The World Games 2017 - Paramotors


What are paramotor tasks?

Paramotors - a unique way to fly with an engine and propeller strapped to the pilot’s back and a paraglider-style canopy for a wing. In the slalom event, the pilots must complete the navigation around several different circuits marked by inflatable pylons in the fastest possible time. Precision elements will focus on the pilots' abilities to fly in an extremely accurate, controlled and slow manner.

What do you have to do to win?

Paramotor flying requires accurate control of the canopy as well as the engine; many manoeuvers need a change in direction co-ordinated with careful balance of engine power. Pilots must be able to demonstrate a high level of skill and pinpoint control to fly the course quickly and precisely. The competition is fierce and one missed pylon on a slalom course is all that is needed to throw away a medal opportunity.

How is it scored?

Each qualifying task is scored separately and these scores are added together to determine the pilots who go through to the final.

Tell me more!

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. Modern paramotors are capable of speeds up to 75km/h with an average duration of 4 hours, though the current world distance record extends to some 1100km. Paramotors 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. With a wide network of schools and clubs, coupled with the easy transportation of the engine and wing, paramotors represent an accessible, viable and low-cost route into the world of aviation.

“Speed, accuracy and control"

The World Games 2017 - Glider Aerobatics


What is glider aerobatics?

The Glider Aerobatics competition is a test of the pilot’s ability to perform a preplanned programme of spectacular aerobatic manoeuvers whilst managing the glider’s energy. These silent and graceful figures are blended together in a sequence that aims to impress the judges with the pilot’s accurate and precise aircraft handling skills. The ability to manage the glider’s speed, energy and position within the 1km airspace cube that we call the “box” is of paramount importance to obtaining a winning score. The pilots competing In the Glider Aerobatics event at The World Games have been chosen from amongst the world’s top Glider Aerobatic pilots and include current world and continental champions. 

What do you have to do to win?

Unlike powered aerobatics, the pilot has only the energy provided by the initial height of the glider as it is released from its tow at 1,200m altitude, and they must conserve and carefully deploy this energy if they are to score highly. If they waste energy through poor handling or excessive ‘G-force’ in the manoeuvers they may not be able to complete the programme. The winner is the pilot who demonstrates the most precise flying skills in his figures and of course completes the sequence within the performance zone. 

How is it scored?

The panel of FAI judges award points for the precision of the manoeuvers, the positioning of the glider and the flow throughout the sequence. The pilot gaining the most points from all three aspects of the performances cumulated over several days will be declared The World Games Aerobatics Glider Champion.

Tell me more!

This is a relatively young event; the earliest dedicated Glider Aerobatics contests were held in the early 1980’s. At that time there was very little choice of suitable gliders specifically designed for competition aerobatics. The development of dedicated designs and highly stressed, very manoeuverable gliders such as the Swift and MDM Fox has encouraged a considerable interest in this sport in recent years. 

Most glider aerobatic pilots start by becoming regular glider pilots, learning at one of the many clubs around the world. Once they have reached a reasonable level of skill they can begin aerobatic training; this is offered by many of the larger gliding clubs. Some countries require aerobatic proficiency qualifications.

“Silent and spectacular display of precision competition flying”

The World Games 2013

The World Games 2013 - Cali, Colombia, 25 July to 4 August 2013twg logo

At The World Games 2013, the FAI was represented by three sports: Paragliding (Accuracy), Parachuting (Canopy Piloting) and also Aeromodelling (Indoor Aeromusicals) as a demonstration event. Some 65 competitors (36 for parachuting and 29 for paragliding) and 22 officials traveled to Cali (COL) to compete in world class competition.

You can find more information, rules, news about competitors and much more on this website.

The World Games official website: http://www.theworldgames2013.com/en/

IWGA website: http://www.theworldgames.org/


Aeromodelling Athletes and Officials