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.
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.
A second French Pre-PWC for 2018 is to be held in the Pyrenees in June 2018, hosted by Pôle Espoir Vol Libre.
The site of Targassonne, near Font-Romeu, is where a host of top French pilots (Charles Cazaux, Laurie Genovese, Jérémie Lager, Maxime Pinot, Méryl Delferrière, Simon Pellissier … ) learned to fly.
Base camp will be L’enclave campsite in the town of Estavar.
More information and registration on Airtribune
The sixth edition of the Airtour hike-and-fly competition will take place from 9-17 June 2018, starting as always at St Hilaire du Touvet in the French Alps.
This year for the first time pilots can choose to fly in Adventure or Competition categories, tackling three different tasks of increasing difficulty, graded green, blue and red, like ski pistes. In all, the course covers over 300km through the Alps.
Pilots taking part in the Adventure category are not ranked, though they are tracked and their positions displayed on the website as with the competition pilots. They follow the green, blue and red courses in order. Adventure-category pilots can race alone or teams, and pilot and supporter can alternate. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and some cross-country experience.
In the Race category, pilots follow the green, blue and red courses in order, and first to goal wins the race. Pilots need an IPPI 5 rating and either competition experience or proof of significant cross-country flights in order to be selected.
Green: small Chatreuse tour with optional turnpoint la Sure
Blue: loop to the south around Trieves, Devoluy, Le Buech, le Vercors and an optional turnpoint at Aspres sur Buech
Red: loop in the heart of the French Alps with Mont Blanc as an optional turnpoint
Pre-registration is open on the Airtour website, and closes on 31 January 2018.
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 third and final round of the 2018 Bordairrace hike-and-fly series takes place at Kössen, Austria, from 7-8 July 2018.
The event also serves as the Austrian hike-and-fly championships event.
21-24 April: Kampenwand/Chiemsee, Germany
26-27 May: Schöckl, Austria
7-8 July: Kössen, Austria (Austrian hike-and-fly championship)
More information, and registration, at Bordairrace.com
Bordairrace’s Facebook page
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
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.
“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.
The Cheese Cup is a mini-hike-and-fly competition based at Talloires on the shores of lake Annecy in France.
The Cup is won by the pilot with the highest cumulative score from the three one-day competitions.
The autumn competition dates are 8 September, 6 October and 20 October.
More information and registration on cheesecuphikeandfly.wordpress.com
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.