Saturday, 11 August 2012 09:58
The Paragliding Accuracy Test Event of the World Games in Cali, Colombia is underway. The competition, being held at the Marco Fidel Suarez Air Force base, provides a venue convenient for winch-launching and for spectators, close to Colombia’s ‘Salsa City’. It is being run in parallel with Parachuting Canopy Piloting.
The venue has been months in preparation, with the construction of a swoop pond for the parachutists, measuring 25m x 65m. The Paragliding Accuracy target is located close by, so that the landing areas of both disciplines are immediately in front of spectator stands. Although this year’s Test Events are low key affairs, next year, these airsports events are expected to attract huge crowds from the local population as well as internationally.
Two rounds each of paragliding accuracy and parachuting canopy piloting have been completed on the first full day of the competition.
The inclusion of Paragliding Accuracy in the Cali World Games has given a tremendous boost to the discipline in Colombia. Recent local FAI Cat 2 competitions have produced a field of 20 Colombian pilots competing this week. There is international representation, with pilots from Czech Republic and United Kingdom. Next year, 36 of the world’s top paragliding accuracy pilots will be selected and invited to participate.
The World Games
Paragliding Accuracy and Parachuting Canopy Piloting represent the only two airsports taking part in the 2013 edition of The World Games. A diverse range of some 30 non-Olympic sports are featured, including rugby, orienteering, fistball and Squash, acrobatic gymnastics, sumo wrestling and fin swimming. Some 4000 athletes from 120 countries are expected to compete. See: http://www.theworldgames.org/the-sports/sports
Test events for this multi-sport extravaganza are taking place throughout this year, and will all be played out at the same time next year from 25 July to 4 August.
Pic caption: Andy Shaw (GBR) scores in the first round of the Paragliding Accuracy World Games Test Event. Note the parachuting ‘swoop pond’ just behind.
Monday, 30 July 2012 14:26
Get a chance to win a gold, silver or bronze medal !
Like every year, the 2013 Young Artists Contest gives the opportunity for budding artists to express themselves artistically about a subject related to aviation. The contest is divided in three age categories (6-9, 10-13, 14-17 years old).
This year, the theme for the contest is "My Favourite Airsports".
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 12:05
Thursday, 26 July 2012 17:45
Felix Baumgartner has been recognised today by the FAI for breaking the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record without a drogue or stabilization device.
The 43 year old Austrian Baumgartner was carried high up in the sky by a pressurised capsule attached to a helium balloon. Wearing a specially designed suit, he exited the capsule at an altitude of 21’818 meters (71'581 feet) and achieved a jump during which he reached the staggering record speed of 587 km per hour.
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 11:15
The 3rd FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Championship came to an end last July the 8th. Were crowned...
Overall: 1- Dimitar Ralev, Bulgaria; 2- Goran Gjurkovic, Serbia; 3- Matjaz Sluga, Slovenia.
Women: Milica Marinkovic, Serbia; 2- Jolanta Romanenko, Lithuania; Barbora Smutna, Czech Republic.
Nations: 1- Slovenia; 2- Czech Republic; 3- Serbia.
See here all the pictures of the competition, including the prize-giving ceremony !
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 10:31
Although Maxim Sotnikov learned to fly helicopters only 6 years ago, he is already one of the world’s best pilots and will be one to watch at the 14th FAI World Helicopter Championship that will take place at Drakino Airfield, Russia, from 22 to 26 August 2012.
Friday, 29 June 2012 17:37
The 3rd FAI World Yak-52 Aerobatic Championships concluded in Russia yesterday, the 28th of June, with the completion of the last 2nd Free Unknown flight. The competition was held at Airfield Finam (Bolshoe Gryzlovo), Serpukhov region. Twenty-three pilots competed in the Championships.
The new World Yak-52 Aerobatic Champion is Vladimir Kotelnikov of Russia. In recent years, he has been very active in judging FAI Aerobatic Championships at both the Continental and World level. But he is equally skilled as a pilot and put those skills to good use against a wide variety of Yak pilots.
Russia also captured the Team prize with Belarus in second and Lithuania in third place.
Closing ceremonies and awards-givings will be on Saturday, the 30th of June. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to our friends in Russia for an outstanding organization.
Detailed results can be found at www.civa-results.com.