Friday, 04 December 2015 08:42
Friday, 4th December 2015
A final early morning here at the Palm DZ for the Canopy Piloting competitors. 7.30 wheels off and by 11.00 the competition was over!
We started the morning with three rounds of Speed on the LH calving course and almost no wind conditions. At the end of an exciting three rounds we had a result - with Nick Bastch, USA first - Curtis Bartholomew, USA 2nd and Cornelia Mahi, UAE 3rd. Nick was excited on his landing as he had a minor control problem - so 'I just went for it' he said, and it obviously worked.
We then switched to the completion of the final round of Distance which was interrupted yesterday as we ran out of time on our slot. The top competitors made their flights and the excitement was high because the result of this round's distance would determine the overall position, they were so close. Would it be Nick Batsch or his team-mate and friend, Curtis Bartholomew. Nick made it to 128.11 m whereas Curtis, who follwed him into the course, made 133.27 placing him in 4th above Nick in 5th place for Distance and therefore in the Gold Medal position Overall.
Meanwhile Cornelia had sailed past all of them with a final flight of 144.72 m - placing her First for Distance, and in 3rd place Overall. Guillhume Bernier, France was in 2nd place and Pablo Hernandez Moll, Spain in 3rd.
All these results are 'unofficial' until signed off by the Chief Judge - and can be accessed by the button at the top of the page to Live Results. The World Air Games is huge and there is a heavy media pressence and team working here, including live-streaming TV each day - go to the menu button at the top or follow this link WAG to see some of the amazing footage being put together - often thanks to the Camera Flyers from Skydive Dubai who are working to provide parachuting images for them. (as caught above)
At 12.00 we had a Canopy Piloting Competitors and Judges meeting to discuss the rules for Freestyle. CP Event Judge, Bjorn asked those who did not want to compete in the Freestyle event, to let him know, so that the aircraft loading lists could be finalised. He clarified that this event did not count in the Overall placings - that competition was now over, and this one would stand alone. He then discussed and handed out, the Drama Sheets, for each competitor to detail their moves for each of the three rounds. He further explained that they would be using 5 judges; 1 to judge the Technical aspect of the move and points would be awarded for the degree of difficulty and technical precision of completion. Three judges would judge the presentation and creativity and the 3rd the landing. Each judge could award a maximum of 20 points.
Touching the water counted as the "entry gate" so by touching the water you ensured the default score of 3 points. However, landing in the water ensured a 0 score from the landing judge. The judges and spectators would be sat centrally on one of the long sides of the pond (position not finally decided). meaning it would be possible to exit the pond on either side - to be stated on the drama sheet.
There were a couple of questions relating to the weight rules which Bjorn read and clarified to the meeting. However, he did say that there would be the opportunity to hold a further Competitors Meeting later to discuss the competition and rules generally.
He then took a roll call of competitors to establish who would not be jumping in the Freestyle Event. Tomorrow we have two slots, 9.00 to 10.00 and 15.00 - 17.30, so it was planned to hold one round in the morning and the remaining 2 rounds in the afternoon. That was it for the day, and tomorrow we start at 9.00 am.
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 15:53
Happy Birthday Dubai
Today is the National Day
Tuesday 2nd December
6.00 p.m. the end of a long day
. . . . but a very successful one. In the second time slot of the day for parachuting, 14.00 - 15.00, we completed a round of Canopy Piloting (Distance) and despite a strong (but under the limits) cross wind we had some good distance scores with France leading the way.with Guillaume Bernier reaching 138.6 m, Cornelia Mihai, UAE 135.04 m and Pablo Hernandez Moll, Spain 133.85 m Unlike this morning, the crowds had arrived and Regan Tetlow had an audience to listen to his informative and bright commentary.
There then followed an Air Show with Wingwalkers, Zoltan aerobatics and formation flying with Jetman - for more visit WAG Website
You will find stories and pictures from the day including the impressive 44 hot air balloons that lifted off from the DZ at sunset to mark the 44th anniversary of the birth of the United Arab Emirates.
Tomorrow is not quite such an early start for all involved in Canopy Piloting with our first scheduled time-slot 9.00 - 12.00.
9.30 am It was an early start this morning for the Canopy Piloting competitors, the Judges and Course builders as the 7.30 first lift off was on time - along with all the organisational staff, mannifest, pilots, etc. without whom there would be no competition..
Forty competitors from 22 Nations - all invited as the top competitors in the world for the title of World Air Games Canopy Piloting Champion.
The set up at the pond was, as you would expect from Skydive Dubai, professional with good signage and an immaculate pond. The first two aircraft loads were for the competitors to make their practice jumps, to re-familiarise themselves with the area and their set up point, before swooping to the pond and taking one of the three options presented to them - Distance, Speed or Accuracy.
By 8.30 the first round of the Zone Accuracy event started with just a low wind down the course. By the end of the first session, before the Air Display started we had completed the 2nd round.of Zone Accuracy. Already we have the makings of a great competition, with Curtis Bartholomew, USA in 1st place with 196 points, Christian Weber Jensen, DEN 2nd with 191 points and Guillaume Bernier, FRA 3rd 180 points. (Please remember that all these results are "unofficial" until signed off by the Chief Judge).
The two Italian brothers competing against each other in this event were tied after the first two rounds of Accuracy. I think these are the first brothers we have had in an individual event - we have seen them before in Formation Skydiving - particularly with the Canadian 4-Way Open and VFS team - competing here and the French 8-Way in the past - but they are have not been in competition with each other.
.A couple of pictures from Zone Accuracy plus two from the Distance event.
Wednesday, 02 December 2015 14:05
Parachutist Cornelia Mihai punched the air after coming into land from her first jump in the skydiving swooping, or canopy piloting, competition in Dubai.
And well she might - the only female skydiver in the competition, she managed to travel a distance of well over 130m after pulling off a featherlight touch down in the swooping pool. "I'm happy with it," she said of her performance. "It's not bad for the first round."
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.
Monday, 30 November 2015 20:41
It all starts tomorrow and the largest ever World Games will be underway officially - although the actual Opening Ceremony is not until Thursday, and the Aeromodelling has already completed - but it takes a lot to organise such a huge event over a small area.
The scheduling is impressive, although for those of you who have visited Skydive Dubai over the years, either at one of the DIPC's or for the Mondial, you would hardly recognise the home of Skydive Dubai. All the organisation is here, but it looks bare compared with previous years. All Parachuting, apart from Canopy Piloting, and the last rounds of each discipline, is happening elsewhere.
In fact mostly at "The Racecourse DZ" home until now of Canopy Piloting only - which has turned into a fully functioning DZ with packing areas, creeping areas, restaurant, judges rooms etc. etc. Here Formation Skydiving, Artistic Events, Canopy Formations and Speed Skydiving will happen for most of the rounds. Accuracy Landings will continue to use the Beach DZ as they have for previous years, with Canopy Piloting using the Pond on the Palm DZ.
A lot of other Air Sports will be filling the sky above the Palm DZ and keeping the crowds amused and fascinated. In all, 854 Competitors from 54 Countries will be taking part - although the final figures are not yet confirmed - parachuting should have 445 competitors from 34 Countries.
There are lots of places to follow what is going on - here for Parachuting - the FAI pages for the other Air Sports and the event Web Site: www.wagdubai.ae