Calendar of Events

Click an event to see its expanded entry.

To include an event here please email news@xcmag.com with the details.

Also check the Paragliding World Cup calendar and the FAI and CIVL calendar.

Apr
16
Sun
Quest Air Open and Reopen, Florida
Apr 16 – May 3 all-day

Quest Air Open and Reopen is a race-to-goal hang glider comp in Florida, described on AirTribune as “Pretty much like the Quest Air Open for the last two years, except for the below”:

  • No USHPA fee ($100)
  • No USHPA NTSS points
  • No USHPA event insurance ($250)
  • No CIVL sanctioning fee ($300)
  • No WPRS points
  • No pre-paid dinners ($1,000-$2,000). Pilots are welcome to organize their own using the Quest Air kitchen and local restaurants
  • No trophies, just fun ($400)
  • No prize money, no big entry fees ($3,000)
  • No meet director, pilot organized ($1,000-$2,000)
  • No safety director, pilot organized safety committee
  • No meet organizer, just us pilots here ($1,000-$2,000)

Just towing, retrieval and camping fees.

Live Tracking

Race to goal scoring.

The fee for each competition will be $25 per week plus the cross country season fee of $25, for a total of $75 if you do both comps.

Details on Airtribune

Apr
24
Mon
Dutch HG Open 2017
Apr 24 – Apr 29 all-day

The Dutch Hang Gliding Open for Class 1 and Class 5 hang gliders will take place at Greifenburg, Austria from 24-29 April 2017.

Register at Airtribune

 

 

May
6
Sat
Bordairrace Chiemsee/Kampenwand
May 6 – May 7 all-day

The first of the 2017 Bordairline events, which have been re-named Bordairrace, takes place at Kampenwand, Germany on 6-7 May 2017.

A reminder of the Bordairline rules:

The start takes place on the day of the race at 8 am. Pilots can travel by foot or paraglider, and the aim is to get as far as possible from the starting point and be able to get back again before 5pm the next day – an elapsed time of 33 hours.  At least 20% of the route must be flown. Failure to make it back to the finish line before 5pm, or failure to fly at least 20% of the route, will result in penalties.

This year for the first time there will be separate prizes for ladies and rookies.

There are some great prizes to be won, including paragliders, harnesses, instruments and reserves.

Non-flying companions will be able to join in on guided walking tours, and there will be Nova wings available to test fly.

Bordairrace.com

May
25
Thu
St Andre HG Open
May 25 – May 28 all-day

Saint Andre Open
The Saint Andre Open is an FAI Cat. 2 event for Class 1 and 5 Hang Gliders, organized by AtoutVents.

The fourth edition will take place from 25-28 May 2017 at the sites of Saint Andre-les-Alpes, Col de Bleyne and Lachens  in southern France.

Details on the FFVL event page, and keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page for updates.

Super Paragliding Testival 2017 @ Koessen
May 25 – May 28 all-day

 

Super Paragliding Testival 2017

 

A huge testival where you can test-fly all the gear you want. See www.fly-koessen.at

May
28
Sun
Dolomiti SuperFly: hike-and-fly race
May 28 – Jun 3 all-day

Dolomiti Superfly routeDolomiti Superfly is a new hike-and-fly comp, which will see 40 athletes running and paragliding around a 272km circuit in the spectacular Dolomites.

The Red Bull X-Alps-esque competition starts in Levico on 28 May, and will see 40 teams on the start line.

More info on dolomitisuperfly.com and facebook.com/dolomitisuperfly/

Jun
3
Sat
Danish Hang Gliding Open
Jun 3 – Jun 10 all-day

The Danish Hang Gliding Open will be held in Fasterholt, Denmark, from 3-10 June 2017. The Cat. 2 comp is for Class 1 (flexwings) and Class 5 (rigid). It will also be the country’s national championships.

Airtribune.com

Jun
4
Sun
Midwest 2017, USA (HG)
Jun 4 – Jun 10 all-day

The Midwest 2017 is an FAI cat 2 hang glider (tow-launch) race-to-goal competition. It takes place at Whitewater, from 4-10 June 2017.

