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Your free-flying calendar

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

Dec
9
Sun
South African Open / Pre-PWC Porterville
Dec 9 – Dec 15 all-day

Pre-PWC Porterville

The Kaapse Buitepos Club in collaboration with Cape Nomads will be hosting the 2018 South African Paragliding Open from 9-15 December 2018.

There will be an official practice day on 8 December, and an unofficial additional practice day on 7th.

Porterville, in the South West of South Africa, about 90km from the Atlantic ocean and 120km north-east of Cape Town, has hosted several high-profile paragliding competitions. It’s renowned for its good mixture of thermal and dynamic flying and big-distance flights on the ridge and in the flats.

Further information can be found on livetrack24.com

 

Feb
2
Sat
Las Candelas Paramotores
Feb 2 – Feb 3 all-day
Mar
30
Sat
Paragliding Academy Testival 2019 @ Hündlebahn
Mar 30 all-day
Paragliding Academy Testival 2019 @ Hündlebahn | Oberstaufen | Bavaria | Germany

German flight school Paragliding Academy will be holding a one-day testival on 30 March 2019 at the Hündlebahn in Oberstaufen.

They will have test equipment available from Ozone, BGD, Woody Valley and Advance.

paragliding-academy.com

Apr
7
Sun
Pre-PWC Brazil: Governador Valadares
Apr 7 – Apr 13 all-day
Pre-PWC Brazil: Governador Valadares @ Governador Valadares | State of Minas Gerais | Brazil

A pre-PWC round is to be held at Governador Valadares, Brazil from 7-13 April 2019.

It also serves as the first round of the Brazilian Paragliding Championship.

pwca.org

Apr
29
Mon
Greek Paragliding Championship / Pre World Cup 2019
Apr 29 – May 5 all-day

Empesos

Empesos is to host the 2019 Greek Paragliding Championship, which will also be a pre World Cup event.

Organisers say the site is well known as a competition venue, offering outstanding views, plentiful thermals, friendly locals and excellent fresh local food.

More at Livetrack24.

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

May
30
Thu
Super Paragliding Testival Kössen 2019
May 30 – Jun 2 all-day
Super Paragliding Testival Kössen 2019 @ Kössen | Tyrol | Austria

The dates to note for this year’s Super Paragliding Testival are 30 May to 2 June 2019.

Pilots are invited to come along and test wings and harnesses (solo only – no tandem flights allowed at the event).

You can walk to the ski lifts from the landing field where the manufacturers’ stands will be set up, and where the Fliegerbar will be serving cold beer and weisswurst (white sausage); then fly from the north-facing mountain slope, known for its gentle thermals.

fly-koessen.at

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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