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Icare Show : a festival of aerial demonstrations


It all begins at dawn, in Lumbin, with balloons...

This year, they will be about thirty balloons, alongside shaped balloons, dynabulles and other dirigibles,  from all over Europe will congregate for this most convivial and inspiring happening.

You might have a chance to watch them once again near sunset...
Takeoffs Lumbin: Saturday and Sunday between 7:00am and 9:00am and 6:00pm and 8:00pm

The mini hot air balloons also fly, day and night, alongside their big sisters in Lumbin, as well as St Hilaire, on the South launch, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00am and 1:00pm

As the sky stretched from Lumbin to St Hilaire … A gust of wind and the sky begins to stir …

With nose in the air, savour the spectacle offered by the nobles sons of Icarus!

Near the Hot Air Balloon area, other air sports will share the Lumbin playground …

Exhibits, flights and demos: individual flights, formation flights, thematic single-string flights, etc… Discover the gigantic Brazilian « pipas » spanning 3 to 4 meters.
Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00.

The ULM runway
- reserved for test flights and presentations by pilots and manufacturers – is open Saturday and Sunday (9am to 4pm and 6pm to 7pm)
Prior registration required from the ULM flight director: +33 (0) or collardeau38@gmail.com
Please, befor, read the Pilots Informations

Giros, light helicopters, weightshift ULMs, multi-axis aerobatic ULMs take off from here for their splendid motorized demonstrations.
Saturday and Sunday at 16h55.

Look a little higher… the motors are already revving up in St Hilaire ...

Icarobatix :
A daring, full throttle, skim- the-ground race-chase around inflatable pylons with 20 of the world’s top pilots in contest.
Task 1 – Saturday from 10:00 – 11:00 Lumbin
Task 2  Saturday from 18:00 – 19:00 St Hilaire
Finale: Sunday  10:00 – 11:00 Lumbin

The Paramotor runway of St Hilaire welcomes flights by pre-registered professionals and authorized pilots only, Saturday and Sunday (9:00 to 13:00).
More information can be obtained from the Flight Director: nmazaudi@gmail.com
Please, before, read the Pilots Informations

Paramotor Show
Saturday and Sunday (16:00 to 16:15, Saturday also from 19:00 to 20:00).

Before the sky is taken over by free flyers (hang glider, paraglider), you might try…

Delta wings revisited :
Next to Grenoble Chartreuse Vol Libre, revisit the history of hang gliding  from the Atlas wings of the 70s to the Swift not forgetting the Moyes, Atos and other remarkable aircraft!
Saturday and Sunday (11:00 to 11:30 and 15:00 to 15:30 at the South Launch.

Hang gliding and Paragliding aerobatics:
they play in the air like fish in water!
Hang gliding : Saturday and Sunday from 15:30 to 16:00 at the South Launch.
Paragliding : Saturday from 13:00 to 15:00

Flight 1807 :
Between the valley and the summit of the Dent de Crolles, there is a 1807meter altitude difference. A great ascension by foot finishes with a magnificent flight, under the guidance of the CHVD. Pre-registration required : vol1807@chvd.org.
Saturday from 9:00 to 13:30.

Group flight:  
A flock of 40 or so pilots take off almost simultaneously… Nothing is easier for the Parateam!
Saturday 11:30 to 12:00

Manufacturer Demos:
This is the chance for paraglider manufacturers to show off their latest models (EN norm).
Sunday from 13:00 to 15:00.

After Icarnaval, the show continues in the realm of Icare…

After Icarnaval, the prestigious Costume Contest for hang glider and paraglider pilots (see Icarnaval page), discovery other fabulous demonstrations…

  • Glider/plane duet or glider solo: elegance and power in perfect harmony (16:15)
  • Presentation of Collection planes:  MS 315 of the Air Force (16:25 ) and a Normandie Niémen YAK 11 (17:25)
  • Parachuting, wingsuit, hybrid wings: released from a plane or ULM, they are masters of the sky with tremendous dexterity that makes everything they do look easy. (16:40 / 16:50)
  • Jetman Yves Rossy  flies by the launches of St Hilaire. He’s fast, very fast… Don’t wink! (17h10)
  • Air Force aerobatic team: They are great, truly great! With the Extra 330, they play in the sky with amazing prowess and impertinence! (17:40)
  • Slackline between two hot air balloons : Saturday and Sunday, between 6:00pm and 8:00pm on landing of Lumbin

A few more events not to miss

Helicopter tow demo
By the Civil Security team above the landing area of Lumbin.
Saturday and/or Sunday at 16:00

Glide ratio contest and duel race:
A good pretext to have fun with your paraglider. Rendez-vous with the Paratea on the flight school slope next to Icare Expo.
Glide ratio: Friday from 17:00 to 18:30
Paraglider duel: Saturday at 16:30

Boomerang :
on the launch “carpet”; they brilliantly animate the lull between demonstrations. Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Initiation flights
For those who want to taste the joy of flying….
Helicopter initiation: Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00 and 18:00 to 20:00
ULM Baptism : from 9:00 to 16:00 and 18:00 to 19:00.

Naturally subject to weather conditions the aerial programme may involve last minute changes. Please excuse us if this is the case.



Alongside the Coupe Icare.org association is thirty partner organizations, nearly 1,000 volunteers who participated in the elaboration of this event! Many thanks to them for their time, their energy, their smile and their commitment to our side!

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