April 23, 2014

Competition and Events:

2014 US Paragliding Nationals -

Friday, December 20, 2013

Skydive Ultra -

Thursday, October 31, 2013

USA Sends First Parpalegic to Compete at World Skydiving Competition -

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta -

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Air Wars -

Sunday, August 11, 2013

2013 Hot Air Balloon National Championships -

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Crossroads Balloon Rally -

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Belite Introduces SeaLite

Belite Introduces SeaLite

Belite has made ultralight aircraft news this week with the presentation of their newest model, the Bealite SeaLite. The single seat, amphibious ultralight aircraft took its first flight on Tuesday in Witchita. James Wiebe, the founder of Belite, said the technology was put into this plane because of customer demand. It started with a man in Wisconsin, but he expects this to become a popular item in coastal areas. Places like Alaska, northern New England, the Great Lakes, and Florida are examples of places he will market the new plane. The plane started as a KitFox Lite, which was then modified greatly…

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2014 US Paragliding Nationals

2014 US Paragliding Nationals

US Paragliding Nationals are on the horizon for 2014. White Owl Paragliding will be hosting the US Paragliding Nationals in Chelan, WA. The official dates have been posted, kicking it off with pilot registration opening March 1st. There will be a practice day held July 5th and events running July 6th through the 12th. 2014 is gonna offer some righteous thermals and great events for the paragliding sport. It’s going to be a soaring summer with some back to back events beginning with the Rat Race in June and winding down with the Canadian Nationals July 14th right after the…

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New Hang Gliding World Record Set in Chile

New Hang Gliding World Record Set in Chile

News from South America on 13 November 2013: a new hang gliding world record set in Chile by Austrian pilot Thomas Weissenberger. His eight hour flight covered 350 kilometers across the Cordillera Coast in Chile — the new world record for an out-and-back trip. Redbull.com filmed a video of the flight, and it can be viewed on the website. Weissenberger is captain of the Austrian Hang Gliding Team and previously put in a 345 kilometer flight. Weissenberger named some of the flight’s challenges as low inversion, due to the cold temperatures of the Pacific Ocean, and a 500 kilometer long volcanic cliff along…

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Skydive Ultra

Skydive Ultra Marathon

There are Marathons – There are Skydiving Competitions – And then there is Skydive Ultra Extreme is a word that is thrown around loosely, and is often applied to activities as simple as dropping into a half-pipe on a skateboard. While difficult, dropping in is so common that we shouldn’t be rewarding it with the ‘extreme’ moniker. What about running a marathon; this is indeed difficult, but considering the world’s most prestigious race of this distance—the Boston Marathon—regularly fields more than 20,000 runners; not extreme. Many consider the mere act of skydiving extreme, and perhaps this is true. While skydiving…

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Ultralights Holding Resell Value

Ultralights Holding Resell Value

Many enthusiasts who really keep up with ultralight aircraft news and casual flyers alike often wonder about the resale values of their machines. Recent trends in sales and resales show that ultralight keep their resale value very well, especially when compared to other recreational vehicles such as motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles, jet skis, etc. The reasons are simple really. Aircraft owners keep their machines in top running condition and new sales aren’t driven by recent fashion, or new models like many other products. Ultralight aircraft haven’t experienced any major changes or advances in the past years. The 254 lb weight limit…

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Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

As beautiful fall weather breaks across the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico, balloonists from all over the world are rallying in Albuquerque for the 42nd annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.  The event runs from October 5th to October 13th, 2013, and is the world’s largest hot air balloon festival.  It includes approximately 600 balloons.  Visitors and participants number in the thousands. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s theme this year is “Enchanted Sunrise”, a title that may pay tribute to one of the festival’s premiere events, the “Dawn Patrol”.  During this event, pilots utilize their positioning technology to take off while…

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Government Shutdown Provides Opportunity to Furloughed Workers

Government Shutdown

While the recent government shutdown has had negative effects on many of the federal employees, some businesses are looking for ways to help and support the 800,000 people who won’t be getting a paycheck until the furlough is over.  One of these companies is making skydiving news by giving these workers the opportunity to take a jump. Skydive, Hawaii is offering free jumps to federal employees who are finding themselves with too much time on their hands this week. “They have bills to pay, and they can’t afford to do things like this,” said Sonny Vaoifi, manager of Skydive Hawaii….

