Christian Ciech is one of the most successful pilots in competition hang gliding, and was FAI European and World Champion at the same time in 2016. We spoke to him…
On 23 July 2006, 10 years ago, French pro paraglider Charles Cazaux set a FAI World Record when he reached 41.15 km/h in the category “Speed over a triangular course of 25km”. In April 2010 he broke his own FAI World Record with 46,8 km/h which has not been superseded. He holds still multiple FAI World Records and knowing him, we are sure more is about to come from the French Paragliding Champion.
Seven steps to success: an acrobatic paragliding masterclass with FAI World Air Games winner Tim Alongi
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.
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.
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.
4 August 1985: Larry Tudor, the “Part Bird”, who Flew a Record of a 4’343 Meters Gain in Altitude with a Hang Glider
Today marks the 30th anniversary of an FAI Word Record made by an American pilot described as both “Part Bird” and “Skygod” and who is perhaps one of the finest Hang Glider pilot for tandem or solo flights: Larry Tudor. A fidgety Californian, he has been pushing the edges of how far hang gliders can go since the air sport's early days in the 1970s. During his long career, Tudor set a total of ten FAI World Records and the one we are commemorating today has not yet been broken.
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What do you hope to achieve at The World Games?
How do you describe yourself ?
I work as an eye doctor in the Indonesian Airforce. They support me very much
What does air sport mean to you?
When I fly it makes me feel small in front of of God. Makes good character, diciplines and keep healthy. Knowing my limits. Whenever I have time, I fly.
What plans do you have for after The World Games?
Join the PGAWC Competition. And national competition.
More about the athlete
A long-time hang glider and paraglider pilot, Elisa Manueke (52) from Indonesia was first attracted to Paragliding Accuracy just three years ago when the sport first started in Asia.