Only 1.5 days to go before the 1st World Cup in Wingsuit Performance Flying starts

Steve Bramfitt
Only 1.5 days before one of the most exciting new FAI/IPC competition disciplines takes to the skies above Netheravon.

Saturday 23rd May 2015

This weekend is available for training jumps for those competitors who arrive early - and that opportunity is being taken advantage of alongside the normal weekend operation at this Drop Zone.

Blue skies, warm sunshine and low winds - just perfect conditions.  The organisation is geared up for the competition -  the Opening Ceremony will take place on Monday, 25th May at 17.00 hrs. waiting to emplane


60 competitors from 20 countries representing 5 Continental regions will take part:  58 male and 2 female (at the last count).

But the maths get even more interesting when you look at the new records that will be set.  Starting with a totally clean sheet the competitors  have the ability to establish:

6 Competition World Records and 4 Performance World Records

21 Continental Competition Records and 16 Performance Records

On top of those each top individual competitor per Nation, male and female, will be able to set National Records for both Competition (3) and Performance (2)

Giving a total of 145 (at the moment) possible records - would that be a record in itself?

The Chief Judge, Randy Connell, is already preparing for the paperwork involved from the Judges point of view, and plans, if there is a weather hold, to brief competitors on what they need to do file a record and as always we urge NACs to deal with any record claim they receive promptly in their interaction with the FAI.

The Army Parachute Association at Netheravon, England, is well prepared for the competition.  On top of this web site, the organisation's web site www.netheravon.com/wswc2015 will carry news and information throughout the competition we also believe that SKYDIVE TV may be there to bring us on-line images, interviews - check them out on www.skydive-tv.com.

What a way to start the summer of World Cups and European Championships!

Wingsuit Performance Flying - Countdown started - 25th May 2015 Netheravon, UK - Bulletin 2 now published


The 1st FAI World Cup in Wingsuit Performance Flying will take place at Netheravon, UK on 25th to 29th May 2015.

This new discipline and the event were approved at the IPC Plenary meeting held in Bulgaria last month.

The First Bulletin will be posted soon - you will find the bid under the Agenda items for the Plenary, follow the Meetings tab above to locate it.

The Rules for this event are now published on this web-site under:  http://www.fai.org/downloads/ipc/wingsuit_performance_flying_competition_rules_2015

and the Bulletin 1 is now published - follow this link..

and the Registration Document  and Bulletin 2 is now published (4.5.15)







A Series of Fruitful Meetings Ahead of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015

2015 04 UAE Dubai ED meeting 094As the 200-day mark to the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 approaches, everyone, from the Event Organisers to the Executive Board, the FAI Head Office, the Air Sports Commissions and experts, is in full action to make the event a huge success. A series of meetings took place recently which brought together key personalities from the FAI community and the Event Organising Committee.


1st World Indoor Skydiving Championships, Prague, Czech Republic, 21-24 October, 2015

Prague 2015 logo

The First Bulletin is now published and available on this site under Events Calendar 



Follow the link Bulletin 1

8th EC & 5th Junior EC in F Style & Accuracy Landing, Eden, Montana, Bulgaria, 22-29 August 2015

Montana EC Logo 2015Bulletin 1 for this event has now been published on this site under the Events Calendar.

Follow the link - Bulletin 1

Judges FAI Training Courses during 2015

on-line courseIf you follow the menu tab above "about us" - "Judges"  "Judges Training Course" you will find details of the Official FAI Judges Training Courses organised, so far, for 2015, including courses being run by CISM to which prospective FAI Judges are invited) and the course will be arranged to cover both ratings.

Style & Accuracy - 6-16 May,  CISM

Formation Skydiving - 6 -16 May, CISM

Wingsuit Performance Flying - 26-29 May, Netheravon, UK

Canopy Piloting, 20 May - 07 June, Brazil


Full details of the courses                             CISM Invitation

2015 FCE's selected Judges Panels

Judges working the course- Klatovy 2011 copy

There follows links to the Judges' Panels which have been selected for the Canopy Piloting European Championships and World Cup in Canada, August 2015 :  the European Championships in both Junior and Senior events of Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing competitions in Bulgaria, August 2015 and now for the World Air Games, Dubai, December 2015 - the Accuracy Landing panel.

CP Judges' Panel

S&A Judges' Panel

WAG - Accuracy Landing Judges' Panel

Sports and Disciplines Selected for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Revealed

Dubai Air Sports 2 2The FAI has today announced the list of the 11 sports and 24 disciplines selected for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. More than 1000 athletes, crews and officials will be involved in the multi air sports event. It will be the biggest FAI World Air Games ever organised.


FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Roll Out New Logo

WAG2015 logo launch 1

The Event Organising Committee of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 unveiled the new logo for the multi air sports event during a ceremony that was held at the Skydive Marina in Dubai on Sunday night.


15th World Para Ski Championships - Award and Closing Ceremony

End-of-ceremony band __whips
Cracking the whip at the Award and Closing Ceremony !


