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FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

02 Jun
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15 Jun 2024
4th FAI Pan-American Gliding Championship
Hutchinson, Kansas,
USA
13 Jul
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27 Jul 2024
13th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships
Ostrow Wielkopolski,
POL
13 Jul
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27 Jul 2024
5th FAI World 13,5M Class Gliding Championship
Ostrow Wielkopolski,
POL
03 Aug
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17 Aug 2024
22nd FAI European Gliding Championships
Tabor,
CZE
14 Aug
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01 Sep 2024
38th FAI World Gliding Championships
Uvalde, Texas,
USA

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

05 May
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11 May 2024
2024 FAI Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix
Santa Cilia Airfield,
ESP
08 May
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20 May 2024
2024 Championnat Régional Hauts-de-France
Amiens,
FRA
09 May
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12 May 2024
2024 Kempencup and Belgian Junior Nationals
Weelde,
BEL
09 May
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12 May 2024
2024 4 jours de Buno
Buno,
FRA
11 May
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19 May 2024
2024 Championnat Régional Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
Villefranche - Tarare,
FRA
11 May
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19 May 2024
2024 Championnat Régional Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Villefranche - Tarare,
FRA
18 May
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25 May 2024
2024 Internationaler Hotzenwaldwettbewerb
Hütten - Hotzenwald,
GER
19 May
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25 May 2024
2024 FAI Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix
Starmoen, Elverum,
NOR
26 May
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01 Jun 2024
2024 FAI Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix
Aalen,
GER
08 Jun
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15 Jun 2024
2024 AAC Alpe Adria Cup
16 Jun
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22 Jun 2024
2024 FAI Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix
Varese,
ITA
28 Jun
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06 Jul 2024
2024 International Issoudun
Issoudun,
FRA
29 Jun
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07 Jul 2024
2024 Open Belgian Gliding Nationals
Saint Hubert,
BEL
30 Jun
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06 Jul 2024
2024 FAI Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix
Lesce,
SLO
07 Jul
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13 Jul 2024
2024 _Other
Vinon,
FRA
07 Jul
-
13 Jul 2024
2024 Championnat de France Standard 15 mètre Biplace 20m
Vinon,
FRA
14 Jul
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20 Jul 2024
Championnat Inter-Régional Grand-Ouest
Montaigu,
FRA
21 Jul
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27 Jul 2024
2024 FAI Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix
Saint-Sulpice,
FRA
21 Jul
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27 Jul 2024
2024 Grand Prix de France
Saint-Sulpice,
FRA
21 Jul
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28 Jul 2024
2024 Les 8 jours de Fontainebleau
Fontainbleau,
FRA

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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