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FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

13 Jan
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20 Jan 2018
8th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship
Vitacura,
CHI
08 Jul
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21 Jul 2018
35th FAI World Gliding Championships
Ostrow Wielkopolski,
POL
28 Jul
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11 Aug 2018
35th FAI World Gliding Championships
Hosín,
CZE

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

27 Apr
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06 May 2018
2018 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Kielce,
POL
06 May
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12 May 2018
2018 Championnat de France Standard 15 metres Biplace 20m
Bailleau,
FRA
10 May
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21 May 2018
2018 Championnat Regional Hauts-de-France
Lille - Marcq,
FRA
19 May
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26 May 2018
2018 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Usman,
RUS
20 May
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26 May 2018
2018 Coupe du Ventoux
Carpentras,
FRA
26 May
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02 Jun 2018
2018 AAC Alpe Adria Cup
Feldkirchen,
AUT
27 May
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02 Jun 2018
2018 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Boras,
SWE
30 May
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08 Jun 2018
2019 Championnat Régional Hauts-de-France
Soissons,
FRA
03 Jun
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09 Jun 2018
2018 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Rennes - Saint Sulpice,
FRA
16 Jun
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24 Jun 2018
2018 RM Birrfeld
Birrfeld,
SUI
16 Jun
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23 Jun 2018
2018 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Varese,
ITA
24 Jun
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30 Jun 2018
2018 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Szatymas,
HUN
24 Jun
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30 Jun 2018
2018 Championnat de France classes 18 metres et Libre
Montluçon-Guéret,
FRA
08 Jul
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14 Jul 2018
2018 Championnat de France Classe Club
Issoudun,
FRA
14 Jul
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21 Jul 2018
2018 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP
Musbach,
GER
15 Jul
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20 Jul 2018
2018 Championnat Régional Occitanie
Pic Saint-Loup,
FRA
21 Jul
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28 Jul 2018
2018 Les 8 jours de Fontainebleau
Moret,
FRA
27 Jul
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04 Aug 2018
2018 Klippeneck-Segelflug-Wettbewerb
Klippeneck,
GER
30 Jul
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10 Aug 2018
2018 German Junior Championships
Grabenstetten,
GER
04 Aug
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10 Aug 2018
2019 Pré-mondial
Châlons-en-Champagne,
FRA

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 by 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

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