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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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

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...
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.
2009 Forbes Flatlands

Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship

The Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship was held in Forbes, Australia between January 3-11
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...
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...
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...
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...
Hang Gliding Bucket List

Hang Gliding Bucket List

In this week's hang gliding news, we cover four locations known for beauty, extreme gliding conditions, and fantasy flight possibilities. These should be on everyone's bucket list, though several are for experienced hang glider pilots only. Makapuu Cliffs (Hawaii) On the eastern-most point...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...