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Sasha's Hang Gliding Calendar

Mon, Jan 17 2022, 5:05:07 pm MST

Competitions that may not be on Airtribune

Airtribune|Alexandra "Sasha" Serebrennikova|calendar

https://sashaz.com/hgcalendar

For some reason not all nations host their comps with Airtribune so I keep track. When I spot a comp mentioned wherever I find it, I put it in. Everyone can contribute.

There is also a link to download the .ics file to feed the hang gliding comps into any calendar app.

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2022 Green Swamp Klassic »

Sun, Dec 12 2021, 8:39:33 am MST

Registration is open

Airtribune|competition|Green Swamp Klassic 2022|Ken Millard|Richard "Ric" Caylor|Sport Class|Tavo Gutierrez

"Ken Millard" «kengineer09» writes:

The Green Swamp Sport Klassic is now live on Airtribune at https://airtribune.com/2022-green-swamp-sport-klassic/info/details.

The Green Swamp, or GSSK, is a non-sanctioned hang gliding competition designed to give intermediate pilots their first experience in competition in a supportive, coached environment. Seen another way, it is a clinic for pilots wanting to expand from local flying into cross country flying, structured to use a competition format with daily declared tasks. The event is mentored, grouping pilots into small teams and assigning each team a senior pilot “mentor” to coach and guide them.

Either way you look at it, it is a tremendously influential event in the hang gliding community. It connects senior pilots with the next generation of developing pilots, draws pilots into networking nationally and internationally outside of their local clubs, builds skills and confidence, and indoctrinates and normalizes safety practices.

To give you a sense of the impact Green Swamp has, look at this year’s meet director. Ric Caylor first attended the Green Swamp in 2018. Ric had been flying recreationally for years but had only logged two cross country flights. Green Swamp added five more cross country flights to his logbook. With the GSSK as his springboard, Ric went on to compete in Texas, Arizona, Mexico, and again in Florida. Ric is now a highly ranked Sport Class pilot and is the organizer for the 2022 event. The GSSK doesn’t just teach cross country skills; it catalyzes leadership.

I can’t think of a single event which is more influential in promoting and supporting hang gliding in the USA.

GSSK is usually scheduled just before the two-week Hang Gliding Nationals series. This makes world-class pilots available to serve as mentors. The event will represent a slice of the hang gliding community with intermediate, advanced-intermediate, and world-class pilots all flying together and gathering in the clubhouse for billiards and beer.

Rather than going easy on himself as a first-time organizer, Ric is trying to raise the bar for next year’s event. In true camp counselor style, we’re going to make 2022 the best Green Swamp ever! At past events, senior pilots created ad-hoc seminars to fill the time on rain days. Rather than wait for rain days, we are creating YouTube content to coach developing pilots on the basics of gear management, flight line operations, and cross country performance and strategy. We have established a scholarship fund to offset tow fees for pilots on a tight budget. This is noted on the “Details” tab of the Airtribune page. The “Preparation Blog” tab on the Blog page contains a collection of personal testimonials from Green Swamp alumni. It’s great reading for anyone who wants to get a feel for the event. Questions may be directed to Ric at «rmcaylor» or Ken Millard at «kengineer09».

Para consultas en español, contacte Tavo Gutierrez «tavo.gutierrez».

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2022 Hang Gliding Calendar

Tue, Nov 9 2021, 11:46:23 am MST

It's ready

calendar|Moyes Delta Gliders|picture|Sander van Schaik

"Sander van Schaik" «sander» writes:

Once again, promotion of our beloved Hang Gliding sport. For ourselves, but also for potential new Hangglider students. Thanks to pilots from all over the world sending their photos, I could make the Hang Glider Calendar 2022.

The A3 Calendar of 2022 is created with pictures send by hobby and competition pilots from over the whole world. Every picture includes the pilot's name, location and photographer's name. This wonderful product is THE Calendar 2022 to use in your own house, give to potential hang gliding students, or at your office to promote your big hobby.

Purchase here.

From November 8th 2021 the Calendar will be sent out. In time for Xmas and Dutch Sinterklaas.

Specifications of the Hang Glider Calendar
• Calendar is in A3 format
• The design includes week numbers.
• The A3 Calendar is made out of beautiful pictures send from all over the world by competition and recreational Hangglider pilots.
• Every picture includes the name of the pilot, the name of the photographer and the place where it is made.
• This is THE Ultimate Calendar for promoting the Hang Glider Sport at home, at their workplace or at the office.
• The Calendar is printed digitally
• The Calendar is made in full color, 12 months + 1 cover, 250gram satin-white paper with glow finish, finishing with wire and thumbhole Calendar hook.
• The Calendar will be sent in a Cardboard case, so the Calendar will be received undamaged.

Who is on the Hang Glider Calendar 2022?

Sponsoring by
- Airborne
- Airspire
- Deltavliegschool Randonaero
- Drachenfliegen lernen
- Ellipse
- Forbes Flatlands
- Icaro2000
- Mintgroen
- Moyes
- Naviter
- Rotor Europe
- Trike Valley
- Westerwold airfield
- Wills Wing

Dealers
- Germany ( www.drachenfliegenlernen.de )

Discounts
If you want to order more Calendars:
- 5 Calendars - 19 euro per Calendar
- 10 Calendars - 18 euro per Calendar
- 25 Calendars - 17 euro per Calendar

Sending costs for any weight package
Send inside the Netherlands - € 4,95
Send inside Europe 1 - € 7,95
Send inside Europe 2 - € 10,95
Send World from of € 19,95

Hang Gliding Calendar 2022

Sat, Sep 18 2021, 5:43:42 pm MDT

Call for pictures

calendar|Sander van Schaik|Spanish Open 2021|Dutch Towing Nationals 2021

Sander van Schaik at "Hangglider Products" «info» writes:

I hope you all had enough fun this year while hang gliding or related activities. For myself, I had a great portion of it this year competing in the Spanish Open in Àger and last weekend at the Dutch Towing Nationals.

Coming up next is creating a brand new Hang glider Calendar for a great 2022 hang gliding season. I hope you will help the promotion of our great sport by sending me photos of your Hang glider activities.

By creating the Hang glider Calendar I would like to promote the hang gliding sport. Nonflying people will also see the Calendar and you can tell about your passion and hopefully, they will get the same hang gliding 'infection' as you have!

Making a Calendar like this is not possible if you, the hang glider, send me one or multiple photos. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner on a floater or a hotshot on a topless glider, every photo has got its story and the diversity of the photos make a Calendar better.

Your Hang Glider photos can be sent to « sander@svs-design.nl ».

Please include the pilot's and photographer's name as well as the location where the photo is taken.

If the amount of data is really large, you could use services like https://wetransfer.com/.

Example of the Hang glider Calendar 2021

To reward the ones sending photos for the Hang Glider Calendar, the best 12 photos get the Calendar itself for free. The front photo receives the Calendar for free. Photos can be sent until October 9th.

The Calendar itself will be available in the last week of October at www.hanggliderproducts.com and will be sent out around November 1st.

PROMOTERS ASKED

If you like to promote Hang gliding in your country by using bigger amounts of the Calendar, please contact me about discounts.

ADDITIONAL THINGS

The glidertube of Emiel Jansen is THE solution for transporting your hang glider without getting it wet: https://www.hanggliderproducts.com/The_GliderTube_Hanggliding

In the Netherlands I am part of a group called 'positive in the news' where we promote hang gliding in a lot of different ways. Goal is to get more students to the hang gliding schools. the first results are really positive. From what we learnt this year we will use next year to do even better. If you want to promote hang gliding in your country as well, please contact me for more information.

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Mark Stucky

Wed, Sep 1 2021, 5:32:57 pm MDT

Fired by Virgin Galactic

book|calendar|Mark "Forger" Stucky|space|Virgin Galactic

https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/the-red-warning-light-on-richard-bransons-space-flight

Some of Stucky’s criticisms appeared in the book I wrote about him and Virgin Galactic’s rocket ship program, “Test Gods: Virgin Galactic and the Making of a Modern Astronaut.” After the publication of my book, in May, Stucky was stripped of his flight duties and excluded from key planning meetings ahead of the July 11th event. He watched Branson’s flight from the runway; it was the first mission for which he had no responsibilities after more than a decade on the program. Eight days after Branson’s flight, an H.R. manager booked time on his calendar, and then fired Stucky over Zoom.

His departure — coupled with Ericson’s, two years earlier — leaves the company without important internal voices for accountability. In a recent meeting, when an attendee suggested that Mackay and Masucci were lucky to have escaped serious problems after the entry glide-cone warning, the pilots grew defensive. A source inside the company said of Mackay, the pilot, “He should man up, own his mistake, and admit that he pooched the profile.” A senior company official told me that the flight path trajectory was acceptable but not optimal, nor what they intended, and that the incident was being reviewed.

In a written statement, Virgin Galactic described the July th flight as “a safe and successful test flight that adhered to our flight procedures and training protocols.” The statement added, “When the vehicle encountered high altitude winds which changed the trajectory, the pilots and systems monitored the trajectory to ensure it remained within mission parameters. Our pilots responded appropriately to these changing flight conditions exactly as they have been trained and in strict accordance with our established procedures.”

Last month, Virgin Galactic’s C.E.O. announced that, beginning in October, it would ground its fleet for eight months to work on the mothership that carries its space plane aloft, and then put a new space ship through a rigorous flight-test program — all of this without Stucky, their seasoned director of flight test. In 2018, after Stucky flew Virgin Galactic’s first successful space mission, a mentor of his from NASA wrote to congratulate him on “a job well done: as a Test Pilot and as a Program leader — in the face of significant technical and organizational challenges.” Sturckow, the former marine and current Virgin Galactic test pilot who’s flown to space twice with the company and four times with NASA, once commended Stucky for doing “an excellent fucking job as flight-test director, keeping this team of innocents from wandering in the woods endlessly.”

Stucky has spent the days since his departure mostly at home. He has received job offers, and former colleagues have stopped by bearing gifts and condolences. “What a loss for us, and what a way to treat someone who has been here since the beginning,” one engineer wrote to him. Others have come by asking for advice, which Stucky admits puts him in an awkward position. “I want to help my friends,” he told me. “But by the same token, I don’t think I should be helping a company that didn’t see any value in me.”

In late September, before overhauling its fleet, Virgin Galactic is scheduled to fly its next test flight, carrying several members of the Italian Air Force to space. The company spokesperson said Virgin Galactic “is guided by a fundamental commitment to safety at every level.”

Go Long In Texas

Tue, Apr 27 2021, 11:28:17 am EDT

Wharton in August

calendar|video

calendar|Robin Hamilton|video

Robin Hamilton writes:

Fly with Cowboy Up Hang Gliding in Wharton TX, August 15-22, 2021.

August flying down on Texas Gulf Coast provides great soaring conditions for easy long flights. Conditions are very predictable and downwind terrain continuously easy landing options with good retrieval access.

We are targeting pilots that are seeking their first 100 mile flights and/or personal bests. 100 mile and even 200+ mile flights have been routine here in August.

More info to follow but pencil-in your calendar and contact Tiki at https://cuhanggliding.com or me at «robin2808» if interested and want more info now.

Here is a video from a day in August a couple of years back when four of us together flew over 800 combined miles for the day from Wharton up toward Dallas.

https://youtu.be/uj51Y0FdeJg

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Wolfi Calendar

Tue, Nov 10 2020, 11:56:06 pm EST

His pictures

calendar|Wolfgang "Wolfi" Siess

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Hang Glider Calendar⁣ 2021 is Ready

Fri, Nov 6 2020, 9:14:40 am EST

For the holidays

calendar|calendar

Sander van Schaik «Sander van Schaik» writes:

This year's Calendar is promotion of the Hang Glider Sport at it's best: Full Format A3 Calendar.

The A3 Calendar of 2021 is created with pictures send by recreational and competition pilots from over the whole world. Every picture includes the pilot's name, location and photographer's name. This wonderful product is the calendar for 2021 to use in your own house, give to potential hang hang glider students, or at your office to promote your sport.

=== YES, I WANT A CALENDAR ===

From November 4th 2020 the Calendar will be sent out. In time for Xmas and Dutch Sinterklaas.

Specifications of the Hang Glider Calendar
• BACK: Calendar is in A3 format
• The design includes week numbers.
• Known competition dates are added.
• The A3 Calendar is made out of beautiful pictures send from all over the world by competition and recreational Hangglider pilots.
• Every picture includes the name of the pilot, the name of the photographer and the place where it is made.
• This is THE Ultimate Calendar for promoting the Hang Glider Sport at home, at their workplace or at the office.
• The Calendar is printed digitally
• The Calendar is made in full color, 12 months + 1 cover, 250gram satin-white paper with glow finish, finishing with wire and thumbhole Calendar hook.
• The Calendar will be sent in a Cardboard case, so the Calendar will be received undamaged.

Who is on the Hang Glider Calendar 2021?

Sponsoring by
- Airborne
- Airspire
- Deltavliegschool Randonaero
- Ellipse
- Forbes Flatlands
- Mintgroen
- Moyes
- Rotor Europe

Dealers
- Germany ( www.drachenfliegenlernen.de )

Discounts
If you want to order more Calendars:
- 5 Calendars - 19 € per Calendar
- 10 Calendars - 18 € per Calendar
- 25 Calendars - 17 € per Calendar

Sending costs for any weight package
Send inside the Netherlands - € 4,95
Send inside Europe 1 - € 7,95
Send inside Europe 2 - € 10,95
Send World from of € 19,95

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Hang Glider Photos Wanted

Mon, Oct 5 2020, 8:40:21 pm CDT

Hang Glider Photos Wanted

For the 2021 Calendar

calendar|photo

Sander van Schaik <sander> writes:

I would like to make the Hang Glider Calendar 2021 and need your help by sending me photos of your hang gliding activities.

This year, for many pilots, it is a different hang gliding year. By creating this Hang Glider Calendar I would like to send a positive vibe to everybody and especially those that were not able to fly as much as they would love to.

Making a calendar like this is not possible unless you, the hang glider, send me one or multiple photos.

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner on a floater or a hotshot on a topless glider, every photo has got its story and the diversity of the photos make a calendar better

Your Hang Glider photos can be sent to: sander&0x64;svs-design.nl

Please include the pilot's and photographer's names as well as the location where the photo is taken.

If the amount of data that makes up the picture is really large, you could use services like www.wetransfer.com

Above is an example of the Hang Glider Calendar 2020

To reward the ones sending photos for the Hang Glider Calendar, the best 12 photos get a free Calendar.

Photos can be sent until October 18th.

The calendar itself will be available in the last week of October: www.hanggliderproducts.com and will be sent out around November 1st.

RESELLERS

If you like to sell the calendar in your country as well, please contact me about volume discounts. 

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Hang Glider Photos Wanted

Mon, Oct 5 2020, 8:39:45 pm CDT

Hang Glider Photos Wanted

For the 2021 Calendar

calendar|photo

Sander van Schaik <sander> writes:

I would like to make the Hang Glider Calendar 2021 and need your help by sending me photos of your hang gliding activities.

This year, for many pilots, it is a different hang gliding year. By creating this Hang Glider Calendar I would like to send a positive vibe to everybody and especially those that were not able to fly as much as they would love to.

Making a calendar like this is not possible unless you, the hang glider, send me one or multiple photos.

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner on a floater or a hotshot on a topless glider, every photo has got its story and the diversity of the photos make a calendar better

Your Hang Glider photos can be sent to: sander&x64;svs-design.nl

Please include the pilot's and photographer's names as well as the location where the photo is taken.

If the amount of data that makes up the picture is really large, you could use services like www.wetransfer.com

Above is an example of the Hang Glider Calendar 2020

To reward the ones sending photos for the Hang Glider Calendar, the best 12 photos get a free Calendar.

Photos can be sent until October 18th.

The calendar itself will be available in the last week of October: www.hanggliderproducts.com and will be sent out around November 1st.

RESELLERS

If you like to sell the calendar in your country as well, please contact me about volume discounts. 

