Thursday, 14 April 2016 17:25
Bulletin No. 1 is now published on this web site.
It is available by following the Menu heading to the right of this article - Events Calendar - and clicking on the information icon against the Mondial details.
Or click on this link - Mondial Bulletin 1
For the Judging Panels go to the "About us" menu above, click on "Judges" and links to all the panels are listed there.
Wednesday, 16 March 2016 10:55
IBD3 is published today and is available on this link.
The decision confirms the date of the 2nd FAI World Cup in Indoor Skydiving, Warsaw, Poland as
11 - 16 October 2016
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 18:41
Human flight is truly made possible by means of a wingsuit. In recent years, interest and popularity of wingsuiting has grown exponentially. Improvements in wingsuit design have kept pace allowing feats of flying that were thought impossible only a few years ago.
FAI recognition in 2015 of the already mature competition formats for Wingsuit Performance Flying and Wingsuit Acrobatics allow competitors to demonstrate their abilities on the world stage.
Wingsuit Performance Flying
For the time task, the time spent in the evaluation window counts; the longer you stay in the competition window, the better.
For the distance task, the horizontal distance covered over ground while in the evaluation window counts; the further you fly while in the competition window, the better.
For the speed task, the highest average horizontal speed over ground achieved while in the evaluation window counts; the further you fly in the shortest time while in the competition window, the better.
Pure and complete from a physics perspective, this competition negates any advantage from specific body shapes and seeks to find the best overall wingsuit pilot. It has already immortalised Norwegian Espen Fadnes as the 1st FAI World Cup Winner of Wingsuit Performance Flying in 2015. Espen and many others now have aspirations to become the 1st World Champion of Wingsuit Performance Flying in late 2016.
This is a Competition that pitches teams against each other in an aerial display of flying skills, showcasing their best to impress the judges. The competition is centred around 2 way teams with a camera flyer and includes both compulsory moves and free rounds.
The compulsory figures are randomly drawn from a dive-pool with a series of loops, rolls, transitions and docks. The free rounds are where teams are invited to go impress the judges and fellow wingsuit pilots with creativity and flying skills.
Teams not only score points for the number of figures shown, but also get a score for the camera work and flying style. The flying style is a crucial element in these type of wingsuit competitions, as it's what forces teams to fly their best. Style points are given for body position, smoothness of flying, controlled docks and forward flying speed.
First Category Event Competition
The First FAI World Cup in Wingsuit Performance Flying was held at Netheravon, United Kingdom in May 2015 and the First FAI World Wingsuit Performance Flying Championships will be held in Zephyrhills, U.S.A. in November 2016; at the same time the First FAI World Cup in Wingsuit Acrobatic Flying will be held.
Wednesday, 02 March 2016 15:15
The Minutes of the 2016 Plenary are now published on this website.
Find them either under the Documents - Meetings - 2016 Frankfurt - Minutes, menu link or
About Us - Meetings - 2016 Frankfurt - Minutes.
The Competition Rules for each competative discipline are also now published and available for downloading from this website.
Again, follow the menu trail from Documents - Sporting Codes and Competition Rules - then by Discipline.
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:28
Following a request from the Organiser, the Bureau made its second Interim Bureau Decision.
The revised Competition Rules are available on this website. Documents : Sporting Code and Competiton Rules : Canopy Piloting:
Sunday, 07 February 2016 12:30
12th May 2016
HandiFly - France shows the way into the future
France is leading the way in opening up our sport to those with physical disabilities that prevent them from entering our sport in traditional ways.
There are those skydivers who have not allowed their disabilities to prevent them from continuing in their "passion", Martin Jarrett (USA) and Alistair Hodgson (UK), for example, but until now there has been no consolidated organisation to enable this to happen for "first timers".
France has issued an invitation to all the European NAC's (as a start) to take part in the HandiFly Euro Challenge 22-25 September in Maubeuge and Lille.
The following article was written by Gillian Rayner, (previous France Delegate for IPC and First Vice President, now on the FAI Executive Board):
For the past few years, the French Parachute Federation (FFP) has offered disabled people the possibility to discover skydiving through tandem jumps using a specially designed harness. This has developed gradually and has led to a new discipline during which the disabled person actually takes control of the freefall and performs manoeuvres without the help of the tandem master. This has been called HandiFly.
In 2014, the FFP went a step further and held the first French HandiFly National Championships at the same time and place as the regular National Championships. This was repeated in 2015.
Ten disabled participants took part in this unique event based on Freefall Style: each competitor jumps with an able-bodied tandem master and performs four alternate turns without assistance. The performance is filmed air to air by an accompanying videographer and is judged by Freefall Style judges.
The FFP decided to capitalise on the experience and share the knowledge with other interested parties, whether they are other Federations or individual Tandem Masters.
With the help of a subsidy granted in the framework of the European Union Erasmus programme the FFP is organising the HandiFly Euro Challenge from the 22nd to 25th September 2016 in Maubeuge and Lille.
The event is based around a competition for disabled Europeans but not only......other activities will take place over the four day period and will include
• tandem master training – to educate tandem masters in this particular discipline
• the possibility for some disabled participants to discover indoor skydiving, parascending and HandiFly skydiving.
• Workshops to discuss the activity and how best to develop it and various exhibitions and presentations.
• Large formations including both able-bodied jumpers and disabled tandems
• Demonstration jumps by the French National team
• Broad media coverage including a Press conference
• A closing banquet
This event is an open event and invitations have been sent to all the European Federations and many individual tandem masters. Invitations have also been extended further afield. The event is absolutely free for a large number of participants (if that number is exceeded a contribution will be asked from the other participants). The only cost is travel to Paris, Charleroi, Brussels or Lille Airports train stations. Accommodation will be in Maubeuge where specially equipped rooms will be available for the disabled participants.
The following participants are welcome:
A HandiFly team: comprising a disabled person, a tandem instructor and a videographer.
A disabled person that wants to try this activity, in this case, the organisation can provide the tandem instructor and a videographer, both can jump in more than one team
A tandem master who wishes to learn these new skills
Accompanying persons either with the disabled person (assistant, family member,..) or from the NAC/Federation.
It should be noted that only people with physical disabilities will be accepted, unfortunately people with mental deficiencies may not participate.
The FFP is also willing, upon request, to send one of the national HandiFly instructors to any previously registered country to help them prepare participants/teams for the event. This will be possible from June, July and August 2016 for periods of between 3-5 days.
You will find all official information about the event on the following page:
30th January 2016
Following the direction of the Plenary your Bureau sought and found a willing volunteer to take on the role of Financial Secretary. Here is the personal profile he sent me.
Peter A. Pfalzgraf
Date of Birth: 27th March 1953
Skydiving since 1978
Number of Jumps: 6.300
Instructor since 1979, Tandemmaster 1986 til 1998
Competing since 1979 in Accuracy, FF-4, FF-8 and FF-16, CF-8, CF-4, Rotation, CF-2 and Paraski
Representing Germany at World Meets 1982 til 2012 in CF
Bronce Medal in CF 8-way Speed 1998
Various German records in CF and big formation, currently 214-way
CF World Records in CF, currently 100-way
Staff member of the German Parachuting Committee since 1981 up to date
Currently Vice President of the German Parachuting Committee
IPC CF subcommittee member since 2008
2006-2015 treasurer of the Parachuting Committee of the German NAC, DAeC
Author of the by-laws and the finacial regulations of the German Parachuting Committee after restructuring of the DaeC
Welcome to the team Peti.