And so ends this great event - see you soon for the next one!
Time moves on quickly, a month has passed already yet still these images bring back sharp memories. However, everything comes to an end, and I'd like to lower the curtain, finally, on this World Championship.
This was an exceptional event in every sense of the word: the high level of the tasks and standards of the pilots, the dedication of the volunteers who worked hard to ensure the competition ran well, and not least, by the faultless support of the regional and local authorities and our federation. I'd like to take the opportunity also, to thank our sponsors and all the media that have promoted the Chevalet airfield and the Hautes-Alpes department with accounts of the flights, articles and commentary as well as photos and video footage.
The film which follows summarises the highlights of this event, in just a few minutes, and shows not only the technical flying of these amazing ultralight gliders, but the stunning landscape of the Hautes-Alpes. A huge thank you to Antoine and Chris of Invid Productions for their amazing images and for this superb production.
We have just finished balancing the books for this World Championship and the Big Task Open, and I would particularly like to thank the entire organising team which stayed the course under conditions, which were sometimes tricky, but also highly rewarding in terms of technical and personal achievement.
You will easily find your way around our website, with articles, videos and blogs, as well as the results of the two competitions, complete with the 2D and 3D tracks of all the pilots over all the tasks.
Looking forward to seeing you soon for the next great adventure
Pascal Lanser, Vice Président d'ADPUL
A World Championship is a unique occasion for a nation and a region to demonstrate its organisational skills and to show that it has the perfect aerology for this particular sport.
The 20th FAI World Hang Gliding Class2 Championships will take place this summer from 24th July to 6th August 2017, based at the aerodrome at Aspres-sur-Buech in the Hautes-Alpes department in the south of France.
This region has unique potential in France, with its exceptional aerology, just perfect for all forms of free-flying, and thus for this, the highest performance category.
The Championship is organised by ADPUL, the local ultra-light glider club. Its primary aim is to develop further this particular branch of free-flying. Thanks to the motivation of some of the best ultra-light glider pilots in the world, the club, founded 2 years ago, today also enjoys the support and experience of the wider free-flying community.
Free-flying is a highly environmentally friendly sport, requiring only the skills of the pilot and good meteorological conditions (sunshine and thermals). It provides a real connection to nature and matches perfectly the sporting spirit of the Hautes-Alpes department and the entire PACA (Provence-Alpes-Cotes-d’Azur) region.
We are looking, therefore, for some support and good will to help us with this venture. Our aim is to communicate more widely that this environmentally-friendly sport makes a significant contribution towards the image of dynamic sustainability which epitomises the region, its businesses and its communities.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity. Join us, contribute your own messages and your image, and we will carry them to the highest peaks across the Alps.
Pascal Lanser, Vice President, ADPUL
Last edited: 02/09/2017