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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...
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...
Tennessee Treetoppers Team Challenge 2012

Tennessee Treetoppers Team Challenge 2012

The Tennessee Tree Topper hang gliding club hosted its annual Team Challenge at the club headquarters above the Sequatchie Valley, Tennessee this week. The TTT event is a 7-day program aimed at providing cross country flying experience and competitive flying...
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...
World Hang Gliding Championship - Preview

Forbes Flatlands Preview

The 19th Annual World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship are going to be taking place in Forbes, New South Wales, Australia in January. The competition, held from January 5 to January 18 will host the world’s top hang glider...
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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...

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...
Forbes Flatlands 2010

Forbes Flatlands 2011

The two-part Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship took place between January 2-12, 2011. This year the competition was divided into two competitions, the Craig Worth Open and the Steve Hocking Challenge. Jonny Durand of Australia took 1st place in both...
Top World Records Countdown of 2012

Top World Records Countdown of 2012

The summer of 2012 was marked by any number of hang gliding, paragliding and skydiving world record records; in fact, some records that have held their ground for decades were shattered. Let's take a moment to reflect back on...
Quinns Rocks Hang Gliding

Launch Pad in Australia is Finally Legal!

The hang gliding community near Wanneroo city in Australia has been delivered good news recently as the Wanneroo city council to approve a formal launch site near Quinns Rocks and Jindalee. The people at HGAWA (the Hang Gliding Association...
2009 World Air Games

2009 World Air Games

The United States sent 17 competitors to the World Air Games between June 6th and June 14th 2009. This event is the premier event of for air sports enthusiasts boasting 10 disciplines, 27 competitions, and 3 venues in Italy. The disciplines included in...
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...
The United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association meet goal of becoming self insured

USHPA Insurance

As of March 1, 2016, the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA) is losing its standard insurance coverage due to unaffordable premiums. According to experts from USHPA, there are several factors that are driving premiums up to an unmanageable level. Serious...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Texas Single Surface Shootout

Texas Single Surface Shootout

The Texas Single Surface Shootout was held between May 24-29, 2010 at the  Carter Memorial Airfield, north of Luling, Texas. The competition is sanctioned by the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and consists of only single surface gliders in...
2011 Big Spring Nationals

US Hang Gliding Championship 2011

The 2011 U.S. Hang Gliding Championship took place between August 14 - August 20, 2011 in Big Spring, Texas. This year's championship had 33 pilots that flew, almost double the eighteen that competed in last year's competition. Zac Majors, the 2008...

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...