Hang Gliding

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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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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