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XXII HANG GLIDING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
13th - 27th July 2019

The World Championship is the most important hang gliding competition. It takes place every two years and decrees which will be world champion (pilot and team) in charge for the next two years. It is an official competition recognized by the FAI (International Aeronautical Federation) and the Italian NAC (Aero Club d’Italia).

XXII HANG GLIDING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

JULY 2019

The XXII Hang Gliding World Championship, which will be held in Friuli Venezia Giulia in 2019, will be a spectacular event, thanks to its huge territorial extension. The Championship will also moffer an unique and unprecedented potential regarding its technical aspects: the Headquarters will be in Carnia (Tolmezzo), but the tasks will be set on extremely different flying fields, even including some areas across the border (Austria and Slovenia).

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

The national teams are between 25 and 35, mainly from Europe, America and Asia. A lot of participants will be coming from Central-North and Eastern Europe. Very important are the international teams from France, Germany, Austria, Hungary and UK.

HANG GLIDING COMPETITION

General rules

A Hang Gliding race follows the same dynamics as a sailing regatta, with the difference that the first is developed on three dimensions rather than on two. There is an imaginary aerial line that all pilots have to cross after a predetermined time, and there are several turnpoints (virtual cylinders with variabile radius) up to an arrival line. The winner is the pilot who complete the task in the less time. The regularity of the route is guaranteed by the GPS, a device that each competitor uses to navigate around the waypoints. Each task can cover a distance from 50 to 250 km and the time required to complete each race ranges from 60 minutes to 5 or 6 hours. Considering that much of the time is used for altitude elevation, the average speed is between 30 and 70 km/h, while in the glides from one thermal to the other the modern hang gliders can reach 140 km/h. The winner is the pilot who has reached the highest score (made by the sum of daily scores). The National teams results are made by the scores of the best three pilots of each team.

PROGRAM
OF THE HANG GLIDING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2019
Events

Saturday 13th July 

Pilots registration and Opening Ceremony

Sunday 14th July 

Practice Day

Monday 15th – Friday 26th July 

Contest Flying Days

Saturday 27th July

Prize-giving & Closing Ceremony