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Hang Glider Photos Wanted

October 5, 2020, 5:50:37 pm MDT

Hang Glider Photos Wanted

For the 2021 Calendar

calendar|photo

Sander van Schaik <sander> writes:

I would like to make the Hang Glider Calendar 2021 and need your help by sending me photos of your hang gliding activities.

This year, for many pilots, it is a different hang gliding year. By creating this Hang Glider Calendar I would like to send a positive vibe to everybody and especially those that were not able to fly as much as they would love to.

Making a calendar like this is not possible unless you, the hang glider, send me one or multiple photos.

It doesn't matter if you are a beginner on a floater or a hotshot on a topless glider, every photo has got its story and the diversity of the photos make a calendar better

Your Hang Glider photos can be sent to: «sander»

Please include the pilot's and photographer's names as well as the location where the photo is taken.

If the amount of data that makes up the picture is really large, you could use services like www.wetransfer.com

Above is an example of the Hang Glider Calendar 2020

To reward the ones sending photos for the Hang Glider Calendar, the best 12 photos get a free Calendar.

Photos can be sent until October 18th.

The calendar itself will be available in the last week of October: www.hanggliderproducts.com and will be sent out around November 1st.

RESELLERS

If you like to sell the calendar in your country as well, please contact me about volume discounts.

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Insurance?

August 3, 2020, 6:43:42 pm MDT

Insurance?

Adequate?

calendar|USHPA

The USHPA competition committee writes:

We're getting in touch to give you an update on the 2020 Hurricane Open. The competition is currently set to take place from August 29 to September 5 in Henson Gap, TN.
 
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has caused most of the sanctioned events scheduled for 2020 to be cancelled and made it more difficult for those still on the calendar. USHPA is hoping the Hurricane Open can continue as planned. In addition to managing coronavirus precautions, one of the stipulations for maintaining sanctioning is obtaining event insurance that satisfies minimum requirements. The event organizers are currently working to meet these requirements, which are necessary for the Hurricane Open to retain its sanctioned competition status.
 
August 10 has been set as the deadline to determine final sanctioning status. We will notify pilots by August 11 to give those planning to attend sufficient time to make travel plans.
 
If you have any questions, please contact <competition>. Thank you for your understanding.

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The USHPA Competition Calendar

June 7, 2020, 9:43:37 MDT

The USHPA Competition Calendar

Not much left

calendar|PG|USHPA

https://www.ushpa.org/page/competition-calendar

2020 Hurricane Open
USHPA National Championship Series event*
USHPA Sanctioned PG Race To Goal

Location: Henson Gap, Tennessee
Event Dates: August 29 - September 5, 2020
Register Dates: January 1 - August 29, 2020
Organizer: Alejandro Albornoz | <info>
Website: Hurricane Open

2020 HSB Accuracy Cup
USHPA National Championship Series event*
USHPA Sanctioned PG Spot Landing

Location: Horseshoe Bend Flight Park, Horseshoe Bend, ID
Event Dates: October 1 - 4, 2020
Register Dates: January 1 - October 2, 2020
Organizer: Scott Edwards | <hsbflightpark>
Website: HSB Accuracy Cup

https://www.ushpa.org/page/insurance-changes-2020

Removal of Insurance Coverage When Flying Certain Sites

Due to inadequate management of risks and exposure to potential liability, USHPA's GL and PL policies no longer cover USHPA pilots while flying at the following commercial flying sites:

Blue Mountain Ski Area
Horseshoe Bend Flight Park

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COVID-19 and the FAI/CIVL

May 7, 2020, 9:06:48 pm EDT

COVID-19 and the FAI/CIVL

Postponements and Cancelations

calendar|CIVL|COVID|PG|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

https://www.fai.org/news/fai-civl-covid-19-and-cat-1-events?type=node&id=24473

The FAI Executive Board and the Presidents of Air Sports Commissions had a Zoom meeting on May 7, 2020.

The agenda stated:

Covid-19 has created significant problems worldwide. Sports and meetings have been seriously impacted. The variations in governmental approaches to the health threat have made the situation more difficult to manage at an international level.

The intention of this agenda item is to understand what Air Sports Commissions have achieved, how this has been done and any particular problems or issues that have arisen.

This discussion will then provide guidance for the discussion about how to handle championships (in 2020, 2021 and further) under a continuing and unspecified Covid-19 threat.

The following came out of the discussion:

It is to each Commission, for each discipline, to evaluate the specific situations.

Commissions are trusted to take the appropriate decisions.

The role of the FAI Executive Board and Secretariat is to share, assist and support the commissions as needed.

CIVL current situation

CIVL policy decided early on (March 15) in agreement with the FAI President and Secretary General is confirmed.

Cat 1 or Cat 2: we let the organisers decide and we support them as much as we can.

Cat 1: Engaged expenses for CIVL Officials that should have been supported by the organisers are paid by CIVL. Spots are reserved for 2021 or 2022 for postponed events

Cat 2: Administrative fees for cancellation are not charged. Events are scored in the WPRS even if they don’t follow strictly the FAI calendar 30-day rule.

There is an ongoing discussion on scoring competitions in the WPRS but freezing the devaluation factor. Decision is pending.

4th FAI Pan-American Paragliding XC – Baixo Guandu, Brazil – March 7 to 14
- Took place as planned.

2nd FAI World Hang-Gliding Sport Class – Groveland, Florida, USA – April 19 to May 1.
- Postponed to 2021.

4th FAI Asian Paragliding Accuracy – Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan – May 30 to June 7
- Suspended at least until July 1, 2020.
- Cancellation or postponement later this year or in 2022 are possible.

21st FAI World Hang-Gliding 2 – Groveland, Florida, USA – April 19 to May 1.
9th FAI World Hang-Gliding 5 – Groveland, Florida, USA – April 19 to May 1.
14th FAI World Hang-Gliding Women 1 – Groveland, Florida, USA – April 19 to May 1.
- Cancelled. The three championships can be reallocated in 2021 if anyone is interested.

21st FAI European Hang-Gliding Class 1 – Monte Cucco, Italy – July 4 to 18
- Decision pending. Cancellation or postponement later this year or in 2022 are possible.

16th FAI European Paragliding XC – Pantelej-Nis, Serbia – July 18 to August 1
- Decision pending. Cancellation or postponement later this year or in 2022 are possible.

1st FAI Pan-American Hang-Gliding Class 1 – Big Spring, Texas, USA – August 2 to 14
- Postponed to 2022.

3rd FAI World Paragliding Aerobatic – Trasaghis, Italy – August 5 to 14
- Decision pending. Cancellation or postponement later this year or in 2021 are possible.

7th FAI European Paragliding Accuracy – Sibiu, Romania – August 28 to September 5
- Decision pending. Cancellation or postponement later this year or in 2021 are possible.

1st FAI Asian-Oceanic Paragliding XC – Bright, Australia – December 5 to 19
- Cancelled.

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Paragliding Super Final and Paramotor Worlds both cancelled

March 13, 2020, 7:42:59 EDT

Paragliding Super Final and Paramotor Worlds both cancelled

In Brazil

calendar|PG

https://xcmag.com/news/paragliding-super-final-and-paramotor-worlds-both-cancelled/

Two of the biggest events in the free-flight competition calendar for 2020 have been cancelled because of the coronavirus.

The Paragliding World Cup Super Final later this month and the FAI Paramotor World Championships in June have both been cancelled.

The Super Final was due to take place in Castelo, Brazil from 24 March to 4 April. The venue had already been moved to Baixo Guando because of fears over the coronavirus, but now the whole event has officially been cancelled.

PWCA Goran Dimiskovski emailed pilots today and said: “Following the WHO pandemic declaration yesterday, the mayor of Baixo Guandu has informed us that he is no longer allowed to hold the event.

Several pilots due to head to Brazil for the Super Final had already said they would not travel because of the coronavirus and had cancelled their participation.

Separately, the Paramotor World Championships have also been cancelled. These were scheduled to take place in June in Linhares, Brazil.

Organisers said they had decided to cancel the event well ahead of time to, “prevent financial losses to competitors and organisers.”

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Aerotow Tug Pilot Currency Requirements

February 24, 2020, 10:25:49 EST

Aerotow Tug Pilot Currency Requirements

Refresher

calendar|Gregg "Kim" Ludwig

Gregg Ludwig <<gregg.ludwig.cfi>> writes:

As a refresher or reminder for aerotow tug pilots, in addition to obviously being a proficient pilot, 61.69 requires currency. Meeting currency required by regulation is easy and is similar to meeting landing currency where that requires 3 logged t/o and landings within 90 days to carry a passenger.  Tug pilot currency is typically overlooked with FAA ramp checks but most hang glider competition administrators will ask for documentation. Like landing currency the tug pilot currency does not require an endorsement. A note in your logbook (by you) stating that you are current through (state date) should suffice. Shown here is currency requirement from 61.69:

(6) Within 24 calendar months before the flight has—

(i) Made at least three actual or simulated tows of a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle while accompanied by a qualified pilot who meets the requirements of this section; or

(ii) Made at least three flights as pilot in command of a glider or unpowered ultralight vehicle towed by an aircraft.

Notice that aerotowing as a solo tug pilot does not meet the requirement towards currency (but does provide proficiency). For tug pilots that also hang glide it probably easiest to list some hang gliding  aerotows in your logbook. If you took 3 hang gliding (aerotow) flights in one (1) week you would be current for almost two (2) years.

The CIVL Bureau Decisions

January 31, 2020, 7:21:32 EST

The CIVL Bureau Decisions

These that need to be approved

calendar|CIVL|PG

https://www.fai.org/page/civl-meetings - Annex 7

Allowed a Cat 2 event to be postponed in Venezuela due to the political situation in this country.

Deep concern on the actions of Mexican NAC that install financial conditions to organise PG/HG Cat 2 events. Competition organisers requested the support of FAI. Decided to rank Mexican events even without NAC sanction and no publication on the FAI Calendar.

Allowed events in Italy to be sanctioned and ranked while the NAC is non-operative due to political issues.

Allowed events in Mexico to be ranked while the NAC is suspended for non-payment of its FAI subscription.

Allowed the organisers of the test event for the 2020 Asian-Oceanic Paragliding championships to modify the dates if necessary in consideration of the climatic conditions (fires).

Authorised a report of a Cat 2 event in Ecuador due to the political situation.

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2020 Laveno »

January 20, 2020, 8:37:37 EST

2020 Laveno

33rd Valerio Albrizio Trophy

calendar|Laveno 2020

https://airtribune.com/xxxiii-valerio-albrizio-trophy/info/details__info

The competition has been included in the FAI calendar 2020 and is organized by Aero Club Lega Piloti in cooperation with Delta Club Laveno.

The flight area is in the Pre-Alps, on Lake Maggiore, in the North West of Italy, not far from Switzerland. The location is defined, also by the most experienced pilots, a real "FLIGHT GYM" for its several and peculiar characteristics.

The TAKE-OFFS, thanks to the influence of Lake Maggiore, can be used all year round and comfortable to reach, thanks to the modern cableway that brings directly to Monte Sasso del Ferro.

The Sasso del Ferro ridge is generous, with thermals which in spring carry much above 2000 meters. From Laveno and the nearby Monte Nudo there are considerable possibilities for long distance flights, as all the peaks of the Pre-Alps can be reached. To the East, up to Como and Lecco; to the North, on the Swiss inland Alps, and to the West, for those who don't have retrieve problems, beyond the Lake Maggiore, into the Valleys of Novara up to the Simplon Pass and towards Monte Rosa.

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Sasha's 2020 Competition Calendar

January 7, 2020, 8:45:47 EST

Sasha's 2020 Competition Calendar

Hang Gliding Competitions around the World

Alexandra "Sasha" Serebrennikova|calendar

Alexandra Serebrennikova‎ writes:

Maybe this calendar will be helpful for those who wants to see all the competition dates in one place. I made a calendar collecting all events 2020 I came across so far (about 50+). It gives a better overview when planning the next season:

http://sashaz.com/hgcalendar

The main pros of this calendar that anyone can submit an event (please do so). This is especially useful for small local competitions which are hard to get to know about.

Filter by categories such as continents, locations, organizers, etc.

Agenda/monthly/tiles view.

Each event can be also imported into your personal Google calendar just by a click of the mouse.

There are more functions - play around with it.

Also please spread the word/share this post, so potentially more hang gliding people can contribute to the schedule.

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2020 Calendar »

January 1, 2020, 8:48:05 EST

It's ready

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2020 Calendar

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A Hot Year

November 23, 2019, 11:35:21 PST

A Hot Year

A little cooler in October here in the West

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We hang glider pilot are always interested in the weather, the soaring weather, and therefore the big picture, climate change. October is not a big hang gliding month for most Northern Hemisphere pilots, except in Florida and Texas. We just missed the worst of the colder October weather in Boise leaving for California near the end of the month.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/11/19/were-living-through-earths-second-hottest-year-noaa-finds/

This year is increasingly likely to be the planet’s second- or third-warmest calendar year on record since modern temperature data collection began in 1880, according to data released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

This reflects the growing influence of long-term, human-caused global warming and is especially noteworthy, as there was an absence of a strong El Niño in the tropical Pacific Ocean this year. Such events are typically associated with the hottest years, since they boost global ocean temperatures and add large amounts of heat to the atmosphere across the Pacific Ocean, the world’s largest.

According to a new report released Monday, there’s about an 85 percent chance that the year will wind up ranking as the second-warmest in NOAA’s data set, with a possibility that it slips to No. 3. Overall, though, it’s virtually certain (greater than a 99 percent chance) that 2019 will wind up being a top-five-warmest year for the globe.

NOAA found the average global land and ocean surface temperature for October was 1.76 degrees (0.98 degrees Celsius) above the 20th-century average, 0.11 of a degree shy of the record warm October set in 2015.

Remarkably, the 10 warmest Octobers have occurred since 2003, and the top-five warmest such months have taken place since 2015.

October 2019 was the 43rd-straight October to be warmer than the 20th-century average, and the 418th straight warmer-than-average month. This means anyone younger than 34 has not lived through a cooler-than-average year from a global standpoint.

The only region of record cold for the month was in the Western United States, where much of the Rockies were at record cold for the month. Interestingly, despite the absence of a declared El Niño in the tropical Pacific, global average sea-surface temperatures ranked second-warmest on record for the month, running less than a tenth of a degree behind the record year of 2016, when there was an intense El Niño event.

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Morning Glory Photo

Fri, Nov 8 2019, 8:31:47 am PST

Michael Zupanc

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https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/that-s-the-story-morning-glory-how-cloud-surfing-snapper-took-shot-20191106-p537we.html

A photographer cloud-surfing in a glider has captured an incredible image of "morning glory cloud" over north-west Queensland.

Michael Zupanc's shot is so good he earned himself a spot in the Bureau of Meteorology's official 2020 calendar and his picture, On Cloud Nine, will feature for the month of June.

The picture was taken in September 2018, but after months of open entries and judging, it was unveiled on Wednesday as one of 13 images selected for the national weather calendar.

The phenomenon consistently occurs above Burketown, an isolated town and locality in far north-western Queensland and 660 kilometres west of Cairns.

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2020 Hang Gliding Calendar

October 9, 2019, 0:00:55 MDT

2020 Hang Gliding Calendar

Needs your photos

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Sander van Schaik writes:

Every year I design a Hang Glider Calendar. This is to promote our hang gliding sport. The best way to help me out with this is to send your photos to me. The design will be white and the format to what fits in your mailbox so it saves shipping costs.

Making a Calendar like this is not possible unless you, the hang glider pilot, send me one or multiple photos. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner on a floater or a hotshot on a topless glider, every photo has got its story and the diversity of the photos make a calendar better.

Your Hang Glider photos can be sent to sander@svs-design.nl. Please include the pilot's and photographer's names as well as the location where the photo is taken. If the amount of data is really large, you could use services like www.wetransfer.com.

To reward the ones sending photos for the Hang Glider Calendar, the best 12 photos get a free Calendar. Photos can be sent until October 20th (less than 2 weeks).

