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...
Helmet Camera Review

HD Video Helmet Camera Review

Be it hang gliding, paragliding, skydiving or ultralighting we all wish we had a video camera to shoot those memorable flying moments. With the spring flying season well underway, we are offering some assistance in chosing the right camera...
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...
Sky Surfing

Sky Surfing

You may of heard of Planking, Owling, and Tebowing. All of which involve doing sedentary things in unusual places such as lying down on a building edge, crouching on top of an ATM, or kneeling and praying in the...
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...
Rookie Pilot Phenom

Rookie Pilot Phenom

Every decade or so, a young pilot comes along and shows the veteran competition pilots what they've been doing wrong. This decade is no different as another rookie pilot has upstaged the tried and tested pilots in the most...
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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...