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Current events

19 Jan
26 Jan 2019
2019 Australian State Competition (NSW)

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

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

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

09 Feb
16 Feb 2019
2019 Australian 20m Two-Seater Nationals
25 Feb
07 Mar 2019
2019 Australian State Competition (WA)
Cunderdin, WA,
05 Apr
14 Apr 2019
2019 Trofeo Citta di Torino
04 May
11 May 2019
2019 Championnat Régional Nouvelle Aquitaine
Rion des Landes,
05 May
11 May 2019
2019 Championnat de France Standard 15 mètres Biplace 20 m
Buno - Bonnevaux,


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