Portfolio Coupe Icare 2019
Parabible: Paratroc replaces Para2000
Video: Nicolas Aubert Skimming
Test Nova Ion 5 and the Ion 5 light
Test Phi Maestro
Aerial Internet And Weather Stations For Pilots
Instruments from the Black Forest
Review: Skytraxx 2.1, small and powerful, FANET&FLARM included…
Test Dudek Colt 2
Test PPG Wing ITV Piper
Test PPG Wing Nova Speedmax 2
Portfolio Markus Gründhammer
Managing fear (2/2)
Lessons from the crash of flight AF 447: speak up!
Coupe Icare: Film Festival
Trailer: Lost in Karakorum
Trailer: Still Flying
Trailer: Playing with the invisible
Trailer: Rencontre avec Zouhair
Trailer: Flying in Iceland
Trailer: Own the Skies
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A summary of the summer
Red Bull X-Alps 2019
Inverse X-Alps for Science
Video: Save the Alps
Météo-Parapente, new weather services
Landing on Mont Blanc 2019
The Syride Server knows it all.
Sys’evolution vs E-Ink Tablet
Managing fear 1/2
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Pico do Gaviao Paragliding World Cup
The Pico do Gaviao Paragliding World Cup is taking place in Brazil from the 7th to the 14th of September.
The enormously successful 2017 Pico do Gaviao World Cup confirmed Brazil as the land of seven-day competitions. In the words of Richard Gallon, 'Pico do Gaviao is such an amazing launch, take-offs in every direction. So many task options. Every day we do a completely different task with a great variety of flat land and relief flying. You have to fly by feeling as there are no clouds to help you. The Brazilians are really teaching us how to fly'!
Two years ago, Brazilian pilots took the top five trophies and nine out of the top fifteen places. But the Europeans dominated the recent Baixo Guandu Super Final. Who will rule the skies and fly away with the best thermals in Brazil this time?
Equal numbers of Brazilian and French pilots are taking part, proof of the increase in world class Brazilian pilots.
Seven overall World Cup winners and three ladies’ winners will be taking part, all keen to notch up another victory. At least half of those in the thermals above Pico do Gaviao will be there chasing one of the few precious places left for the Super Final.
Pilots from thirty different countries will be competing, showing the popularity of Brazil for Paragliding World Cups, combining great skies, big friendly smiles and generous thermals!
In addition to the PWCA app and the pwca.org website (which now includes photos of the pilots) with the live Commentary, tracking and scores, the local organisers have also made an excellent app. Search for: PWC Andradas.
To kick off the Pico Do Gaviao 2019 Paragliding World Cup, a 70km task, zigzagging south west across the rolling hills, was set.
As soon as everyone got into the air, the first day nerves were blown away by the great thermals which, if anything, were a bit stronger than expected. The cycles were short and the ceiling was high, which made reading the clouds really important. There was very little wind until the last part of the race. In summary, perfect paragliding conditions.
From the beginning, there were different route options which divided the gaggles up. The end part of the race was nail biting as the lead gaggle got low and stuck and were overhauled by those behind.
107 pilots made goal within 1 hour and 7 minutes of each other.
The average speed of the fastest pilot round the course was: 33kmph.
Summary written by Ruth Jessop
Top 3 overall
1st Chigwon WON
2nd Rafael SALADINI
3rd Loïs GOUTAGNY
Top 3 ladies
1st Marcella UCHOA
2nd Emma CASANOVA
3rd Tomoko YOSHIKAWA
Top 3 teams
2nd Woody Valley
3rd Kortel Design
All the results are available here : http://pwca.org/results/results/
Mental Training. Bio-Hacking for pilots...
A pilot’s mental training is a key element, both for winning the World Cup and for clocking up the kilometres in an XC, or for leisure flying. There are lots of ways of making your mind work before and during a flight, from now on, we’ll frequently return to this subject.In this edition, we’ll be putting the spotlight on WHM, a method of ‘bio-hacking,’ working in depth with how we function, which can be very efficient
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First task of the 16th FAI Paragliding World Championship in Krushevo, Macedonia
The 16th FAI Paragliding World Championship is taking place in Krushevo, Macedonia, until the 18th of August 2019.Situated at an altitude of 1350m, Krushevo is the highest town in the Balkans and a stunning location for this year’s World Championship; the plains out front provide the perfect paragliding playground. Krushevo has built up an excellent reputation as the base for both national and international paragliding competitions over the past ten years and is a very worthy venue for this most prestigious event.
