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.
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.
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.
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.
This 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.
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
The UK’s music and flying festival, Parafest, returns to the stunning setting of Caerwys in North Wales in July 2019.
Parafest is the UK’s only event for all foot launched and single-seat trike aviation. The festival site is ideally placed for access to both coastal and mountain flying, with several North Wales flying sites a short drive away for free-flyers, and a dedicated field for powered craft to use from Thursday to Sunday.
There will be a trade show with demo equipment available, and the British Vintage Hang Glider Rally will be on site with up to 40 fully rigged gliders charting the history of UK hang gliding from its beginnings to the present day.
The pilot-run ‘Fly Inn’ bar will be stocked with Welsh real ales, gins, rums, Pimms, Prosecco, cocktails and more. In addition there will be arts and crafts markets, a children’s area, live music from 1pm to 1am on the Friday and Saturday nights, sideshows and much more.
Tickets are on sale now and cost £65 for pilots (Thursday to Sunday) or £55 for non-flyers. Under-16s are free and dogs are welcome. Organisers warn, “Parafest sells out to capacity every year and tickets must be bought in advance from the website”.