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Air Wars

Air Wars

Here’s a trivia question for you. What air sport’s beginnings involved a sheep, a duck, and a rooster? That may sound like the setup for a bad joke, but it’s a real scenario – one that lay the foundation for one of today’s popular air sports. What was it? Believe it or not, the launching of the first “manned” hot air balloon. Back in 1783, a few years before the French Revolution, a French scientist launched one of the world’s first hot air balloons from the front courtyard of the Palace of Versailles. The balloon carried a sheep, a duck, and a rooster;…

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USA Paragliding Distance Record

USA Paragliding Distance Record

The summer months bring warm weather and thermals that are conducive to record-setting events in air sports.  This summer is no different with a new record being set in the US for the longest paragliding flight.  The previous paragliding record was set just last year by Jon Hunt and Nick Greece, but Gavin McClurg shattered the record in his recent flight in July. The 41-year-old set the record for the longest flight, which lasted 240 miles and took seven hours.  He was accompanied on the flight by his wife who introduced him to the sport.  McClurg launched from Bald Mountain, Idaho and…

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2013 Hot Air Balloon National Championships

2013 Hot Air Balloon National Championships

In hot air balloon news, competitors from all over will participate in the National Hot Air Balloon Championship from July 22 to 28. This competition, hosted by the state of Texas, will feature a balloon race featuring more than 70 pilots throughout the week. The event is which started on Monday, will last throughout the week and allow pilots to compete for the chance at winning $50,000. The winner of this championship will not only take home the prize money, but will represent the entire nation in the World Championship. This is a huge honor for anybody who has ever participated in…

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2013 World Paragliding Championships

2013 World Paragliding Championships

Paragliders from all over the world gathered in Sopot, Bulgaria between July 13-26 for the 2013 World Paragliding Championship.  This beautiful yet challenging sport has drawn competitors from all over the world. This year, Jeremie Lager of France took away the title of winner in the men’s category, and Klaudia Bulgakow of Poland led the women’s division.  As a team, France won with Lager assisted by teammates Charles Cazaux and Seiko Fukuoka.  Other top results include: Charles Cazaux, France, 2nd place Men’s division Davide Cassetta, Italy, 3rd place Men’s division Nicole Fedele, Italy, 2nd place Women’s division Seiko Fukoka, France, 3rd…

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Crossroads Balloon Rally

Crossroads Balloon Rally

Hot air balloons, team roping competitions, chicken-fried steak and wine. Those are just some of the attractions planned for the Lamesa, Texas, Crossroads Balloon Rally and Chicken-Fried Steak Festival. Organizers are expecting between 20 and 40 balloonists for the second annual event which will be held April 26-28 in this West Texas community located about 60 miles south of Lubbock. The weekend begins with, of course, a chicken-fried steak dinner on Friday night. Balloon flights are scheduled for sunrise on Saturday and Sunday as pilots soar over the eastern edge of the Llano Estacado on the southern High Plains. Saturday…

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World Record Jump Attempt in Arizona

World Team Skydiving World Record

The World Team‘s most astonishing achievement to date is their 400-way jump in Thailand. With 400 skydivers all joining into one free-fall formation, the World Team broke the world record for the largest free-fall formation. Currently, they are in the process of attempting to break yet another world record, only this time, things are a bit more complicated. The World Team is now attempting to break the record for the largest 2-point formation. During the jump, all 222 members have to come together to build a formation, break off, and then build another formation. The timing and accuracy of each…

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Beach Blast Cancelled Due to Government Restrictions

