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