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SGP Finals St Auban Brings Gliding to the World

The 10th FAI SGP Finals took place in spectacular style at St Auban 5 - 11 September. After the uncertainty of the past year, it was wonderful that 20 of the top glider pilots in the world were able to meet and fly together safely. At the end of six racing…
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Sebastian Kawa Wins Race 5 at SGP Finals St Auban

Sebastian Kawa Displays His Champion's Skills to Win Race 5 On a difficult overcast day, Sebastian Kawa once again displayed his mastery of the sky and won Race 5 at St Auban. A cold front approached St Auban with a large mass of cloud covering the area. At…
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Boštjan Pristavec Wins Day 4

Boštjan Pristavec from Slovenia takes first place from Sebastian Kawa on a 'tricky' day at St Auban. The weather today brought moist southerly flow with high cloud and soft thermal conditions. The wind from the south was moderate but strong enough to…
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Mario Keissling Wins Second Day in a Row

Mario Keissling on the podium after winning two out of two races. After a fast race in excellent mountain thermal conditions to 2,700m, Mario Keisslig from Germany finds his own path to beat the competition to a 1st place win on Day 2 of the SGP at St Auban.…
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1st Race Winners

Congratulations to Mario Kiessling for winning the 1st race of the 10th SGP Final. Sebastian Kawa and Gilles Navas complete the podium. Katrin Senne, Maximilian Seis, Phillipe de Pechy, Werner Amann, Thomas Gostner and Oscar Goudriaan are scoring points…
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1st Race in the 10th FAI SGP 5 September

On the 5th of September the first of seven days of racing in the 10th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix World Final will take place at St Auban in France. The 10th FAI/SGP series began in 2019 at Livno in Bosnia with the 10th World Final scheduled to be held at Inonu…
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36th World Gliding Championships Montluçon-Guéret - France 2021

The World Gliding Championships in Standard, 15M and Club Classes at Montluçon-Guéret has concluded. There were nine racing days all flown under challenging weather conditions. World champions have been declared in all three classes. Congratulations to all…
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FAI Sailplane Grand Prix 11th series - Bids Invited

Bidding documents are now available for the 11th SGP series National events which are scheduled to take place between the 1st of December 2021 and 30th November 2022. Bids are also welcome for the 11th FAI/SGP World final to be held in 2023 The bid form and…
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E2Glide

E2gLIDE Begins on 28 August at Grossrückerswalde Germany. This competition is for electric powered gliders that are permitted to use up to 2kWh of power in an otherwise soaring Grand Prix gliding race. The engine power produced by electric battery of 2kWh is…
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World and European Championship Schedule Revised Due to COVID-19

Following the postponement of the 2020 WGCs in Germany and France, the IGC Bureau has decided to postpone the entire FAI World Gliding Championship schedule, as well as the European Gliding Championships, for one year. See the revised schedule below. 2021 *…
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FAI Sailplane Grand Prix event changes due to Covid 19

Due to the uncertainty of future travel restrictions and national restrictions affecting gliding the following changes are being made to the 2020 SGP events schedule. FAI/SGP FRANCE 2020 RION-DES-LANDES Previously 2nd to 9th of MAY 2020 This will now be held…
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Thomas Gostner Wins SGP Chile

After six great racing days, Thomas Gostner snatched 1st place in the Chile qualifying Grand Prix 2020. Marius Pluscauskas, from Lithuania came in 2nd and local pilot René Vidal, raced into 3rd place. The first two place holders will compete in the 10th SPG…
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SGP Chile Race 3

The weather for the 3rd race of SGP Chile was much improved compared to the previous days with climbs in the mountains above 3,500m. A 349km task was set, but according to today’s winner Rene Vidal, it was the launch sequence that set the day up for the top…
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SGP Chile - Club De Planeadores De Vitacura Santiago

The third SGP in Series 10, 2019-2020, has begun with great pilots and amazing terrain for racing at Vitarura on the edges of Santiago de Chile. Located in the country’s central valley just an hour from the Pacific Ocean, Vitacura is surrounded by the Andes,…
WWGC Lake Keepit Team Winners

WWGC Lake Keepit Concludes With New Champions Declared

The closing ceremony of the WWGC Lake Keepit saw the French team receive the gold medal for their combined peformance followed by Great Britain with silver and Italy receiving the bronze medal. France dominated the 18m Class with a consistent performances by…
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E Glide Concept Contest Pavullo

Markus Uhlig flew in the E-Glide Concept Contest in September. Here are his impressions of this new type of glider contest where engine use is allowed. Major advances have been made in the technology of electro mobility recently, not just for the automotive…
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HusBos Challenge Cup International 2020 - 18-26 July 2020

Will you be competing in the 11th FAI Women’s World Gliding Championship at The Gliding Centre, Husbands Bosworth, UK? If so, we invite you to visit us in 2020 for the: HusBos Challenge Cup International 2020 - 18-26 July 2020The Gliding Centre, Husbands…
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St Auban to host 10th FAI Sailplane Grand prix final

