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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
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
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

Sep
20
Thu
Coupe Icare 2018 @ St Hilaire du Touvet
Sep 20 – Sep 23 all-day

The 45th Coupe Icare takes palce 20-23 September 2018. Expect up to 100,000 visitors, thousands of paraglider and paramotor pilots, plus a huge film festival.

All the info: www.coupe-icare.org/GB_home.html

Coupe-Icare-2018

Feb
2
Sat
Las Candelas Paramotores
Feb 2 – Feb 3 all-day
May
20
Mon
Endless Foot Drag (PPG)
May 20 – May 27 all-day

Endless Foot Drag 2019

The Endless Foot Drag PPG gathering will be taking place from 20-27 May 2019 at Fredonia, Kansas.

The $50 pilot registration fee includes a T-shirt and hat. Pilots can camp onsite – there will be toilet facilities and food trucks – or there are two motels in the town.

There will be a trade show, cross country scavenger hunt with cash prizes and other friendly comps and fireworks on 25th.

Pilots should be PPG 2 rated. For any pilots who wish to attend but do not have this rating, prior permission is required before flying at the event.

endlessfootdrag.com

Jul
11
Thu
Parafest 2019
Jul 11 – Jul 14 all-day

Parafest posterThe UK’s music and flying festival, Parafest, returns to the stunning setting of Caerwys in North Wales in July 2019.

Parafest is the UK’s only event for all foot launched and single-seat trike aviation. The festival site is ideally placed for access to both coastal and mountain flying, with several North Wales flying sites a short drive away for free-flyers, and a dedicated field for powered craft to use from Thursday to Sunday.

There will be a trade show with demo equipment available, and the British Vintage Hang Glider Rally will be on site with up to 40 fully rigged gliders charting the history of UK hang gliding from its beginnings to the present day.

The pilot-run ‘Fly Inn’ bar will be stocked with Welsh real ales, gins, rums, Pimms, Prosecco, cocktails and more. In addition there will be arts and crafts markets, a children’s area, live music from 1pm to 1am on the Friday and Saturday nights, sideshows and much more.

Tickets are on sale now and cost £65 for pilots (Thursday to Sunday) or £55 for non-flyers. Under-16s are free and dogs are welcome. Organisers warn, “Parafest sells out to capacity every year and tickets must be bought in advance from the website”.

Parafest.co.uk

Jul
12
Fri
World Hang Gliding Championship
Jul 12 – Jul 26 all-day

Hang Gliding World Championships Italy 2019

The FAI World Hang Gliding Championship takes place every two years, and 2019 is a Championship year! The 22nd event will take place from 12-27 July 2019 in Friuli Venezia Giulia, Italy.

Organisers say tasks will explore far and wide, and may well take pilots across borders into Slovenia and Austria.

Italy2019.com

Aug
5
Mon
16th Paragliding World Championships
Aug 5 – Aug 18 all-day
16th Paragliding World Championships @ Krushevo | Municipality of Kruševo | Macedonia (FYROM)

The 16th Paragliding World Championships take place in Krushevo, Macedonia this August.

Will the French be knocked from their top spots? Pierre Rémy and Seiko Fukuoka-Naville are reigning champions, finishing on top in Monte Avena in 2017.

fai.org

 

Aug
2
Sun
Pan American HG Championships
Aug 2 – Aug 14 all-day

First Pan-American Championships 2020

The first FAI Pan-American Championships and 2020 Pan-Americans are to be held at Big Spring, Texas from 2-14 August 2020.

The site is renowned for big tasks, smooth thermals, unrestricted landing areas, easy retrieval on multiple roads and consistent cu’s. The air-conditioned head quarters, hangar for setup, free water and ice cream will make life so much easier and more pleasant!

The comp will be live tracked, with Flymaster trackers provided.

The Championships are a USHPA and CIVL sanctioned Category 1 competition; USHPA NTSS and CIVL WPRS points will be awarded.

The Pan-Americans are Category 2 sanctioned; USHPA NTSS and CIVL WPRS points will be awarded.

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