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FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

11 May
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25 May 2019
20th FAI European Gliding Championships
Turbia,
POL
01 Jun
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08 Jun 2019
9th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship
La Cerdanya,
ESP
06 Jul
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21 Jul 2019
20th FAI European Gliding Championships
Prievidza,
SVK
28 Jul
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10 Aug 2019
11th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships
Szeged,
HUN
01 Aug
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14 Aug 2019
3rd FAI Pan-American Gliding Championship
Rockton, Ontario,
CAN

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

05 Apr
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14 Apr 2019
2019 Trofeo Citta di Torino
Torino,
ITA
19 Apr
-
27 Apr 2019
2019 Pribina Cup
Nitra,
SVK
04 May
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11 May 2019
2019 Championnat Régional Nouvelle Aquitaine
Rion des Landes,
FRA
05 May
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11 May 2019
2019 Championnat de France Standard 15 mètres Biplace 20 m
Buno - Bonnevaux,
FRA
07 May
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15 May 2019
2019 US Nationals
Lancaster, SC,
USA

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

More info about SGP