The European Championship is one of the most important hang gliding competition. It takes place every two years and decrees which will be the European 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).
For the fourth time Monte Cucco will host this FAI 1 level competition from 5 to 18 July 2020. The competition area will include a large Umbrian territory and touch the Tuscan (San Sepolcro) and the Marche (Camerino, Muccia).
HANG GLIDING COMPETITION
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.