The Calendar itself will be available in the last week of October at www.hanggliderproducts.com (at the moment I am building a new webshop) and will be sent out around November 15th.

Help promote our sport

The best way to promote the sport is having the Calendar on as many walls as possible. If you order bigger volumes you get discounts. Or you become a dealer, which are already available in Germany and the Netherlands. If you would like to be a dealer for the Hang Glider Calendar in your country, please contact me.

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Newcastle Hang Gliding Club Competitions

September 19, 2019, 7:03:34 MST

Newcastle Hang Gliding Club Competitions

Three competitions on the calendar

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https://wow.asn.au/comps/?q=CWC18Entry

https://wow.asn.au/comps/?q=node/91

https://wow.asn.au/comps/?q=node/92

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2020 Paradise Airsports Nationals »

August 30, 2019, 5:47:37 pm MDT

2020 Paradise Airsports Nationals

Tentative

calendar|CIVL|Paradise Airsports Nationals 2020|USHPA|Wilotree Park

The 2020 World Championships aren't open to open class 1 pilots, so we have proposed a CIVL and USHPA category 2 sanctioned competition just before the 2020 Worlds at Wilotree Park in Groveland, Florida, the site of the 2020 World Championships.

Of course, there will also be the Category 1 Pan-American Championships for open class 1 pilots in Big Spring, Texas in August.

https://airtribune.com/2020-pan-american-championships/info/details__info

Our proposal is for the competition to take place April 12th through 18th, just before the Worlds. You'll find it on our competition calendar here: https://ozreport.com/calendar.php. We are also proposing to have two days of official practice tasks on the 10th and 11th which will include set tasks, live tracking, and scoring for the day (not added to the cumulative score for the competition). Check in will be on Friday morning if you want to do the official task on Friday, and Saturday at the regular times for everyone else (those doing the official task on Saturday come in the morning).

We'll have a web page up for this competition a bit later. We will also apply for sanctioning and that will be decided upon in October by the USHPA.

We figure that nine days of tasks, live tracking, and daily scoring will be attractive to pilots.

The competition will also be open to pilots who have been confirmed for the World Championships. The women, of course, would be flying in the open class. The sport class, rigid wing pilots and Swift pilots would be flying in their own classes. But again, unless you are an open class 1 pilot, you must be confirmed for the Worlds to fly in this competition in your class.

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2020 Worlds and Pan-Americans

Fri, Aug 23 2019, 9:14:48 am MDT

They are not just for national team members

calendar|CIVL|Pan-Americans 2020|World Pilot Ranking Scheme|Worlds 2020

You too can come and fly (and perhaps win the World Championships or Pan-American Championships). The competitions do not just include the National team members. You don't have to qualify for your national team to meet the qualifications to join the competitions and go for the gold (you just don't score for the national team).

The Pan-Americans is a combination of the Pan-American Championships (Category 1) for Open Class 1 pilots and the Pan-Americans (Category 2) for Sport Class, Rigid Class, and Swift Class pilots.

https://airtribune.com/2020-pan-american-championships/info/details__info

The local rules:

The maximum number of pilots in the combined competitions is 125. The maximum number of pilots in the 2020 Pan-Americans is 40.

The maximum number of pilots that may be entered by a NAC in the 1st FAI Class 1 Pan-American Hang Gliding Championships is 55 total and 50 of one gender.

The maximum number of pilots constituting in the 1st FAI Class 1 Pan-American Hang Gliding Championships a national team is 8 total and 6 of one gender with the top 3 scoring for each day.

So, you see, any one nation can register up to 55 pilots for the Pan American Championship. They may not all get in, but there really is no restriction requiring you to be a national team member. The requirements for the Pan American Championship (but not for the Pan-Americans) are:

In the 36 months before May 1st, 2020, which is 3 calendar months before the championship starts, a pilot has to have:

Been ranked with at least 20 WPRS points in Hang Gliding Class 1

Participated in one or more FAI sanctioned competitions with at least 30 pilots.

The World Championships (Women's, Sport Class, Rigid Class, and Swift Class) are similarly organized. We will very likely have a CIVL category 2 open class 1 competition happening just before the Worlds (like we usually have in Florida in the Spring).

https://airtribune.com/2020-world-championships/info/details__info

The local rules:

The maximum number of pilots in all the championships combined is 120.

The maximum number of pilots that may be entered by a NAC in the 14th Women’s World Championship is 5 total.

The maximum number of pilots constituting in the 14th Women’s World Championship a national team is 3 total with the top 2 scoring for each day.

The maximum number of pilots that may be entered by a NAC in the 2nd FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Sport Class 45 total and 40 of one gender.

The maximum number of pilots constituting in the 2nd FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Sport Class a national team is 8 total and 6 of one gender with the top 3 scoring for each day.

The maximum number of pilots that may be entered by a NAC in the 9th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 5 is 12 total and 10 of one gender.

The maximum number of pilots constituting in the 9th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 5 a national team is 8 total and 6 of one gender with the top 3 scoring for each day.

The maximum number of pilots that may be entered by a NAC in the 21st FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 2 is 6 total and 5 of one gender.

The maximum number of pilots constituting in the 21st FAI World Hang Gliding Championships Class 2 a national team is 5 total and 3 of one gender with the top 2 scoring for each day.

So you can see that there is plenty of room especially for Sport Class pilots, 45 can register. You do not have to be a member of your Sport Class National Team.

The eligibility requirements for the Worlds depend on the pilot's class, CIVL eligibility rules (see class 1 rules above) and the local rules. The local rules can be found at the World's web site linked to above.

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Yosemite Park in finally open

July 22, 2019, 11:03:56 MDT

Yosemite Park in finally open

Too much snow this year

calendar|George Stebbins

George Stebbins <<george>> writes:

Yosemite is open after the extra-heavy snow this year. So the waterfalls should be impressive. The campground at Bridalveil is open as of July 15th as well.

Come fly perhaps the most beautiful and impressive site you'll ever see! Hang 4 and above only. Sign up at: https://www.yosemitehg.org/calendar  If you have questions, call me: 661--965-0493 (George Stebbins)

Sign up for when there is a site monitor. (Like this weekend!) A site monitor is required.

Great camping, great hiking, beautiful vistas! Yosemite is the crown jewel in the U.S. National Park system. I hope to see you there!

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2020 Forbes Flatlands »

June 3, 2019, 7:02:46 MDT

2020 Forbes Flatlands

Pre-pre-preparing

calendar|Forbes Flatlands 2020|Petr Polach|Vicki Cain|video

Vicki Cain <<Vicki>> writes:

The dates are set for the Forbes Flatlands 2020, registration is open!

http://www.forbesflatlands.com/

Trophies for Open, Sport and Women’s Classes

Come on out and experience firsthand what all the hype is about!

Whether you are a Sport class pilot looking to set a new personal best or a seasoned cross country pilot chasing the elusive big flight!

Forbes can offer all and more in a super friendly environment.

Our posse of volunteers together with the most experienced competition organisers on the Aussie calendar make for a great fun, safe and challenging competition.

You will not be disappointed!

Practice flying Friday the 3rd of January

Registration: Friday 3rd from 10:00-12:00 and 1600-1800 at head quarters.

1st Competition day Saturday January 4th, 2020 8th (Last) Competition day Saturday January 11th, 2020

We will overlap with the Elvis Festival happening in Parkes so be sure to book your accommodation early.

To give you a taste of our Forbes flying check out Petr Polach's video as he shows us his captivating Aussie sojourn story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnzACXj-8OE&feature=youtu.be

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Spanish Hang Gliding Calendar

January 22, 2019, 8:34:49 EST

Spanish Hang Gliding Calendar

National Championship at Zujar-Granada in July

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Juaki <<aladelta>> writes:

April 18-21, 2019 - International Hang Gliding Open Sierra de Cadiz 2019 - El Bosque and Algodonales, Cadiz: https://airtribune.com/open-sierra-de-cadiz-2019

May 1-4, 2019 - International Hang Gliding Open Pedro Bernardo 2019 - Pedro Bernardo, Avila: https://sites.google.com/view/openpb/

June 30 - July 6, 2019 - 42nd Spanish National Championship - HG International Open Zujar-Jabalcon 2019: https://airtribune.com/42-nacional-ala-delta-zujar-jabalcon

August 15-18, 2019 - HG Open Piedrahita - Piedrahita, Avila

December 1-8, 2019 - 23rd Canarian HG Open - Lanzarote, Canary Islands: https://airtribune.com/xxiii-open-de-canarias

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Updates on the Hang Glider Calendar 2019

December 18, 2018, 9:23:04 EST

Updates on the Hang Glider Calendar 2019

Crypto currencies

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Sander van Schaik writes:

- I added payment by crypto currencies (Ripple & Bitcoin), because I am a strong believer in block chain technology.

- The photographers of the photos in the calendar received their voucher to get the calendar for free. Thanks again for sending in the photos which make this possible.

- Worldonline, who is handling the credit card payments had a miss communication, this is now adjusted so it should go easy now.

- The calendar can also be ordered in Germany at the DHV or at Drachenfliegenlernen

- There was a great item about the calendar in the XC Magazine, thanks for that.

- Sending costs in the Netherlands are now € 3,95

- Sending costs in Europe are for max. 3 calendars 6,95 - 5,10 or 20 and more Calendars € 9,95

- Sending costs Worldwide are for max. 3 calendars 14,95 - 5, 10 or 20 and more Calendars € 26,95

- The Hang Glider Quartet will be on stock next week Wednesday, December 19th.

http://hangglidingproducts.com

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World Air Games postponed to 2022

Mon, Dec 10 2018, 10:36:04 am EST

What's the point of these games again?

calendar|CIVL|Jamie Shelden|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|PG|Stéphane Malbos

Early on in our discussions with Stephane Malbos, the CIVL President, the desire on the part of the FAI not to have conflicting international hang gliding competitions take place after July 2020 was an issue. The CIVL Bureau went ahead anyway and approved the 1st FAI Pan-American Hang Gliding Championships for August 2020. Now the calendar is clear and there is no conflict, except, no doubt, for the European Hang Gliding Championships in 2022.

There has never been a "real" hang gliding or paragliding presence at the World Air Games, mostly because the venues are not conductive to actual competitions. By "real" we mean a cross country competition. The proposed site in Turkey for the hang gliding competition was apparently pretty sketchy and was going to be reviewed by CIVL Bureau members (as I recall, Jamie Shelden and Mitch Shipley). Also the idea of holding a Women's Worlds there as a part of the WAG was discouraged given the attitude of Turkish males towards women.

https://fai.org/news/supercharging-fai-world-air-games-2022

The FAI and the Turkish Aeronautical Association (THK) have announced that the FAI World Air Games in Turkey have been moved from 2020 to September 2022.

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Hang Glider Calendar⁣ 2019 and Card Game Quartet ready for ordering

Mon, Nov 26 2018, 7:18:13 am PST

Play

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www.hanggliderproducts.com

Background

In the Netherlands where I come from, there is pressure to our hang gliding sport. Terrains, flying rules, new students, new competition pilots, etc. My way of giving this a positive impulse and promote our sport is to make a better hang glider calendar which is more interesting for a broader group of people. The card game Quartet which I developed was already a long term wish and I hope this card game will be played by people that are also non-hang glider pilots. I hope every player will like it and that people not yet flying a hang glider will get more interested in our beautiful sport.

Hang Glider Calendar

The Calendar has made a big change. These are a horizontal format (instead of vertical), one big photo (instead of adding 3 smaller photos), clean design with no sponsoring and a small story to every photo. The photos are still made by pilots and photographers all over the world.

Card Game Quartet

This 36 cards game has got nine categories: Legends, female pilots, social media heroes, harnesses, classes, clouds, places to fly, components, instruments. The cards fit in a cardboard box.

About me

The Hang Gliding Calendar has never been a money maker. The main reason why I am doing this is that I like doing it. My professional work as website developer makes it easier to make a good working web shop and also I am able to work with Adobe Photoshop to design the Calendar and the Quartet. I hope you like the effort I do for the sport and the products I make and that you will support me by buying the Calendar and Quartet.

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Pan-American Sport Class?

Mon, Nov 12 2018, 10:01:49 am PST

Here is one response.

Belinda Boulter|calendar|CIVL|Jamie Shelden|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|Stéphane Malbos

https://OzReport.com/22.222

Earlier I asked:

Sport Class pilots, have you asked CIVL to allow us to run the 2020 Big Spring Sport Class Nationals as the 1st FAI Pan-American Sport Class Championship? We will be running the 1st FAI Class 1 Pan-American Championships at that time (along with 2020 Big Spring Nationals).

Goran dimiskovski «Goran dimiskovski»;

Jamie Shelden «Jamie Shelden»;

Mitch Shipley «Mitch Shipley» ;

Stef-CIVL «Stef-CIVL»;

Eduardo Fonseca from Colombia wrote to Stephane Malbos:

With this note I want to express my desire for the 2020 Big Spring Sport Class Nationals to be recognized as the 1st FAI Pan-American Sport Class Championship.

As a hang glider pilot entering the competition world in the Sport class, I do appreciate the effort that Mr. Straub and Ms. Boulter have put into preparing great competitions in USA for 2019 and 2020, and having the 1st FAI Pan-American Sport Class Championship here in the USA (and here in Texas) will strengthen the outreach of this sport on this side of the planet.

Additionally, I am beginning to coordinate increased participation of pilots from Colombia (my country) to come to Big Spring. Making it the FAI championship will most likely increase pilot participation.

Stephane Malbos, the CIVL President, wrote back:

I believe that a pan-American and World the same year and just a few months apart is not a good idea. It favours local pilots and rich pilots too much. We’ve never done it, it bends the FAI rules a bit too much to my liking. Why not organise one in 2021?

Eduardo Fonseca's response:

Thank you for your reply.

I have analyzed some data from the FAI website, and I have the following details to share and discuss:

· I used the comps that currently count towards pilot ranking in the sport class
· You will notice that comps are located mostly in Europe and America. Some in Australia and very few in Asia. See map here
· For 2018 and 2017 the number of comps in Europe was larger than the number of comps America
· The participation of pilots tends to be larger in America, with Mexico comps having the largest number of pilots (~30+) while the largest in Europe has 10 pilots (Monte Cucco International Trophy 2018 Class Sport)

Can you direct me to where the FAI rules state the limitations of the comps?

I believe the fact that for the past two years most comps having been in Europe, as you stated, favors European pilots more than American pilots. Thus, having the 2020 Pan-American Sport Class Championship in Big Spring would serve at least two purposes:

· Balance the number of comps between Europe and America
· Potentially have a larger number of pilots, thus promoting the sport to a larger audience.

In the end, all I want is for the pilots in my category (Sport Class) to have a great event where we can all learn and continue growing the sport.

Let me know if you would like to discuss further.

Stephane Malbos, the CIVL President, wrote back:

General Section of the Sporting Code states…

4. 4.5 FREQUENCY AND LOCATION OF EVENTS: each ASC shall determine the frequency and location of its events in accordance with the following principles:

4. 4.4.1 World and Continental Championships should be held approximately every two years in any discipline or class in accordance with the provisions of the Specialised Sections of the Sporting Code.

4. 4.4.2 As far as possible World and Continental Championships should not be held in the same calendar year

I think that a Pan-American is a great idea in all disciplines and especially in Sport, as you underline. But why the same year as the World ? I see only disadvantage. Do it in 2021 and get into the rhythm: World in 2022, Sport in 2023, and on and on…

Sport Class at the highest level (Cat 1) is still to be built. The criterion of selection of pilot is crucial. They were very different in Annecy 2014 World from what is planned in Big Spring. Tasks are still the same but maybe we should think outside the box and see what we get (maybe nothing, XC still being the favourite game). Big Spring 2020 can help us define better rules, to be used in 2021 and further… Step by step long-term development.

I wrote back to all:

1. The rule that Stef cites allows for us to do exactly what we want to do, which is run the 1st FAI Sport Class Pan-Americans in 2020 at Big Spring.