There are four classes:
Class 1 Open
Class 1 Sport
Class 2
Class 5
Registration Open: December 10, 2016
Registration Closed: May 20, 2017
Pilot requirements: H3, AT, XC.

Register at Airtribune.com

More info Midwest2017.com

Jun
15
Thu
777 FlyFurther Training Camp
Jun 15 – Jun 22 all-day

XTC paragliding and 777 are running a cross-country training camp in the Julian Alps, Slovenia from 15-22 June 2017.

Nicole Fedele, Pat Dower and Brett Janaway will be the coaches on the course, with input from 777’s design team. they intend to make it an annual event.

the six-day camp costs 420€ which includes transport, retrieves, live tracking, talks, debriefs, and a T-shirt, and it is open to pilots of all abilities, with routes of different levels being set each day, and a coach flying each of them alongside participating pilots.

During the event there will be a prize draw with a 777 glider as top prize!

flyfurther.org

Jun
16
Fri
Tarent’airtour
Jun 16 – Jun 18 all-day

The Tarent’airtour is new for 2017: a three-day hike-and-fly race played out in the magnificent Tarentaise, between Mont Blanc, Vanoise and Beaufortain in the French Alps.

Competitors don’t have to find an assistant, as the four compulsory turn points are  mountain refuges, and the idea is that pilots stop moving at 8pm and eat, sleep and swap stories in one of the refuges.

There are several other, optional, turnpoints where competitors an gain points. These can take the form of lakes, mountain summits or other refuges.

tarentairtour.com

Jun
18
Sun
Spanish Paragliding Nationals
Jun 18 – Jun 24 all-day

The Spanish Nationals take place in Pedro Bernardo, Spain from 17-24 June 2017.

The competition is FAI cat. 2, and open-class wings are not allowed.

Pilots need to register on the CNP site, here. More info on Airtribune.

Jun
23
Fri
Bordairrace, Dachstein
Jun 23 – Jun 24 all-day

The second of the 2017 Bordairline events, which have been re-named Bordairrace, takes place at Dachstein, Austria on 23-24 June 2017.

A reminder of the Bordairline rules:

The start takes place on the day of the race at 8 am. Pilots can travel by foot or paraglider, and the aim is to get as far as possible from the starting point and be able to get back again before 5pm the next day – an elapsed time of 33 hours.  At least 20% of the route must be flown. Failure to make it back to the finish line before 5pm, or failure to fly at least 20% of the route, will result in penalties. 

This year for the first time there will be separate prizes for ladies and rookies.

There are some great prizes to be won, including paragliders, harnesses, instruments and reserves.

Non-flying companions will be able to join in on guided walking tours, and there will be Nova wings available to test fly.

Bordairrace.com

Mondial Air Paramoteur 2017
Jun 23 – Jun 25 all-day

The ‘Mondial Air Paramoteur’ event will take place from 23-25 June 2017, at Blois-le-Breuil aerodrome in the Loir-et-Cher department in central France.

The event wil be a huge trade show of all things paramotor plus flying, demonstrations, food stands, second-hand gear for sale and more.

mondialairparamoteur.com

Jun
30
Fri
Parafest 2017, UK
Jun 30 – Jul 2 all-day

Parafest logoThe UK’s third Parafest will take place from 30 June – 2 July 2017 at Caerwys, on the North Wales coast.

The event attracts pilots of paramotors, paragliders, hang gliders and powered hang gliders as well as non-pilots and their families. There will be plenty of non-flying entertainment and children are very well catered for.

The many North Wales free-flying sites are within easy driving distance from the festival, and powered flying takes place from a huge field next to the festival site.

The entertainment will include fire breathing, circus acrobats, and Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd tribute bands. Saturday night is ’80s night, so bring your leg warmers and shoulder pads!

