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Jun
24
Sun
Naviter Open, Montclar, 2018
Jun 24 – Jun 30 all-day
Naviter Open, Montclar, 2018 @ Montclar | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France

The 2018 Naviter Open will take place at St Jean Montclar in southern France from 24 – 30 June.

The event is an FAI 2 competition, aimed at pilots wishing to learn the art of competition flying. Organisers say, “Pilots love the fun and friendly atmosphere, the in-depth daily briefings and the easy access to some of the best pilots in the world”.

The event is being supported by Naviter and is being organised on their behalf by FlyEvent.org. More information and registration at Airtribune.com. See also the event’s Facebook page.

Photo: Benoit Morel

NaviterOpen.org

Jun
30
Sat
Ozone Chabre Open 2018
Jun 30 – Jul 6 all-day
Ozone Chabre Open 2018 @ Laragne-Montéglin | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France

The 13th Ozone Chabre Open will take place from 30th June to 6th July 2018

The friendly, low-stress competition welcomes experienced pilots who are new to comps and emphasises safe, achievable tasks.

There are prizes for Fun, Recreation and Sport categories, determined by wing aspect ratio and certification. Only EN A, B and C wings are allowed in this competition – no EN-Ds this year. There are also separate prizes for women and rookies.

Team flying is strongly encouraged, ideally teams with four pilots of mixed abilities and glider ratings, and those from clubs and schools. “We especially welcome those where the team leaders are willing to help less competition-savvy members, with advice and guidance”, say organisers.

In addition to the flying, the comp has a full programme of activities including talks and lectures, briefings and debriefings by meet director Jocky Sanderson, and of course the legendary Ribiers paella/pizza evening.

The entry fee is €270 euros, although Ozone sponsors pilots flying Ozone wings giving each a €20 discount. The fee includes seven potential flying days with transport and retrieves, live tracking, T-shirt, talks and de-briefs, two meals and the Ozone party. For family and friends, there will be a special entry ticket to cover all the extra events around the competition, and a T-shirt.  All registered pilots will be entered into a draw for great prizes including a brand new Ozone wing.

The Ozone Chabre Open is organised by the Laragne-based club, Chabre Vol Libre, with support from Ozone, local and regional authorities, local businesses, and Cross Country Magazine.

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

May
30
Thu
Hand’Icare Cup 2019
May 30 – Jun 2 all-day

Hand'Icare Cup 2019

The first ever Hand’Icare Cup is to take place at Saint Hilaire, France from 30 May – 2 June 2019. It’s a friendly paragliding competition open to all, with places reserved for pilots with disabilities.

Pilots take part in teams of two, though participants can sign up individually and will be allocated a team partner.

The tasks are diverse and audience-friendly, and will include “Le Ponpon” – catching two balloons tied together with string, endurance, spot-landing and cross-country.

Wings, harnesses, GPSs, wheelchairs and other equipment are available to borrow if required – contact the organisers for more information.

handicarecup.com

Jun
29
Sat
Ozone Chabre Open 2019
Jun 29 – Jul 5 all-day

Ozone Chabre Open 2018This low-stress, friendly competition is now in its 14th year. It will take place during the first week of July, and makes use of several take-offs in the vicinity of Laragne-Montéglin in southern France.

This year the competition will be open to sport class wings and below – no EN-Ds allowed! Jocky Sanderson will be meet director again.

Scoring will be in Fun, Recreation and Sport classes, defined by wing aspect ratio (see flylaragne.com for more details) with a strong emphasis on team flying. Pilots are encouraged to form mixed-ability and mixed wing-class teams of four pilots.

A full programme of events – social and educational – will be planned around the flying.

Pilots flying Ozone wings get a €20 reduction of the entry fee.

Registration opens on 20 January 2019 at 6pm GMT. Pilots need to register early, and are encouraged to register in teams of four.

flylaragne.com

Jul
7
Sun
BGD Weightless 2019
Jul 7 – Jul 13 all-day

 

BGD Epic

The second BGD Weightless competition will take place in Saint Jean Montclar, France from 7-13 July 2019.

