Pilots requirements


This race is open to experienced pilots only, who like the idea of flying Word Record breaking cross country distances. Flying over remote, flatland areas in Africa requires a certain skillset, specific equipment and sufficient humility, for the sake of safety.

Pilots registration takes place in 3 steps:

  1. Pre-registration by filling in the application form.

  2. Selection of qualifying pilots.

  3. Qualifying pilots have 15 days to confirm their participation in the event through payment.

Participation of 60 pilots from all main paragliding nations. Anyone can pre-register. Final selection of pre-registered pilots will be based on many variables such as experience in long distance flying, motivation, social media followers, personal achievements (paragliding or not), ...

Compulsory Equipement

  • Garmin InReach with a current EXPEDITION PLAN: This 2-way satellite communication system is the only system accepted for this event. Besides its use for competition's satellite livetracking and its SOS button, InReach is capable of a two-way communication between the pilot and the recovery team. This is indispensable to allow for rapid and efficient recovery of pilots who landed in remote desert areas.

  • VHF Radio communication: Used for winch launching operations, and recovery vehicles.

  • Water: A minimum of 4L of water is required to be carried by each pilot while flying. The risk of dehydration is real after landing, should a pilot need to wait for the recovery vehicle.

  • Recommended: Quick release system.