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Apr
15
Sun
Quest Air National Series 2018 (HG) @ Sheets Field
Apr 15 – Apr 21 all-day
Quest Air National Series 2018 (HG) @ Sheets Field | Florida | United States

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

questairhanggliding.com / Airtribune.com

 

Apr
21
Sat
Bordairrace 2018: Chiemsee, Germany
Apr 21 – Apr 24 all-day
Bordairrace 2018: Chiemsee, Germany @ Aschau im Chiemgau | Bayern | Germany

The 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series kicks off in Germany’s Kampenwand/Chiemsee on 21 April.

The series has historically served as training for Red Bull X-Alps athletes, including Paul Guschlbauer, Lars Budack, Pascal Purin, Thomas Hofbauer and Simon Oberrauner. This year for the first time there will be a rookie class, and the events will have live tracking.

2018 Series
21-24 April: Kampenwand/Chiemsee, Germany
26-27 May: Schöckl, Austria
7-8 July: Kössen, Austria (Austrian hike-and-fly championship)

More information, and registration, at Bordairrace.com

Bordairrace’s Facebook page

Apr
26
Thu
X-berg Challenge 2018 @ The Border Post, Oliviershoek Pass
Apr 26 – May 1 all-day

X-Berg Challenge 2018 videoThe 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.

xbergchallenge.comfacebook.com/XBergChallenge

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.

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May
4
Fri
X-Berg Challenge 2019
May 4 all-day

X-Berg Challenge 2019

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

May
5
Sat
Southern Alps Hang Gliding Open
May 5 – May 13 all-day
Southern Alps Hang Gliding Open @ Saint-André-les-Alpes | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France

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.

Schedule:
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

More information at ultralight-glider.com, and registration here.

Facebook page here.

 

May
10
Thu
Pre-PWC Passy, France, 2018
May 10 – May 13 all-day
Pre-PWC Passy, France, 2018 @ Passy | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The club Mont Blanc Vol Libre are hosting a Pre-PWC round at Passy Plaine-Joux from 10-13 May 2017.

Photo: cmbvl.fr

pwca.org

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

May
18
Fri
2018 Yamaska Open / Canadian Nationals (HG)
May 18 – May 22 all-day

Yamaska Open 2018
The Canadian Hang Gliding Nationals / Yamaska open will be held at Mt. Yamaska, “during the long weekend of Victoria Day, at the best of spring”.

The FAI cat. 2 competition has Open and Sports class categories, and can welcome up to 30 pilots. It is HPAC and CIVL sanctioned and WPRS points will be awarded.

May 18 will be check-in and practice day, with 19-21 as flying days and 22nd as a reserve day.

The competition fees do not include rides to launch, or retrieve. (It will be easy to arrange for both)

Further info at hpac.caaqvl.qc.cacvly.cadvl.ca

May
26
Sat
Bordairrace 2018: Schöckl, Austria
May 26 – May 27 all-day
Bordairrace 2018: Schöckl, Austria @ Styria | Austria

The second round of the 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series takes place at Schöckl, Austria, from 26-27 May 2018. 

2018 Series
21-24 April: Kampenwand/Chiemsee, Germany
26-27 May: Schöckl, Austria
7-8 July: Kössen, Austria (Austrian hike-and-fly championship)

More information, and registration, at Bordairrace.com

Bordairrace’s Facebook page

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