HG Comps. Incorporated was formed in 2020 by a group of pilots with the goal of reviving some Hang Gliding competitions that have dis-appeared or fallen into decline. We have a non-profit philosophy. Our goal is to run successful competitions and re-invest any residual funds into promoting participation in the sport of hang gliding.
As we all know, Hang Gliding itself is in decline. Every year the number of new pilots is outstripped by the number of retiring pilots. Why are people leaving the sport? It cannot be that they don't like flying! Maybe they've had a scare, maybe it's too difficult to get out flying every weekend, maybe family pressures, and we are all getting older.
New pilot training and retention is key to ensuring the survival of hang gliding. Our goal is to facilitate new pilot integration and currency by providing structured environments that are low stress, family friendly & fun where peer to peer learning can occur, developing skills along with airtime. We call this a hang gliding competition, but think of it as a flying holiday where you are: briefed on the days weather; given a route to fly; assisted in launching safely; shown where the lift is by other pilots; and handed an icy beverage if you land at the goal.
Hang gliding competitions are not just for the elite 'gun pilots'. There is a perception among pilots who have never been to a competition that they aren't skilled enough to compete. While that may be true at the elite international level, all Hang gliding competitions in Australia are open to pilots of all skill levels. All pilots and in particular floater and sport class pilots are catered for and are very welcome to attend and compete. You guys and girls are the future of this sport.
Our main focus is helping newer pilots, it takes commitment and airtime to get 'over the hump' where it all stops being too exciting (stressfull) and starts to become fun and automatic. Too many people leave the sport before reaching this stage, or simply don't fly often enough to maintain this level of skill.
Competing in hang gliding competitions is a great way to accelerate your skill progression for several reasons:
Multiple consecutive days of flying helps to consolidate skills & muscle memory training.
You are sharing the air with many other pilots. This allows you to see more of what the air is doing around you.
You can follow other better pilots. Then ask them about the flight after landing.
Hang glider pilots are generally happy to help or answer any questions you may have.
Airtime! It's easy to gain considerable airtime at a competition, ie: 10 hours+ at a week long comp.
Competitions are fun! You get to hang out with a great bunch of chilled-out people, and go flying!
You should consider competing in as many hang gliding competitions as you can. Competing will help maintain and develop your flying skills. Also by attending competitions you will help to ensure the competition's survival. We need the 'hothouse' of competitions to grow pilot skills.
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