Organisers say the camping fields will be open from the weekend before the festival starts (June 24) so you can arrive early, grab the best pitch and enjoy what Wales has to offer.

facebook.com/parafestuk

parafest.co.uk will be up in January 2017.

Rwanda Paramotor Tour
Jun 30 – Jul 15 all-day

Rwanda paramotor tour 2017

Join Belgian PPG instructor Alain Gillot and Jean-Michel Hausman on a PPG tour of Rwanda, starting on 30 June 2017.

Rwanda paramotor tour 2017

Email Alain or Jean-Michel for details.

Jul
1
Sat
Ozone Chabre Open 2017
Jul 1 – Jul 7 all-day

The Ozone Chabre Open takes place from 1-7 July 2017, at Laragne-Monteglin in southern France.

Registration opens at flylaragne.com at 18.00 GMT (that’s 19.00 central European time) on Sunday 19th February.

Organisers say:

Physical registration will start Friday evening 30th June, with a practice task on Saturday 1st July. Pioneers of the friendly, stress-free paragliding cross country competition, our emphasis is on safe, achievable tasks and the event is aimed at competent and experienced pilots not yet established on the competition circuit. Above all, it will be fun!

Sponsored by Ozone, the event will include briefings, de-briefings, parties and prizes as well as great flying in a fantastic area.

Paragliding World Championship 2017, Feltre, Italy
Jul 1 – Jul 15 all-day

The 15th FAI Paragliding World Championship is to take place at Monteavena, Feltre, Italy from 1-15 July 2017.

150 athletes from 40 nations will compete over 13 days in the beautiful area between the Dolomites and Venice, offering a mix of mountain and flatland flying.

The current champions are Honorin Hamard and Seiko Fukuoka – but will the French retain their crowns? It’s bound to be an exciting competition.

monteavena2017.org

Spanish HG Nationals 2017
Jul 1 – Jul 8 all-day

The 2017 Spanish hang gliding nationals will be held in Arangoiti, northern Spain from 1-8 July (July 1 is training day).

Organisers say, “This is a classical spot for competitions located in north of Spain, which has hosted several Nationals (1989, 1992, 2006, 2008, 2014) and one Pre-european (2013).”

More information and registration on Airtribune.

 

Jul
2
Sun
Belgian PG Open 2017
Jul 2 – Jul 8 all-day

The Belgian Paragliding Open will take place in le Grand Bornand, France, from 2-8 July 2017.

Organisers say:

If you are interested in a nice competition offering serious XC tasks coupled with the ‘Belgian spirit’ (those who attended previous editions know what I mean), save the date!

One training task on Sunday and six competition tasks from Monday till Saturday are planned. The take-off,  Mont Lachat, is ideally situated along the XC highways of the Haute Savoie (Aravis and Bargy ranges). The playground will stretch from the Cluses valley in the north to the end of the Bauges mountain ranges in the south.

The meet director is Pierre Naville, who will be assisted by Joel Favre and others, together combining an unrivalled local knowledge of the area. Expect some serious flying….and some serious ‘Belgian afters’!

Registration opens on 17 December, 21.00 CET.

airtribune.com

Red Bull X-Alps 2017
Jul 2 – Jul 15 all-day

The eighth edition of the Red Bull X-Alps kicks off on 2 July 2017, with 31 athletes hoping to break Chrigel Maurer’s run of four consecutive wins.

Chrigel will be on the start line again as well, this time with Tobias Dimmler as his supporter; the field of 32 athletes have come from far and wide to compete – Austria and France each have four athletes in this year’s event, and the USA have three; non-Europeans include Claudio Heidel Schemberger from Argentina (2nd X-Alps), and David Liano Gonzalez of Mexico (1st X-Alps); Chikyonga Ha will be representing South Korea, also his second event.

The record time for finishing the course is 6d 23h 40m – Chrigel’s 2013 time.

As always, it promises to be an exciting race to watch, with live tracking and plenty of daily updates for internet spectators. Eliminations of the slowest team start on July 5th.

redbullxalps.com 

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