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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...
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...
Putin Flies with Cranes

Putin Flies with the Cranes

Russian President Vladimir Putin fired back at his critics after he came under withering attacks in cyberspace for his latest adventure. One would expect nothing less from the Russian leader whose adventurous exploits reached new highs when he took the...
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...

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...
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...
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...
Rob Kells Memorial

Rob Kells Memorial 2011

The 3rd annual Rob Kells Memorial was held at the Florida Ridge Hang Gliding Park in Clewiston, Florida. The event took place between April 30-May 6, 2010. For a second straight year, Jonny Durrand of Australia took the honors of...
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...
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...
In the Air Again

Back in the Air Again

An Australian hang glider pilot who has been banned from flying for the past 5 years has recently taken to the skies after completing his license suspension period order by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Australia. John Smith of...
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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...
2009 Forbes Flatlands

Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship

The Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship was held in Forbes, Australia between January 3-11
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...
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...
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...
King Mountain Hang Gliding Nationals 2009

King Mountain Co-Nationals 2009

Skydog Blog - editorial and opinion With a secret veil surrounding the first half of the United States Nationals at King Mountain, the competition was held between July 20th and July 26th. Unless you were there, it was a mystery...
2009 Flytec Race and Rally

Flytec Race and Rally

What if you were to take a small group of some of the best hang glider pilots in the world, give them a different airstrip to launch from each day, tell them that there is better steak and beer in...
2010 Forbes Flatlands

Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding

 The 2010 Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship was held between the 3rd and 12th of January in Forbes Australia. The weather was so good that a task was at least started every day except for the final day. After...
Fight for Flight

Fight For Flight

The progressive expansion of society is taking its toll on the hang gliding community. At least two flight centers in the nation are at risk of losing their privileges to operate.