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The Kayseri Euro HG on the way

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The FAI Hang Gliding European Championship started on August 26th. 66 pilots from 17 nations have already flown 4 tasks. You can follow the competition on the organizers’ website.

3rd FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Championship - Ohrid, MKD

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The 3rd FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Championship came to an end last July the 8th. Were crowned...

Overall: 1- Dimitar Ralev, Bulgaria; 2- Goran Gjurkovic, Serbia; 3- Matjaz Sluga, Slovenia.

Women: Milica Marinkovic, Serbia; 2- Jolanta Romanenko, Lithuania; Barbora Smutna, Czech Republic.

Nations: 1- Slovenia; 2- Czech Republic; 3- Serbia.

Check the competition website here. 

See here all the pictures of the competition, including the prize-giving ceremony !

Winners of the 1st Asian Paragliding Accuracy Championship!

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Congratulation to you!

 - Overall

Gold to Yoshiki Oka from Japan.

Silver to Ardi Kurniawan from Indonesia.

Bronze to Ke Yang Lin from Chinese Taipei.

- Women

Gold to Mizuho Tohbu from Japan.

Silver to Plaifha Thongdonpum from Thailand.

Bronze to Milawati Sirin from Indonesia.

- Team

Gold to Indonesia.

Silver to Japan.

Bronze to Chinese Taipei. 

Videos of the event can be found here.

Accuracy pilots prepare for World Games

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Registration is now open for the Paragliding Accuracy Test Event of the World Games! Dates are 7th to 11th August, and the venue is Cali, Colombia. There are 36 places open to paragliding accuracy pilots, and interested competitors are requested to register as soon as possible.

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3rd Asians Paragliding Championship - The winners

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At the last day of the championship there was not possible to set task because of low cloudbase and it started raining soon after the day was cancelled. In the afternoon the closing / awarding ceremony was at the hotel.

We gratulate all the winners of the 3rd Asian Paragliding Championship in Linzhou (China):

 

General:
1  Kamiyama Taro M JPN (Mantra M4) points: 3677 
2  Lim Moonseob M KOR (Boomerang GTO) points: 3110
3  Hiraki Keiko F JPN (Mantra M4) points: 3032

Female:
1  Hiraki Keiko F JPN (Mantra M4) points: 3032
2  Di Wang F CHN (Ozone DELTA) points: 1411
3  Igawa Emi F JPN (Mantra M4) points: 1154

Teams:
1  JAPAN points: 7129
2  KOREA points: 6699
3  INDIA points: 5289

 

 

3rd Asians Paragliding Championship - Day 7

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Today there was a fog on takeoff. It was expected to be better before noon, but it did not. So there was a decision of no flying today. Currently (about 18.00) there are thunderstorms around. Because of no task today Dennis Pagen and Agust Gudmundsson had a pilots seminar in the afteroon. Dennis talked about thermalling, gliding, competition flying and tactics. This was very well received. Agust talked about how to set records with focus on how Asian pilots could set Asian continental records. No record has been set yet, but many countries to have nationa records. Many pilots showed interest to set records.

3rd Asians Paragliding Championship - Task 5

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There were difficult places in Task 5 where about half of the competitors landed close to the start. The wind was along the ridge and created turbulence close to the ridge, so pilots flying low and close to the ridge ended by landing there. There were 9 pilots in goal of the 51km task. The winner was Song Junming (China). The last leg was also difficult into headwind, as 17 pilots made end of speed section but only 9 of them made goal.  After 5 Tasks the provisional results of teams #1 Japan, #2 Korea and #3 India.

3rd Asians Paragliding Championship - Task 4

 

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For Task 4 a 63km task was set. It was actually about 40km but extended before window opened as conditions improved. It was good flying and there were 9 pilots in goal where the winner of the task was Ahhn Yongtae (Korea) who flew it in 2:37.  In 4th place overall is a female pilots Hiraki Keiko (Japan) which is then in 3rd place of Asian pilots.

3rd Asians Paragliding Championship - Day 4

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Day 4 started with a rain. So at team leaders briefing the day was cancelled. To cheer up the pilots the organizer arranged for a sightseeing trip to Red Flag Canal. Pilots were happy and enjoied the tour, including the slide down the mountain. Better weather forecast tomorrow.

The results are accessible at the orgainzers web at http://www.soaring.org.cn/s/champions/3faiapc/news_results/index.html

Many local pilots post their pictures at this web http://www.paracn.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=37877&;extra=page%3D1

And more here http://www.superwing.com.cn/bbs/read.php?tid-5377.html

3rd Asians Paragliding Championship - Day 3

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Day 3 started with a team leaded meeting as always. The weather forcast was not good, strong wind expected. Pilots went to takeoff and got ready. The window open was delayed two times because of wind at takeoff. Then the day was cancelled.

The picture shows some pilots do never fly alone.

The FAI officials used the opprotunity to have a pilots meeting. Dennis Pagen the Steward and Agust Gudmundsson the Jury President discussed many issues related to Safety, flying and tracklogs, where to get information on rules and events (and more) at the FAI web pages, including information on Continental records. This was very well received by the pilots.

3rd Asians Paragliding Championship - Task 2

Task 2 in the 3rd Asian Paragliding was 65 km in very good conditions. All the pilots took off in 24 minutes. There were 36 pilots in goal, which is more than half of the 64 pilots competing. The winner of the task was Mishanin Yury from Russia (non Asian) and second was Kuremoto Youshiki from Japan.

There was a midair collision close to takeoff, where two pilots wings were entagled. Both pilots threw their reserve parachutes and landed together (entangled) in trees safely without any injury.

 

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