02 Nov 2017

2nd FAI World Cup of Wingsuit Flying - Overton, USA, 2-8 November 2017

The top Wingsuit flyers from around the globe have gathered at Skydive Fyrosity, Overton (Nevada, USA) to compete in one of the most challenging skydiving competitions - the 2nd FAI World Cup of Wingsuit Flying.

From 2 to 8 November, 50-70 athletes from over 17 countries and five continents will test their mental and physical strength against each other to the max. The best skydiver – the fastest, the toughest and the most accurate one will take the gold.

Zipping through the air like Superman is nothing new. For years, wingsuit flying has allowed humans to realize the age-old dream of personal human flight. With the invention of the modern wingsuit, growth of pilot skills and wingsuit technology in the last 2 decades, this dream is now a reality. Today, we live in spectacular and adventurous new era of aerial sports and Wingsuit flying history – World level competition!

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The event

2nd FAI World Cup of Wingsuit Flying 2017 is held at Skydive Fyrosity in Overton, NV. The skydiving Drop Zone is located only 60 miles NE of Las Vegas directly east to the Valley of Fire and North of Lake Mead National Park.

The official bid to host the Event, was presented by Randy Connell – Director of Competition USPA and an Alternate USA Delegate to IPC on behalf of USA / USPA (United States Parachute Association) – www.uspa.org and Skydive Fyrosity www.skydivefyrositylasvegas.com at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the FAI Parachuting Commission held in Faro, Portugal from 25 to 29 January 2017. The bid was voted and approved on 29 January 2017.

50 to 70 of the world’s best wing suit flyers and competitors, plus head of international delegations, judges, FAI / IPC officials USPA Officials, family, friends, skydivers, and guests from around the world are expected to descend upon Overton, NV from 2 to 9 November 2017 to compete for the gold in one of the most physically and mentally challenging sporting competition – Wingsuit Flying. Overton will be renamed to “Wingsuit City” for the duration of the event and will forever be recorded into the skydiving history as the home of the 2nd FAI World Cup of Wingsuit Flying - 2017. Wing suiting development and Las Vegas have a long history together going back to 1996 – 97, one of the original developers of the modern wingsuit is a local Las Vegas resident and current Drop Zone owner of Skydive Fyrosity – Sammy Vassilev.

“It is an incredible honor to have been part of the wing suiting from the very beginning and now to be able to host the 2nd FAI World Cup Wingsuit Flying at our home DZ here in NV is just the most incredible feeling”.

The disciplines

The 2nd FAI World Cup of Wingsuit Flying consists of 2 separate events: Acrobatic Event and Performance Events.

THE ACROBATIC COMPETITION EVENT consists of team of 3 people, 2 acrobatic performers and a 1 camera man capturing the performance on video. The team of 3 will exit the aircraft at 12,500 above the ground and the performers have a working time of 65 seconds to demonstrate to the judges their ability and acrobatic skills, consisting of flyovers, flips, turns, relative flight. The Artistic event has 7 rounds (jumps) and is judged for accuracy of performance, artistic performance, completion of the formations, grips, and quality of the camera work. The camera man and the image the competitor camera person delivers is part of the acrobatic performance. Each jump is considered 1 round, 1 round is considered complete when all competitors have successfully completed the jump for each round including re-jumps.

THE PERFORMANCE EVENT is an individual competitor event consisting of 3 tasks – Speed, Time and Distance. Each task consists of 3 rounds (jumps) for the total of 9 competition rounds (jumps). The performance event does not have aerial video, however ground-to-air video can be used if such equipment is available. Therefore, the performance event is judged by state of the art GPS system which records the performance of each competitor delivered to the judges after each jump for evaluation. Once the data is downloaded into the software and evaluated the person going the fastest, furthest and spends the most time in the air is declared the winter in each task. The aircraft exit altitude is 12,500 above the ground up to 4 miles away from the landing area and the beginning of the performance evaluation starts at 3000 meters / 9,842.5 ft above the ground and ends at 2000 meters / 6,561.6 ft. The competitor performing the best within the 1000 meter / 3,280 ft evaluation window gets the gold medal.