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Mar
11
Wed
Wings Out West 2020
Mar 11 – Mar 15 all-day
Wings Out West 2020 @ Trundle | New South Wales | Australia

“Experience the thrill of flatlands XC”, say organisers of Wings Out West, a tow-launch paragliding competition that’s now in its third year, in Queensland, Australia.

It is an entry-level competition with numbers limited to 35 pilots, on EN-C and below wings. Tasks will be “modest”, and help will be on hand for less experienced pilots with GPS navigation etc.

Experienced pilots are welcome (on Sports class wings), and they can score Australian ranking points.

Organisers say, “The competition will be run in accordance with HGFA guidelines. Competition tasks will be set by an experienced competition task committee”.

Airtribune.com

Mar
24
Tue
X-Berg Challenge 2020
Mar 24 – Mar 29 all-day
X-Berg Challenge 2020 @ Mokhotlong | Lesotho

The eighth edition of the X-Berg Challenge will take place from 24-29 March 2020 with Extreme (three-day) and Mini (two-day) versions.

Paraglider pilots race mountain bikers and runners around turnpoints in the Drakensberg mountains of South Africa / Lesotho. The route distance depends which way you go, and typically only 10% of competitors make it to the finish of the Extreme Challenge.

2019’s Extreme winner was mountain biker Jon Kirkman who finished in 24 hours and 43 minutes; second in were biker team Justin Armstrong and Peter Joughin, a day later.

Between Heaven and Earth, who organise the event, are offering complete travel packages from Johannesburg International Airport to the 2020 X-Berg Challenge event, along with return transport, accommodation and add-on travel packages including trips to game reserves, Cape Town and Wilderness retreat.

 xbergchallenge.com

Mar
28
Sat
Speedriding World Meet 2020
Mar 28 – Apr 4 all-day
Speedriding World Meet 2020 @ Val-d'Isère | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

This annual speedriding festival takes place from 28 March to 4 April 2020. All levels are welcome, and riders will be mixing with and learning from some of the world’s top pros including Martin Schricke, Francois Bon, Maxence Cavalade, Yo Casta and Jules Gentet.

It’s run by skiandfly.com, who offer various packages which include accommodation (various options), daily workshops and clinics, plus there will be equipment available to test and social activities. Private coaching sessions are available at extra cost.

 

Apr
12
Sun
Paradise Airports Nationals
Apr 12 – Apr 18 all-day
Paradise Airports Nationals @ Groveland | Florida | United States

The Paradise Airports Nationals is a flatlands hang gliding competition that will be held at Wilotree Park in Florida from 12 April 2020, a week before the Worlds.

Davis Straub is meet director. There will be practice tasks on 10 and 11 April, and Open, Sport, Swift, and Rigid wing classes.

It’s an aerotow competition, and there is a $400 towing fee in addition to the competition entry fee.

Organisers say:

This is a CIVL category 2 competition set up for Class 1 Open pilots. Sport Class pilots who can’t qualify for the Worlds can register also as well as any Sport Class pilots flying in the Worlds. Women, Rigid and Swift class pilots flying in the Worlds looking to practice in advance of the Worlds are also welcome.

Live tracking with Flymaster trackers provided.

Airtribune.com

Apr
19
Sun
2020 Hang Gliding World Championships
Apr 19 – May 1 all-day

Hang Gliding World Championships 2020

The hang gliding World Championships is all set for 19 April – 1 May 2020 at Wilotree Park in Groveland, Florida.

It comprises:

  • 2nd FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Sport Class
  • 14th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Championships
  • 9th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 5
  • 1st FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 2

It’s flatland flying, and the entry fee includes the Wilotree Park fee. Flymaster trackers will be provided for the live tracking.

More information on Airtribune

Apr
28
Tue
Flow Mosel Open
Apr 28 – May 2 all-day
Flow Mosel Open @ Zeltingen-Rachtig | Rhineland-Palatinate | Germany

Now in its eleventh year, the Flow Mosel Open takes place above the beautiful Moselle river valley in Zeltingen, Germany.

Smallish take-offs mean organisers have limited numbers to 85 pilots. It’s wine country, so you’ll be flying above vineyards. Make sure to taste some local Riesling while you are there!

Airtribune.com

 

May
9
Sat
Dragon Hike-and-Fly 2020, Wales @ Crickhowell
May 9 – May 10 all-day
Dragon Hike-and-Fly 2020, Wales @ Crickhowell | Crickhowell | Wales | United Kingdom

The fourth Dragon Hike and Fly will be held on the weekend of 9-10 May with a fallback weekend of 30-31 May 2020.

There will be prizes and an end of event BBQ. The entry fee will be £50 and extra party tickets are available for supporters and friends for £10.

The event will be based out of the Crickhowell area and the nominal race distance will be approximately 100km.

Pilots should be BHPA Pilot rated, and have BHPA membership or suitable alternative insurance cover.

This year’s race is kindly supported by Air Design who are providing some of our prizes and handy windsocks for some of the likely flying spots.

Team Evol is the UK supplier of Air Design products, which include outstanding hike and fly wings including the EN B Rise 3, EN C Volt 3, and EN D Hero as well as the ground breaking Susi 3 mini wing, the smallest certified hike and fly wing in the world!

Any questions about the event can be forwarded to alistair@goteamevol.com

Supair week 2020: XC Paragliding Open
May 9 – May 15 all-day
Supair week 2020: XC Paragliding Open @ Doussard | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

Supair and Piment d’Elles, who promote women’s paragliding, are hosting a friendly competition at Annecy in the French Alps in May 2020.

The dates to note are 9-15 May, and the week will comprise a six-day competition with Open, Sports, Women’s, Leisure and Rookie categories.

A ‘competition village’ will be set up in La Nublière campsite in Doussard (competitors get a 10% discount at the campsite), and as well as the flying there will be a mid-week dinner, a conference and a beach party.

There are prizes for the competition winners as well as a prize draw. Registration opens on 15 December 2019 at Airtribune.com.

 

May
29
Fri
Gruyère Fly 2020
May 29 – May 30 all-day
Gruyère Fly 2020 @ Gruyères | Fribourg | Switzerland

Gruyère Fly is a weekend-long hike-and-fly event that takes place in the Fribourg area of Switzerland over the last weekend in May.

It’s open to “suitably experienced” pilots with IPPI 4 or 5 qualifications who are at ease with flying unknown terrain. You can choose your level and enter in Compétiteur or Mobilité douce categories. The latter allows the use of public transport including ski lifts. Assistance is allowed for either category, but not compulsory.

gruyerefly.ch

May
30
Sat
Belgian Paragliding Open 2020
May 30 – Jun 5 all-day
Belgian Paragliding Open 2020 @ Laragne-Montéglin | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France

The Belgian Paragliding Open 2020 will take place in Laragne-Monteglin, southern France, from 30 May – 5 June 2020.

Organised by Potes en Ciel and the Belgian Free Flying Federation, registration opens in January 2020. There are a total of 140 places available: 90 for Belgian nationals, 15 for VIPS and 35 for overseas pilots. Details and registration at Airtribune.com

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