For the first time in its history, the FAI will have three sports present at the World Games. Both Canopy Piloting (Parachuting) and Accuracy Landing (Paragliding) feature in the competition programme of the 2013 World Games that will take place in Cali, Colombia. Indoor AeroMusicals (Aeromodelling) is included in the programme as a demonstration sport.
“Paragliding Accuracy Landing and Indoor Aeromusicals will make their debut at the IWGA World Games which will be a great opportunity for thousands of people to discover these fantastic sports. All the more as they have been designed to be spectacular, media friendly and easy to understand for anyone who watches them for the first time. As for Canopy Piloting, it was already present at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung and I am sure that it will once again wow the crowds,” said Jean-Marc Badan, FAI Sports and Development Director.
Canopy Piloting involves a series of tasks designed to test a parachutist’s ability to control his canopy and fly accurately. Pilots compete over a stretch of water for safety reasons because of the high speeds involved - at the same time creating spectacular action as the parachutists whizz across the surface of the water, leaving a plume of spray behind them.
Accuracy Landing is a test of the paraglider pilot’s ability to fly their canopy to a very small target landing pad. Pilots launch from a hill or with a ground-based winch and fly their paragliders to the target positioned in front of the public, which makes the competition exciting for all the spectators.
Indoor AeroMusicals is a combination of complex aerobatic sequences performed in harmony with accompanying music, creating a free style aerobatic sequence which conveys the mood of the music.