21st February 2015

The end of a successful competition and the end of the Award and Closing Ceremony - which took place outside the Hotel in the gardens with a Bavarian brass band and an exhibition of an unusual traditional display of whips cracked to music - which was greatly appreciated by all the competitors.


15th World Para Ski Championships - Day 5


As the results are released by the Chief Judge - they will appear on this link

Christina FRANZ -Schweiz- Goldmedalist


The lovely smiling face of the new Female Para-Ski World Champion, Christina Franz from Switzerland - photograph courtesy of Johann Huemer

21st February, 2015

At the close of yesterday's blog I said I would report today on the Competitors' Meeting held at 16.00 hrs last night, before the Bavarian evening.  It was a well attended meeting chaired by Michael Egger, the Chair of the Para-Ski Committee at IPC.  He congratulated everyone on a successful competition, all the winners and all those who had competed.  He explained that the idea of holding a competitors' meeting at the end of a World Championships was so that the Committee could listen to and share ideas for the future of our discipline.  He would also give information to the competitors on the work of the committee.

He stated that a delegation, including the Mayor from St. Johann, Austria had visited today to collect the FAI flag in preparation for the next World Championships to be held there in 2017.  The Mayor had been very impressed with what he had seen whilst here and promised to provide excellent facilities and support for another great competition.

Hand over of FAI flagMichael then talked about the disappointing World Cup Series for 2015, which resulted in two competitions being incompleted due to dreadful weather and the third was cancelled for the same reason.   Undaunted, they proposed to continue witth the World Series for the coming year starting in January with a test event for 2017 - and wished the Czech Republic a successful third attempt at a competition.

He then spoke about the changes to IPC this year and welcomed Dr. "Exi" Rainer Hoenle who is now the 1st Vice-President following the election in January.  He also discussed the only change made to the rules by the Para-Ski committee this year, which had been to reduce the ski race to one run for a minimum competition to be declared, as with the number of accuracy rounds which currently are 2.  Obviously should this happen the points awarded towards parity between the two events would be adjusted to give a more even playing field.

Michael then asked if there were any questions from the floor, or comments on this World Championships.  A Russian competitor asked that future Slalom courses be closer to the FIS standards as he felt the gates were too close together.  This disadvantaged a team that arrived at a competition having trained for one set of standards to be met by anorher - that it could not be called a Giant Slalom.  There was discussion from the floor which supported this comment and Michael promised the committee would look into it for the future.

There was then a question from the floor (same Russian competitor) regarding the use of a video camera to challenge decisions made on the pad by the judges.  There was considerable discussion not excluding the comments that this was already under discussion by the Accuracy Landing and Freefall Style committee who had looked at and considered systems already under development.  It is not as simple as may be first thought, including, how many cameras, where are they sited (particularly for paraski) when are they used, would it be an advantage to competitors.  It is an ongoing discussion which again the committee will look at for the future, although there was much opposition to it.

The next item raised which caused a lot of discussion was the wish on the part of the competitiors to continue with the "trial" of having Female Teams of only two members.  Michael said that this had been proposed originally to increase female participation in the event, whereas although it was introduced this year there were exactly the same number of female competitiors.  However one of the German Female competitors pointed out that they had entered for the first time, introducing another NAC with a female team and they would not have done so if they had to have 4 members.  Many felt it was too early to make a decision to do away with the idea and asked the committee to continue for the next World Championships.  It was also proposed that this may also be a good idea for the Junior event.  There were arguments well presented by both sides - but a show of hands in the room indicated that this is something competitors would like to continue.

Michael then went on to explain the change made last year at IPC that Para-ski move to a different form of Jury than that used at all other First Category Events.  One of the reasons Michael had proposed this in the first place was he felt that the costs were not justified, particularly when this was paid by the competitors out of sanction fees.  After a little discussion, Michael was happy to accept a suggestion from the competitors that the committee look at the possibility of reducing the sanction fees paid by Para-ski competitors.

The Russians proposed that each nation worked with their military in encouraging more participation in Para-ski and also that CISM look to developing it as one of their parachuting events, anything that would increase participation in this event.  There were also suggestions that we looked at linking up with FIS to become part of their family.  Michael said that when they had looked at this in the past they did not believe the standard of skiing in a Para-ski competition would be of interest to FIS.

The meeting ended and everyone left for the evening arranged at a local Bavarian tavern, where traditional drinks and food were served, whilst music played and people danced - it was a very successful evening.

Graeme and Chris Gunter Berendt  Janez Pfajfar
Graeme and Chris Windsor Guenter Berendt and Dare Svetina
Mickel Egger Mr.and Mrs. Helmut Bastuck
Michael Egger  Mr. and Mrs. Helmut Bastuck
Chief judges final briefing attention at the target
Chief Judge Gernot Rittenschober's briefing Attention at the target


Judges 2
Thanks to all the Judges and their good work

At 17.00 hrs this evening (21st February) the final ceremony of the 15th World ParaSki Championships will take place with the Award Ceremony and closing of the Competition.

Congratulations to all our new World Champions, medal winners and all those who competed.  See you next time.