Powered Paragliding Beach Blast Panama City Florida

April brings disappointing powered paragliding news: Beach Blast, an annual powered paragliding (PPG) event at the Edgewater Resort in Panama City, FL, has been cancelled. Beach Blast was the largest PPG event in the U.S. in 2012, hosting 225 pilots from 14 different countries. John Black, owner of Panama City’s Freedom Flight Center, and the event’s organizer, told the Panama City News Herald the cancellation came on the heels of a proposed city ordinance that will impose new restrictions on take-offs, landings, and flights in the future. Furthermore, the proposed ordinance will require pilots to register with the local police…

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The Science of Aerobatic Paragliding

The Science of Acro Paragliding

Calin Popa has taken the sport of aerobatic paragliding into levels of precision that it’s never seen before. For years, Calin Popa practiced the difficult moves required to pull off a Rhythmic SAT. He failed time and time again. He realized that what he needed was an instructor that could tell him the precise timing of each move. Failing to find such a teacher, he set out to build one. Popa used his training in civil engineering, and help from software engineer Ovidiu Ban, to build the Voodoo Trimbulind Robot (VTR). The VTR is a portable computer that gathers data, crunches…

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USPA Tests New Event in 2013

USPA Wingsuit Out Vertical In

The United States Parachute Association held its first quarterly meeting last month, and it was perhaps as exciting as that sounds.  For those waiting with rapt anticipation on the status of a wingsuit-instructor rating proposal, the bad news is that it wasn’t adopted, but the board is considering other training requirements for first wingsuit flights. On the other hand, amidst the more dry results of the meeting, we were intrigued by a change in 2013′s National Skydiving Championships.  Or more accurately an addition; a 2-way vertical formation skydiving test event was approved, and will make its debut at this year’s…

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Red Bull X-Alps 2013

Red Bull X-Alps

The Red Bull X-Alps race is one of the most thrilling and challenging competitions yet devised by man. Most athletes around the globe regard it as THE top adventure out of all of the world’s extreme sports. The event demands superb athleticism, endurance and strength, technical skill, breathtaking courage, outstanding intellect, gut wrenching determination, and the survival instincts of a wolf. The race is a combination of paragliding and mountaineering. The objective is to be the first to arrive in that playground of the wealthy, Monaco. Oh, and by the way you start in Austria, with a route which takes…

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World Hang Gliding Championship

2012 World Hang Gliding Championship

On January 17th the 2013 World Hang Gliding Championship held in Forbes, Australia, saw Manfred Ruhmer take first place for men’s hang gliding with a total of 9010 points, winning his fourth world crown. Alessandro Ploner and Fillippo Oppici, both from Italy, finished second (8871) and third (8560), respectively. Ruhmer took first place by a margin of only 139 points over the last year’s world champion, Alessandro Ploner. Ruhmer is noted as one of the most prestigious hang gliders in the world, having won the World Championship three times previously and the European Championship four times. In 2005 he retired…

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Former Power Ranger Breaks Skydiving World Record

Jason David Frank sets Skydiving World Record

For most people, skydiving in and of itself is an incredible feat.  For one former star of the children’s program, The Power Rangers, jumping wasn’t enough.  He combined his talent with mixed martial arts to break a skydiving world record. Jason David Frank got involved in Mixed Martial Arts after he finished his Power Rangers career.  After several victories in the ring and being inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame, he was ready for a new challenge.  This week, Frank completed a jump over Rosharon, Texas, and while freefalling, broke seven pine boards with his hands.  The…

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Skydiver Attempts Guinness World Board Breaking Record

Skyidver attempts world record by breaking boards

Topping the headlines today in skydiving news, David Frank is going to attempt to break as many pine boards while skydiving from 14,000 ft. The current record holder Travis Donley, won the record in 2011 by breaking two during his free fall. David will attempt to break the record at Skydive Spaceland this January while an official Guinness World Record television station will be recording the entire thing in the event he is able to beat the current record, it will be recorded. David said in his interview, he has alot of respect for the sport of MMA and martial…

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