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FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

10 Jul
24 Jul 2021
5th FAI Junior European Gliding Championships
Pociũnai, Kaunas,
18 Jul
31 Jul 2021
36th FAI World Gliding Championships
07 Aug
21 Aug 2021
36th FAI World Gliding Championships
05 Sep
11 Sep 2021
2021 FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship
Saint Auban,
11 Sep
25 Sep 2021
4th FAI Pan-American Gliding Championship
Luis Eduardo Magalhães,

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

13 Feb
20 Feb 2021
2021 Australian 20m Two-Seater Nationals
13 Mar
20 Mar 2021
2021 Australian MultiClass Nationals
02 May
08 May 2021
2021 FAI Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix
Rion des Landes,
13 May
24 May 2021
2021 Championnat Régional Grand-Est
23 May
29 May 2021
2021 Coupe du Ventoux - Challenge Hugo Girod


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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