2. The point being that the focus on Texas and the Americas represents a particular reason to have this competition in 2020 without consideration of the 2020 Worlds in Florida. CIVL still has not fully realized what it means to the American countries to have this Pan-American Sport Class Championship.

3. These meets are extremely expensive to run. We have budgeted $19,000 for CIVL personnel in Big Spring in 2020 (hopefully it won’t be that much). Running the Sport Class along with Class 1 in 2020 means that we don’t have to incur that expense twice. Frankly, we would not do it again.

4. The Worlds in April of 2020 allows us to refine any rules.

5. We certainly understand Stef’s point. I believe that we rarely have these opportunities. Obviously, there hasn’t been a Pan-American Hang Gliding Championship at all. Period. We are taking the risk of making it happen. This helps us make sure that it is successful. Everyone wants meet organizers to be successful.

We ask CIVL to go with what the pilots want.

Stef responds:

I will take your proposal of a Sport Pan-American to the Bureau.

As soon as you call a competition other than ‘championship’, you can do what you want. PanAm Cup is fine with me. But if it is a ‘championship', it is a Cat 1, the rule applies, and Bureau will have to agree that ‘as far as possible’ the championship could not be held another year

I write back:

Thanks.

We all appreciate your flexibility and thoughtfulness. We know that you are trying to do the right thing by the pilots.

Stef will contact the American NAC's to see how they feel about this.

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2019 Hang Gliding Calendar from Sasha

Fri, Oct 26 2018, 8:46:15 am MDT

Delta-Goodies.com

Alexandra "Sasha" Serebrennikova|calendar

https://www.facebook.com/deltagoodies/

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Eligibility for Category 1 competitions

October 9, 2018, 9:13:52 MDT

Eligibility for Category 1 competitions

Often left up to the meet organizers

calendar|USHPA|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

From section 7 of the sporting Code:

2.2.1 Hang Gliding

2.2.1.1 Class 1

In the 36 months before the ranking reference date, which is 3 calendar months before the championship starts, a pilot has to have:

• Been ranked with at least 20 WPRS points in Hang Gliding Class 1.

• Participated in one or more FAI sanctioned competitions with at least 30 pilots.

2.2.1.2 Class 2

To be defined in the local regulations.

2.2.1.3 Class 5

In the 36 months before the ranking reference date, which is 3 calendar months before the championship starts, a pilot has to have:

• Been ranked with at least 20 WPRS points in Hang Gliding Class 1, 2 or 5.

• Flown a Class 5 glider in at least one Second Category event with at least 30 participants.

2.2.1.4 Sport Class

To be defined in the Local Regulations.

2.2.3 Other Criteria

If a competition organiser wishes to set stricter criteria, these must be declared with the bid for the event. Any other qualifying criteria must be included in the approved Local Regulations.

The 30 participants referred to above we think refers to all pilots in the competition whatever their class.

Our eligibility criteria for all pilots include above plus:

Pilots must meet the requirements of minimum hang 3 rating (or foreign equivalent); as well as aerotow (AT), turbulence (TURB) and cross country (XC) sign offs (or foreign equivalent). Aerotow rating or evidence of extensive aerotowing experience. USHPA membership will be required (temporary 30-day memberships will be available at minimal cost on site).

We have added stricter criteria for the Sporting Class:

Pilots must not have been listed in the top twenty US pilots since January 2008 for entry into sport class. Pilots must not have finished in the top 2/3rd's of a non-Sport Class Category 1 competition held since January 2014, for entry into sport class. King-posted gliders only in Sport Class.

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2019 USHPA Calendars

October 3, 2018, 9:19:55 MDT

2019 USHPA Calendars

Their calendars are ready now

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Hang Glider Calendar⁣ 2019

Tue, Oct 2 2018, 8:01:15 am MDT

13th Calendar

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Sander van Schaik writes:

I want to make the Hang Glider Calendar 2019 out of photos made by pilots all over the World. This will be my 13th Calendar.

Making a Calendar like this, is not possible if you, the hang glider pilot, doesn't send me one or multiple photos. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner on a floater or a hotshot on a topless glider, every photo has got its story and the diversity of the photos make a Calendar better.

Your hang glider photos can be send to «http://www.wetransfer.com».

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Proposed 2020 Pan-American and World Championships

August 9, 2018, 12:39:51 pm CDT GMT-0500

Proposed 2020 Pan-American and World Championships

Also in Florida and Texas

calendar|Wilotree Park

2nd FAI Sport Class, and 14th FAI Women's, and 9th FAI Class 5 World Hang Gliding Championships
Sunday, April 19th, 2020 to Friday May 1st, 2020
Wilotree Park, 6548 Groveland Airport Road Groveland, Florida, USA

and:

1st Class 1, Sport Class, Women's, Class 5 and Class 2 Pan-American Hang Gliding Championships
Sunday, August 2nd, 2020 to Friday, August 14th, 2020
Big Spring McMahon-Wrinkle Airport, 3200 Rickabaugh Drive, W. Big Spring, Texas

These are combined events.

https://ozreport.com/calendar.php

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2019 Test Championships »

August 9, 2018, 12:39:33 pm CDT GMT-0500

In Florida and Texas

calendar|Quest Air|Test Championships 2019|Green Swamp Sport Klassic 2019|Worlds 2019|Pre-Pan-American Championships 2019

There are two possible test events in 2019 for the 2nd FAI Sport Class, and 14th FAI Women's, and 9th FAI Class 5 World Hang Gliding Championships. The first is the 2019 Green Swamp Sport Klassic. Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 through Saturday, March 30th, 2019 and the second: 2019 Quest Air Nationals, Saturday April 13th through Sunday, April 27th, 2019.

The 2019 Pre-Pan-American and Big Spring Nationals, Saturday, August 10th through 17th, 2019.

This allows for two weeks between the 2019 Worlds in Italy and the 2019 Pre-Pan-American Championships.

https://OzReport.com/calendar.php

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Canungra Classic 2018 »

May 21, 2018, 9:17:44 CDT

Canungra Classic 2018

Registration is open

calendar|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

https://airtribune.com/canungraclassic2018/info/details__info

20 - 27 Oct, 2018

Canungra, Queensland, Australia

This will be the first Hang Gliding competition of the Australian calendar and will be an 8-day, FAI Category 2, HGFA AAA Sanctioned competition (subject to approval). It will be an important competition for those who are wanting to qualify for points towards the Aussie ladder / Team Selection and WPRS points. It will also be an opportunity for aspiring competition pilots to fly with Australia and New Zealand’s best pilots. Overseas pilots are most welcome and will be rewarded with the opportunity of flying one of Australia’s challenging and premier hang gliding sites.

The focus of the competition this year will again be to encourage Novice pilots to embrace the values of competition flying by introducing them to the principles and strategies needed to compete, by offering achievable tasks, and to be supported by other, more experienced competition pilots to the skills of flying one of the most challenging and rewarding places to fly in Australia.

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Annual Tri-state Cross Country Contest

May 2, 2018, 8:43:48 pm EDT

Annual Tri-state Cross Country Contest

Airtime, too.

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Bruce Weaver writes:

Kitty Hawk Kites is sponsoring an annual tri-state cross country and airtime contest for hang gliders and paragliders. The contest will take place across the states of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Hang gliders and paragliders will compete separately for the cross country portion of the competition, but the Airtime Contest is all-inclusive.

Hang gliders and paragliders alike will compete for the most accumulated airtime over the calendar year, and winners will be announced at the Hang Gliding Spectacular every May. All cross country flights and airtime from January 1 through December 31 count. Visit our website - http://www.khkxccomp.com/ - for more information and to submit your flights.

Please feel free to contact the KHK Hang Gliding School directly at 252-441-2426 or at <KHKHGSchool> with  any and all inquiries.

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Don't mess with the man

March 22, 2018, 8:14:00 EDT

Don't mess with the man

CIVL suspends meet organizer for 5 years

calendar|CIVL|PG|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

Elena at CIVL <elenfilon> writes:

CIVL Bureau has taken the decision to suspend Mr Bernardo Medina Sastre (Colombia) from all CIVL activities for a 5-year period starting March 21, 2018. This means that any competition linked to his name in any way will not be sanctioned as a FAI Category 2 event and/or ranked in CIVL WPRS. The reasons for this decision are explained in the article.

Https://www.fai.org/news/bernardo-medina-sastre-colombia-suspended-all-civl-activities?type=node&id=24536

This was thoroughly reported earlier in the Oz Report: http://ozreport.com/22.031.

The CIVL web site states:

Mr Bernardo Medina Sastre requested to sanction another competition, with the same name but different dates: February 21 to 27. The application arrived on time with NAC approval and the competition was published on FAI event calendar as a Cat 2. Exchanges between Mr Bernardo Medina Sastre and pilots show that Mr Bernardo Medina Sastre intended, in some strange way, to use the Feb. 21–27 competition to validate the Feb. 10–17 results. (Mr Bernardo Medina Sastre wrote: ‘The Cup rolnadillo are made on February 10. But we will send the points dated February 21 to FAI.’)

While this mess was developing and pilots realised that the Cup was not going to be a Cat 2 with any ranking points, some decided not to participate and asked for their money back. It was refused. When they insisted, Mr Bernardo Medina Sastre threatened to report them to the immigration authorities of his country.

When CIVL was asked on the CIVL Info list what was going on and reported on what it knew, it was the turn of CIVL President to be threatened by Mr Bernardo Medina Sastre (‘Retract those accusations… in my country they are a crime… Repair the damage you have done to my good name’).

As registration was approaching, CIVL got lobbied by pilots so the competition would be ranked, even though not on FAI event calendar. In the end, CIVL Bureau agreed to rank the results, again ‘under exceptional circumstances’.

Unfortunately, Mr Bernardo Medina Sastre’s attitude has caused a lot of trouble to pilots and CIVL alike. Mr Bernardo Medina Sastre’s lack of professionalism, his disrespect for the rules, for the pilots and for CIVL, his unacceptable threats to pilots and CIVL, have tarnished the image of paragliding competition at CIVL in general and in Colombia in particular.

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International politics at ⁢CIVL »

Thu, Feb 22 2018, 8:25:09 am EST

We reported on this earlier

calendar|CIVL|Elena Filonova|PG|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

Elena Filonova, CIVL Administrator and Competition Coordinator writes:

PGAWC Event In Cyprus Desanctionned And Not To Be Ranked

The Paragliding Accuracy World Cup organized a Cat 2 event in Mersin, Turkey, on February 16 to 18, 2018 (as the application and FAI Calendar testify). Eventually, the event was relocated in Kyrenia, Cyprus, without the consent of the Cyprus NAC or FAI being informed.

FAI received a very strong protest from the Cyprus NAC that requested to de-sanction the event. FAI agreed to it, as Cyprus per international law is one area. The Northern part of Cyprus is only recognized by Turkey, and events cannot take place there without support by the Cyprus NAC.

CIVL wonders why the event was relocated in this manner and why the local NAC was not consulted. CIVL, in agreement with FAI, will not process the event result in its WPRS.

Official announcement on website:

https://www.fai.org/news/pgawc-event-cyprus-desanctioned-and-not-be-ranked?type=node&id=24473

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Turkey, Greece, Cyprus

February 15, 2018, 8:45:32 EST

Turkey, Greece, Cyprus

The island where the Russians hide all their money (unless they use it to buy Condos in the Trump Tower)

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Demetris Antoniou, paragliding member at Cyprus Airsport Federation writes:

I would like to report an illegal competition that will start tomorrow 16 Feb at Cyprus.

The comp is at FAI calendar under Turkey flag.https://www.fai.org/events?f[0]=fai_event_year%3A2018&f[1]=field_discipline_task_list_map%253Afield_sport%3A36&f[2]=fai_event_month%3AFebruary. The comp will take place at the part of Cyprus occupied by Turkey, http://pgawctatlisu.com.

This is a place that nobody, including the FAI, recognizes except Turkey. I don't understand why FAI and CIVL accept such a comp to its calendar. Such a comp must be removed ASAP from FAI calendar and results not counted.

The competition appears to have been removed from the CIVL/FAI calendar.

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Fake News

February 9, 2018, 8:13:49 EST

Fake News

Time travel in Colombia

calendar|CIVL|Sté|Stéphane Malbos

Juan Carrera writes:

I am Juan Carrera a group of pilots and I are going to Roldanillo for an announced Open FAI category 2 competition, 2018 Cup Roldanillo Open, from February 10th-17th. We would like to know what is going on.

Stephane Malbos, CIVL President, writes:

February 10 to 17

The application for Category 2 status was not asked in time, so this competition was not sanction. I don’t know if the competition will take place or not.

February 21 to 27

The same organisers have applied in time for a new competition (with the same name). This competition is on FAI calendar.

At this time, we have receiving complaints from pilots who want their money back because the 10-17 competition is not sanctioned. The organiser is apparently refusing to return the entry fee and is threatening to denounce pilots to the immigration authorities if they insist.

We are also hearing strange rumors stating that results will be faked, that the 10 to 17 track logs will be faked and dated February 21 to 27 so that pilots can be ranked with WPRS points.

This is very worrying, and CIVL has addressed the matter to the Colombian sport aviation authorities.

http://xcmag.com/event/2018-cup-roldanillo-open/

https://airtribune.com/2018-cup-roldanillo-open/info/details__selection

2018 Santa Cruz Flats Race »

January 9, 2018, 7:56:40 EST

2018 Santa Cruz Flats Race

So how does one register?

calendar|Jamie Shelden|Santa Cruz Flats Race 2018|USHPA

https://www.ushpa.org/page/competition-calendar

Location: Francisco Grande Hotel and Golf Resort, Casa Grande, Arizona
Event Dates: September 16 - 22, 2018
Register Dates: December 1, 2017 - August 16, 2018
Organizer: Jamie Shelden | <naughtylawyer>
Website: http://santacruzflatsrace.blogspot.com

Web site last updated in 2016. No way to register.

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2018 Calendar »

November 21, 2017, 8:15:34 PST

2018 Calendar

Out now

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Photos are live.

http://www.hanggliderproducts.com/hangglider-calendars/hangglider-calendar-2018-1.html

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The Highlights of the CIVL Bureau Minutes

October 10, 2017, 9:53:23 MST GMT-0600

The Highlights of the CIVL Bureau Minutes

What I found interesting

Belinda Boulter|calendar|CIVL|Elena Filonova|Facebook|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|Mitch Shipley|USHPA|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

Belinda Boulter|calendar|CIVL|Elena Filonova|Facebook|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|USHPA|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

Belinda Boulter|calendar|CIVL|Elena Filonova|Facebook|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|USHPA|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

http://www.fai.org/downloads/civl/CIVL_2017_February_Bureau_Meeting_Minutes

2.5) Anti-Doping controls
One pilot tested positive during the PG XC World.
Action: The Bureau was informed on current development. No further action at this time.

3.1) Turkey
Fake competition results have been received and ranked. The NAC was not responding to our requests for explanations. The NAC is now responding. Evaluation of this situation is in progress.
Action: Action will be assessed when the NAC response is received.

3.4) France
The Meet Director of the French HG National, Erick Angles, stated to the CIVL Competition Coordinator that the National Championship was cancelled and that the competition should disappear from the FAI calendar. He did so without the consent of the French Federation. The competition had in fact never been cancelled and the Meet Director had just been fired from it.
Action: The Bureau suspends the concerned MD for 12 months from competition organisation, starting on October 1, 2017. He will not be allowed to be in the organisation of any FAI events during this time. The French Federation will be informed.

4.1) FAI Sporting Licences verification
FAI Sporting Code General Section states that only competitors with online FAI Sporting Licence can take part in FAI sanctioned Cat 1 or Cat 2 competitions. The CIVL Bureau underlines the difficulty in enforcing this rule without an efficient tool.
Action: The CIVL Bureau requests the FAI to address the issue ASAP. The CIVL Bureau considers that a good solution would be to build an automated registration system that automatically checks the Sporting Licences and answers the other needs of all Commissions.

