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About the event

The Event of the Century. Experience life like never before.

Participants

George Philipe

George is an adventure junkie who has a million followers on social media. He is known for his crazy sky-diving videos.

Christina Ricky

Christina is a famous documentary director who is going to be recording the whole event. She is going to be everywhere; both on the land and in the sky.

Heinrik Ibsen

Heinrik has been jumping across rooftops for five years now. He is one of the world’s finest parkour specialist who is looking for a thrill that is going to last the ages.

Yolanda Sanchez

Yolanda is a skydiving and parasailing instructor who wants to check out the hype.

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Latest Updates on FAI World Hang Gliding Event

What is Gliding?

Gliding is an air sport which involves the riding of an unpowered airplane with the natural air currents and winds. These aircrafts are usually called as gliders or sailplanes. The sport revolves around flying the gliders and making sure that they remain airborne.

History

The sport’s origin can be traced back to the 1920s, after the First World War and as a result of the Treaty of Versailles which stated several regulations on the manufacturing and usage of single-seat powered aircraft. It is the Germans who worked on the idea of gliders and manufactured an aircraft which can be airborne without being powered. By the year of 1937, there were around 50,000 glider airplanes manufactured by the Germans, with a strong support from their government. The first ever gliding competition was held in Germany in Wasserkuppe in the year 1920. The best flight in that tournament lasted for 2 minutes, setting world-record. As years passed, the sport of gliding started developing and gaining popularity all over the world, with the records and distances increasing each year at a great difference. In the Summer Olympics of 1936, gliding was put as a demonstration sport and went on to become a full Olympic Sport in the 1940 Olympic Games. As a result of the Second World War, gliding was suspended by most of the countries and has been dismissed as an Olympic sport. All though, gliding hasn’t been an Olympic Sport ever since its dismissal in the Second World War, the sport does have a world championship called the “World Gliding Championships” which was first held in 1948. Today, the world of gliding is centered in its birth country, Germany and there are over 111,000 active gliders in the world.

How does it work?

The act of flying in gliding is called soaring. The sources used for raising the plane are ridge lift, which involves face against the flow the wind and flying; wave lift which uses the waves in atmosphere to rise and thermals which are the warm winds of air. There are also different ways to launch the plane into the air and they are- Aero towing, where the glider is attached to a single engine light aircraft which takes the glider to the height and location required; Auto-tow uses a powerful vehicle which is attached to the glider using a strong cable.

The vehicle accelerates hard, and due to this the glider goes up in the air for about 400 meters; Bungee launch- the gliders are launched from the top of a sloping hill into the strong air currents in the atmosphere using a strong and multi-stranded rubber band, also called as the bungee; Gravity launch is when the glider is simply pushed down a slope until it possess enough energy to take off from the hill.

Hand Gliding Tips for Beginners

Hand gliding is an air sport which involves the harnessing of a pilot beneath a nine-meter sail. The pilot is required to stay aloft in the air using the thermals and air currents in the atmosphere. The long sail is made using a fabric which is stretched over an aluminum or graphite frame. The pilot has to change his/her position and the position of the A-frame as per his/her requirement to slow down or speed up, etc. The pilot is launched into the air in three ways. One way is the pilot faces the wind and runs down a slope until he/she is in the air and stays airborne. When there are no slopes to launch from, pilots are towed up behind a vehicle which accelerates until the pilot launches himself/herself into the air. Here are some tips for beginners in hand gliding.

  • The passion and desire to soar in the sky are the most important aspects of hand gliding. The very idea of launching into the sky using your own techniques and brain and not a motor should make you learn the sport.
  • Foot launch in hand gliding is the most essential part of the sport and you have to make sure that enough practice is done on the training hills.
  • The first step in learning foot launch is running down the hill without looking down the hill.
  • Be relaxed and comfortable with the sail. This is however, more easily said than done. It is very essential in learning crucial elements of hand gliding such as the curve or the take-off. Having a relaxed grip on the sail is also essential for easy movement.

  • Running down the hill with the wings attached is much easier than running without the wings. Gravity plays its course on you while running down the hill and might make you stumble and fall but with wings, lifting forces are created which help you maintain balance while your feet continue pushing down the ground in the speed.
  • Make sure your training hill has the perfect slope as uneven slopes like cliffs might make you lose balance while running for the launch.
  • Your ability to gain airspeed has more to do with the slope of the training hill than your speed. Hence there are no minimum speed requirements when you are joining hand gliding training.4
  • Before flying your hand gliding check the key areas in the hand glider such as the bolts, ropes, wires, battons, wing tips, etc. Check for symmetry and pre-flight harness ropes/straps too.
  • Make sure you are careful with the changes in your glider like new gear changes, change in wires, tip tuning, mounting a camera, and sail.

Save your spot

World Hang Gliding Championship at Mexico !

Day #1

$ 150
  • Come be a part of our hot air balloon trip across the meadows of Europe and watch the fire spectacle in the evening.

Day #2

$ 180
  • Thrill seekers collide in our parkour themed event

Full event

$ 240
  • The day everyone is waiting for. From skydiving to parasailing; we are going to be giving you wings, and we are not talking just about the Red Bull Kegs.
"Growing up as a kid I wanted to meet people like me, but it was difficult trying to find another thrill seeker in a quiet neighbourhood of London. So when my company started making millions, I set out to ensure that I host an event that brings together every adrenaline junkie in the world to one place."
Paul Dean

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