Glider aerobatics, parachuting canopy piloting added to World Games

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) reports that Glider Aerobatics, Parachuting Canopy Piloting and Paramotors have been selected by the International World Games Association (IWGA) for The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland. All three will be grouped as disciplines under the Air Sports banner.

“We are thrilled to have three air sports events at The World Games 2017. It means a lot to us to be part of this global multi-sport event, as it brings public and media exposure worldwide to our sports from which they will benefit not only during the event, but also on a long-term basis,” said FAI Secretary General Susanne Schödel.

“The World Games 2013 in Cali were a great success for air sports, and the experience we gained will allow us to do even better in 2017. In the last edition we had two air sports events at the program, so being granted one more is an honor that we are proud of and a challenge that we take up with wholehearted commitment and enthusiasm.”

The Glider Aerobatics competition is a test of the pilot’s ability to perform a pre-planned program of aerobatic maneuvers while managing the glider’s energy.

Parachuting Canopy Piloting involves a series of tasks designed to test a parachutist’s ability to control his canopy and fly accurately.

Paramotoring (also known as powered paragliding) enables the pilot to take off from level ground unassisted and climb to altitude; there is no need to launch from a hill or high ground. The pilot sits in a chair-type harness, controlling the engine output with a hand throttle lever.

The World Games are organized and governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The next World Games will take place in Wroclaw, Poland, in August 2017.

The 2013 edition took place in Cali, Colombia, over a period of 11 days from July 25 to Aug. 4 2013. At these games, 31 official sports were featured, including Parachuting Canopy Piloting and Paragliding Accuracy, while AeroMusicals (Aeromodelling) was present as a demonstration sport. Some 65 competitors (36 for Parachuting and 29 for Paragliding) gained entry to the Games. In addition, 2 Indoor AeroMusicals pilots made the trip to Cali to show the beauty of their sport.

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