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May
31
Thu
Kössen Super Paragliding Testival @ Koessen
May 31 – Jun 3 all-day
Kössen Super Paragliding Testival @ Koessen | Kössen | Tyrol | Austria

 

The tenth Kössen Paragliding Testival is on from 31 May to 3 June 2018.

Last year saw record crowds at the Austrian event, with 4,300 pilots and 7,500 flights flown over four days. It’s rapidly becoming a must-attend for everyone in the paragliding industry.

The idea of the festival is that pilots can turn up, drop off their passport in exchange for a demo wing, and then use the cablecar to swiftly head up for a test fly. Dedicated pilots can fly lots of wings.

www.fly-koessen.at

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
27
Fri
Parafest 2018
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day
Parafest 2018 @ Wales | United Kingdom

Parafest, the UK’s family-friendly flying-and-music festival, is back in North Wales from 27-29 July 2018.

Mixing live music and family entertainment with paragliding, hang gliding and paramotoring, Parafest takes place at Llanbedr airfield on the beautiful Welsh coast, at the edge of Snowdonia National Park.

The event will host the UK’s only manufacturers’ trade show as well winch and aerotowing for suitably qualified pilots. There are hill-launch sites just a short drive away, and local pilots will be on hand to brief visitors.

Powered pilots have a dedicated area of the airfield to use for the duration of the event, from which they can explore the miles of unspoilt sandy beaches, the picture-postcard coastal towns and the mountains and valleys of Snowdonia.

Organisers say:

“Parafest is not just for pilots it’s for the whole family. Bring your partner, bring the kids, bring non-flying friends – you can even bring the dog!”

A purpose-built stage in the festival arena will host professional live bands who will play until midnight on the Friday and Saturday nights. Party-lovers can then head over to the Asbo Disco, set away from the camping area, where DJs will play on into the wee small hours.

More information and tickets at parafest.co.uk and facebook.com/parafestuk

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.

 

Sep
8
Sat
Mega Festival del Aire, Argentina @ San Pedro Airport
Sep 8 – Sep 9 all-day
Mega Festival del Aire, Argentina @ San Pedro Airport | Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires | Argentina

This Argentinean festival celebrates all things free-flight. This year it takes place from 8-9 September, at San Pedro airport northeast of Buenos Aires.

The festival’s goal is to promote the sport among non-flyers, and there are lots of airshows including PPG acro, skydiving, paramotoring, paragliding and hang gliding, free-flight biplanes and hot air balloons. The site is a flatland location so pilots should be tow qualified to fly.

The festival was born in 2016 and the first edition saw 14,000 visitors. 160 pilots took to the skies, and 180kg of food were collected to be donated locally. In 2017 the number of visitors rose to 20,000 people, with twice as many pilots and twice the weight of food donations collected.

More on the event’s Facebook page.

Feb
2
Sat
Las Candelas Paramotores
Feb 2 – Feb 3 all-day
Feb
8
Fri
Jaco Air Fest, Costa Rica
Feb 8 – Feb 10 all-day

Jaco Fest

The people of Garabito in Costa Rica say the location, geography and beauty of their home is a good spot for air sports and should be better known to pilots. They are holding a festival in February 2019 for pilots to see for themselves.

Over three days in February, the skies will filled with paragliders, hang gliders, ultralights, skydivers, aeromodels, hot air balloons and drones. In the festival arena below there will be boomerangs, frisbees, kites, a climbing wall and food stands.

A paragliding accuracy competition and acro shows are booked in too, with Raul Rodriguez and Horacio Llorens in attendance. The festival will be held in a manner that respects the environment, with activities to teach children the importance of looking after it.

Sound good? 8, 9 and 10 February 2018 are the dates to be there.

jacoairfest.com / Facebook page

Apr
19
Fri
Ghana Paragliding Festival
Apr 19 – Apr 21 all-day

The 2019 Ghana Paragliding Festival is based at the Odweanoma Mountain, Atibie Kwahu from April 19-21, 2019. Professional tandem pilots fly hundreds of participants over the long weekend.

May
31
Fri
20th El Yelmo International Air Festival
May 31 – Jun 2 all-day

El Yelmo

The 20th El Yelmo International Air Festival will be held from 31 May – 2 June 2019.

There will be a trade fair, air shows and the Festival of Air Cinema, plus the fifth El Yelmo XC Open will be held a few days before the main event.

fiaelyelmo.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

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