Competition and Events

World Hang Gliding Championships 2017

Tortise & Hare – World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship

A true tortoise-and-the-hare story, the 21st FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship proved that consistent performance outranks smaller victories when related to these types of marathon competitions. Petr Benes of the Czech Republic secured the individual win with 7750...
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World Hang Gliding Championship – Class II

This weekend the 20th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 2 Championships wrapped up with some exciting conditions and thrilling action. This year, the World Hang Gliding Championships Class 2 was held from July 24th - August 6th at Aspres-sur-Buech...
Red Bull Flugtag Pittsburghvideo

Red Bull Flugtag Pittsburgh

 The famous (or infamous) human-powered flight competition, Red Bull Flugtag, announced its winner for the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta event. The winner is determined based on three criteria: design creativity, team showmanship and, lastly, flight distance. There are no limits as to...
Red Bull X-Alps 2017

Red Bull X-Alps 2017

WINNERS OF THE 2017 RED BULL X-Alps RACE 1st - Christian Maurer (10 days 23 hours) 2nd - Benoit Outters (11 days 1 hour) 3rd - Paul Guschlbauer (5km from goal) Red Bull X-Alps is a biannual race in the Alps that brings...
USA Tops in Wind Games 2016

USA Tops in Wind Games 2016

Chicago-based VFS team SDC Core flew past the competition with an impressive performance at the recent Wind Games indoor skydiving meet. The two-day event took place January 22-23, 2016 at the Windoor facility in Costa Brava, Spain. After 8 rounds,...
2016 Monarca Paragliding Open

2016 Monarca Paragliding Open

The new year of paragliding competitions opened January 4 with a cross-country event for the Monarca Paragliding Open in Valle de Bravo, Mexico. Openings for 150 pilots filled fast at this popular site. Thirty-nine men and four women, from...
National Collegiate Speed Record

Black Knights Speed Record

On January 1st, 2016 the "Army West Point Break-Up Six" set a new national collegiate record for speed and won the gold medal in the six-way speed formation at the United States Parachute Association's 2015 National Collegiate Parachuting Championships. The...
World Record for Paragliding Accuracy

World Record for Paragliding Accuracy

There is a new world record for paragliding accuracy! Romania’s George Cotet won the gold at the FAI World Air Games and set the new world record. He logged 11 consecutive flights less than 5cm. The first FAI World Paragliding...
Golden Knights Set New Record at World Air Games 2015

Golden Knights Set New Record

The US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team has set a new world record in the Eight Way Formation at the FAI World Air Games this week. To set the new record they executed 33 formations in 50 seconds. They...
Husband and Wife Team Freestyle into First Place

Husband and Wife Team Freestyle into First Place

Brian and Amanda Festi took first place in the Freestyle at the U.S. Parachute Association National Skydiving Championships in Arizona on Nov. 3rd. That win has guaranteed them spots on the U.S. national team for the 2016 World Parachuting...
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...
2015 Paragliding Nationals

U.S. Paragliding Nationals 2015

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...
2015 Santa Cruz Flats Race

The 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,...
U.S. Women's Paragliding Team

Meet the Women in US Paragliding Nationals

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....

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...
Big Spring Nationals 2015

2015 Big Spring Nationals

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...
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...
US Paragliding Nationals 2015

Two Competitors for the US Paragliding Nationals

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...
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...
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...