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5 Dec 2023

INTERGLIDE - Expo and event for paragliding and gliding takes off

Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre expands portfolio: INTERGLIDE becomes a meeting place for thermal flying enthusiasts - 81st Gliding Day complements the premiere

Karlsruhe, 05.12.2023 - Messe Karlsruhe and Markus Immig's company XCNAV will offer a platform for the fascination of thermal flying for the first time in 2024. INTERGLIDE - Expo & Event is aimed at glider pilots, hang gliders, paragliders and enthusiasts of large glider models and will take place from 9 to 10 November at Messe Karlsruhe. The première will be enriched by the 81st German Gliding Day taking place at the same time.

"INTERGLIDE is an excellent addition to our event portfolio. With its location, the Karlsruhe Trade Fair Centre offers the perfect setting. In addition to the hall capacity, which offers plenty of scope for expansion, the Rheinstetten glider airfield is only a few minutes' walk from the exhibition centre. In addition, with our trade fair expertise and our experience as an organiser, we provide the building blocks that ensure the ideal starting conditions for such a project. In Markus Immig, we have a partner and advisory board chairman at our side who is an outstandingly well-connected expert in the industry," says Britta Wirtz, Managing Director of Messe Karlsruhe.

Markus Immig, professional pilot, product developer and himself a glider pilot since the age of 14, knows the needs of the community and appreciates the strength of the location: "There is great demand in the industry for a dedicated thermal flying expo where you can touch, see and understand products. I decided to pursue the idea further and, after weighing up all the criteria, looked for the right cooperation partner with the right location." The choice fell on Messe Karlsruhe, which has excellent transport links, a gliding site within walking distance and a great deal of experience with co-operations.

Versatile product range extends from gliders and accessories to equipment for paragliders and hang gliders

National and international exhibitors, including manufacturers of gliders, paragliders, hang gliders, large model aircraft, tugs, trailers and accessories, await visitors on 12,500 square metres. Models in the large and scale categories as well as specific high-end accessories will be presented. Around 100 companies have already confirmed their strong interest in INTERGLIDE. This shows that the community has been waiting for a trade fair like this, says Markus Immig.

In addition to gliding, INTERGLIDE is also a focal point for paragliders and hang gliders, as there is a large overlap and overlap of interest between gliding and paragliding and hang gliding. Markus Immig took this as an opportunity to involve the German Hang Gliding Association (DHV e.V.) as well as the German Gliding Association (DSV e.V.) in the planning right from the start.

Visitors can expect not only a large number of international exhibitors, but also a large plenum with presentations by renowned speakers on the latest developments. For example, there will be presentations on the PERLAN Project. PERLAN Project Inc. is a non-profit organisation under American law for aeronautical exploration and atmospheric science research that uses gliders designed for flight at extreme altitudes.

Patron Klaus Ohlmann, who has set 52 world records in gliding, and other industry leaders will offer the community a meet & greet.

Gliding day at the INTERGLIDE

INTERGLIDE was presented to the public for the first time at the 80th Gliding Day in Freudenstadt at the beginning of November. The 81st edition of the largest community meeting will take place next year at the Karlsruhe Exhibition Centre as part of INTERGLIDE. The day is being organised by the Federal Gliding Commission, which represents around 25,000 members.

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