Friday, 12 June 2009 17:24
For the first time in the World Air Games, spectators are able to follow the Glider racing and Hot Air Balloon action live and in real time. Using a system of satellite trackers linked to the Iridium satellite network, coupled to a series of computers in both Mondovi (Ballooning) and Turin (Gliding), spectators can follow every tactical decision made by the pilots during the race.
Friday, 12 June 2009 16:40
Thursday, 11th June 2009
The Third Gliding Grand Prix Race was held today from Turin with a task length of 137.9Km. The task took the pilots north east from the start along the western edge of the Susa Valley around a northern turn point at Lagola ( Lake Alice) and then back past the start line 53Km to Condove. From Condove competitors turned north again for a further 24Km to Bolangera and then a short 18.2Km to the finish.
Friday, 12 June 2009 16:26
Qualification round; this was flown on Tuesday. In the early morning hours the thermals were not very strong and therefore the longest flight in the first group was only 201 seconds. The second group had better conditions and two pilots were able to fly for a full five minutes.
Thursday, 11 June 2009 17:54
The second Gliding Grand Prix Race was held today in Turin with a task of 226.6Km. The task took the pilots north east from the start along the western edge of the Susa Valley around a northern turn point at Trausella and then back past the start line to a midpoint called Pinerolo. From Pinerolo the task took the competitors south a further 46 Km to the southernmost turn point at Dronero where the pilots then turned north again back to Pinerolo with a final dog leg of 13.5Km to the finish at Maritani.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:47
The Hot Air Balloon competition continued on day 4 with a very challenging 5 task competition flight. David Levin, the competition director called 1 Fly-In, 2 Judge Declared Goals, 1 Hesitation Waltz and One Greatest Angle.
Due to very light winds the tasks were difficult to achieve but a large majority of the 28 competitors achieved spectacular results on most targets.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 23:16
Day four (Wednesday) saw the next qualifying round of the Helicopter Parallel Fender Rigging and Slalom tasks. The teams pulled out all the stops in extremely exciting races in order to achieve the best result, because every team realised that today was ‘knock-out’ day where four of the remaining eight teams would be eliminated.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 19:13
Parachuting had an excellent day on Tuesday in spite of a poor weather forecast. Competitors were able to do an extra round of accuracy which enabled them to partly make up for the two rounds that were cancelled on Monday evening because of rain.
Wednesday, 10 June 2009 00:31
The first World Air Games event came to a close today in the blink of an eye with the Microlight Pylon event final. The winners were the British team of Rob Grimwood and Chris Saysell who flew the three circuits of the 1200m course in a time of 3 minutes 30.6 seconds.
The second British team had to settle for second place but were only one tenth of a second behind. The semifinal was held shortly before the final round with the Italian team of Rossi Soavi/Vanzini gaining the bronze medal in a time of 3:53.3 min and Carra/Rossa coming fourth in 4:47.2 min.
Tuesday, 09 June 2009 23:44
The qualifying rounds in Helicopter Parallel Fender and Parallel Slalom took place yesterday and today in which the crews sought to provide great entertainment in what was a very attractive event for spectators.
The early leaders after these two rounds are Russia, followed by the highly experienced Austrian team with the Germans in third place.
Tuesday, 09 June 2009 18:52
Conditions were perfect today for the second round of the Microlight Pylon race. After an unsure start, the weather improved to offer no rain and a gentle breeze; this was coupled with slick organisation from the Italian administrators. The excitement built up quickly as the spectators could see the pilots’ race times improving.
Tuesday, 09 June 2009 18:27
The first Gliding Grand Prix Race was held on Sunday from Turin with a task of 178.3KM. This took the pilots south from the airfield along the western edge of the Susa Valley allowing the pilots to choose to stay over the hills and mountains or use the valley floor.
The weak conditions at first kept the competitors together with several groups taking separate routes but still meeting up at each turn point. At the half way stage less than 5 minutes separated the entire fleet of 11 gliders.
Monday, 08 June 2009 22:46
The microlight 'trike' competition got underway on the second day of the Games. The first round would see the relegation of the three slowest crews, though the Hungarian team (Matuska/Török) were unable to make the start line because of engine problems. During the contest the teams from Russia (Bushev/Astafiev) and Poland (Jurkiewicz/Jurkiewicz) posted the slowest times and therefore do not qualify for the next round.
Monday, 08 June 2009 22:11
The hot air balloon competition is being staged a short distance away from Turin aeritalia airfield in the beautiful town of Mondovi. This region is well known in ballooning circles and provides an excellent setting for the hot air balloon competitions.