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Aug
19
Sat
FAI European Paramotor Championships 2017
Aug 19 – Aug 26 all-day

The 2017 European Paramotor Championships will be held at Prerov in the Czech Republic from 19-26 August 2017.

The FAI cat. 1 event will include the following disciplines:

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

fai.org

Sep
21
Thu
Coupe Icare 2017
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day

Coupe Icare 2017 poster

Every September for the last 43 years, the Chartreuse region of France has hosted the Coupe Icare flying festival. This year will make it 44, and the dates to note are Thursday 21 September to Sunday 24th.

This finale to the 2017 European season promises all the fun and packed schedule of previous events, with a huge trade show (Cross Country magazine will be there), fancy-dress fly-in, air displays, paramotor racing, film festival, food tent, street theatre, kids’ activities and a whole lot more.

Bring the family and come along for a four-day social and all-things-flying binge.

coupe-icare.org

Oct
29
Sun
2017 World Slalom Challenge (PPG)
Oct 29 – Nov 7 all-day

The World Paramotoring Slalom Challenge will take place in Egypt from 29 October 2017.

fai.org

Feb
2
Fri
European Paraglider Convention 2018 @ Europa Park
Feb 2 – Feb 4 all-day

European Paraglider Convention 2018

From 2 to 4 February 2018, the first ever European Paraglider Convention will take place in 2,000m² of exhibition halls at the Europapark in Rust, Germany.

Despite its title, the EPC is aimed at hang glider and PPG pilots as well as paragliders. It will comprise a huge trade show, plus lectures and training events and the event will occupy more than 2,000m² of exhibition space.

epc.aero

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
17
Sat
UP Season Opener, Bassano
Mar 17 – Mar 18 all-day

UP 2018 Season Opener BassanoOn March 17th and 18th 2018, UP will be hosting a season-opening event in Bassano Del Grappa, for pilots to meet the team and test their wing range.

“We invite all interested private pilots, team pilots and partners to interact with the UP team, test UP products and celebrate.
The exact event schedule will be announced when we have a reliable weather forecast. Events include:

Presentation of the UP MERU and UP Ascent4 by UP developer Franta Pavlousek
Lecture about the Himalayan Adventure Trip by UP-Teampilot and adventurer Boxi
Guided Hike & Fly by Boxi
Musical background at the landing field by UP-DJ Kilian

Of course we will have all UP glider models available in sufficient numbers for extensive on-site testing.
The entire UP Team is looking forward to a social weekend and lots of fun flying together.

Where?

Via Caose, 20
31030 Borso del Grappa TV
Italy

Replacement date incase of bad weather: 24th & 25th March 2018″

up-paragliders.com

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
10
Thu
Pre-World Cup PG Accuracy, India 2018 @ Shelar, Kamshet
May 10 – May 13 all-day

The Pre-World Cup PG Accuracy India 2018 is the 5th Accuracy event being organised by PAI and the first CAT 2 being held at the Shelar site in Kamshet, Maharashtra, India. In addition it is the 1st Pre PG Accuracy World Cup to be held in India.

Shelar is one of the few flying sites in peninsular India to host a nesting site of the globally threatened Indian Vulture ( Gyps indicus) . As you fly your task, you may find them observing you calmly from their perch or they may join you on a glide. Keep an eye out for other large raptors too such as Short Toed Snake Eagle, Montague’s harrier, Peregrine Falcon and Common Buzzards.

Kamshet-Accuracy

Spot on. Illustration: Steve Ham

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