How Good Is Forbes!
The new year 2019 welcomes the 13th consecutive Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Competition! Watch the competition live as international pilots race to goal in one of the world's best hang gliding competitions.
Forbes, Nsw Australia is an agricultural town of just under 10,000 people, located in the Lachlan River Valley in Central West New South Wales. Forbes is approximately five hours drive by car from Sydney Airport, eight hours from Melbourne Airport, and about thirteen hours from Brisbane Airport.View more
With a valid aerotow endorsement, pilots of all levels of experience can tow behind a specially designed ultralight towplane called a Moyes Dragonfly.
How Good Is Forbes!
The new year 2019 welcomes the 13th consecutive Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Competition! Watch the competition live as international pilots race to goal in one of the world's best hang gliding competitions. This year we have over 70 registered pilots who have come to Forbes from all around the world. Forbes is known for big air and big distances; a hang glider pilot's dream!
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Forbes offers some of the most consistent hang gliding weather in the world. Smooth fat thermals, high cloudbase (up to 14,000feet) and hundreds of kilometres of uninterrupted terrain means that pilots are virtually guaranteed a non-stop competition. The past 4 years have seen the pilots fly a total of over 4600km with an average of 25-45 airtime per competition! Last year the organisers set the longest task ever in Forbes – 310km to Hay – the conditions that day were so good that almost half of the pilots flew the full distance!
In addition, of course there's the abundance of harvested fields for landing. We are very fortunate to have friendly farmers who are supportive of the competition and often lend a helping hand, a drink or food to weary pilots! One lovely famer last year even apologised for the overgrown weeds in her field!
Selection and entry fee
Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championships 2019
Saturday 29th December 2018 - Saturday 5th January 2019
Get in early and pay less.
$300 if paid before 7th November
$350 if paid before 7th December
$400 if paid after 7th December
$450 if paid on 29th December
+ Aerotow Fee $400 tow fee which includes unlimited tow fees, club and site fees for 10 days.
Note: Changes for this year, the Aerotow Fee must be transfered by December 1st or along with your entry fee.
Direct deposit into account:
BSB: 633 000
Account number: 142624543
Account Name: Sydney Hang Gliding Club
Bank Name: Bendigo Bank
Swift code: BENDAU3B
Prize fund and scoring categories
Scoring - Gap 2016
Welcome night: Friday 28th December 2018 7 pm
Practice flying: Thursday 27th and Friday 28th December 2018
1st competition day: Saturday 29th December 2018
8th (last) Competition day: Saturday 5th January 2019
Presentation: Saturday 5th January 2019
09:30 - Task committee and safety committee task setting meeting - except for the first day 08:30
10:00 - Pilots briefing - except for the first day 09:00
12:00 - Launch set up area open
01:00 - Launch
18:00 Scoring office opens
22:00 Provisional results
Accommodation and Activities
orbes offers a good variety of accommodation - check www.forbes-nsw.com/Accommodation.html for a listing. In general, motels are at the higher end of price and comfort. They offer air-conditioned rooms, usually with small refrigerators, and some have swimming pools. Hotels (pubs) are generally older, with smaller rooms that are not necessarily air-conditioned and may have shared bathrooms. Hotels usually include a basic breakfast and are usually budget-priced. There are several caravan parks in Forbes, all with self-catering cabins as well as tent and caravan sites. It's worth searching the Internet for information and reviews about individual motels and hotels.
In addition, some houses may be available for rent during the competition. You can register your interest in renting a house by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Houses are limited in availability, and terms must be negotiated between your team and the owner. Pricing on houses usually starts at AUD$35 - $50 per person per night.
How to get here
We recommend that you fly into Sydney and drive to Forbes (see Car Rental below).
Although there are commercial flights from Sydney to nearby Parkes Regional Airport, they are on small turbo-prop planes with severe baggage restrictions. For information and reservations, contact REX (Regional Express) at www.rex.com.au. Parkes is approximately 40 kilometres from Forbes.
CountryLink operates rail services from Sydney to Lithgow and Orange with a connecting coach (bus) to Forbes, as well as direct coach service from Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Check www.countrylink.info/timetables for details.
Gordon Duff Dr, Forbes NSW 2871, Australia