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 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 UK’s music and flying festival, Parafest, is set to take place again in July 2019, in the stunning setting of Caerwys, North Wales.
Alongside the flying, there will be a trade show, demo flights and other attractions, with live music from 1pm to 1am on the Friday and Saturday. Hang gliding and paragliding will be on the flying sites of North Wales, of which there are several in easy driving distance. Tandem flights will be available too.
There is an on-site field for launching and landing paramotors, powered hang gliders and trikes.
Tickets go on sale 1 December 2018, and cost £65 for pilots for the entire four-day weekend (Thursday to Sunday) or £55 for non-flyers. Day tickets are £25 for Friday or Saturday (live music), or £15 for Sunday (no live music on Sunday). Under-16s go free.
The weekend ticket price includes camping – in your own tent, van or caravan, or you can do it in style in one of Fred’s Yurts.