4.1) FAI Sporting Licences in Cat 2 events
The Bureau confirmed the CIVL understanding that CIVL with NACs control Cat 1 and that NACs only, not the CIVL, control Cat 2 events. Controls have to be completed well before the competitions start, not after they are finished, so that pilots without Sporting Licence have a chance to apply and comply. Current CIVL policy is that once results are received from organisers or NACs, all listed pilots are ranked in its ranking system (WPRS), even if some of them do not have Sporting Licences. The CIVL will refuse a NAC’s request to cancel or re-score competitions in the WPRS because some pilots did not have Sporting Licence.
Information: NACs may request Cat 2 results to be processed through them, but no decision should be applied retroactively. The CIVL reserves its right to score in the ranking system non-Cat 2 events (as it has done in the past with Plenary approval, as some other FAI Commissions are doing) on a case to case base. Rules will be clarified
Action: Section 7 has to be clarified with a Bureau proposal to the next Plenary.

Before our competitions are run Belinda checks on-line the status of all pilots with regard to their USHPA membership (a requirement) and FAI Sporting License (optional). Non US pilots coming to our meets are signed up to the USHPA upon check in for a minimal fee.

7.1) Live-tracking
The Bureau agreed that a fleet of live-trackers should be bought and used in the coming 2018-2020 Cat 1 events. There will be no charge for the use of the CIVL live-trackers in Cat 1 events. It will be mandatory for organisers to use them according to the CIVL criteria (to be defined). If the organisers can not ensure at the test event that the criteria will be followed, the CIVL will provide a live-tracker operator at the event and will charge the organisers. The CIVL Live trackers will be available for the Asian Games if a competent operator is found.
Action: The project and the equipment required need further defining, but the principles are adopted. A formal project will be presented to FAI, along with expenses approval form.

We will have live tracking at our two events using Flymaster trackers.

7.2) Live-scoring
The Bureau supports the idea that live-scoring should be available at all times and especially at the end of the tasks. However, results would be considered as ‘in progress’ until confirmed.
Action: The PG XC Pan-American could be a good place to try it.

7.3) Airspace penalties
In the Brazil HG Worlds 2017, the following penalty was enforced successfully: ‘Between 70 and zero metres outside the prohibited airspace: Linear from zero to ten percent of pilot’s points. Between zero to 30 metres inside the prohibited airspace: Linear from ten to 100 percent of pilot’s points.’ This could become a permanent option.
Action: This will be clarified with a Bureau proposal to the next Plenary.

7.5) FAI Sphere vs WGS84 ellipsoid
Problems are increasing with the scoring of Cat 1 meets due to the use of large turnpoint radii and FAI sphere distance calculations. A meeting with manufacturers will take place just before the CIVL Plenary on Friday February 2, 2018, 18h00, in Sanjotec, Centro Empresarial e Tecnológico, R. de Fundões 151, 3700-121 São João da Madeira, Portugal. Perspectives and deadlines for shifting to WGS84 ellipsoid distance calculations will be discussed.
Action: Igor Erzen and Mitch Shipley to follow up.

8.1) Brazil Women’s World
Trying to organise a separate Women championship at the same time as a regular one did not work. Lessons have been learned.
Information: Two options remain: separate specific championships and championships included in the main event as PG XC does.

8.3) Live-tracking delay
Information: The Bureau supports the idea that no delay should be enforced in the publication of tracks in Cat 1 HG events except for those due to unavoidable technical issues.

14.2) Facebook
Elena Filonova reported on her work. Achievements in the last 6 months were:
2652 page subscribers.
215 posts.
Reach: 1,136,763 users / 35,163 likes.
Best post: 373,000 users / 16,800 likes.
Average post (except best): 3000+ users / 85 likes.
CIVL officers’ interviews: 9000+ users / 50 likes.
Action: The Bureau agreed that the work should continue.

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2017 Canungra Hang Gliding Classic

Wed, Oct 4 2017, 10:56:31 am MDT

07 - 14 Oct, 2017

calendar|Canungra Classic 2017|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

https://airtribune.com/canungraclassic2017/info

This will be the first Hang Gliding competition of the Australian calendar and will be an 8-day, FAI Category 2, HGFA AAA Sanctioned competition. It will be an important competition for those who are wanting to qualify for points towards the Aussie ladder / Team Selection and WPRS points. It will also be an opportunity for aspiring competition pilots to fly with Australia and New Zealand’s best pilots. Overseas pilots are most welcome and will be rewarded with the opportunity of flying one of Australia’s challenging and premier hang gliding sites.

The focus of the competition this year will be to encourage Floater subclass and Kingpost subclass pilots to embrace the values of competition flying by introducing them to the principles and strategies needed to compete, by offering achievable tasks, and to be supported by other, more experienced competition pilots to the skills of flying one of the most challenging and rewarding places to fly in Australia. (Note that a minimum pilot rating of Intermediate, or overseas equivalent, is required to fly in the competition

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Photos asked for the Hang Glider Calendar 2018

September 19, 2017, 8:46:40 MST GMT-0600

Photos asked for the Hang Glider Calendar 2018

As the northern hemisphere season winds down

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Sander van Schaik at Hangglider Products <<info>> writes:

I want to make the Hang Glider Calendar 2018 out of photos made by pilots all over the World. This will be my 12th Calendar. The history of the calendar can be found on my website.

Making a calendar like this, is not possible if you, the hang glider pilots, don't send me one or multiple photos. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner on a floater or a hotshot on a topless glider, every photo has got its story and the diversity of the photos make a calendar better.

You Hang Glider photos can be send to sander@svs-design.nl. Please include the pilot's and photographer's name as well as the location where the photo is taken. If the amount of data is really large, you could use services like wetransfer.com.

To reward the ones sending photos for the Hang Glider calendar, the best 12 photos get a free calendar. Photos can be send until September 30th (only two weeks).

The calendar itself will be available in the last week of October at hanggliderproducts.com

DEALERS There are dealers in Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. If you would like to be a dealer for the Hang Glider Calendar in your country, please contact me.

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21st FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship

August 10, 2017, 5:00:19 pm MST GMT-0600

21st FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship

Day two, twenty five in the lead gaggle

Alessandro "Alex" Ploner|calendar|Christian Ciech|Facebook|Filippo Oppici|Worlds 2017 Class 1

The flying is about over for the day: https://lt.flymaster.net/bs.php?grp=2040#

You can go on Replay. Takes a while to figure it out. Click the calendar, choose today, choose the time by clicking the clock symbol at the bottom of the calendar, subtract six hours.

Christian Ciech in first with Alex Ploner right behind him. And then Primoz and Filippo. Bunch of Italians clean up again today.

Christian landing and Alex coming in:

Christian Ciech landing, Alex Ploner coming in

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2017 Canungra Hang Gliding Classic

Fri, Jul 21 2017, 2:35:10 pm MDT

Nice to see Australian competitions on Airtribune

calendar|Canungra Classic 2017|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

https://airtribune.com/canungraclassic2017/info

Now, if we could just know the magic of making their server work well for live tracking. I remember in the old days when it was by far the best.

7 - 14 Oct, 2017

This will be the first Hang Gliding competition of the Australian calendar and will be an 8-day, FAI Category 2, HGFA AAA Sanctioned competition. It will be an important competition for those who are wanting to qualify for points towards the Aussie ladder / Team Selection and WPRS points. It will also be an opportunity for aspiring competition pilots to fly with Australia and New Zealand’s best pilots. Overseas pilots are most welcome and will be rewarded with the opportunity of flying one of Australia’s challenging and premier hang gliding sites.

The focus of the competition this year will be to encourage Novice pilots to embrace the values of competition flying by introducing them to the principles and strategies needed to compete, by offering achievable tasks, and to be supported by other, more experienced competition pilots to the skills of flying one of the most challenging and rewarding places to fly in Australia.

Headquarters this year will be at the Canungra Hotel. Practice Day: Friday 6th October. Entry fee: AU$290 (plus AU$30 site fee for non-club members).

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Open SA 2017 and French Open

June 8, 2017, 8:43:01 CST GMT-0500

Open SA 2017 and French Open

Results

calendar|CIVL|Elena Filonova|Fred Pignet|photo|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

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Erick Angles writes:

I was finally able to use enough of the clinic's wifi bandwidth to centralize, classify (delete quite a few out of focus ones) and upload all the official pictures from the 4th Edition of the SA Open. They were all taken by Christine Lavigne Delville and a few by William. It's a shared album so anybody can add pictures taken during the comp normally:

https://goo.gl/photos/P2RjrwmZ9rTrqbML9

You can replay all the tasks from the Airtribune event page and see all results here:

https://airtribune.com/saopen2017/results

This was the first time that live tracking and live scoring was used for a French Class 1 comp and it was a true success and we will be using the same system for the French Open late august.

The comp has been validated and WPRS points allocated by FAI/CIVL last week already thanks to Brian my scorer and Claudia, CIVL coordinator who have done a great and fast job since I was in the hospital:

http://civlrankings.fai.org/?a=334&l=0&competition_id=4505&

4 Days, 4 Tasks, 4 Countries represented but a little less than 20 pilots. It's a bit disappointing to put up such an extensive organization for so few pilots showing up and this is the lowest participation for the Open we ever had (we have had up to almost 60 pilots a couple years back).

The fact that the Swiss nationals happened at the same dates this year didn't help for sure since they usually have the Open as part of their championship but that's life.

I want to say thank you to all the pilots who came and trusted us again with this event. Especially the Bretons (Monique, Patrick, Jean-Yves and his fan club). Thumbs up to Julia and the Ukrainian for taking a long drive all the way down here and were with Marcello, the only European pilots to take advantage of the comps back to back!

I would like to thank all our Institutional partners, FFVL Fédération Française de Vol Libre, CND and the Region's League for their little financial support; Our usual 'Industry' partners Valou, Francois and all the staff from Aerogliss Ecole et boutique Parapente; Verity, Charlotte, Markus & Edd Ed Ewing from Cross Country Magazine; Clement Latour @ Sup'Air and Sophie Maurel Ffvl and new ones Gipsy & Christian @ Icaro for their help with prizes, lots and merchandising year after year; Monica from Flymaster Avionics for the trackers, Elena Filonova from Airtribune, Raïssa, Jenny and Jeremie from Comptoir Occitan for the Organic and Faire Trade T shirts, posters, maps etc. and Anne from Camping Monteglin for renting us the Shuttle.

And least but not last, as always, the, Staff... the heart of a competition without whom nothing happens! They are about the same people every year to come and give of their time, heart and dedication to make themselves available so to the comp can be run the best way as possible (we try to improve a little every year). Bertrand (Head of staff) & Christine Lavigne Delville (Photo), Philippe B (Security Marshall), JP the Medic, William, Jacouille, Luc & JM as Launch Assistant, Laird Aodrenn & Fred Pignet for the shuttles and retrieves, Our wind dummies, Laurent Tronchet and Jean Galino (I was supposed to validate their IPP5 pilots license during the comp but my accident decided otherwise), JY's fan club, coming all the way from Bretagne! AND finally Brian and Louise, my Duo de choc. And well, Eva, what can I say, the list is too long.

I think I have not forgotten everybody.

So please mark your calendars because we hope to see you in larger numbers for the 5th edition which will happen (like every year) during the Ascension holiday week end which falls from May 10th to 13th in 2018.

And don't forget to register for the French Open (FAI Cat. 2) organized by Atout Vents this year late august in Mt. Lachens (South of France), home turf of legend Michael de Glanville, birthplace of the modern XC flying in France. I believe this will be the next comp of the season and should attract all the hungry pilots who just didn't get enough out of the season: https://delta.ffvl.fr/compet/53

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The Swiss Hang Gliding Championship 2017

May 24, 2017, 8:30:39 EST GMT-0400

The Swiss Hang Gliding Championship 2017

This week

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http://www.vole.ch/valais2017/

The Swiss Hang Gliding Championship 2017 will take place, starting this Thursday, 25th of May until Sunday 28th of May 2017 in Turtmann, Canton of Valais.

Finally the competition has been sanctioned by the FAI: see event calendar. Attention, the comp is in Turtmann and not in Engelberg as published.

For further information: www.vole.ch/valais2017

You are able to register until the starting day of the competition, without any additional costs.

If you wish to participate, please register with the following link: http://www.shv-fsvl.ch/sport/competitions/delta-schweizermeisterschaften-2017/

Register on site: Wednesday, 24th May from 19h -21:30h airfield Turtmann

Thursday, 25th Mai from 7h – 8:30h airfield Turtmann or airfield Bex (you will be informed, when registered)

How to find the HQ/airfield Turtmann: Latitude (Décimal) 46.30333156253359 Longitude (Décimal) 7.7108709077148205

Latitude (Sexagésimal) N 46° 18' 11.9946'' (+46° 18' 11.9946'') Longitude (Sexagésimal) E 7° 42' 39.135'' (+7° 42' 39.135'')

We hope to see you soon in Turtmann!

The Swiss Hang Gliding Championship 2017 committee.

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The Spanish Hang Gliding Calendar

March 9, 2017, 8:34:49 EST

The Spanish Hang Gliding Calendar

All the comps in the calendar will be sanctioned as FAI category 2

calendar

Juaki <<aladelta>> sends:

13 to 16 April, 2017
International Hang Gliding Open Sierra de Cadiz 2017 - El Bosque & Algodonales, Cadiz
https://airtribune.com/cadiz-open-2017

29 April to 2 May 2017
International Hang Gliding Open Pedro Bernardo 2017 - Pedro Bernardo, Avila
https://airtribune.com/openpb2017

13, 14 May and 27, 28 May
International Navarra HG Open 2017 - Arangoiti and Orduña

1 July to 8 July, 2017
Spanish National Championship - HG International Open Arangoiti - Arangoiti, Lumbier, Navarra

16 July to 22 July, 2017
5th International HG Ager Open - Ager, Lleida
https://airtribune.com/ageropen/

12 to 15 August, 2017
HG Open Piedrahita Piedrahita, Avila

2 to 12 December, 2017
XXI Canarian HG Open - Lanzarote, Canary Islands
https://airtribune.com/xx-open-de-canarias

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Wills Wing Demo Days

January 31, 2017, 8:19:07 EST

Wills Wing Demo Days

The upcoming calendar

calendar|Paul Voight|Rob McKenzie|Steven "Steve" Pearson

https://www.willswing.com/calendar/

Cowboy Up Demo Days 2017 – April 8th and 9th

We’ll be returning for a weekend at Cowboy Up on the way to Wallaby with the full demo fleet. Can you think of a better way to kick of the season than with a little Texas flying?

Wallaby Demo Days 2017 – April 12th through 15th

21st consecutive fly-in and party to celebrate our 45th year in business

Wills Wing Wallaby 2017 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Wednesday, April 12th through Saturday, April 15th, with our traditional party and dinner on Saturday night. The Wills Wing demo trailer will be stocked with a full fleet of the new laminate Falcon 4s, Sport 2s, U2s and T2s. Come on out, fly and check out the latest gliders, see some old friends and help us mark the occasion!

Tennessee Tree Toppers Team Challenge and Demo Days 2017 – April 16th through 22nd

We’re excited to be returning to the Tennessee Tree Toppers 2017 Team Challenge event on April 16th through 22nd immediately following Wallaby 2017. Don’t miss this opportunity to get some coaching and advice on transitioning to higher performance wings.

Crestline Demo Days 2017 – to be determined (most likely April 28-29 or May 6-7)

Join us for a fun weekend at our home site, supported by the Crestline Soaring Society, the adjacent Cross Country Ranch and Rob McKenzie’s High Adventure flight school.

Kitty Hawk Kites 45th Annual Spectacular – May 19th through 22nd

It’s hard to beat the Spectacular for a fun weekend getaway on the dunes and beaches of Jockey’s Ridge State Park. We’ll have a selection of demos for Dune flying and a more gliders for aero-towing at Currituck. Steve Pearson and Paul Voight will be supporting the event.

Lookout Demo Days 2017 – July 1st through 4th

We’ll have the full fleet of demos available for our annual Lookout 4th of July bash. This is a great opportunity to check our our demos at Lookout’s great training hills, with their aerotow fleet or off the ramp on to the great ridge.

