test out new lightweight equipment, speak to manufacturers and join in the group hike-and-fly sorties, under the watchful gaze of Mont Blanc. Or atop it, if you are really, really lucky!
The 4807 Flying Light salon at Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is now in its twelfth year and supported by 14 major paragliding equipment manufacturers. It’s grown in duration to a five-day event, and is one not to be missed if you love hike-and-fly in high mountains.
It’s free to enter the trade area, €10 to test out material.
The first hang gliding competition of the Australian calendar, the Canungra Classic is an eight-day, FAI cat. 2 competition. It starts on 5 October 2019.
“It will be an opportunity for aspiring competition pilots to fly with Australia and New Zealand’s best pilots. Overseas pilots are most welcome and will be rewarded with the opportunity of flying one of Australia’s challenging and premier hang gliding sites“.
Take-off is Mount Tamborine. The entry fee is AUS$300 plus AUS$30 site fee for non-members. Pilots must hold at least temporary membership to the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.
A The Argentinean Championship takes place from 13 October 2019 at La Rioja, and it is also a pre-PWC event.
Organisers say the launch site is well known for its excellent thermals, and the take-off has been recently improved, with 500m² of synthetic grass to lay your wing out on.
Australia’s popular paragliding season-opener, the Canungra Cup is back. This year’s dates are 19-26 October.
The Canungra Cup is an eight-day, FAI 2 cat. comp, with scores counting towards pilots’ WPRS scores. Pilots must be IPPI4 rated or equivalent to take part, and need to be members or temporary members of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.
The AU$400 (Early Bird) or AU$450 entry fee includes retrieves and airport transfers.
Organisers bill the Iquique Open as “the most extreme and driest competition in Chile”. Pilots launch on a hill facing the breeze from the Pacific Ocean, then have the Atacama desert as a huge playground to the east.
Airspace restrictions to the south will be relaxed during the event, to allow a corridor of flight in what is usually the no-go around Diego Aracena airport.
Organisers claim flying is possible 360 days a year, and for up to 10 hours a day in October and November. Expect 2-6m/s thermals and winds of 8-25km/h.
Racing hang gliders along the Pacific coastline in Ecuador in constant sea breezes with fabulous views – that’s the Canoa Open!
The competition has been on the calendar for an incredible 24 years. Take-off is a pilot-owned launch site called The Nest, at 165m and pilots reach heights of up to around 600m. It’s all about low-to-the-ground speed flying. There’s no airspace to worry about and you can land on the beach.
The Moyes Team Challenge aims to introduce hang glider pilots to flying the Forbes flatlands in Spring conditions, under the guidance of an experienced team leader.
Tasks will be set and pilots will learn about weather conditions, instruments and more. The evenings will be spent reinforcing that knowledge around a good ole Aussie barbie.
It costs $150 to enter. It’s an aerotow comp and tows are an additional $30 each. There is the possibility for pilots to gain their aerotow rating during the event.
To apply, email Vicki, email@example.com and include, your name, HGFA#, Hours, Glider, Experience.