The competition is aimed at up-and-coming pilots looking to improve their cross-country competition flying, in a fun environment alongside some of the best pilots in the world.

Organisers say the event is particularly suited to leisure pilots who have flown some XCs (20km+), but it does not exclude more advanced pilots who will also benefit from participation, although no two-liners are allowed.

For 2019, Bruce has says he will be testing a new handicap system for Weightless.

“We will remove the weight categories and have a handicap system instead. The handicap will be based on 0.25% score adjustment (score of each pilot per task) for every 1kg in weight. This is the conclusion drawn from the analysis of the first weightless comp. Fine details of how this handicap will be applied are not yet decided. Anyway it’s an ongoing experiment, so we will try it next year and see how it works.

“As the BGD weightless scoring is experimental and the scoring system is ‘in development’ we will be using this prototype handicap scoring system only for the event itself.  The results submitted to FAI will be the standard results without any weight adjustment. So effectively there will be two different scores for the event. The Weight Adjusted scores and the standard FAI scores.

“Prizes at the event will follow weight adjusted scores. FAI ranking will follow FAI scores”.

More information and registration at airtribune.com

 

Aug
18
Sun
Ubaye Paragliding Contest
Aug 18 – Aug 23 all-day

Ubaye paragliding Contest

The inaugural Ubaye Paragliding Contest will be held at St-Jean de Montclar in southern France from 18-23 August.

Organisers say this is the best time of year to free-fly here, and pilots can expect large, reliable thermals. Launch will usually be from the Plateau de la Chau or St Vincent-les-Forts, with routes making use of the long Dormillouse ridge.

In case of non-flyable days there are plenty of other things to do, including kitesurfing, hiking and mountain biking.

Registration: parapente.ffvl.fr
More info: Airtribune

Sep
19
Thu
46th Coupe Icare
Sep 19 – Sep 22 all-day
46th Coupe Icare @ Saint-Hilaire | Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes | France

The magical mayhem of the Coupe Icare takes place on the third weekend of September at Saint Hilaire du Touvet and the Lumbin landing field near Grenoble in the south of France.

This year’s festival pays homage to the great Leonardo Da Vinci, who died 500 years ago! There will be an exhibition at the church of Saint Hilaire and shows on the theme of the great Italian inventor.

A huge trade show takes over two large marquees as well as outdoor stands; demonstration flights from all sorts of craft fill the sky, and the fancy-dress fly down is one of the event’s biggest draws, with some truly crazy costumes. Don’t forget the all-important film festival that runs throughout the long weekend. As well as all of this, the south take-off becomes a children’s wonderland, with activities from kite-making to science lessons to meeting birds of prey.

Paragliding from the sites during the daytimes is restricted to fancy-dress competitors and authorised pilots, but plenty make the early-morning hike to the Dent de Crolles if conditions allow, for a morning fly down among hot air balloons.

coupe-icare.org

Oct
1
Tue
4807 Flying Light
Oct 1 – Oct 5 all-day

4807 Flying Light

Test out new lightweight equipment, speak to manufacturers and join in the group hike-and-fly sorties, under the watchful gaze of Mont Blanc. Or atop it, if you are really, really lucky!

The 4807 Flying Light salon at Saint-Gervais-les-Bains is now in its twelfth year and supported by 14 major paragliding equipment manufacturers. It’s grown in duration to a five-day event, and is one not to be missed if you love hike-and-fly in high mountains.

It’s free to enter the trade area, €10 to test out material.

saintgervais.com

May
30
Sat
Belgian Paragliding Open 2020
May 30 – Jun 5 all-day
Belgian Paragliding Open 2020 @ Laragne-Montéglin | Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur | France

The Belgian Paragliding Open 2020 will take place in Laragne-Monteglin, southern France, from 30 May – 5 June 2020.

Organised by Potes en Ciel and the Belgian Free Flying Federation, registration opens in January 2020. There are a total of 140 places available: 90 for Belgian nationals, 15 for VIPS and 35 for overseas pilots. Details and registration at Airtribune.com

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