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General Information
to the "Super Paragliding Testival 2017"
in Kössen Austria

Dates:25. - 28. May 2017
  On the basis of accurate forecasts on the expected weather developments, the organiazer may cancel the event. This will be promptly made known on this website.
Host City:Town of Kössen, District of Kitzbühel, Tourism Region "Kaiserwinkl", State of Tyrol, Austria
Testival Location:Landeplatz Kössen/Fliegerbar
Thurnbühel 40, 6345 Kössen, Austria
Fliegerbar at Google Maps
Organzier:Flugschule Kössen GmbH in Cooperation with the 1st Austrian Kiting Klub Kössen
Event Management:Sepp Himberger (A)
Public RelationsAir Sports - Flugschule Kössen
General - TVB Kaiserwinkl, Tirol Werbung, Kössen Lift
Participating Manufacturers All manufacturers of paragliders and accessories as invited by the organizer.
Event Concept: The exhibitors provide their products free of costs to pilots for test flying. Instead of having several individual, time and money consuming test camps spread all over the world, all manufacturers offer their products at the beginning of the European flying season central in Europe in Kössen with its ideal infrastructure. For pilots keen to test several brands and to compare on site, this creates cheaper and timesaving possibilities to do so.
For this purpose the flying site in Kössen is ideal:
  • The flying site has a perfect infrastructure
  • The flying school Kössen GmbH can guarantee an ideal neutral stage for all participating brands to present their products equally
  • The north facing mountain slope is known for a soft convergence and mild thermals
  • It is also known as a most popular and safe flying site
  • It has a large landing field (3 ha) with a "Fliegerbar"
  • It is probably the flying site with the most flyable days per year in the Northern Alps and with the probaly highest flying frequency in the world (5.600 safe flights during SPT 2009)
  • 4 days seem to be a long enough period to allow all pilots to intensively test all products they want to test.
Conditions for pilots to test a glider:The pilot must prove by signature that he holds the appropriate flying license and also that he has received briefing about the flying site and the special landing approach.
Unfortunately no reservations for test flying paragliders can be done.
Tandem flights are not possible!
Info regarding new rules for licenses in Austria:A new aviation bill has passed parliament allowing to accept foreign paragliding licences in Austria. Government is at this stage working on a suitable regulation checking foreign licences in regard of issuance requirements in different countries.
However even at this stage, the existing aviation decree regarding hang gliding and paragliding excludes international air sports events from licence restritions. Such is the Super Paragliding Testival.
Flying Shows / Demos:To be able to do as many test flights as possible no official flying shows are scheduled so to keep the maximum airspace and flight time for testing. However on certain occasions exceptions can be organized upon agreement with the organizers.
Accommodation / Camping:Reservations via www.kaiserwinkl.com (make reservations early, because of the long weekend!) No overnight staying or Camping at the exhibition area or the landing field.
SPT in previous years:SPT 2009: Report on the PMA Homepage with Fotos
SPT 2009: General Information
Photos from the Super Paragliding Testival 2009
SPT 2010: General Information
SPT 2011: General Information
Photos from the Super Paragliding Testival 2011
SPT 2012: General Information
SPT 2013: General Information
SPT 2014: General Information
SPT 2015: General Information
Photos from the Super Paragliding Testival 2015
SPT 2016: General Information
Further Information:Please contact Sepp sepp@fly-koessen.at