The World Games 2017 - Paramotors


What are paramotor tasks?

Paramotors are a unique way to fly, using a paraglider wing and a harness-mounted engine with propeller. Each pilot flies solo, and takes-off on foot from a standing start on the ground. There are five tasks in the World Games: Accuracy Landing; 'Slow / Fast'; Figure-of-Eight Slalom; Paramotor Soccer; and the Swoop Pond. All the tasks test speed, efficient flying, control and precision. In Paramotor Soccer, for example, pilots must fly inches above the ground to kick a football, but therafter fast and powerfully to take a turn around a 12m inflatable pylon.

What do you have to do to win?

Pilots need to manage the glider and the engine accurately and efficiently, skilfully balancing the power of the engine with the precision and grace of the paraglider. Pilots need to fly with pinpoint control consistently, and perform well across all five tasks throughout the competition. Competition is fierce and one missed pylon on a slalom course is all that is needed to throw away a podium position.

How is it scored?

Each task is scored separately, with pilots being awarded points for accuracy, precision and speed. The scores are then added together to determine the pilots who go through to the final rounds. Penalties can be awarded for infringements relating to rules or safety.

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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. Modern paramotors are capable of speeds up to 75km/h and can fly for several hours at a time. The current FAI open distance world record is 1,105km. Paramotor units typically weigh 30kg, and are 'foot-launched' without wheels. After a short take-off run of 10-20m the weight of the paramotor is carried by the paraglider above. The pilot, sitting in a comfortable and ergonomically designed harness, controls the engine with a throttle held in one hand, while steering is possible by changing the attitude of the flexible wing. There are an estimated 30,000 paramotor pilots worldwide. Training to fly solo takes about 8-10 days. With a wide network of schools and clubs, coupled with the easy transportation of the engine and wing, paramotors represent an accessible, viable and low-cost route into the world of aviation.

“Speed, accuracy and control"

The World Games 2017 - Glider Aerobatics


What is glider aerobatics?

The Glider Aerobatics competition is a test of the pilot’s ability to perform a preplanned programme of spectacular aerobatic manoeuvers whilst managing the glider’s energy. These silent and graceful figures are blended together in a sequence that aims to impress the judges with the pilot’s accurate and precise aircraft handling skills. The ability to manage the glider’s speed, energy and position within the 1km airspace cube that we call the “box” is of paramount importance to obtaining a winning score. The pilots competing In the Glider Aerobatics event at The World Games have been chosen from amongst the world’s top Glider Aerobatic pilots and include current world and continental champions. 

What do you have to do to win?

Unlike powered aerobatics, the pilot has only the energy provided by the initial height of the glider as it is released from its tow at 1,200m altitude, and they must conserve and carefully deploy this energy if they are to score highly. If they waste energy through poor handling or excessive ‘G-force’ in the manoeuvers they may not be able to complete the programme. The winner is the pilot who demonstrates the most precise flying skills in his figures and of course completes the sequence within the performance zone. 

How is it scored?

The panel of FAI judges award points for the precision of the manoeuvers, the positioning of the glider and the flow throughout the sequence. The pilot gaining the most points from all three aspects of the performances cumulated over several days will be declared The World Games Aerobatics Glider Champion.

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This is a relatively young event; the earliest dedicated Glider Aerobatics contests were held in the early 1980’s. At that time there was very little choice of suitable gliders specifically designed for competition aerobatics. The development of dedicated designs and highly stressed, very manoeuverable gliders such as the Swift and MDM Fox has encouraged a considerable interest in this sport in recent years. 

Most glider aerobatic pilots start by becoming regular glider pilots, learning at one of the many clubs around the world. Once they have reached a reasonable level of skill they can begin aerobatic training; this is offered by many of the larger gliding clubs. Some countries require aerobatic proficiency qualifications.

“Silent and spectacular display of precision competition flying”

The World Games 2013

The World Games 2013 - Cali, Colombia, 25 July to 4 August 2013twg logo

At The World Games 2013, the FAI was represented by three sports: Paragliding (Accuracy), Parachuting (Canopy Piloting) and also Aeromodelling (Indoor Aeromusicals) as a demonstration event. Some 65 competitors (36 for parachuting and 29 for paragliding) and 22 officials traveled to Cali (COL) to compete in world class competition.

You can find more information, rules, news about competitors and much more on this website.

The World Games official website: http://www.theworldgames2013.com/en/

IWGA website: http://www.theworldgames.org/


Aeromodelling Athletes and Officials