CIVL agenda for the Plenary

Thu, Jan 26 2017, 1:04:06 pm EST

February 4th and 5th

calendar|CIVL|Jeffrey "Jeff" Lawrence Bohl|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|Jon "Jonny" Durand jnr|PG|Quest Air|record|Stéphane Malbos|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

Stephane Malbos writes:

The CIVL Plenary Agenda: http://www.fai.org/civl-news/42732-civl-salzburg-plenary-agenda-published

The CIVL Plenary Program: http://www.fai.org/civl-news/42788-civl-plenary-programme

The CIVL President report to the Plenary: http://www.fai.org/civl-news/42787-civl-president-report-to-the-plenary

Competition Timeline Calendar: http://www.fai.org/civl-news/42750-welcome-to-the-civl-competition-timeline

You have to dig down to find the actual documents. Clicks "AGENDA," for example.

http://www.fai.org/downloads/civl/CIVL_2017_Agenda_Ax13

From the hang gliding agenda:

Discussion about WPRS seasonal fluctuations and geographical differences: There has been some discussion proposing that we may want to slow down the devaluation of WPRS points to account for seasonal fluctuations (Australian competition season effects on ranking) and fewer competitions. The Belgian delegate may come to the Plenary with a proposal.

This would make it more difficult for Jonny to jump to the world number one spot by winning the Australian competitions starting in October.

‘Harmonizing’ HG and PG GAP rules: There was an informal proposal discussed on Basecamp regarding doing as much as we can to make rules consistent/the same with respect to both the hang gliding and paragliding competition worlds. In the end, the consensus seems to be that there are some limited areas where the rules can and should be the same, but many more areas where, because of the many differences between our aircraft and competition culture, it isn’t always going to be possible and we should maintain the distinctions between the respective rules. Those include the use of goal lines versus cylinders, FTV, ‘jump the gun’ rules, etc.

There is little to no reason to harmonize paragliding and hang gliding GAP scoring.

2019 World Air Games: Stephane Malbos has met with the organizers preparing a bid for the 2019 World Air Games in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. If this bid wins, the organizers would like both hang gliding and paragliding events to be included. However, in light of the specific goals of the WAG, traditional cross-country events wouldn’t likely be suitable unless they were modified to provide better visibility for spectators. The committee has been discussing possible WAG-specific hang gliding events, such as match racing, short/close distance cross country tasks, swooping and spot landing.

All for show.

Low Lockouts: After a fatal accident resulting from a low lockout at a Category 2 competition in the US, the CIVL safety director opened the discussion of improved aerotow release systems in competition. Although there was a lot of good discussion surrounding safety, in the end it was agreed that there were no new rule changes needed at this time.

This refers to the 2016 Quest Air Open (Part 2) and Jeff Bohl's death. As the release system had nothing to do with the incident one wonders what they discussed. I am assuming that they were aware of the cause of this incident.

Referring to the 2017 World Championships in Brasilia:

In addition, the allocation procedure needs to be clarified as it appears that at least some female pilots believe that the teams for Brasilia will be X + 2 (x being the number of ‘overall pilots’ and 2 being spot specifically reserved for female pilots). This was never the intention of the organizers, nor was it approved or contemplated by the original bid. So, this needs to be clarified and announced so that pilots/teams can plan for the event.

With so few women attending the pre-Worlds they haven't decided what to do with them.

2018 Hang Gliding Class 5 Worlds and Class 1 Europeans: This event was cancelled by the organizer due to lack of support/sponsorship. We are currently looking for another organizer/bid for this Cat 1 event.

Sponsors? What are sponsors?

Following an issue that came up during the pre-worlds in Brasilia this year, the Bureau and several experts have examined certain instruments and determined that they may not meet the IGC requirements with respect to altitude measurements recorded in the IGC file. It may be necessary to carefully review the current approved flight instrument list to determine if some instruments must be removed from the approved list unless and until changes are made so that they conform with IGC recording rules.

This refers to the new Digifly instrument. I have looked very closely at this matter especially the issues that occurred in the pre-Worlds (thanks to the publishing of the IGC track logs). I doubt the work of their so called experts, but there may indeed be an issue with the instrument in that it has a feature that saves your track log and continues it if you have to reboot it in the air.

Instrument Downloads The Bureau will bring a proposal that requires the scorekeeper or competition official to download tracks to verify all pilots’ flights during a Cat 1 event. This would specifically prohibit competitors from emailing their tracklogs after a task. This is necessary because we have found that it is not always possible to verify the legitimacy of a track if it isn’t downloaded directly from the instrument.

Ridiculous. Use the validation programs.

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2017 Russian Hang Gliding Calendar

Mon, Jan 9 2017, 8:03:40 am EST

Russian, Kazakhstan and Ukrainian pilots

Alexandra "Sasha" Serebrennikova|Andrey Solomykin|calendar|Evgeniya "Zhenya" Laritskaya|Julia Kucherenko|photo|Quest Air

Evgeniya Laritskaya «Evgeniya Laritskaya» writes:

Each month of the 2017 calendar is represented by four photos made by Russian, Kazakhstan and Ukrainian pilots in the same month of last year. Every month during 2016 we held a photo contest where our Russian-speaking hang gliding community voted for the four best photos of the month. You can see these winners in the 2017 calendar now!

Most photos were made in Russia, but some where made all around the globe by our traveling pilots. There's even a photo taken at Quest Air by Andrey Solomykin in April, a photo of Oz dunes taken by Sasha Serebrennikova in January, and a few photos from the European Alps. There's even one from Nepal.

The calendar is 11.7 x 16.5 in. (420 x 297 mm) and printed on white glossy paper. One calendar costs only $10 (the Russian ruble is low now).

If you are curious to see how and where our pilots are flying over the year, or just want to have a beautiful calendar on your wall, feel free to contact Nikolay Sushkov by e-mail: «deltacalendar2017». He will give you instructions for payment on PayPal and will mail the calendars (the postage fee will be cheaper if you buy a few at a time). Also, Nikolay and his wife, the well known Julia Kucherenko, will be coming to Quest Air Soaring center in Florida at the end of January, and they can bring a few calendars with them. Just make sure you reserve a calendar before they leave Russia!

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The 2017 Hang Glider Calendar

November 10, 2016, 2:51:10 pm PST

The Hang Glider Calendar 2017

Pilot pictures

calendar|photo

Sander van Schaik <<sander>> writes:

The Hang Glider Calendar 2017 is ready to show to all hang glider pilots around the world.

You can view the Calendar at my website and if you like it, you can order it at:

http://www.hanggliderproducts.com

Standard is the offset high quality printing in A3 Format, photos from hobby and competition pilots, sending in cardboard damage free case.

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2017 Adventure Flying Calendar

Mon, Oct 31 2016, 12:07:26 pm MDT

From Austria

Adventure Flying|calendar|Alexandra "Sasha" Serebrennikova|record

Alexandra Serebrennikova «Alexandra Serebrennikova» sends:

http://adventureflying.at/shop

http://adventureflying.at/product/hang-gliding-calendar-2017/

I have made a Hang Gliding Calendar 2017 for Adventure Flying, which I hope to sell to partly support this way my forthcoming women record attempts in Oz.

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2017 El Peñón Classic Race 5

Tue, Oct 4 2016, 9:05:30 am MDT

El Peñón, Valle de Bravo, Mexico

calendar|El Peñ

20 Feb to 25 Feb 2017

http://www.fai.org/events/events-calendar-and-results?id=34877&EventCalendarId=11543

USHPA 2017 Calendars

September 23, 2016, 3:19:11 pm MST GMT-0600

USHPA 2017 Calendars

Hang gliding and paragliding

calendar|PG|USHPA

https://ushpastore.com/products/ushpa-2017-wall-calendar?variant=26131949511

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2017 Hang Gliding Calendar

September 23, 2016, 9:50:11 MST GMT-0600

2017 Hang Gliding Calendar

Need your photos

calendar|photo

Sander van Schaik <<sander>> writes:

The flying season in Europe is almost over. For me this means starting up Hang Gliding Calendar 2017. So far, I've been able to design one every year because I received enough photos from all of you hang glider pilots. I hope to continue this for the upcoming years.

If you have Hang Gliding photos, these can be send to <sander>. Please include the pilot's and photographer's name as well as the location where the photo is taken. If the photo is really high resolution, you could use services like http://wetransfer.com.

To reward the pilots sending photos for the Hang Gliding Calendar, the best 12 photos will get the sender a free Calendar. Photos need to be sent by October 16th.

The calendar itself will be available around November 15th at http://www.hanggliderproducts.com

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Iquique HG Open 2016

September 19, 2016, 8:52:01 MST GMT-0600

Iquique HG Open 2016

Chile

calendar|Christian Ciech|CIVL|Facebook|record|video

Erick Angles <<atout.vents>> writes:

For the 2016th edition, the organizers of the Iquique HG Open in Chile have decided to make of this yearly historical national venue an international rendezvous; As co organizer (through Atout Vents) and Meet Director of the event, I am proud to announce for the pilots who don't know it already that the IQQ HG Open 2016 is registered as an FAI Cat. 2 event and has been on the CIVL/FAI calendar for a while now: http://www.fai.org/civl-events/civl-events-calendar-and-results?id=31555&EventCalendarId=11485#fragment-1

Air Tribune event page: https://airtribune.com/hgiquiqueopen2016/info

I am also quite excited because out of the already 20 confirmed pilots, we have Christian Ciech, the current HG Class 1 World and European Champion who has already got his plane ticket and his glider packed in wooden crate at the Icaro factory, and Tom Weissenberger, current Out and Return world record holder in Chile who has qualified and confirmed his registration (although he wrote me a few days ago that after what happened to him in Brazil, he will decide for sure in the next few days) and FYI, we are also working on a few 'surprise' pilots.

The cost of living in Chile is pretty standard (even if it's lower relatively to north America) but since it was the first time the comp was held as an FAI Cat. 2 event and thanks to the fact that some pilots of the Chilean organizing team are sponsoring some of the new/big expenses for this year, it was decided that the price will stay the same as every other year even though so many services have been added but don't expect that for next year.

So the registration fee for this international comp with top ranked pilots including the world champion is only 50 dollars for 1 week of competition!

Did I mention that Cross Country Magazine and Icaro are partners for the event and will provide prizes and free merchandising stuff for the competition and that I am waiting on confirmation from Flytec also.

Finally, the last but not the least, I am currently working on the details for a live tracking and live scoring solution for the event. It's just a matter of logistics now so normally you will be able to follow the comp on Airtribune.

Here's the FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/467396013448552/

Compared to other touristic places in Chile which are more outdoorsy, hiking, visit and family oriented, Iquique is known worldwide as an extreme sports paradise with a big Free Flying and Surfing, Diving community etc. You will find plenty of links to some flying videos in Iquique if you go visit the FB event page.

There are a total of 50 slots available and I have a feeling that with Mr. Ciech coming to compete, the partners we have secured and all the services provided for that insanely low registration fee, they will fill up pretty quick in the next couple weeks so here is the link to Airtribune for registration for all south and north American comp pilots who would like to participate for this premiere in Chile: https://airtribune.com/hgiquiqueopen2016/registration

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Crestline weather for the weekend

August 4, 2016, 10:21:11 pm MST GMT-0600

Crestline weather for the weekend

Available on Friday mornings from Owen Morse

calendar|Owen Morse|weather

Looks like another lovely weekend with easy soaring to 6K each day. Very slight chance of early morning clouds each morning, but if they form overnight, they should burn off shortly after sunrise.

News is... the date of the Andy Jackson Memorial fly-in has been set for September 10th, so mark your calendars.

Have a great weekend!

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Australian HGFA Competition Calendar

July 11, 2016, 8:59:24 MST GMT-0600

Australian HGFA Competition Calendar

Changed location

calendar

http://hgfa.asn.au/Calendar/Calendar.html

Updated here also: http://ozreport.com/calendar.php

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The self insured era begins

June 3, 2016, 8:46:06 CST GMT-0500

The self insured era begins

The Recreation Risk Retention Group

calendar|Risk Retention Group|USHPA

<insurance> writes:

After months of hard work, we now have insurance coverage from the Recreation Risk Retention Group (RRRG); thank you for your role in making this day happen. This milestone is big — it is a major, tangible step towards securing our interests for the future of free flight. With the RRG in place we control our own destiny, protect our access to sites, and participate in management of our costs — all of which make our organization stronger and more sustainable. We need all USHPA pilots to participate in and support the new system in order to succeed: working together to improve safety, keep our sites and landowners insured, and minimizing claims. We will all then benefit from reduced costs (and potentially reduced dues) and a financially viable RRG.

Many sites have their shiny new RRRG Certificates of Insurance in hand. Many more will be receiving them in the coming days. We are almost completely transitioned to this new world of self-determination, although it is these aggravating details that make insurance a necessary, if excruciating, issue. As we travel this path it is clear that if we are successful with our RRG we will benefit tremendously. We are entering into a new era that will be marked on future calendars and celebrated for its effectiveness, and forward thinking. Let’s work through the final specifics together and move forward in security, knowing that we are doing everything possible to deal with our insurance issues successfully.

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Yosemite Hang Gliding Association 2016

April 21, 2016, 11:53:02 pm EST GMT-0400

Yosemite Hang Gliding Association 2016

The season begins soon

calendar

Contact: <crvalley>

http://ozreport.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=47539

The 2016 Yosemite hang gliding season is almost upon us - opening weekend is June 3rd through 6th and the calendar is already full for that weekend.

If Yosemite is on your bucket list of places to fly in 2016, let us know a date when you would like to fly, and we'll do what we can to have a monitor available to safely get you off "The Rock".

We are currently working on a new website, and hopefully a sign-up system that is more user-friendly.

In the meantime, contact us directly if you'd like to get on the summer calendar - our flying season is June through September each year

You must be a H4 and have a monitor present with all flight activity.

Christopher Valley President - Yosemite Hang Gliding Association 650-773-6469

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Wills Wing Demo Days

April 1, 2016, 6:16:46 pm EST GMT-0400

Wills Wing  Demo Days

Coming to Texas

calendar|Dustin Martin|Facebook|Steven "Steve" Pearson

https://www.facebook.com/tiki.mashy/posts/10153680620328681

https://www.willswing.com/calendar/

Steven Pearson <<Steve>> writes:

Zac will be with me at Cowboy UP and Ryan is joining us for Wallaby. Zac, Dustin and Matt Barker will be at the Team Challenge and then I’ll return home the following weekend for demos at Crestline. I have a full selection of demos for each event including blinged out Falcons, S2Cs, U2Cs and full-carbon leading edge T2Cs.

Bay Area Demo Days

March 17, 2016, 8:26:27 EST GMT-0400

Bay Area Demo Days

Wills Wing

calendar|Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/events/1709122192704645/

June 3rd through 5th.

Join Steve and Zac for a weekend of Bay Area demos. Check back for details.

The whole list of demo days: https://www.willswing.com/calendar/

Open Sierra de Cadiz 2016

March 3, 2016, 8:49:09 EST

Open Sierra de Cadiz 2016

Easter

calendar|CIVL|World Pilot Ranking Scheme

Juaki <<aladelta>> writes:

As traditional in Easter, we gather to celebrate the most important competition of the Andalusian Hang Gliding calendar. This year's championship is held from 20 to 26 March, both inclusive.

The full week for the Open and for those who can not attend the full championship will be able to register for the Sierra de Cádiz Trophy to be held from 24 to 26 March. The competition will run in parallel for Class 1 (flexies) class 5 (rigid wings) and Sport Class, but with separate scoring.

The competition is included in the Spanish national calendar and is also one of the scoring rounds of the Andalusian League. Also included in the FAI CIVL calendar so it is also scoring for the FAI ranking WPRS. All information about the Championship will be published on this website: https://airtribune.com/cadiz-open-2016/info

Registrations can be made online on the Registration tab. For further information I am at your disposal, contact: <aladelta>

The championship will be held between El Bosque and Algodonales. The formalization of registration will take place this year in El Bosque - Bar Meson El Duende. During the competition headquarters will be travelling, depending where we fly.

