XCBusa is an annual paragliding competition that has been run by the Busa Flying Team in the Lake Garda area of Italy since 2014.
Scores take into account three flights. These can be flown any time between February and October but must meet specific criteria. Two must be declared before the flight is flown, and a third can be declared within 24 hours afterwards. The specific criteria can be studied on XCbusa.com.
There are always good prizes on offer, and this year the first prize is a Woody Valley GTO Light harness.
This 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.
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
The 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”.
The first Flymaster Open paragliding XC competition is set to take place in Krushevo, Macedonia from 21-27 July 2019. “The first of many”, organisers say.
It also serves as the Macedonia paragliding championship. It’s an FAI 2 competition for pilots of all wing classes. Flymaster are sponsoring the event with live tracking for all pilots and instruments to be awarded as prizes in a draw.
The entry fee is €190 until 30 May, €220 thereafter, and includes a colour map, tracking and retrieves, packed lunches, SIM cards and parties.
Register at Flymasteropen.com
Mount Chimgan itself is 3,309m high. The competition will be using two different launches: Chimgan, at 1,900m, is accessible by ski-lift and is quite small (room for two gliders to lay out); Changi has launches at 1,800m and 1,600m, and is described as an “open and comfortable” take-off.
There are only 50 pilot places, and at the time of writing the competition is already full, with a growing waiting list …
The Willi XC Challenge is an annual hang gliding and paragliding competition that takes place at Mount 7 in Golden, BC. In 2019 it will be held from 26 July – 4 August.
With The Lookout on Mount 7 in Golden, BC as the launch point, the competition focuses on Open-Distance XC and Out-and-Return flights at one of the premier XC sites in North America. This is your best, safest and most fun opportunity to fly big distance in the mountains.
Don’t let the word “competition” deter you. The key word for this meet is “fun”. While the experienced pilots will (as usual) want to pit their skills against their peers, it’s all done in the spirit of good fun in a relatively low-stress environment. For the intermediate and veteran pilots out there, there’s a chance to build your XC chops at a big mountain, big air site. This is also an excellent opportunity for low air time pilots to gain some XC experience and learn from more seasoned pilots. You’re welcome even if you just want to hang out at launch, watch what more experienced pilots do, then take a sledder at the end of the day. In fact, our intent is to reward you for doing just that – safely and well. This event is a great opportunity to learn and build your confidence in a friendly atmosphere.
The 16th Paragliding World Championships take place in Krushevo, Macedonia this August.
Will the French be knocked from their top spots? Pierre Rémy and Seiko Fukuoka-Naville are reigning champions, finishing on top in Monte Avena in 2017.