Hang Gliding

UK’s Royal Aero Club announce new bursaries

UK’s Royal Aero Club announce new bursaries

The Royal Aero Club Trust in the UK has put out a call for applications for its 2015 bursary scheme. Young or trainee pilots aged 14-21 can apply for bursaries of between £500-£1000 to help with training. Applicants must be UK citizens resident in the UK. Additionally, pilots aged 21-24 can apply for a ‘Follow […]





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Women with Wings: Hang Gliding Worlds 2014

Women with Wings: Hang Gliding Worlds 2014

“How do you pronounce your name Linda?” “It sounds like alimony.” Richard Sheppard knew he was onto a good thing when he was asked to head to Annecy to hang out at the Women’s Hang Gliding World Championships over the summer – and he took full advantage of his precious few days at the competition. With […]





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Class War 2014: UK HGs and PGs go head-to-head

Class War 2014: UK HGs and PGs go head-to-head

UK’s hang glider and paraglider pilots hug out their differences in the first known hang gliding Vs paragliding team competition, held 23-24 August (with two days’ notice!). Hugh Miller reports The banter and friendly rivalry had been building all summer. “Guys just look how many 100k flights the paragliders are doing, get out there and […]





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Tom Weissenberger wins Brazilian Hang Gliding Nationals

Tom Weissenberger wins Brazilian Hang Gliding Nationals

Tom Weissenberger led a trio of Moyes Boys to win the Brazilian Nationals in Brasilia last week. Tom won four of six tasks to win the comp with 4,597 points. He was just ahead of Jonny Durand on 4,477, who won the other two tasks. Third place was Rafael Strohschoen Do Mello. All three pilots […]





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Almond pastes it for a new UK hang gliding record

Almond pastes it for a new UK hang gliding record

England’s long hot summer of XC extravaganza continued at the weekend – as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha swept through, the small site of Milk Hill in the south of the country again saw record-breaking action. Riled by the record-breaking paragliding feats of Mark Watts and Al Wilson the weekend before, when both pilots broke […]





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Bill Moyes wins FAI Gold Air Medal

Bill Moyes wins FAI Gold Air Medal

Bill Moyes has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in air sports – the FAI Gold Air Medal. The award was announced on 17 July 2014, and will be presented at a forthcoming FAI conference in Thailand. The FAI is the World Air Sports Federation. According to the FAI website the award is one […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: Video roundup

Annecy Mondial 2014: Video roundup

Annecy Mondial 2014, the multi-class hang gliding world championships held in France from 22 June to 5 July, saw some of the world’s best hang glider pilots flying in a perfect arena. Antoine Boisselier and Christophe Tong Viet were on hand to capture the action and the atmosphere of the competition, focusing on each class […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: Final results

Annecy Mondial 2014: Final results

Richard Sheppard reports from France on the final results from the Annecy Mondial 2014 The final results are in for the Annecy Mondial Delta 2014, the multiclass Hang Gliding World Championships. After the competition’s tragic turn of events with the death of Japanese class 5 pilot, Mazakazu Kobayashi, the atmosphere at the competition was subdued. […]





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Tragedy as Mazakazu Koayashi dies in Annecy Mondial 2014 accident

Tragedy as Mazakazu Koayashi dies in Annecy Mondial 2014 accident

The Multiclass Hang-Gliding World Championships in Annecy, France ended in tragedy yesterday when a pilot flying an Atos VR died during a task. Japanese pilot Mazakazu Koayashi, 44, was reported to be flying close to a cliff face in smooth conditions when the accident happened. Organisers announced the death on the official website saying that […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: 21 June – 5 July 2014

Annecy Mondial 2014: 21 June – 5 July 2014

The Multiclass Hang Gliding World Championships’ official trailer, which clearly shows the different classes of hang glider in the competition The Multiclass FAI World Hang Gliding Championships is taking over the skies above Annecy in France from 21 June to 5 July 2014. The UK’s Richard Sheppard explains what it’s all about and who are […]