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Aeros Winter Race 2016 »

Thu, Feb 18 2016, 9:19:33 am EST

Over a hundred European pilots registered

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http://awr.aeros.com.ua/index.php/en/registration

03/15/2016 – 03/20/2016

In Slovenia.

http://awr.aeros.com.ua/index.php/en/news/54-one-month-to-the-comp

There is only one month left to the start of the Aeros Winter Race 2016. It seems that everybody is getting ready; flying on warmer parts of the world, flying in Vipava valley (Matjaz Klemencic did nice winter flight), ordering spare parts to prepare the wings for new (northern hemisphere) season. Aeros also worked a lot on the Combat C - it really looks very clean and of course we hope to see it in the action on Aeros Winter Race. In the mean time Aeros changed their prize policy for the AWR, you can see details on the our home page.

It seems that this year will be no well recognized competition, Kobala open, on calendar of HG competitions in Slovenia; instead there will be a Slovenian open championship "Slovenian national championship SLO Cvicek open 2016" - it will take place at the end of June. Short explanation for non-Slovenian friends: word "Cvicek" in the name of the comp is the name of excellent local wine, I'm sure, that friendly locals will make really good atmosphere, beside nice flying in south-eastern part of Slovenia.

http://awr.aeros.com.ua/index.php/en/

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World Ranking

January 28, 2016, 8:44:21 EST

World Ranking

Desanctioned

calendar|CIVL|Sté|Stéphane Malbos

For CIVL Bureau, Stephane Malbos, President writes:

2015 and 2016 have seen a number of Category 2 competitions appearing on the FAI calendar and then disappearing, sometimes just before the competition takes part, because they are ‘de-sanctioned’ at the request of the organizing NAC or by FAI (the NAC being suspended).

CIVL Bureau believes that in such cases pilots should not be penalized. Hence, CIVL Bureau has decided that since it was elected, last February 21st, all competitions that appeared on the FAI calendar at one time would be taken in account for CIVL World Pilot Ranking System (WPRS), whether the competition was sanctioned or not when it took place.

The Bureau decision takes effect immediately but will have to be confirmed or rejected by the coming Plenary in February.

Girls⁣ Just Wanna Have Flights »

Mon, Nov 30 2015, 8:00:03 am PST

The calendar

calendar|girls

Major writes:

Alright people!! The calendar is ready for you to order it!!! We are so happy with the results and hope you enjoy as much as we did design it. Go ahead and get to know a little bit about the beautiful, courageous, independent and fun girls you are gonna found each month. Thank you for all the support!!! FLY FLY FLY!!

https://www.createphotocalendars.com/Store/Girls+just+wanna+have+flights+calendar.-522591399

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2016 Hang Glider Calendar

Tue, Nov 10 2015, 8:44:06 am PST

From Holland

calendar|photo

Sander van Schaik «Sander van Schaik» sends:

For the 10th time I was able the make the Hang Glider Calendar.

The 2016 version has a small update, new design, week numbers and a special Girls only month.

Standard is the offset printing in A3 Format, photos from hobby and competition pilots, sending in cardboard damage free case.

More information and ordering at HangGliderProducts.com

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Flytec Americus Cup back to seven days also

November 5, 2015, 7:35:55 PST

Flytec Americus Cup back to seven days also

Both it and the Quest Air Open National Championships

calendar|Quest Air

Dates: May 15th through 21st.

See the dates of the two meets here. Go to May.

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Wallaby Demo Days 2016

November 4, 2015, 7:13:22 PST

Wallaby Demo Days 2016

The demo trailer will be there this year

calendar|Quest Air

https://www.willswing.com/calendar/

Wills Wing Wallaby 2016 Demo Days and Fly-In will be held Wednesday, April 13th through Saturday, April 16th, with our traditional party and dinner on Saturday night. The Wills Wing demo trailer will be stocked with a full fleet of the new laminate Falcon 4s, Sport 2s, U2s and T2s. We’ll be celebrating our 43rd Anniversary so come on out, fly and check out the latest gliders, see some old friends and help us mark the occasion!

Right after the Quest Air Green Swamp Sport Klassic, Sunday, April 3rd through Saturday, April 9th.

2016 US competition calendar

October 14, 2015, 7:30:19 MST GMT-0600

2016 US competition calendar

Don't see the Midwest competition on it

Adam Elchin|Belinda Boulter|calendar|CIVL|competition|Davis Straub|Green Swamp Sport Klassic 2016|Jamie Shelden|Krzysztof "Krys/Kris" Grzyb|Quest Air|Terry Reynolds|USHPA

http://www.ushpa.aero/compcalendar.asp

Apr 3-9 2016 Green Swamp Sport Klassic
HG Race To Goal XC Nationals
National Championship Event* if approved
Belinda Boulter and Davis Straub Sheets Field
Groveland, FL
May 7-13 2016 Quest Air Open National Championships
HG Race To Goal XC Nationals
National Championship Event* if approved
Belinda Boulter and Davis Straub Sheets Field
Groveland, FL
May 15-21 Flytec Americus Cup
HG Race To Goal XC Nationals
National Championship Event* if approved
Jamie Shelden Souther Field Airport
Americus, GA
Jun 5-11 East Coast Hang Gliding Championship
HG Race To Goal XC Nationals
National Championship Event* if approved
Adam Elchin Ridgley Airpark
Ridgely, MD
Jun 26 - Jul 2 Dinosaur 2016 National Championships
HG Race To Goal XC Nationals
National Championship Event* if approved
Terry Reynolds? Dinosaur, CO
Aug 7-13 2016 Big Spring Nationals
HG Race To Goal XC Nationals
National Championship Event* if approved
Belinda Boulter and Davis Straub Big Spring Airport
Big Spring, TX
Sep 11-16 Santa Cruz Flats Race - Mark Knight Memorial 2016
HG Race To Goal XC Nationals
National Championship Event* if approved
Jamie Shelden Francisco Grande Golf Resort
Casa Grande, AZ

The Dinosaur meet requires a new meet organizer. These meets haven't yet been sanctioned by the USHPA or CIVL. USHPA sanctioning will happen this coming weekend for those competitions that are lucky enough to receive it. CIVL sanctioning will follow. Registration opens December 16th.

http://ozreport.com/calendar.php

Includes the proposed dates for the Midwest competition.

Krzysztof Grzyb <<doitkg>> writes:

I did not send in our USHPA sanctioned application yet. We are not decided yet. I will let you know about final decision.

Green Swamp Sport Klassic and Quest Air Open National Championship

October 1, 2015, 8:31:58 MST GMT-0600

Green Swamp Sport Klassic and Quest Air Open National Championship

Two Spring competitions at Quest Air

calendar|Quest Air|USHPA

«Beth Van Eaton» writes:

We received both of your applications and they look fine. The Competition Committee will review them at the BOD meeting in a couple of weeks.

Our program manager Julie posts the pending comps manually to the calendar on the Sanctioned Event page. I know she’s been very very busy with websites issues in preparation for the upcoming board meeting and this one might have slipped past her. I’ll let her know and I’m sure she’ll have it posted by the weekend.

Looks like you’ve taken over Green Swamp as well! You two are an ambitious pair. Thank you so much for all the effort!

http://www.ushpa.aero/compcalendar.asp

More information soon.

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Hang Glider Calendar⁣ 2016

Fri, Sep 25 2015, 9:19:30 am MDT

Ready for photos

calendar|photo

Sander van Schaik «Sander van Schaik» writes:

Soon I hope to be in process of designing the Hang Glider Calendar 2016.

Without the help of you, the hang glider pilots, this is impossible. To reward the ones sending photos for the Hang Glider Calendar, the best 12 photos get a free Calendar.

Photos can be send until October 11th.

The Hang Glider photos can be send to «http://wetransfer.com».

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Proposed competition calendar for 2016

September 18, 2015, 8:32:35 MST

Proposed competition calendar for 2016

It's tentative

calendar|USHPA

http://ozreport.com/calendar.php

Click the right arrow until you get to April.

The applications for USHPA sanctioning are due by October 1st, so the dates should be firmed up by then.

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Dinosaur 2016

September 11, 2015, 8:45:02 MDT

Dinosaur 2016

Terry is serious about making Dinosaur work as an ongoing competition venue

calendar|record

June 26th through July 2.

http://ozreport.com/calendar.php

https://www.rockymountainglider.com/

Right after the Midwest Competition and three weeks after the East Coast Championship. Before the monsoons are regularly schedule to show up.

Jim Pringle <<james.pringle>> writes:

Historically in northwest Colorado the best time of the year for hang gliding or soaring should be in June through early July. Both of those months are the driest warm-season months during the past 120+ years for Vernal, Utah. In contrast, the monsoonal flow (monsoon season) in this region usually occurs from mid-July through September, though it can start a little earlier in July and persist into October.

Late June through early July tends to be the hottest time of the year for your area, as indicated by the Vernal, Utah, climate record. Since this is the warmest and driest time of the year for your area, you should then also experience the best thermal lift.

As for surface winds, strong high pressure often forms over the region in June and persists for the rest of the summer over the area. This tends to keep surface winds generally light, except during the monsoon season when significant surface winds are generated by showers and thunderstorms that can spread out many miles away from where the showers and thunderstorms are occurring.

This summer has been an anomaly with the significant surface winds that have been generated in your area due to tighter surface pressure gradients than normal as the westerlies have been occasionally dropping southward into northern Colorado.

The Climate Prediction Center provides climatological outlooks for temperature and precipitation out to about 15 months into the future. These outlooks provide a general expectation of the likelihood for temperature and precipitation anomalies, and are updated on a monthly basis.

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Girls⁣ just wanna have flights »

Mon, Aug 17 2015, 7:59:05 am MDT

Can't argue with that

calendar|girls

https://www.facebook.com/events/1069378086440734/

Girls just wanna have FLIGHTS! CALENDAR 2016

Why are there not more female pilots in hang gliding and paragliding? Are these sports exclusive to men? Haven't women demonstrated over time that we can excel in any sport?

"Girls just wanna have FLIGHTS" is a project to promote free flight. It will be a calendar of female pilots only (hang gliding and paragliding). Our intention is to inspire more women to fly and show that the sport is not only for men.

Despite being called "the weaker sex" us girls can also fulfill our dreams of flight, be good pilots and enjoy our sport. We want to create a virtual community of female pilots, because in a sport full of men, we know that as girls we can better relate and communicate our experiences.

We will conduct a photography contest, which will be shared with the free flight community through social network, blogs, forums, our sponsors, etc. The best photographs will appear on the calendar, which will be sold internationally with part of the profits generated will be donated to Cloudbase Foundation.

It is important to emphasize that we are not creating a calendar where women are objectified as mere decoration for a glider. We do however want pictures of women showing their femininity, curves and beautiful smiles, as well as their strength, power, independence, and ability to fly just as well as any male pilot.

SEND YOUR PICTURE BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15TH to «Oz Report forum» link»

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2016 Big Spring Nationals

August 10, 2015, 6:40:59 CDT

2016 Big Spring Nationals

Dates of the 15th Annual Big Spring Nationals

calendar|CIVL|Facebook|US Nationals 2016

Saturday, August 6th, Practice Day
Sunday August 7th through 13th.

http://ozreport.com/calendar.php

(Europeans - August 6th through 20th)

http://www.fai.org/civl-events/civl-events-calendar-and-results

Pre-Worlds in Brazil (August 27th through September 3rd)

They want us back:

August 6th is a practice day.

2015 St Andre Open and Col de Bleyne Combination

Wed, Apr 22 2015, 7:09:53 am EDT

Combining events

calendar|Facebook|record|St Andre Open 2015|Col de Bleyne 2015|weather

Erick Angles «Erick Angles» writes:

https://www.facebook.com/events/358700320921446/

In the last couple years, the competition commission of the French federation of free flight (FFVL) has made it a priority to try and boost the national comp. Circuit as well the national cross country Cup, which have both not been very popular in the last few years with very few pilots participating in both…We have already done quite a lot in order to do so and things are better but far from perfect and for 2015 for example, we made sure that all the national comps were registered as FAI Cat 2 to make them more attractive and we are working on making available a live tracking system for the comps.

So being member of the commission but also president of Atout vents, I decided that this year, in addition to organizing the St Andre Open, I would try to create an emulation by combining other HG events in order to gather as many pilots as possible and mix the genres with comp pilots, cross country pilots, rookies, all together on the same sites…

So between the 9th and the 17th of May, there is a combination of events going on in the St Andre area:

MetAVmorphose Cross Country Course at Col de Bleyne: May 9th to the 13th

Alain Chauvet (Metamorphose Courses. Multiple French and cross country Cup champion) and Atout Vents have joined forces to organize a Cross Country Course at Col de Bleyne. It’s one of the best cross country site there is (Current site record is at 300+ Kms) as it starts early with a South-East take off and is located 45 mns driving south of St Andre in the pre-Alpes.

The course is for up to 7 pilots with a minimum of 4. If you would like to come, we would need you to let us as soon as possible because if we don’t have 4 pilots registered by the end of the month, we will most likely cancel the course for this year.

If the weather forecast was so bad that we had to cancel, we are contemplating report dates right after the St Andre Open, from the 18th to the 22nd.

The cost of the course is 375 Euros per pilot and includes the shuttle to take off, briefings (security, weather, flight), Alain’s legendary Deluxe in flight guiding, retrieves after the flights, debriefs etc. the beer is not included ;o) Some theoretical trainings will be fitted in between flights depending the need of the students and the weather on hand..

Requirements:

Pilot’s License
PTT radio
IGN 158 paper map

In brief:

Where: Southern Alpes – Col de Bleyne
When: May 9th to 13th
For who: Licensed hang glider pilots

Price: 375 Euros

French info here: http://www.delta-club-82.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=5240

Contact: Erick Angles: «Erick Angles» or +33 624 557 369

Bleyne cross country Klassik: May 11th to 13th

It’s a pretty simple concept based on the older Italian XMAX of the late 90’s and intended to mix competition and cross country pilots: We all meet on site fairly early in the morning with a weather and security briefing but there is no task set, no take off window, starts, nor gaggle to endure. The pilots take off when ever they want after the briefing and go ‘where ever’ they want in a given perimeter or axis depending on the weather forecast of the day. This is to facilitate retrieves and enhance the security aspect of things. Also for security purposes, the pilots will have to land 30 mns before the end of the aeronautical day and to report back by phone before the end of the aeronautical day (30 mns later).

The one who does the maximum kms wins! Not sure what yet but we’ll figure something out

So, the first French style XMAX will be from May 11th to 13th in Col de Bleyne, in parallel of the Cross Country Course and just before the St Andre Open. It’s one of the best cross country site there is (Current site record is at 300+ Kms) as it starts early with a South-East take off and is located 45 mns driving south of St Andre in the pre-Alpes.

The Local Rules are based on a classical cross country cup such as the OLC with triangles and OR flights having a better coefficient than free distances but we also don’t want to penalize a pilot who would go for some crazy open distance if the weather of the day calls for it!

We will take the decision to maintain or not the challenge depending on the weather forecast 48h prior but like for the cross country Course, we are contemplating report dates right after the St Andre Open, from the 18th to the 20th.

The following pictures are older as I have not been flying there myself for a good couple years now but they give a good idea of the playing field and you can see the take off here: http://world-phoenix.blogspot.fr/2011/06/110626-tribe-bleyne.html.

View to the North (St Andre) of Col de Bleyne by Paolo

View to the South (Coast/Gourdon) of Col de Bleyne by Erick

Climbing at Col des Portes (Between Bleyne and St Andre) by Paolo

Although it’s not a comp, for logistics and legal reasons, the pilots who would like to participate need to register on the website as the challenge is on the official calendar of the federation:

http://delta.ffvl.fr/open_comps_registration_form/31/list

French info: http://www.delta-club-82.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=5244

For inquiries: «Erick Angles» or +33 624 557 369

3. St Andre Open (FAI Cat. 2): May 14th to 17th

The third edition of the St Andre Open will be held during the 4 day ascension week end (Christian holiday). Over 60 international pilots last year and the comp is now on the Swiss Team ‘calendar’ (since last year) to earn points for their national championship.