This year we celebrate 30 years of the Paragliding World Championship. The best in the World came from all over the World, with 150 pilots taking part from 48 different countries; bringing flying friends together from as far afield as Argentina, Japan, Iceland and New Zealand.
Six previous World champions are taking part: Pierre Remy (2017), Honorin Hamard (2015) and Charles Cazaux (2011). And in the Ladies’ ranking: Seiko Fukuoka Naville (2015, 2017), Klaudia Bulgakow (2013) and Petra Slivova (2003, 2007, 2011).
Just a reminder that you can keep up with all the action on
Where you can read the live Commentary, follow the pilots on the tracking, keep up with all the scores and relive each task thanks to the very talented Mr Broers.
The first task on Wednesday was an 81km triangle in the Perlagonija Valley with 138 pilots in goal.
Ozone R&D Team Pilot, Honorin Hamard(FRA) was the winner followed by Ferdinand Vogel (DEU) in second and Pierre REMY (FRA) in third. All flying Ozone Enzo 3s.
The weather forecast for Krushevo on Meteo Parapente:
#trends 2019 paragliding, paramotoring
Once again there are numerous trends concerning ‘Light’ and ‘hike&fly’ in 2019. It’s nicely timed as it’s the year of the Red Bull X-Alps, or to put it more precisely, the 9th edition of this completely mad race, which will encourage many pilots to make the most of the mountains before and after flying, on foot and whilst bivouacking...
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10th Paragliding World Cup Super Final
The 10th Paragliding World Cup Super Final is taking place in Baixo Guandu, Brazil, from the 19th to the 30th of March 2019.
Baixo Guandu is a favourite destination for the Paragliding World Cup, with its stunning black granite dome mountains and testing tasks in the land of record-breaking skies.
For the first time in many years we have got a real variety of gliders, with pilots flying wings from five top manufacturers, all CCC certified: Flow, Gin, Niviuk, Ozone and UP.
On the World Cup website (pwca.org), you can now see preview pilot profiles of the high flyers from 2018, who will be taking part in the Super Final.
The pilot quality in this Super Final is going to be amazing. 6 out of the 8 previous overall Super Final winners will be taking part: including Charles Cazaux, the champion in 2009 and only pilot ever to have won both the World Championships and the Super Final.
X-Alps star, Aaron Durogati, the only pilot ever to have won the Super Final twice (2012 + 2016), will be flying high and fast hoping for a third title.
Current Super Final champion Michael Sigel will be hoping to hold onto his title.
Three ladies taking part have each won the ladies Super Final twice. Keiko Hiraki (2009, 2013), Petra Slivova, (2010, 2011) and Laurie Genovese (2014, 2017). Petra Slivova also won the World Cup tour (the predecessor of the Super Final) in 2002, 2003 and 2004. Along with Méryl Delferriere, 10th overall last year, and European Champion, Klaudia Bulgakow (2013), could we see the ladies knocking the men off the Super Final podium this year?
Eight World/European champions will be taking part, six men and two ladies.
29 pilots taking part in this Super Final have already won a World Cup event (20 men and 9 ladies), and 48 competing pilots have already won a World Cup task!
The standard doesn’t get any higher than that!
Keep up with everyone on the PWCA app, read the live Commentary, and follow your favourite pilots on the tracking to see who the high flyers in this amazing competition will be.
And the winner is...
Prize draw: Paraglider Ozone Ultralite 4
The winner of the prize draw for an Ozone Ultralite 4, size 21, held on the 31st of December at 21h28, was Grégory Bernard, from Poitiers. Well done Grégory and commiserations to all the others. However, if it’s any consolation, we will be organising more competitions in the future. Gregory, who has just received his prize, has been flying for thirteen years. He is a field technician who flies both in the north of France and in the Pyrenees. The Ultralite 4 is very appropriate for him because he is just getting into Hike&Fly.
#_icare_2018 and #trends part 1/2
At the 2018 Coupe Icare, the biggest free flying festival in the world, new technology such as the RAST system took pride of place. Hi-tech for flying with total peace of mind. We also noticed that the single skins, whilst diversifying, have gone fully into another, well established trend: lighter and simpler. This return to basics has also happened in cutting edge technology, such as the use of high-tech modern fabric like Skytex 27. It has been tried and tested for more than a decade now. The next step in light weight, Skytex 21, is expected to feature in the 2019 X-Alps. We visited the textile factory in France.
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