Seven steps to success: an acrobatic paragliding masterclass with FAI World Air Games winner Tim Alongi
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 13:27
French paraglider Tim Alongi, 24, is the new FAI World Air Games Paragliding Aerobatics Champion.
Alongi also won the silver medal in the Sychronised Paragliding Aerobatics competition, along with his partner - and solo silver medallist - Eliot Nochez, also from France.
When we caught up with Alongi afterwards at the Palm Dropzone in Dubai, he gave us his seven top tips for acro paragliding success.
Sunday, 06 December 2015 19:27
The winning pilots in the FAI World Air Games paragliding accuracy landing event were presented with their medals at the Palm Dropzone today (December 6).
Thailand's Nunnapat Phuchong was first up to collect her gold medal for attaining first place in the women's event.
Sunday, 06 December 2015 11:47
With nail-biting thrills down to the very final flight, the paragliding accuracy landing competition concluded yesterday after 12 rounds.
George Cotet from Romania finished in first place, Qiang Ma from China in second place and Goran Djurkovic from Serbia in third. The top female was Nunnapat Phuchong from Thailand, in 10th place overall.
Excitement levels reached fever pitch in last six rounds, as Cotet and many times World Champion, Matjaz Feraric from Slovenia, battled for supremacy.
Friday, 04 December 2015 14:11
There is no doubt that the level of comfort and the fantastic infrastructures here come at a price. The high level of fossil energy needed to start the process and run the day-to-day operations cannot be viewed lightly.
Friday, 04 December 2015 13:32
Nicole Schmidt from Germany, has been flying paragliders for 11 years. For the last six she's been performing aerobatic tricks, or "acro". It's a discipline very few women attempt, and this year Schmidt, 35, won the female World Championship.
We found out what it takes to be the only female acro pilot jumping out of the helicopter here at the FAI World Air Games.
Friday, 04 December 2015 09:21
The Paragliding Accuracy competition reached a critical stage yesterday (December 3), with the completion of the fifth round at the Beach Dropzone.
Under the rules, pilots drop their worst score, which can cause the leader board to change dramatically. And it did!
Friday, 04 December 2015 07:00
The FAI World Air Games officially kicked off with a bang last night, as the 3,000-strong audience at the Opening Ceremony were wowed with an extravaganza of dancing, zip-line performances and fireworks.
Dropping in on the open-air stage, performers dressed as skydivers and paramotor pilots flew over the crowd suspended on wires, taking the astounded audience on a theatrical flight over glorious Dubai.
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:58
Day two of the FAI World Air Games and it was a challenging start for some of the competitors aiming to hit the target in the paraglider accuracy landing competition at the Beach Dropzone.
Reigning World Champion Matjaz Feraric from Slovenia struggled to judge the conditions and landed 28cm away from the target instead of within one centimetre as he'd hoped. "I saw the glider before me left their approach too high and overshot, so I came in lower," he said. "But then I was too far to one side and landed short."
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 09:33
It's rare to find competitors from the US in Paragliding Aerobatics competitions. The sport of paragliding has a relatively small following there, and there are few pilots who embark on the niche daredevil discipline of performing aerobatic manoeuvres in the sky.
One American who does compete is relative newcomer Max Marien, 27. He has come all the way from San Diego in California to Dubai to compete with what he says is a trio of new stunts he's developed. "They've never been seen in a competition before," he said ahead of the contest in the United Arab Emirates.
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 08:39
Trevor Kell has three screens spread out in front of him. On them are charts, maps and spreadsheets. It's easy to guess that he has an important job at the FAI World Air Games (WAG) Dubai 2015, perhaps THE most important.
Kell is the Event Forecaster. He's a meteorologist who's worked for the MET office in the UK, and for the last four years has been studying the weather here in the United Arab Emirates at the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS). For the next two weeks, he's part of a team who will use observations from weather stations around the Middle East to map the changing weather and forecast the conditions that competitors can expect here in Dubai.
Tuesday, 01 December 2015 08:07
Good morning from Dubai, where the skies are clear and the temperature is warm – it’s a beautiful place to be in December.
Today, Tuesday December 1, 2015, we’ve got a whole host of athletes, competitors and pilots setting up and getting to grips with what is to come: two weeks of the best air sports event in the world.