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Tom Weissenberger is inviting advanced hang glider pilots to join him in Lanzarote, “one of the most unique and consistent flying sites in southern Europe” in December 2016 / January 2017.
The LanzaXCamp should be seen as an effective winter training camp with personal coaching including the latest glider gear to improve your flying skills, glider control or average speed for upcoming season. Also to testfly and practise on the latest Moyes RX Gliders. But mainly to increase and push your personal comfort zone!
The courses are recommended for advanced hang glider pilots flying with ‘topless’ gliders since two years minimum with good launch and landing skills!
Two Moyes gliders ready to testfly: RX3.5 and RX4 full carbon perfectly tuned. Transport, personal coaching and retrieve included. All you need to bring is your harness, sunnies and speedsleeves.
The team behind ‘Girls Fly Spain’ are now running a trip to Colombia. Although the main purpose of the ‘Girls Fly’ trips is to bring female pilots to some of the world’s top paraglding spots, men are welcome too.
The price of 1100 EUR for the 14-day tour includes bread and breakfast, paragliding guide (Suby Lutolf), public bus to Aguapanela launch if used, and a weekly BBQ.
Cross-country retrieval will be using Colombia’s excellent public buses. They are regular and cheap, and it keeps the overall costs down.
More on the Girls Fly Colombia website
The 2017 Hombres Pájaro hang glider competition will take place between 21-28 January 2017 at Santa Elena, Colombia.
The competition is FAI category 2, and launch will be the Piedechinche site, 80km south of the famous Roldanillo.
This launch is great as we have plenty of room for gliders, it is 1,180m above the valley and the wind blows in all day long (as opposed to Roldanillo which has a afternoon tailwind which sometimes doesn’t allow us to fly although the day may be classic)
It is important to mention that we have the most spectacular conditions to fly and compete in hang gliders here in the Cauca Valley, the conditions are always good, no problems with strong winds or strong turbulence, we have a huge valley full of large and easy landing areas.
We normally have tasks in the 100km average length for the Open class and 40/50km for the Sport class.
The hotel has air-conditioned rooms, hot water, cable TV with flat-screen TVs in each room and the cost is only approx US$20 a night per person, which includes a huge breakfast. You can easily have a good lunch and dinner for US$10 a day.
Flying at heights of about 3,000 m ASL is not uncommon. The valley system makes the flying spectacular, with extensive cross-country possibilities and quick-and-easy retrieves.
Corryong is just a few thermal glides from Mt Kosciuszko (2,228m), the highest mountain in Australia.
Warren Windsports are hosting another Tasmania Drifter Tour – an “Epic hang gliding adventure to fly Tasmania’s coastal mountains, sand dunes, and inland XC sites”.
Besides reaching flying milestones, this Tasmanian adventure is aimed at offering a trip of lifetime, with the mission of touring into some scenic and rugged areas with the 4×4, loaded up with friends.
In between flying, we’ll take the chance to explore Hobart, Mt. Wellington, or one of the many pristine bays.
- 9-day tour
- Accommodation, breakfast and lunch included in price ($2750 AUD)
- No wincludes Bruny Island! We’re looking to pioneer some dune flying on Bruny Island
- More Mt Wellington options! Dates will be outside the Hobart Regatta (which will free up the landing zone for Mt. Wellington)
- Warren Windsports team pilot, Rohan Taylor, will also be on board as a driver and team pilot.
Only six spaces available. Contact Warren Windsports for more info.
The National Paragliding Competition of New Zealand will take place from 26 February – 4 March 201 at Auckland.
This is the only round in the 2016/17 season, and the results from this round will determine the NZ National Paragliding Champion.
This competition is open to qualified NZHGPA member paraglider pilots.
The X-Berg Challenge pits paragliders, trail runners and mountain bikers against each other, over a 100-150km course in the Drakensberg, South Africa.
The 2017 event takes place from 1-5 March 2017, with places for up to 45 athletes, who can enter either solo or in teams; multi-discipline (paragliding, trail running and mountain biking) or just via one of the three.
Plenty of paragliding’s best-known manufacturers will be in attandance at the Stubai Cup 2017, the Stubai Valley’s season-opening fly-in, trade show and testival.
Take the cable car to launch and land in the middle of the trade show. Mark the weekend in your diary and we’ll see you there!
Paramoteur Tunisie are running a paramotor adventure tour in Tunisia in March 2017.
A mixture of exploration and relaxation, with a lot of flying, the tour takes in the sights of Tunisia, with flights above long, sandy beaches, the Tunisian desert, Chot El Jerid salt lake and the sand dunes of Douz.
The tour is divided into six day-stages, Tunis-Hammamet, Hammamet-Tozeur, Tozeur-Douz, Douz-Ksar Ghilane, Ksar Ghilane-Sousse, Sousse-Tunis.
The price of €1499 per person includes flights from France with Transavia, and motor transport. Pilots outside of France should contact Tarek Basly to discuss.
Full details of the itinerary here (in French).
The Green Swamp Sport Klassic is a mentored, sports-class only hang gliding competition that takes place at Quest Air, Florida, in March.
It’s organised by The Oz Report’s Davis Straub, and costs just $25 to enter (plus $25 entry to enter the Quest Air Cross Country comp).
Details on airtribune.com
The fifth annual Svanstein Paramotor meet takes place in the Tornedalen valley, above the arctic circle in northern Sweden.
The Dalby Big Air is a friendly hang gliding competition, aimed to introduce pilots to the excellent year-round flying the area offers.
Competition headquarters is at the Dalby Aerodrome, 2.5 hours drive from Brisbane, where the Dalby Hang Gliding Club has a secure hangar as it’s home base.
Competitors need to have an intermediate/advanced rating with aerotow endorsement, and HGFA membership (temporary membership is available for overseas pilots), plus a GPS.
The AUS $500 entry fee includes the famous Dalby Big Air T-Shirt, hat, presentation dinner and all aerotow fees for competition days, including practice day. Competition places are capped at 50 pilots, so get in early!
A $75 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration. Registrations close at midnight on Saturday 11th March, 2017.
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
Registration Open: December 10, 2016
Registration Closed: May 20, 2017
Pilot requirements: H3, AT, XC.
Register at Airtribune.com
More info Midwest2017.com
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.
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.
parafest.co.uk will be up in January 2017.