Hang Gliding News

Pilots Reach Out

Pilots Reach Out

While competing in a hang gliding competition in Ecuador in 2008, Jeff O'Brien was touched by the poverty stricken region. He vowed that before coming back again for the 2009 competition that he would try to do something to...
GoPro Survives Free Fall

GoPro Survives 12,500 Foot Fall

Skydiver Lucas Damn’s helmet-cam made skydiving news when it was knocked out of its casing as he jumped out of the plane in a recent dive. The camera survived the 12,500 foot fall and laid resting in the field...
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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...
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...
2009 Forbes Flatlands

Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship

The Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship was held in Forbes, Australia between January 3-11
2010 Flytec Race and Rally

Flytec Race & Rally 2010

The 2010 Flytec Race and Rally was held between April 25 and May 1, 2010. The event consists of 7 days of cross county flying with each day having a different point of departure and a different place to land. Unlike...
2009 World Hang Gliding Championship Zac Majors

2009 World Hang Gliding Championship

The 2009 World Hang Gliding Championship was held between June 21st and July 4th at Laragne, France until July 2nd. The USA team consists of Jeff O'Brien, Dustin Martin, Davis Straub, Jeff Shapiro, and Zac Majors. Meet the 2009...
2010 Hang Gliding National Championships at Big Spring, Texas

Big Spring US Nationals, Hang Gliding

The 2010 US Hang Gliding Nationals was held at Big Spring, Texas between Sunday August 15 to Saturday August 21, 2010. In all, 18 pilots took part in this year's competition. Notably absent was Dustin Martin, Jeff Shapiro, and Jeff...
2009 Hang Gliding National Championship Big Spring, TX

2009 US Hang Gliding Nationals – Big Spring

 The second half of the 2009 United States Hang Gliding Nationals was held in Big Spring Airport, Texas, about 300 miles west of Dallas. The event took place during August 9-15, 2009. The first half of the Hang Gliding Nationals...
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...
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,...
World Record Task in Forbes

World Record Task in Forbes

Top Australian hang glider Jonny Durand set a new hang gliding world record this month when he finished first in the Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship's Walgett challenge. Durand completed the longest ever task when he flew from Forbes to...
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...
Rob Kells Memorial

Rob Kells Memorial 2010

The 2nd annual Rob Kells Memorial was held at the Florida Ridge Hang Gliding Park in Clewiston, Florida. The event took place between April 17-23, 2010. Australian Jonny Durand, the 2009 World Hang Gliding Champion Silver Medalist, finished in first followed...

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...
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...
Forbes 2012 Pre-Worlds

Forbes 2012

The 19th annual FAI Pre-World Hang Gliding Championship was held in Forbes between January 5th and January 14th, 2012. The weather for this world class event was extraordinary as 16 of 18 days were flyable. Over 100 pilots from 17...
2011 Flytec Race and Rally

Flytec Race & Rally 2011

This year's event was held between May 8-14. The concept of the race and rally is simple. For seven days, pick a different town to fly to each day and use that same town as the point of departure the...
Foundation for Free Flight

Foundation For Free Flight

The Foundation for Free Flight is an organization that helps promote and conserve the free flight sporting industry in America. The organization was originally founded in 1987 to help support teams competing in hang gliding and paragliding competitions. In...
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....