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Forbes Flatlands set to break records this summer

The upcoming summer sizzle and recent dry spell across central-west NSW could make for some record breaking conditions at the 2018 Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship - held from December 27 - January 5.

Renowned as the biggest competition on the Australian Circuit and hosting some of the best pilots across the world, more than 60 experienced pilots are set to take to the skies in the hopes of setting another record task - last year saw the record task of 3888.8km North to Manilla with 16 pilots making goal and another 7 pilots flying over 300km.

Event organiser Vicki Cain said the eight-day competitive event - which is hosted by the Sydney Hang Gliding Club, offers fantastic flying opportunities for local and international pilots with a spectacular backdrop of the hills and paddocks below.

“The competition is one of the highlights of the International Competition Calendar. Pilots really appreciate the consistent weather conditions, which gives a great number of airtime hours. Some pilots might fly 50 - 100 airtime hours per year. If they do well at Forbes they can fly 25 - 35 hours in eight days,” she said.

“The weather is usually dry and hot which makes for good thermal conditions. The location is favourable due to the wide open spaces and large paddocks which make for easier landing conditions.”

The Forbes Flatlands program of events includes;

Practice flying; Thursday 27th and Friday 28th December 2018
Welcome night; Friday 28th December 2018
1st Competition; day Saturday 29th December 2018
8th (Last) Competition; day Saturday 5th January 2019
Presentation; night Saturday 5th January 2019

To register for this exciting competition, click here