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Current events

03 Dec
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15 Dec 2017
2nd FAI Pan-American Gliding Championship
Adolfo Gonzalez Chávez,
ARG

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

08 Jan
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21 Jan 2017
34th FAI World Gliding Championships
Benalla,
AUS
17 May
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04 Jun 2017
9th FAI Women's World Gliding Championship
Zbraslavice,
CZE
29 Jun
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16 Jul 2017
2nd FAI World 13.5m Class Gliding Championship
Szatymas,
HUN
20 Jul
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06 Aug 2017
19th FAI European Gliding Championships
Moravská Třebová,
CZE
27 Jul
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13 Aug 2017
10th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships
Pociunai, Kaunas,
LTU

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

11 Mar
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19 Mar 2017
2017 Australian State Competition
Gawler,
AUS
24 Mar
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03 Apr 2017
45th Trofeo Citta di Torino
Torino,
ITA
22 Apr
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02 May 2017
2017 Italian Nationals Club Class
Alzate Brianza,
ITA
28 Apr
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06 May 2017
2017 KLIX - international gliding cup
Klix,
GER
19 May
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27 May 2017
2017 Hahnweide
Hahnweide,
GER

Gliding

The FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) conducts FAI's gliding activities, in particular World Records and International Competitions with the exception of glider aerobatics.

Gliding involves engineless aircraft that move buy use of raising air known as thermals, which are cause by the sun heating the ground which in turn heats the air above it; after locating a thermal, a glider pilot will circle within the area of rising air to gain height. Other types of rising air include ridge lift, mountain waves and convergences of different air masses.

International Championships are run all over the world. Pilots selected on the basis of their results in competitions at home can enter biennial FAI European Gliding Championships which alternate with World Championships. In an European Championships year, there are also separate World Championships for Junior pilots, up to their 26th birthday year and for female pilots. The separate female competitions were established not to discriminate but to encourage women to take their flying further as many fail to do due to the demands of family and other duties.  

The FAI Sailplane Grand Prix sees the world's best glider pilots compete in the Final after qualifying from events around the world. Races have a simple regatta start and a first-over-the-line finish, and are designed to be exciting for spectators and raise gliding's profile in the media; GPS technology enable spectators to follow aircrafts' progress live on the internet.

FAI Sailplane Grand Prix

More info about SGP