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Current events

11 Jun
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19 Jun 2021
2021 LII Campeonato Nacional de Vuelo a Vela
Garray,
ESP
12 Jun
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19 Jun 2021
2021 AAC Alpe Adria Cup
Feldkirchen,
AUT

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

10 Jul
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24 Jul 2021
5th FAI Junior European Gliding Championships
Pociũnai, Kaunas,
LTU
07 Aug
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21 Aug 2021
36th FAI World Gliding Championships
Montluçon-Guéret,
FRA
05 Sep
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11 Sep 2021
2021 FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship
Saint Auban,
FRA

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

20 Jun
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26 Jun 2021
2021 Championnat de France classes 18 mètres et Libre
Buno - Bonnevaux,
FRA
03 Jul
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10 Jul 2021
2021 Grimming-TAL
Niederöblarn,
AUT
04 Jul
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13 Jul 2021
2021 International Issoudun
Issoudun,
FRA
11 Jul
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17 Jul 2021
2021 Championnat de France Classe Club
Lille,
FRA
11 Jul
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16 Jul 2021
2021 Championnat Interrégional Sud-Ouest
Condom,
FRA
18 Jul
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23 Jul 2021
2021 Championnat Inter-Régional Grand-Ouest
Angers,
FRA
19 Jul
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28 Jul 2021
2021 Concours International de Bailleau
Bailleau,
FRA
22 Jul
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25 Jul 2021
2021 CR BEx
Bex,
SUI
24 Jul
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31 Jul 2021
2021 Les 8 jours de Fontainebleau
Moret,
FRA
25 Jul
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31 Jul 2021
2021 Championnat de France Juniors
Fontenay-le-Comte,
FRA
31 Jul
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07 Aug 2021
2021 Austrian Junior Nationals
Micheldorf,
AUT

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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