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Chris Friedl claims two Atos world records

Chris Friedl claims two Atos world records

Atos pilot Christopher Friedl has claimed two new hang gliding world records. Both come from a mega flight he completed on 7 June where he flew a big circuit from Bischling in Austria. The first is for a 407.9km out-and-return and the second is for a 477.2km Free distance using up to three turn points. […]





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Records tumble over big weekend in the Alps

Records tumble over big weekend in the Alps

  Austrian Bernhard Pessl became the second person to fly a 300km FAI triangle on a paraglider with a 300.65km flight from Antholtz in Italy on Sunday 8 June. Bernhard’s big flight came swiftly on the heels of Thomas Walder’s groundbreaking 325km flight through the Austrian Alps the day before. Bernhard was flying a Nova […]





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Tribute paid to Amir Shalom

Tribute paid to Amir Shalom

  The Oz Report has reported the death of the Israeli hang glider pilot Amir Shalom. The report says that Amir took his own life last weekend and was laid to rest on Monday. Amir was a well known figure in the international competition scene, and a “pillar of the Israeli Hang Gliding Association”. In […]





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FAI Report 2013 released

FAI Report 2013 released

  The 2013 FAI Annual Report, which gives an overview of the FAI’s activities in 2013, has been released. It features chapters on all air sports, including hang gliding and paragliding. In paragliding it highlights the development of the CIVL Competition Class as a major achievement, while in hang gliding pitch stability is top of […]





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‘World Championship HG pilots must register’

‘World Championship HG pilots must register’

  CIVL have called for all pilots who plan to fly in the multi-class Hang Gliding World Championships in Annecy in June to register. With two days to go until registration closes they say that pilots need to register properly, through their national aero club (NAC), to be accepted. Only 41 out of 111 pilots […]





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Kalahari Big Sky Challenge 2014/15: Call for entries

Kalahari Big Sky Challenge 2014/15: Call for entries

  Dates for the Kalahari Big Sky Challenge 2014/15 have been announced. The four-week world record encampment will take place from 13 December 2014 to 17 January 2015 in Groblershoop, South Africa. Announcing the event organiser Oscar Plange said he hoped to attract at least 20 of the world’s best XC hang glider pilots to […]





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Free Flyers: A hang gliding movie by Tony Ritter

Free Flyers: A hang gliding movie by Tony Ritter

    Free Flyers is a new 60-minute film featuring some of Utah’s most iconic flying sites. Starring some local and international hang gliding legends, it was made by pro filmmaker Tony Ritter. A hang gliding road movie, it also features the battle to save Point of the Mountain, one of the best free flight […]





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CIVL Plenary 2014: Follow the action with Adrian Thomas on Twitter

CIVL Plenary 2014: Follow the action with Adrian Thomas on Twitter

  The 2014 CIVL Plenary kicks off later this week at the Grand Istana Rama Hotel, Kuta Bali, Indonesia. The five day meeting starts on Wednesday 19 February and will see dozens of delegates attend from across the world of free flight to discuss CIVL business. Top of the agenda in paragliding will be discussion […]





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Project Boomerang: Jonny Durand goes there-and-back to claim two world records

Project Boomerang: Jonny Durand goes there-and-back to claim two world records

  Jonny Durand has claimed two hang gliding world records flying on the cliffs of the Great Australian Bight in the south of Australia. The records are: 1. Speed over 300km out-and-return record at 71.28km/h 2. Speed over 100km out-and-return at 90.41km/h Both flights smash the previous records of 56km/h and 75km/h, respectively. Both flights […]





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Tuesday Tip: Water landing in a hang glider

Tuesday Tip: Water landing in a hang glider

This tip is from Fred Wilson in Canada and is about water landing in a hang glider If you have to land on water then treat the surface of the water like the ground. Land into wind unzipped and as “out” of your harness as you can manage in the air. The glider will float […]





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