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The world of air sports is vast, ranging from Drone Racing in sports halls to racing Gliders through wide open skies. Whatever pilots fly, to compete at the highest level takes skill, ambition, training and years of dedicated practice. In Poland, the World Games will feature three spectacular air sports that will bring impressive action to the heart of the competition.

Glider Aerobatics is a test of a glider pilot’s ability to perform spectacular aerobatic manoeuvres within the boundaries of competition. Silent and graceful, the pilots aim to impress the judges with their precision and skill as they execute a pre-planned routine in a 1,000m aerial ‘box’ in the sky. Pilots must manage the glider’s speed, energy and position all while knowing exactly which way is up. Routines typically last three minutes and will see pilots pull up to 6G during the toughest manoeuvres.

Parachuting Canopy Piloting is one of the most spectacular disciplines in air sports. Relatively new, the idea is to test a parachutist’s ability to control their canopy accurately at high speed. After jumping out of the aircraft competitors spiral down towards the performance zone, a long stretch of water known as a ‘swooping pond’. There, as they accelerate forwards, they must compete to see who can fly the furthest. Points are awarded for distance and, in the Freestyle rounds, for style. Stand by to be amazed!

Paramotoring (also known as powered paragliding) is one of the most accessible forms of flight there is. Flying a paraglider and using a back-mounted engine, pilots launch with a quick run from the ground to get into the air. Pilots compete over short courses, carrying out tasks that measure precision flying skills, or longer flights that reward a pilot’s ability to pre-plan and fly more involved tasks. Spectators looking for action should watch for pilots foot-dragging in the water and flying slalom. Clear prop, and start your engines!

TWG 2017 Disciplines

  • Parachuting
  • Aerobatics
  • Paramotoring

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