The Green Swamp Sports Klassic hang gliding competition takes place in Groveland, Florida from 18-24 March 2018.
It’s a sports-class only hang gliding competition, with experienced pilots mentoring those with less experience. It is run by the Oz Report, who write:
“We are very excited about this competition (as well as the huge Quest Air National Series coming in April). Moyes, Icaro and Wills will all be represented among the mentors. We’ll get to show off the changes happening at the Quest Air Soaring Center (Wilotree Park).
Sport Class competition provides an entry point for newer hang glider pilots who wish to improve their cross-country flying skills and who would like to get a taste of hang gliding competition. Competition has become very complex and this is a great opportunity to get help to learn the many aspects of competition”.
Wills Wing Wallaby 2018 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 April. There will be a party and dinner on the Saturday night.
Wills Wing say:
“The Wills Wing demo trailer will be stocked with a full fleet of the new laminate Falcon 4s, Sport 2s, U2s and T2s. Come on out, fly and check out the latest gliders, see some old friends and help us mark the occasion!“
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
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.
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
Facebook page here.
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)
The 2018 Belgian Hang Gliding Open takes place in Tolmin, Slovenia in the first week of July.
“In the tradition of the Belgian nationals, we want to offer a competition for all XC pilot levels: from beginners to very experienced pilots. The main idea is to have a fair and enjoyable Cat 2 competition for everyone.
While we will not be pushing the limits of what can be done with hang gliding, we will of course ensure that the tasks are long enough to have a fair competition. Safety is high on our priority list and the inviting area allows us to set nice and scenic tasks for all experience levels”.
Registration and more information on Airtribune.
“Cosmos, although a small town, has tow roads of gold. You would be surprised how few two-mile sections of rural road are unobstructed by power lines and trees. Cosmos has some of the best. We utilise both N/S and E/W gravel roads for truck tow/platform launches. These are quiet, county roads lined with corn, soybeans, beets and hay for easy bailout LZs as far as you can see”.
Pilots need to be USHPA members, rated H2 or above.
The Hang Gliding Pre-Worlds 2018 will be based in Tolmezzo, Friuli Venezia Giulia, in the northeast of Italy and will run from 27 July until 4 August.
“The competition flying area will develop above extremely different and vast areas: from the sea to the Dolomites, crossing the flatlands, the Alps and the Prealps. The main competition region will be Friuli Venezia Giulia, but pilots could fly also above some other regions and countries: Veneto, Trentino Alto Adige, Slovenia and Austria“.
More information and registration at Airtribune.com
If you come to Texas in August for the 16th Big Spring National Series you can expect big Tasks, smooth thermals, unrestricted landing areas and easy retrieval.
In addition, consistent 1pm cumulus development, air-conditioned HQ and free water and ice cream are in store. Organisers say, “We usually fly big distances every day at Big Spring so be prepared physically.” You have been warned!