The Sailplane Grand prix management team have announced that the venue for the 10th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix final will be St Auban in France in September 2021. The 10th final was originally scheduled to be held at Innonu in Turkey as part of the FAI/Word Air…
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E Glide Concept Contest

The 1st E-Glide Contest Pavullo Italy took place 31 August - 7 September 2019. The scoring was very successfully conducted remotely by Andrej Kolar from Naviter and Seeyou in conjunction with the local scorer. The results were calculated correctly according…
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11th FAI Junior World Gliding Championship 2019, Szeged, Hungary

The JWGC Hungary is now over and the winnerd declared Standard Class1 Simon Schröder Germany LS-8-15 7,4222 Simon Briel Germany Discus 2B 7,262 3 Tomasz Hornik Poland LS-8-15 7,000 Club Class1 Jake Brattle Great Britain ASW-20 8,453 2 Finn Sleigh Great…
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The European Gliding Championships Prievidza Slovakia

The European Gliding Championships Prievidza Slovakia After 12 Flying Days Champions in Standard, Club and 15 m classes were declared at the 20th EGC. In Club class Tom Arscott from Great Britain beat his teammate G Dale into to take the championship title. G…
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Race to the finish line on last day of SGP Finals

9th FAI Sailplane Grand Pxix World Champion Tilo Hiloghaus after landing on the final day of the competition. He sadi, 'I am exhausted but very happy.' For the final race day at the 9th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Finals, the low pressure system had moved…
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Tilo pulls away from Kawa and rest of field

The low pressure system was turning into a summer storm and heading north. For Cerdanya at altitude, this meant wind. Above 3,000m the winds increased to 60–80kts at 5,000m. This brought the probability of severe turbulence, rotor and wave above 3,000m.…
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Tilo Pulls ahead to win Day 3 at La Cerdanya

The airfield at La Cerdanya At briefing, the weather looked challenging with areas of high cloud threatening to move into the area and cut off the sun. If the high cloud stayed away it looked as though it would be a blue day, but strong winds from the south…
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Difficult Day 2 at SGP Finals La Cerdanya

The low pressure system continued to develop and was forecast to bring rain in the region. Looking out the window from briefing, low and high clouds could be seen hanging over the mountains and it was uncertain whether or not a task would be possible. In the…
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Race 1 at Sailplane Grandprix Finals La Cerdanya

Contest Director and live comentator Brian Spreckley A low pressure system was developing in northern Spain as briefing on the first competition day took place. The forecast was for good conditions earlier in the day with the likelihood of over development…
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SGP Finals La Cerdanya Practise Day

It was a classic thermal day in the region around La Cerdanya airfield, which is 1,324m above sea level in the Segre River valley of the Catalan Pyrenees. The 200km four-turnpoint task took the competitors over the spectacular mountain ridges crossing from…
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20th European Gliding Championships Champions Declared

20th European Gliding Championships StalowaWola, Poland After a competition punctuated by much wet weather, five competition days were flown. New European Champions have been declared in Open, 18m and 20m Multi-seat Classes. In Open Class Petr Tichý took…
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New contest concept for sailplanes with electric power

New contest concept for sailplanes with electric power The success of the FES electric MoP has encouraged significant growth in the number of sailplanes equipped with an electric motor and the development of new systems and installations. The ease of use and…
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IGC Rankings 2018

After a busy Northern summer now is the time to check your IGC Ranking and see how you are placed. Login at sgp.aero/igcrankings/pilots/login and make sure that your information is correct and up to date. Is your IGC number showing you as the pilot? Have you…
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WGC Hosin Concludes after 12 Exceptional Racing Days

The new World champion in 18m class is Wolfgang Janowitch from Austria, second place Mario Kiessling from Germany, third place wastaken by Jean-Denis Barrois France In 2o M Class the World champions are Sebastian Kawa and Christoph Matkowski from Poland…
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NEW WING IN THE WIND VENTUS 3

Tilo Holighaus CEO of Schempp-Hirth went to WGC Benalla in January to see how the six Ventus 3s that ewere entered would perform in their first major competition. On the first official practice day Tilo cycled out to the launch point to show me and Lisa…
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Anne Ducarouge

The 2017 Women’s World Gliding Championships will be held at Zbraslavice in Czech Republic 17 May - 4 June. Entries to the three classes of competition are now being received, including the current 15m Women’s World Champion Anne Ducarouge. For the first…
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RAPTURED JS3 TAKES TO THE SKY

Magnificent people in their flying machinesThirty years have passed since a WGC has been held in Australia, and I wanted to capture some of WGC2017 Benalla for posterity. Numerous present and past World Gliding Champions were participating at Benalla, some…
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EB29R ELEGANT NEW WING at WGC BENALLA

Oliver, nephew of Walter Binder who founded the company to make self launching gliders said, “We started ten years ago with the EB gliders. At that time the maximum weight for gliders was increased from 750 to 850kg, so we made a complete new Open Class 850kg…
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Venues for the 10th Series FAI Sailplane Grand Prix

The 10th series National event schedule includes 3 exciting new venues for SGP racing The FAI International gliding commission are pleased to announce the schedule for the 10th series of National FAI Sailplane Grand Prix events. The 10th series will commence…