Dear pilot friends,
First of all, I wish to thank you on behalf of the Coupe Icare organization Team for being part of and for your contribution to this new edition.
Hang glider and paraglider performances have been part of our program for many years and are unanimously appreciated by our audience. The Coupe Icare would not be what it is today without the magnificent show that you put on for the spectators.
However the Coupe Icare’s particular atmosphere and the enthusiastic crowds make even the most responsible pilot want to reach if not surpass his limits, and in doing so, no matter how experienced, risks a serious or fatal accident.
Bear in mind that the Coupe Icare is not a competition, but rather a festive event where invited pilots participate in the promotion of their favorite sport.
The objective always remains the same, present your activity in its best light to the public.
The public, having little knowledge on how to judge such performances, will be equally touched by the beauty and grace of a mastered maneuver by a pilot who will have left sufficient safety margin, then by extreme maneuver that would put him at risk.
I am confident that you will be performing in a responsible way, by enjoying yourself but never putting yourself or your audience at risk.
Please make sure this edition remains in our memory as one of the most breathtaking and well-mastered editions of all.
General Flight Director