El Yelmo International Festival of the Air is back in Segura de la Sierra, Andalucia, Spain, on 1-3 June 2018. Now in its 19th edition, the free-flying festival promises three days of fun in the Spanish sun, with airshows, a trade fair, conferences, a competition and the International Festival of Air Cinema.
Hundreds of paraglider and paramotor pilots are expected, with 20,000 spectators over the weekend.
The 2018 X-Pyr starts on Sunday 24 June 2018, with 40 teams signed up to race 567km across the Pyrenees from west to east by foot and by paraglider.
The race begins at 10am on Sunday 24th June at Hondarribia on the west coast. First to goal at El Port de la Selva on the east coast, wins. The rest of the teams then have 24 hours until the clock stops. All athletes have to stop and rest overnight.
Follow the live tracking on the X-Pyr website.
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.
The flying site is situated in the north of Portugal with high mountains and open valleys, surrounded by vast plains to several directions. The place is perfect and secure for cross-country flights. “Good for 100km triangles”, organisers say!
“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 Eigertour hike-and-fly race sets off from Grindelwald, Switzerland on 18 July 2018.
There are pro and amateur categories in the three-day race, which uses Alpine refuges as turnpoints.
The rules are simple:
- A given route to mountain huts
- A photo in front of every hut with equipment uploaded to our FB site
- The first one who arrives after the completed route to grindelwald wins the race
- Only hiking and flying is allowed
- Approved pro-pilots are allowed for the pro-tour
- All the other pilots may compete at the amateur tour
The Icarus trophy paramotor adventure race will take place in southern Africa in 2018.
“This is the Icarus Trophy on steroids, adventure on a baobab stick”.
The race will be around 1,000 miles long, depending on the actual route chosen by participants. Pilots will start at Hartbeespoort near Johannesburg in South Africa on 25 July, and cross Botswana to finish in Zambia a few days later. Pilots have to land and cross borders on foot, and their passports will be checked for the appropriate stamps! More on the 2018 route here.
This year again there will be an Adventure Division (supported, no race element), and a Race Division (no designated supporter, but pilots can use ‘open access’ support- anything that the average person can access.
“Should they manage to charm total strangers into lending their assistance, that’s kosher. They cannot use help offered by friends, distant relatives, other pilots or the race team to further their progress.
“Probably the key part of any adventure is the adventurous bits. And that means setting out into the world and fending for yourself. Anything else becomes a bit less exciting. It starts to remove all the fun bits, like ‘where the hell will I sleep?’ or ‘what do I do now I’ve run out of fuel?’ And it starts to become a bit of a guided tour.”
All competitors must carry their own food, clothes and sleeping equipment (although if you land near a hotel it’s within the rules to use it) and basic paramotor spares. Competitors are tracked, and are sent regular weather reports. There’s also a support truck following just in case, although, “It will probably take a while to reach you if you land in the middle of the desert, so best pack some sandwiches”.
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!