The entry fee is 80 Euros and includes the usual (t shirt + diner party etc.) but this year I hope to be able to add a few services such as shuttle to take off, retrieve and lunch boxes at no extra cost. We are still working on it as I am still waiting to hear back on a few things including from the head of the comp commission regarding some help with the shuttles.

Finally, I am very happy to announce that this year we have 2 new partners:

Beodrinx. They are a Swiss organic and sugar free energy drink company and they will provide us everyday with free drinks (niceT and Trezor) for the participants and the staff: http://www.beodrinx.com/en /

Hotel Fly St-Andre. Owned and run by Mark, English native. His place has been voted #1 by Trip Advisor for the St Andre area and he is used to accommodate staffs and pilots for PG comps. We might do the diner party there as the place is quite awesome!

Their FB: https://www.facebook.com/FlyStAndre And their website: www.FlyStAndre.com

Foreign pilots can register here where they will find all the information regarding the comp, lodging, tourism etc.: http://delta.ffvl.fr/open_comps_registration_form/21/list

The FB page of the event will be up and running soon but you only have another 3 weeks or so to register at the normal 80 Euros entry fee and it will cost you 20 Euros extra if you register after 1 week prior to the event. But as usual, the sooner we know about how many pilots come, the better it is…

Results, Pictures etc from last year: http://world-phoenix.blogspot.com/2014/05/apres-une-premiere-serie.html

From 2013: http://world-phoenix.blogspot.fr/2013/05/130508-12-st-andre-open.html

For inquiries: «Erick Angles» or +33 624 557 369

Again, by grouping these 3 events on 1 week and in the same area, the aim is to gather a maximum of pilots and boost some emulation of which all pilots could benefit while making the transportation worth it even for the pilots living the furthest away. Gathering competition pilots and cross country pilots on the same sites to fly some serious distances and show the path and share experience with the rookies while at it.

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Wills Wing California Demo Days

April 21, 2015, 2:43:47 pm EDT

Wills Wing California Demo Days

150 pilots signed up, 400 people expected

calendar|Steven "Steve" Pearson

Https://www.willswing.com/calendar/  (click Register Now)

https://www.willswing.com/crestline-soaring-society-demo-days-registration/  (direct link)

California Demo Days – April 30th to May 2nd. Make sure you register by April 12th to secure your free ticket to the Saturday night party. If you only have time for one get-away in 2015, this is it.

This is the Wills Wing Demo days to end all previous Demo Days, located near the large population of hang glider pilots. This is a huge undertaking on Wills Wing's part. Be a part of history.

Steve Pearson updates:

You can still register for a dinner ticket until April 26th but you pay for your own meal ($20). Wills Wing is paying for all those who registered by April 12th. Register at https://www.willswing.com/crestline-soaring-society-demo-days-registration/

We'll have a very limited number of tickets onsite until they sell out.

2015 Crestline Demo days »

April 3, 2015, 8:26:53 EDT

2015 Crestline Demo days

Registration is up

calendar|Crestline Demo Days 2015|Facebook|Steven "Steve" Pearson

Steven Pearson <<Steve>> writes:

We’ve posted an online registration and demo sign-up sheet on our website for the Crestline Demo Days, April 30th to May 2nd.

https://www.willswing.com/calendar/  (click Register Now)

https://www.willswing.com/crestline-soaring-society-demo-days-registration/  (direct link)

We normally do not request pre-registration for demo days but this event is different because we expect a lot of pilots and CSS has offered a discounted day-use fee for pre-registration to reduce the administrative burden onsite and to support the event.

The sign-up form asks what gliders you would like to fly and pilots who pre-register will have first access to demos.

CSS charges $10/day for visiting pilots as an option to the $100 annual pass. If you register on our website by April 26th, you can purchase an event pass valid for April 28th though May 2nd for $25.

We’ll hosting a catered dinner and party on Saturday night, May 2nd. To help us plan for the event, we’re offering free meal tickets if you register online by April 12th. If you register after the 12th and before the 26th, the price is $20. If you don’t register, there will be a very limited number of tickets for sale onsite available on a first-come basis.

We expect large pilot contingents from Utah, Arizona, Nevada, throughout California and a lot of foreign and East Coast pilots as well. We have programs and seminars scheduled each day for those can drag themselves away from the pond at the Cross Country Ranch https://www.facebook.com/CrossCountryRanch?fref=ts

Light headed

December 26, 2014, 9:02:54 EST

Light headed

Jump up and down

calendar|Patrick Kruse

http://dailybuzzlive.com/planetary-alignment-jan-4-2015-will-decrease-gravity-5-minutes-partial-weightlessness/

Planetary Alignment On Jan 4, 2015 Will Decrease Gravity For 5 Minutes Causing Partial Weightlessness

But don’t get too excited. If you think you’ll be able to float around your house, you’re wrong. But, if you jump in the air at 9:47 AM PST, on January 4, 2015, it should take you about 3 seconds to land back on your feet instead of the usual 0.2 seconds.

So, mark this date on your calendar and share it with your friends! Zero gravity day is just around the corner!

Thanks to Patrick Kruse

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CIVL calendar

December 10, 2014, 9:09:56 EST

CIVL calendar

All USHPA competitions are CIVL sanctioned

calendar|CIVL|PG|USHPA

http://www.fai.org/civl-events/civl-events-calendar-and-results

http://www.ushpa.aero/compcalendar.asp

http://ozreport.com/uscompetitiondates.php

Oz Report Hang Gliding & Paragliding Competition Calendar

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Hang Gliding Calendar⁣ for 2015

Thu, Nov 20 2014, 8:04:06 am PST

Your pictures

calendar|photo

Sander van Schaik «Sander van Schaik» writes:

The Hang Glider Calendar 2015 is on stock now. The quality of the Calendar is again perfect, so I am happy with the results. Thanks to everybody sending in their photos. The Calendar is printed in offset, the highest quality available The price is 20 euro. Prices for multiple Calendars is lower. Calendars from Calendars 2014 and before are 5 euro.

www.hanggliderproducts.com

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2014/2015 Team Challenge update

October 23, 2014, 10:51:24 GMT-0400

2014 Team Challenge update

Next year earlier

calendar|Dennis Pagen|Jamie Shelden|Jeff Curtis|Mitchell "Mitch" Shipley|Ollie Gregory|Tom Lanning

Ollie Gregory <<olliettt1955>> writes:

We are scheduling the 2015 Team Challenge for the week before Labor Day weekend. The meet will start Sunday August 30th and end Saturday September 5th. Please help us get the word out so people can plan their vacations.

The rankings were as follows:

6th: Sky High lead by A pilots Al Sasser and Bill Snyder with B pilots Ian Hochsetter and Griffin Hochstetter.

5th: Critical Mass led by A pilots Tom Lanning and Jeff Curtis with B pilot Vitaly Porgrebnoy and C pilots Max Katchouro and JJ Cote.

4th: Altitude Deficit Disorder led by A pilots Eric Carden and Pedro Garcia with B pilot Tim Connover and C pilots Bruno Schnedl and David Tillingshast.

3rd: Blind Squirrels led by A pilots Mitch Shipley and Linda Salamone with B pilots Edyin Ayala and Richard Van Zyl.

2nd: Wind Dumbyz led by A pilots Dennis Pagen, Aaron Rinn and Maria Garcia with C pilots Leigh Sheridan and David Flynn.

1st: Clowns & Jokers led by A pilots Jamie Sheldon and Ollie Gregory with B pilot James Dean and C pilot Erik Grabrowsky.

We had a great time with a lot of flying and learning opportunities and ended it with some fine parties. Can't wait for next year!

Same dates as the Dinosaur meet.

http://ozreport.com/calendar.php

Sport Class Only Competition

October 22, 2014, 8:45:30 MDT

Sport Class Only Competition

In April at Quest Air

calendar|Quest Air|USHPA

http://www.ushpa.aero/compcalendar.asp

April 5th through April 11th, The Green Swamp Sport Klassic, Quest Air Hang Gliding, Groveland, Florida

No web page yet.

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The US Competition Calendar

October 20, 2014, 8:23:49 MDT

The US Competition Calendar

Hang Gliding and Paragliding

calendar|Highland Aerosports Flight Park|PG|Quest Air|USHPA|US Nationals 2014

HG
PG
Start Date* End Date* Event Location
Apr 5 Apr 11 The Green Swamp Sport Klassic Quest Air Hang Gliding, Groveland, Florida
May 3 May 9 ECPC (East Coast Paragliding Championships) NeverLand Flight Park, La Belle, Florida
May 9 May 15 2015 Quest Air Open National Championships Sheets Field, Groveland, Florida
May 17 May 23 Flytec Race & Rally Start: Quest Air, Groveland, Florida
May 31 Jun 6 East Coast Hang Gliding Championship Highland Aerosports, Ridgely, Maryland
Jun 14 Jun 20 Rat Race/Sprint Paragliding Competitions
(Dates based on proposed Chelan event dates)
Woodrat Mountain, Ruch, Oregon
Jul 12 Jul 18 Chelan Flats Pre-PWC Chelan Butte, Chelan, Washington
Aug 2 Aug 8 2015 Big Spring Nationals Big Spring McMahon-Wrinkle Airport, Big Spring, Texas
Aug 9 Aug 15 2015 US Nationals Race the Wasatch Inspiration Point, Provo, Utah
Aug 30 Sep 5 Dinosaur 2015 Cliff Ridge / Blue Mountain, Colorado/Utah
Sep 13 Sep 19 Santa Cruz Flats Race - Mark Knight Memorial Competition Francisco Grande Golf Resort, Casa Grande, Arizona
Sep 20 Sep 26 Owens Valley Cross Country Classic 2015 Owens Valley, Bishop, California

http://ozreport.com/calendar.php and http://www.ushpa.aero/compcalendar.asp

If you are organizing a competition

October 16, 2014, 8:44:50 MDT

If you are organizing a competition

And want the world to know about your proposed dates in advance

calendar

http://ozreport.com/eventcalendar.php

If you aren't already signed up to add and edit competitions just email me and I'll put you on the list. davis and he's at davisstraub.com.

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US Hang Gliding Competition is Popular

October 14, 2014, 7:48:54 MDT

US Hang Gliding Competition is Popular

Apparently more popular than US paragliding competition

calendar|Highland Aerosports Flight Park|PG|Quest Air|USHPA|US Nationals 2014

2014 Sanctioned Hang Gliding Competitions:

  • Big Spring US Nationals
  • East Coast HG Championship
  • Flytec Americus Cup
  • Flytec Competition Camp
  • Santa Cruz Flats Race

2014 Sanctioned Paragliding Competitions:

  • Chelan Flats US Nationals
  • Rat Race/Sprint

http://www.ushpa.aero/compcalendar.asp

Start Date* End Date* Event Location
Au 5 Apr 11 The Green Swamp Sport Klassic Quest Air Hang Gliding - Groveland, Florida
May 9 May 15 2015 Quest Air Open National Championships Sheets Field - Groveland, Florida
May 31 Jun 6 East Coast Hang Gliding Championship Highland Aerosports - Ridgely, Maryland
Jun 21 Jun 27 Rat Race / Sprint Paragliding Competitions Woodrat Mountain - Ruch, Oregon
Aug 2 Aug 8 2015 Big Spring Nationals Big Spring McMahon-Wrinkle Airport - Big Spring, Texas
Aug 30 Sep 5 Dinosaur 2015 Cliff Ridge / Blue Mountain - Colorado/Utah

At least two more coming, the Americus Cup (two days after the Quest Air Open, and the SCFR in September.

A world wide calendar of proposed hang gliding competitions?

October 3, 2014, 9:31:55 MDT

A world wide calendar of proposed hang gliding competitions?

Ask and then you can add your proposed competition dates

calendar

http://ozreport.com/eventcalendar.php

It is possible to use this calendar to put up your proposed dates for your competition to allow others to know when your competition is happening. See the instructions at the link above.

Matjaz Klemencic has proposed that we have an open Google calendar to allow folks to see when others propose to hold their competition.

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2015 East Coast Championship

Fri, Oct 3 2014, 9:25:16 am MDT

May 31st to June 6th

calendar|East Coast Championships 2015|Highland Aerosports Flight Park|USHPA

http://www.ushpa.aero/compcalendar.asp

Proposed USHPA competition calendar

September 29, 2014, 8:25:27 MDT

Proposed USHPA competition calendar

Sanction your competition

calendar|USHPA

http://www.ushpa.aero/compcalendar.asp

Also the dates used for the 2014 competitions.

Sanction applications due October 12th. It's all on-line.

https://www.ushpa.aero/member_sanction_application.asp

If you fly in an international competition and want your results counted be sure to send them in to the USHPA here: http://fs30.formsite.com/officeushpaaero/form8/index.html

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The Hang Glider Calendar 2015

September 25, 2014, 8:29:12 MDT

The Hang Glider Calendar 2015

Send in your pictures

Andrey Solomykin|calendar|Facebook|photo

Sander van Schaik <<sander>> writes:

The Hang Glider Calendar 2015 is coming up. But before designing it, I ask all pilots to send their photos to make this calendar again possible. This year I am happy with great updates, so sending in pictures is even more interesting.

Every photo used as a big photo on the Calendar (12+1), will get a free Calendar The 13 photos for the Facebook-like-contest will battle for: 4Fight MR Helmet (sponsored by Icaro) 3 x Vaavud wind meter (sponsored by Pancho Amelia) More coming up. Photos can be send until October 15.

Last year, together with Matjaz Klemencic, there was a Facebook-like-contest to win a Isaw Sports Camera which was sponsored by Pancho Amelia. The winner was Andrey Solomykin from Russia. He got 116 likes for his photo.

It is only possible for me to design a Calendar with the input of your hang glider photos. I hope you made some nice photos and you want to share them for the Hang Glider Calendar. If you like this idea, please send your hang glider pictures to me (<sander>). Please include the pilots- and photographer's name as well as the location where the picture was taken. If you have got a lot of megabytes to send, you could use free services like www.wetranfser.com.

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2014 Chelan Cross Country Classic

May 20, 2014, 7:49:38 EDT

2014 Chelan Cross Country Classic

Message from the Meet Director

calendar|Chelan XC Classic 2014|dust devil|PG|weather

Lenny Baron <lennybaron> writes:

It's now mid May and the flying season is upon us and the Chelan dust devils have begun spinning! I'm again looking forward to this year's 33rd annual Chelan Cross Country Classic, June 29th to July 4th. The Classic is not a sanctioned, hard-core meet, nor a frilly spot-landing contest with door prizes. It's somewhere in between.

The meet purpose is to provide vigorous competition for the top pilots, yet a great learning experience for novice X/C pilots, and a great vacation town on a beautiful lake for your loved-ones. The meet format is pilot-called task - you decide what to do and how to get the most out of each day. Chelan X/C conditions in July are legendary. This is both a hang gliding and a paragliding meet, both wings are welcomed and both wings will have sub classes based on glider performance. Plenty of trophies are up for grabs.

The Paragliding Nationals will begin the week after the Classic this year. So this will be a good chance for paraglider pilots to warm up and get familiar with the Chelan area.

We'll have essentially the same format as last year. Here are some highlights: 1) One called-task day. This will help all pilots along as we all become thermal markers. If a pilot finishes early and wants to keep flying this will be their chance to do multiple tasks. 2) New, closer-in waypoints to allow smaller out-and-returns and triangle flights (20-30 milers). 3) New mountain waypoints, added primarily for paragliders. Good for high-pressure weather days 4) Battle above the Butte - informal grudge match between the top paragliders and hang gliders 5) Last day of the meet on Friday evening, 4th of July we'll have the always popular BBQ and the awards ceremony.

Pilot pre registration now available on the CBCC website: http://www.cloudbase.org/calendar/

Early registration ends June 15th.

E-mail at: <lennybaron>.

Come fly the Classic and join in on this fun. Get high and go far!

Lenny Baron, 2014 Chelan Cross Country Classic Meet Director