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France wins FAI World Aerobatics

François Ragolski, World Aerobatics ChampionThe 2nd World Paragliding Aerobatic Championships at Annecy ended on September 3rd with France taking the Gold medal ahead of Spain and Switzerland.

Solo World Champion is France's François Ragolski ahead of team-mate Tim Alongi, with Horacio Llorens of Spain in 3rd spot.

Women's solo Champion is Austria's Christina Kolb from Nicole Schmidt (Germany) and Lea Haensenberger (Switzerland).

Synchro Pair Champions are Spain's Rodriguez brothers; Théo de Blic (France) and Horacio Llorens were 2nd and Swiss pair David Geiser and Jérémy Péclard 3rd. 34 pilots, including eight women, from 16 nations competed.

Posted: 7 October 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Icarus Cup 2016

Sheffield University's VolaticusThis year's Icarus Cup contest for human-powered aircraft was held at Sywell near Northampton from July 16th - 24th. After a total of 52 contest flights Mike Truelove, flying the Edgley Aerocycle 3, was declared the winning pilot and presented with the Icarus Cup.

The RAeS-sponsored team prize was won by John Edgley's team. After several years of design, development and setbacks, the Aerocycle has emerged as a truly practical aircraft. In second place was Betterfly, designed and built by Mercedes-AMG F1 engineer David Barford. Bath University took third place with two flights but Sheffield University's Volaticus (pictured right) did not manage to leave the ground.

The Icarus Cup was started in 2012 by the RAeS HPF group to develop the art and science of human-powered flight. Competitions based on the RAeS model have now taken place in Korea and Japan and there is activity in the USA and France; there's also a strong possibility that the first FAI international human-powered flying event will be part of the next World Air Games.

Posted: 25 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Bache Hill closed

The Long Mynd club's popular flying site at Bache is now permanently closed to all flying. LMSC Chairman Nick Le Gras cites 'persistent failures to observe site rules' and 'selfish and thoughtless actions by a minority of pilots.'

The 600m southerly and south-easterly site near New Radnor in Powys has been the launching point for many epic flights and competition tasks. Alas no more.

Posted: 25 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Record paragliding task

Bruce and Tyr GoldsmiithA mammoth 224km task at the US Nationals in Chelan in July has become the longest paragliding task ever set. It was won by Josh Cohn (Enzo 2) in 4 hours 14 minutes at an average speed of 50km/h. Brit Harry Bloxham (IP6) came home in the lead gaggle only a few seconds adrift.

Richard Perkes and Bruce Goldsmith also made goal, as did Bruce's son Tyr (18) who went on to win the Sports class just ahead of Bruce. After the task Bruce is reported to have told Tyr (pictured, left), "You might as well stop flying now ... it doesn't get any better than that!" Josh Cohn went on to take the overall win.

The full results are available on the 300 Peaks Paragliding website.

Posted: 25 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Forbes 2017

The 11th incarnation of the legendary Forbes Flatlands competition runs in new South Wales from December 30th to January 6th.

The FAI Category 2 tow-launched hang gliding championships is famous for its laid-back atmosphere, superb weather and and a warm welcome to newer pilots. The previous comp set a record 367km task, completed by eventual winner Jonny Durand in five hours, 41 minutes.

How good is Forbes? Visit the Forbes Flatlands website and find out!

Posted: 25 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Off-the-beaten-track podcast

We are often helped out - at home or abroad - when we land out or are involved in an incident. Can we give something back to the communities that we fly in?

In Judith Mole's latest podcast, Bella Messenger tells the story of the Cloudbase Foundation, and Karma Flights' work in Nepal in response to 2015's devastating earthquake. There are ways you can make a difference - whether great or small. The podcast is available on The Paraglider website.

Posted: 25 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Vintage rally gathers pace

Vintage Hang GliderThe inaugural British Vintage Hang Gliding Rally, to be held at Keswick Flight Park on September 17th - 18th, is achieving critical mass.

The event will be an informal get-together of vintage pilots and gear to celebrate the early days of UK hang gliding. Attractions include Jason Board's British Hang Gliding Museum, the Simon Murphy collection, equipment, photo and magazine displays and other gliders including Judy Leden's Royal Jordanian balloon-drop K4, John Pendry's Planter's Magic 3 and many more vintage wings. There will also be a 70s band, hog roast, a cake and coffee stall, beer and breakfast at Jocky Sanderson's, plus T-shirts, mugs, stickers, jackets and other memorabilia for sale.

Other attractions include field events for pilots using period equipment, and a competition to find the best lookalike to Harry Martin's 'Old Git' cartoons. Bring your own vintage tackle - there will be prizes for the best gliders of each generation. The rally will raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society. For more information and details on how to book, please visit the British Vintage Hang Gliding Rally website.

Posted: 4 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

Ireland passes paramotor edict

The Irish Aviation Authority has decreed that all powered paragliders and hang gliders flown in the country must be registered and carry registration marks. The IAA requires the manufacture's name and designation, the serial number and the maximum occupancy of the machine to be submitted.

When issued, a registration mark must be carried on the aircraft on a fireproof plate and in 500mm-high letters on the underside of the wing. Paramotors and powered hang gliders of visiting pilots must also carry a registration mark issued by an 'ICAO-contracting state', eg the UK. It is not clear from published sources whether a PPL or equivalent is also required.

The legislation came into force on May 30th 2016; it is believed to be in response to several recent instances of daredevil flying in the Republic. Full details are available on the Irish Aviation Authority website.

Posted: 4 August 2016
By: Paul Dancey

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