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Current events

15 Jan
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22 Jan 2022
2022 Australian Junior Nationals
Benalla,
AUS
16 Jan
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22 Jan 2022
2022 Australian State Competition (NSW)
Narromine,
AUS
22 Jan
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29 Jan 2022
2022 Australian State Competition (SA)
Gawler,
AUS

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

02 Jul
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16 Jul 2022
21st FAI European Gliding Championships
Pociũnai, Kaunas,
LTU
02 Jul
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16 Jul 2022
4th FAI World 13,5M Class Gliding Championship
Pociũnai, Kaunas,
LTU
23 Jul
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06 Aug 2022
37th FAI World Gliding Championships
Matkopuszta,
HUN
31 Jul
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14 Aug 2022
12th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships
Tabor,
CZE
13 Aug
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27 Aug 2022
11th FAI Women's World Gliding Championship
Husbands Bosworth,
GBR
10 Sep
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24 Sep 2022
4th FAI Pan-American Gliding Championship
Luis Eduardo Magalhães,
BRA

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

29 Jan
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05 Feb 2022
2022 Australian 20m Two-Seater Nationals
Lake Keepit,
AUS
19 Feb
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26 Feb 2022
2022 Australian MultiClass Nationals
Benalla,
AUS
21 May
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29 May 2022
2022 RM Birrfeld
Birrfeld,
SUI
21 May
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29 May 2022
2022 Swiss Junior Championship
Birrfeld,
SUI

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