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Air Sports: Parachuting, Paragliding

Gliding, Parachuting, Paramotoring

Gliding Aerobatics, Parachuting Canopy Piloting and Paramotoring are fairly recent sports that have in common spectacular competitions specially designed to thrill the spectators.
Whether it be with a glider or a canopy, competitors must demonstrate the most precise flying skills and execute breath-taking manoeuvers to win: pilots fight against the G-force to complete an aerobatic sequence made up of rolls, spins and loops; parachutists whizz across a water section between gates in the accuracy, speed and distance events; as for paramotor pilots, they must be able to demonstrate a high level of skill and pinpoint control to fly the course quickly and precisely. All this to the delight of the crowds! Parachuting, paramotoring and paragliding feature in The World Games 2017;
Paramotoring
Paramotoring (also known as powered paragliding) enables the pilot to take off from level ground unassisted and climb to altitude; there is no need to launch from a hill or high ground. Paramotor units typically weigh 30kg; after a short take-off run of 10-20m this weight is carried by the wing. The pilot sits in a chair-type harness, controlling the engine output with a hand throttle lever. Speed, accuracy and control are the skills to be shown in a competition.  

Canopy Piloting

Canopy Piloting involves a series of tasks designed to test a parachutist’s ability to control his canopy and fly accurately. Each task starts with the parachutist navigating through a number of gates which are situated over water. The parachutist has one of three goals, depending on the task; complete the course in the shortest time, therefore having the highest speed, complete the water section and then land on a target as accurately as possible, or achieve the longest distance from the entry gate before touching down. What is needed to win a competition: great skill in speed, accuracy and distance.

Glider Aerobatics

The Glider Aerobatics competition is a test of the pilot’s ability to perform a preplanned programme of spectacular aerobatic maneuvers whilst managing the glider’s energy. The silent and graceful maneuvers are blended together in a sequence aimed at impressing the judges with the pilot’s precise handling skills. His ability to manage the glider’s speed, energy and position within the “box” is of paramount importance to obtaining a winning score. Silent and spectacular display of precision competition flying makes the discipline interesting for the spectators.

Air Sports will participate at The World Games 2017!

Learn more about Air Sports on The World Games Channel.

 

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Canopy piloting ...

Spirits are flying high as the canopy pilots leap out of the aircraft and swoop down from the wild blue yonder. Theirability to control the deployed parachute forms the essence of the sporting performance. But on the truly three-dimensional field of play just as much control over body and mind, agility as well as supreme concentration, is prerequisite for maneuvering the square ram-air wings at horrendous speeds and close to the ground.

Paragliding accuracy ...

This event tests the paraglider pilots' ability to fly their canopy to a very small target landing pad. The target point is an electronic score pad only 30 cm in diameter with 1 m, 5 m and 10 m diameter circles surrounding it. Pilots launch at an altitude of 800 meters from a hill or with a ground-based winch. Then, allowing for any wind or air movements that may affect their progress, they fly their paragliders to the target positioned in front of the public.

Parachuting and skydiving ...

Parachuting and skydiving events have been on the Official Sports Programme of The World Games since 1997 Lahti. The events contested through 2009 Kaohsiung: 4-Way Formation Skydiving (Mixed); Accuracy Landing (Men, Women, Mixed); Canopy Formation (Mixed); Canopy Piloting (Mixed); Freeflying (Mixed). In 2001 Akita, parachuting and skydiving made for the biggest draw for spectators among all sports contested.

All of the sport's disciplines use the same piece of equipment: the parachute. In fact, two parachutes are worn, always, for a truly comforting margin of safety. A main as well as a reserve! Distinctions between disciplines are made by determining how the main parachute is used. In some, it is the athletes' ability to control the deployed parachute that is challenged, while in others, in the skydiving disciplines, the parachute is only used to land safely; the sporting performance is completed prior to its deployment.

Skydivers are capable of reaching speeds of up to 500 km/h in freefall. Terminal velocity in a head-down and streamlined body position! Through the forces of gravity alone, athletes engage in what is arguably the fastest non-powered sport ... until ram-air foils slow their descents. But even then they don't let up on the accelerator.

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