What is it?
“X-Italy 2016” is an entirely new type of gliding competition, being trialed for the first time in the gliding world, and conducted in Italy. There are several aspects of the competition to differentiate this with conventional gliding competitions. First and foremost, all the gliders are equipped with an electric motor and are capable for self-launching, without the aid of a tow-plane. Second is the ability on the part of the pilot to use a given amount of energy (kW) at any stage of the flight and for a variety of reasons, such as, avoiding terrain, poor weather, airspace restrictions, or simply optimizing the flight path. Finally, the autonomous nature of the competing aircraft makes it possible to operate from any airport, airstrip or airfield and target a destination in a completely different geographic location. This trial contest will begin among the foothills of the Alps with the first stage flown among the Apennines and then move south over the central part of Italy, including both inland and coastal areas. The country wide tour itself will be an adventure all of its own, and all within the spirit of the contest.
The gliders
All the gliders in this trial contest are the SILENT 2 Electro; a self-launching ultra- light sailplane manufactured by Alisport of Italy.
They are all equipped with the Front Electric Self-Launcher (FES) system, comprising an electric motor and folding propeller in the nose which is powered by two purpose made Lithium (LiPo) batteries.

The pilots
There are three pilots competing in the competition, all of whom participated in the Italian 13.5 m championship at Alzate Brianza in 2014:

  • Luigi Bertoncini
  • Riccardo Brigliadori
  • Stefano Ghiorzo

The rules – in addition to the FAI Grand-Prix sporting code
The trial contest is based largely on the FAI rules for the well known Grand Prix series. However, all participating gliders will make use of the on-board electric motor for launching and this may also be used during selected phases of the each daily task. An energy quota (kW) will be set for each day, according to the prevailing metrological conditions, and the task length. The amount of energy used for any given task to be considered as a “bonus” and does not affect the FAI rules. However use of energy exceeding the daily quota will be treated as an out landing.