Competition and Events

America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race 2012

American Team Wins “America’s Challenge” 2012

The American team of pilot Cheri White and co-pilot Mark Sullivan are the unofficial winners of the America’s Challenge gas balloon race. White and Sullivan along with four other teams launched their balloons on Sunday evening, the weather-delayed opening day...
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...
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...
Monarca Nextel Paragliding Open

Monarca Nextel Paragliding Open

For the latest in paragliding competitions, we head south of the border. It was good news for American Josh Cohn, as he brought home victory at the Monarca Nextel Paragliding Open last month, January 6th-12th, in Valle de Bravo...
2010 Pre-Worlds Hang Gliding Championship

2010 Hang Gliding Pre-World Championship

The 2010 Pre-World Hang Gliding Hang Gliding Championship took place in Sigillo, Italy between July 30 to August 8. Mangred Ruhmer of Austria took the Gold with Jonny Durrand of Australia taking second place. Two USA competitors, Jeff O'Brien and...
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,...
2011 Skydiving Canopy Championship

2011 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting

The 2011 USPA National Skydiving Championships of Canopy Piloting was held at Skydive Spaceland from September 14-17. Skydive Spaceland is located in Rosharon,Texas and boasts a sprawling 500 foot by 250 foot pond for the swooping action. Nicholas Batsch took first place in the...
2011 World Hang Gliding Championship

2011 World Championships HG/PG

The host cities of World  Championships of Hand Gliding, Paragliding, and Paragliding accuracy has been announced from the CIVL Plenary board. The 2011 World Hang Gliding Championship host cities will be Sigillo and Montecucco in Italy, edging out Forbes, Australia....
Canadian Family Team

Canadian Family Reaches For The Heights

For most people, the idea of jumping out of a plane with only a parachute between you and death is somewhere in the range from terrifying to horrifying. But for the Lemay family, Michel and his three sons it's...
2011 Paragliding Red Rock Nationals

2011 Paragliding Red Rock Nationals

The first half of the 2011 U.S. Paragliding National Championship was held between July 24th and July 30th in Richfield, Utah. Dean Stratton took top honors with Eric Reed and Hayden Glatte placing in 2nd and 3rd. “Mean Dean Stratton” is the...
Golden Knights Take World Cup

Golden Knights Take World Cup

The US Army Parachute Team, The Golden Knights, took first place in the 8-way formation skydiving competition at the 2011 World Cup of Skydiving.   The competition was held at Saarlouis-Deuren, Germany between August 1-7, 2011. The venue was staged for...
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....
Las Vegas Balloon Fest

1st Annual Las Vegas Balloon Fest

Early November is a wonderful time to take flight over the Nevada desert. It’s also a great place to attend a ballooning event. Las Vegas organizers are hoping to make hot air balloon news and are saying bring the...
2011 World Hang Gliding Championships

2011 World Hang Gliding Championship

The 18th FAI World Hang Gliding Championship took place in Sigillo, Italy from July 16th to July 30, 2011. This year's Class 1 competition was plagued by bad weather for most of the entire two week competition. Only two tasks...
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,...
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...
Coupe Icare 2012

Coupe Icare 2012

If you happen to be in France right now, you're in for a treat. The Coupe Icare has been the most anticipated air sports event since 1974. Held against the backdrop of the breath-taking Alps, it has proven to...
2010 World Hang Gliding Championship

World Hang Gliding Championship

The World Hang Gliding Championship was held in Tegelberg, Germany from May 8th to May 22nd, 2010. Probably a more appropriate title for this story is the "Championship That Wasn't". Bad weather including rain and snow caused a cancellation of...
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...
Hudson Hot Air Affair

Hudson Hot Air Affair

Balloon pilots are gearing up for the Hudson Hot Air Affair, one of the premiere winter hot air ballooning events. The annual event in Hudson, Wisc., is a ballooning event and winter festival that attracts thousands of visitors to the...