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Announcing the formation of the International Parachute Event and Tours Association following agreement at the FAI/IPC 63rd Plenary Meeting in Argentina.

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Dates from the competition diary in London’s Olympic Year 2012

gliding-picture © Katja SoikkeliGliding is not yet an Olympic sport but there is plenty for enthusiasts of all levels to look forward to in this Olympic Year, 2012, even if the temporary London area no-fly zones will affect some British glider pilots during their short summer season!

A new FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series begins with qualifying events in Romania, from 29th April, South Africa, September 28th, Australia in November and Chile in December, offering a great variety of conditions and scenery across the world to challenge the best of the best pilots in competition today.

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Venues for the 2012/2013 FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Qualifying events

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The calendar for the SGP Qualifying Series for 2012-2013 has been set:

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3rd Dubai International Parachuting Championship & Gulf Cup 2011 - Daily Diary - 4th December

Day 4 - Almost over for some, long way to go for others - and all to play for.


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An unusual Baloon amongst those helping

to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Indepednce Day

Along with the 16way CF stack (pictures to follow) skydivers

built a "happy birthday" message with fun and respect.

 FAI Results Poster

Another long day for the Accuracy jumpers, early start and late finish.  At least in Dubai it does not run on into the evening, as it is dark by 5.30 - and we are treated to magnificent sunsets at the end of each day.  This is really developing into an interesting and tight competition : at the end of 5 rounds appropriately the Male Individual event has in first place one of the UAE competitors, Al Gaith Ahmed Rashed on 1cm with 4 tied for 2nd place on 2 cm and 5 tied in third place with 3 cm.  Their 6th round commences early tomorrow after the Female 5th round is completed.  The competition here is between the Chinese and Russian competitors with China in 1st and 2nd  Russia in 3rd and Chinese and Russian tied in 4th place.

Whilst Formation Skydiving completed the 7th round, Canopy Piloting filled the middle of the day with two exciting rounds of Distance.  With a moderate following wind for the first round there were no huge scores, but after mid-day the wind picked up and the 2nd round gave some very impressive runs and a few bruise inducing arrivals, as each competitor pushed the limits of their performances.  Many of the judges for Formation Skydiving are also judging Canopy Piloting, and so the 8th round of FS, planned for the afternoon has been rescheduled to later in the week to allow the round 7 scores to be published, and to give those competitors a day off in Dubai.

Meanwhile Canopy Formations continued, by the end of the day 4 rounds of all events had been jumped and scored.  The weather forecast for tomorrow is similar to today and so it is planned to continue with the Accuracy, then Canopy Piloting with another round of Accuracy and one of Speed.  Canopy Formations will continue to take place out on the Racecourse in the town.

3rd Dubai International Parachuting Championship & Gulf Cup 2011 - Daily Diary - 30th November 2011

3RD DIPC LOGOOfficial Opening

The opening ceremony commenced at 8.00 p.m. to packed stands and everyone was treated to a beautiful and spectacular ceremony.  The speeches were kept short and welcomed all to the 3rd Dubai International Parachuting Championships and Gulf Cup.

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Wieczorek wins the 20th World Precision Flying Championships

20th FAI World Precision Flying Championship podiumThe 20th World Precision Flying Championships was held in Brits, South Africa from 23-29 October 2011.

The winner of the event was Michal Wieczorek (Poland). He was followed by Boleslaw Radmoski (Poland) in 2nd position and Michal Filip (Czech Republic) in 3rd position.

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17th FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship

logo_Lleida_2011The 17th FAI European Hot air Balloon Championship will take place in Lleida, from September 15th to September 23rd 2011.

83 pilots from all European Countries are going to compete in the 17th FAI European Hot air Balloon Championship.

The Official list includes 8 Scorer, 7 Target team chief, 16 Target team members.

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World Cups and European Championships, Saarlouis - Düren, Germany: Day 4

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4th August, Thursday. 9.00 am start this morning, and the fierce 4 way competition will continue. Will France's Aerodyne Aerokart maintain or increase their 1 point lead over Belgium's Hayabusa? Russia's Sky Panthers Barkli is only 1 point ahead of Germany's Paratec Saar in 3rd and 4th places respectively and Russia's Gradient Alpha are tieing with Italy's Ex3mo in 5th place.

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