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Icarus Trophy 2015

Icarus Trophy 2015
In recent paramotor news, the first ever long-distance paramotor adventure race has come to an end. Paramotor pilots from the around the world had a chance to compete in the first Icarus Trophy. The Icarus Trophy is the world’s longest powered paraglider race, at one thousand miles. Pilots started out on October 12th from Eatonville, Washington. The grueling race was...

U.S. Paragliding Nationals 2015

2015 Paragliding Nationals
Owens Valley showed its teeth last week at the OVXCC US Paragliding Nationals. Winds knocked out four of the seven days.  Mitchell Riley won the men's competition with 1048 points. Josh Cohn came in second with 1031 points. In the women's division, Bianca Heinrick was first with 378 points and Lisa Dickinson took second with 239. The race featured 82 pilots representing...

The 2015 Santa Cruz Flats Race

2015 Santa Cruz Flats Race
The 2015 Santa Cruz Flats Race/ Mark Knight Memorial Competition was one of those hang gliding competitions where the unexpected became reality. Overcast skies, dust storms, and unpredictable wind gusts postponed launching and threatened to cancel several flights during the competition, which ran from September 13th to 19th. Miraculously, there were no total cancellations due to weather, and Class 1 Open...

Meet the Women in US Paragliding Nationals

U.S. Women's Paragliding Team
Paragliding isn't just a man's sport, although according to paragliding statistics, men outnumber the women 85/15. Most instructors agree that paragliding is really more about technique than strength, so the ladies could easily do as well as many men. In fact, there are several women who have made a name for themselves, not only in US Paragliding Nationals, but also...

USA Hang Gliding National Championship Dinosaur Results

Predictions for seven days of good flying at the Dinosaur National hang gliding competition (USA) in Colorado proved untrue. Gale force winds, rain, thunderstorms and potential hail forced cancellation of four of the seven days of competition. Pilots were able to complete only three of the four scheduled tasks of the open competition. Finals saw Zac Majors taking first...

2015 Big Spring Nationals

Big Spring Nationals 2015
Weather Hangs Up Hang-Gliders at the 2015 Big Spring Nationals in Big Spring, Texas The site best known for its steady, great flying conditions didn't want to cooperate at the 2015 Big Spring Nationals in Big Spring, Texas.  Rain and variable winds created multiple launch delays and, more disappointing, shorter tasks for the 32 competing pilots. While veteran Zac "Zippy" Majors didn't...

Vertical Formation Skydiving Record

Vertical Formation Skydiving World Record
A new vertical skydiving world record was set this past Friday in Ottawa, Illinois, as 164 divers traveled at speeds up to 240 mph and came together to form a flower formation in the Midwest sky. It took the team of international divers 13 attempts before they upped the record from 138 skydivers 3 years ago at the same...

Rex Ryan goes skydiving because ‘I like to live’

Rex Ryan Jumps with the Golden Knights
Sometimes just jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and freefalling through the air is not enough for the typical thrill seeker. Sometimes, the location over which one skydives is just as important as the actual experience. That seemed to be what Rex Ryan, the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, was thinking when he decided to spend the...

Red Bull X-Alps 2015

Red Bull X-Alps 2015
The Red Bull X-Alps title has been decided, and in the end, it didn't have to go far. For the fourth straight year, Christian "Chrigel" Maurer won this prestigious event - although this time he really had to work for it. It certainly had the usual highs (literally) and lows.  The first day had the athletes soaring 3800 m (12,467...

Two Competitors for the US Paragliding Nationals

US Paragliding Nationals 2015
Josh Cohn and Eric Reed continue to battle it out as the leaders in US Paragliding Nationals.  Reed recently claimed first place in the annual Rat Race PG competition at Woodrat Mountain held from  June 14 to June 20. Cohn came in third.  Neither appeared at the Chelen Open Distance Competition held from June 28 to July 3. These two fierce...

Ultralight News Around The World

Ultralight News
It's been quite the month in ultralight aircraft news, starting with the first electric aircraft to cross the English Channel, in fact two crews are claiming the honor.  On Friday July 10, the Airbus Group announced that its E-Fan technology demonstrator had flown from Lydd, Kent to Calais. When the announcement was made, confusion quickly ensued as it was discovered that French Pilot Hugues Duval had flown...

Canadian Hang Gliding Championship 2015

Canadian Hang Gliding Championship 2015
In hang gliding news, 26 competitors traveled from 6 different countries to compete in the recent Canadian Hang Gliding Nationals between June 28th and July 4th, 2015. The event has been an annual event in Lumby, Canada for the past 11 years, and this year had a great turnout. Competitors flew five tasks in seven days. The overall top finishers in...

A Skydiving Simulator Called Parasim

A Skydiving Simulator Called Parasim
Teaching people to jump out of a perfectly good airplane at a high altitude can be a challenging task, absent actually starting by jumping. an unwise method to say the least. Traditionally paratroopers, after practicing their falls and landing skills, will jump from a high tower before being obliged to make a real jump. Noting that pilots train on...

Combat Control Teams Parachute into Enemy Territory

Combat Control Teams Parachute into Enemy Territory
In skydiving news everyone knows how the Army has Delta Force and the Navy the SEALs who typically ride helicopter or parachute jump into hostile areas to perform missions that often are more fantastic than anything ever seen at the movies. But CNN reminds us that few people have heard of the Air Force’s own special ops group, the...

The ‘Sport’ of Full Contact Skydiving is a Hoax

The Sport of Full Contact Skydiving is a Hoax
Recently UFC featherweight contender Urijah Fabe produced a video promoting something called “full contact skydiving." This sport involved two men punching, kicking, and otherwise trying to do one another harm while falling from a great height. There was also a referee involved to enforce the rules, which included no interference with equipment (i.e. the parachute) and to stop the...

Sports Betting Company Takes Heat from the Faithful

Sports Betting Company Takes Heat from the Faithful
An Australian gambling firm called Sportsbet recently caused hot air balloon news and no little outrage when it sent aloft in the skies over Melbourne a 151 foot tall hot air balloon in the shape of the Christ the Redeemer statue that stands on a peak over Rio de Janeiro to kick off the 2014 FIFA World Cup soccer...

First Time Jumpers Must Be Over 18

First Time Jumpers Must Be Over 18
Adventurous young people wanting to take their first jump will need to wait until after their 18th birthday, or be content to practice at one of the indoor skydiving locations. In skydiving news, the US Parachute Association announced that the new minimum age to skydive will be 18 as of May 1, 2014. Previously, those younger than 18 were allowed...

Highlights from the 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting

Highlights from the 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting
The 2014 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting was exhilarating, as always. Skydive City, in Zephyrhills, FL, once again hosted the event, which ran May 21-23. The weather was good overall, but gusty headwinds on the final afternoon, during the zone accuracy rounds, forced out some top competitors. For others, just getting across the pond was a real challenge. This year's competition was...

World Trade Center Base Jumpers

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When you think of skydiving, typically you picture wide open spaces, lots of sky above, and uncluttered, open ground below. This week 1 World Trade Center set the scene for an unlikely location in skydiving news. This week, 4 men were arrested for base jumping off the top of the iconic New York City building. Base jumping is similar to skydiving,...

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...