What’s On

Your free-flying calendar

Jun
1
Fri
El Yelmo International Festival of the Air 2018
Jun 1 – Jun 3 all-day

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.

fiaelyelmo.com

El Yelmo 2018

Jul
2
Mon
Belgian open 2018 (HG)
Jul 2 – Jul 6 all-day
Belgian open 2018 (HG) @ Tolmin | Tolmin | Slovenia

The 2018 Belgian Hang Gliding Open takes place in Tolmin, Slovenia in the first week of July.

Organisers say:

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.

Jul
8
Sun
European Hang Gliding Championships 2018
Jul 8 – Jul 21 all-day

CIVL has announced that Krushevo, Macedonia, will host the 20th FAI European Hang gliding Class 1 championship from August 5 till 17, 2018.

More info here

Jul
16
Mon
15th European Paragliding Championship
Jul 16 – Jul 28 all-day

European Paragliding Championship 2018The 15th European Paragliding Championship will take place in Montalegre, Portugal, from 16 – 28 July 2018. 

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!

Airtribune.com

europg2018.pt

Jul
18
Wed
2018 Midwest Corn Alps, USA
Jul 18 – Jul 21 all-day

Midwest Corn AlpsThe US flatlands of Minnesota are where the Midwest Corn Alps will be held in July 2018. Both hang gliders and paraglider pilots are invited.

“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.

airtribune.com

Jul
25
Wed
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa
Jul 25 – Aug 3 all-day
Icarus Trophy 2018, Africa @ Hartbeespoort | North West | South Africa

The Icarus trophy paramotor adventure race will take place in southern Africa in 2018.

The race, which is run by the Adventurists, has previously been held in the United States, and last year was won by 22-year-old Tucker Gott.

“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”.

icarustrophy.com

Jul
27
Fri
Hang Gliding Pre-worlds 2018 – Friuli Venezia Giulia
Jul 27 – Aug 4 all-day
Hang Gliding Pre-worlds 2018 - Friuli Venezia Giulia @ Tolmezzo | Friuli-Venezia Giulia | Italy

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.

Organisers say:

“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

Aug
5
Sun
Big Spring Nationals 2018 (HG) @ McMahon Wrinkle Airport
Aug 5 – Aug 11 all-day
Big Spring Nationals 2018 (HG) @ McMahon Wrinkle Airport | Big Spring | Texas | United States

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!

Airtribune.com

Aug
19
Sun
Dutch Hang Gliding Open 2018
Aug 19 – Aug 25 all-day

Dutch Open 2018The Dutch Open takes place in Laragne-Monteglin in the French Alps from 19-25 August 2018. 

The event is open to hang glider classes 1 (including Sport class) and 5. Information and registration on Airtribune.

Aug
21
Tue
Azores Paragliding Festival 2018
Aug 21 – Aug 25 all-day
Azores Paragliding Festival 2018 @ Azores | Portugal

The 24th Azores paragliding festival takes place from 21-25 August 2018 on the Portuguese island of Sao Miguel.

Run by the Federação Portuguesa de Voo Livre (FPVL)

See the event’s Facebook page for more information.

 

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