Hang Gliding

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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Tuesday Tip: Avoiding power lines on landing

Tuesday Tip: Avoiding power lines on landing

This tip is from Dennis Pagen’s classic book, Performance Flying Too many pilots have had power line tangles. Examples include: An expert pilot in the USA who was electrocuted when his glider blew up onto a wire A pilot who survived the pyrotechnics of a power line landing only to drop two storeys onto a […]

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Cross Country Prize Draw: Who won the wing?

Cross Country Prize Draw: Who won the wing?

The winner of the Cross Country Prize Draw 2014 is… JEAN PAUL RIJNSBURGER, FROM THE NETHERLANDS! Congratulations to Jean Paul Rijnsburger who has won a free paraglider simply for being subscribed to Cross Country magazine. He gets to choose a free solo wing from one of these companies: Aircross BGD Gin Gradient Little Cloud Nova […]

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Hang Gliding Europeans 2014: CIVL on why the comp was cancelled

Hang Gliding Europeans 2014: CIVL on why the comp was cancelled

‘Budget and cooperation’ – CIVL president Agust Gudmundsson reveals the thinking behind the decision to cancel the 2014 European Hang Gliding Championships The decision to run the 2014 European Hang Gliding Championships on a low budget and a clash with the organiser over cooperation were the two main reasons the Hang Gliding Euros were cancelled […]

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Judith Mole podcast: Coastal flying

Judith Mole podcast: Coastal flying

Listen now: Coastal flying, with Judith Mole and HH Tsai In her latest podcast British pilot Judith Mole investigates coastal flying with Her-Hsin Tsai. As well as being a keen XC flier, Hamish (as he is better known in the paragliding world) lives and flies at the coast. In this podcast he discusses a wide […]

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XCeara 2013: Mark Watts and Eduardo Fernandes clock-up 1,100km+ to win

XCeara 2013: Mark Watts and Eduardo Fernandes clock-up 1,100km+ to win

Mark Watts and Eduardo Fernandes win Quixada’s open-distance event, reports Hugh Miller “Chico – you’re a genius!” wrote Peter Harvey back in 1996, having just returned from one of Chico Santos’s events, the Race and Rally. The organiser has a reputation for delivering competitions with a twist, and the XCeara is no exception. Now in […]

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Fifty Ways to Fly Better: By Bruce Goldsmith and Friends

Fifty Ways to Fly Better: By Bruce Goldsmith and Friends

Bruce Goldsmith’s new book is out now. Scroll down for exclusive extracts Buy the book Bruce Goldsmith has published a new book, Fifty Ways to Fly Better. Published with Cross Country it’s a “synthesis” of all Bruce’s knowledge from over 25 years in the sports of paragliding and hang gliding. “I’ve been flying since the […]

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Cross Country celebrates 25 years of free flying in issue 150

Cross Country celebrates 25 years of free flying in issue 150

We’re 25-years-old this issue – grown up enough to know better, young enough to still have fun. Started in 1988 by Sherry Thevenot, an artist who married into the hang gliding scene, the magazine grew quickly and has gone from strength to strength. Along the way it’s had a ringside seat at many of our sport’s […]

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Thermalling techniques: Classic and turn-reversal

Thermalling techniques: Classic and turn-reversal

This is an edited extract from Fifty Ways to Fly Better, by Bruce Goldsmith Buy the book Finding the best lift in a thermal is one of the most vital skills in flying. Half of competition flying is about climbing the fastest, the other half is about gliding. For the recreational pilot, flying around above […]

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Review: The LiveTracker 24

Review: The LiveTracker 24

The LiveTrack24 service created by the Manolis Andreadakis, who was also part of the team behind the PG Forum website, has been around for a while. It allows pilots to use a device to send information to a central server, which can then be displayed on a map allowing others to follow their position. It […]

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Why we shouldn’t fly in the rain

Why we shouldn’t fly in the rain

Remko Bolt broke his ankle when he was caught out by rain during the Pre-PWC in Romania in August this year. In the XC Files in Cross Country 149 Remko describes what happened and we look at what happens – and what can happen – if you do fly in the rain. Then the rain really started […]

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Coupe Icare 2013: Celebrating 40 years

Coupe Icare 2013: Celebrating 40 years

Live streaming from the Coupe Icare Saturday 21 September 12.30-3.30pm local time Link to this video The Coupe Icare, the four day free flight festival that marks the end of the European summer flying season starts on Thursday 19 September. This is the 40th anniversary of the Coupe Icare, which is held each year in […]

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Weather: The Red Bull X-Alps 2013

Weather: The Red Bull X-Alps 2013

The Red Bull X-Alps 2013 saw an amazing run of weather. In Cross Country 149 meteorologist Honza Rejmanek examines exactly why the weather was so good, and what to look for in the future for similar alpine flying conditions. This was Honza’s fourth Red Bull X-Alps. He’s a machine! As Cross Country’s in-house weatherman we […]

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