About Air Sports
What started as an act of daring, with Frenchman André Garnerin putting Leonardo da Vinci’s concept for a piece of lifesaving equipment to the ultimate test as he leapt from a balloon in 1797, has developed into a legitimate and highly diversified air sport: parachuting.
Parachuting involves a series of tasks designed to test a parachutist’s ability to control his canopy and fly accurately. Pilots compete over a stretch of water for safety reasons because of the high speeds involved – at the same time creating spectacular action as the parachutists whizz across the surface of the water, leaving a plume of spray behind them.
The Aerobatics competition is a test of the pilot’s ability to perform a pre-planned programme of spectacular aerobatic manoeuvres whilst managing the glider’s energy. The silent and graceful manoeuvres are blended together in a sequence aimed at impressing the judges with the pilot’s precise handling skills. His ability to manage the glider’s speed, energy and position within the “box” is of paramount importance to obtaining a winning score. This sport is particularly successful and popular in Poland.
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. Paramotor units typically weigh 30kg; after a short take-off run of 10-20m this weight is carried by the wing. The pilot sits in a chair-type harness, controlling the engine output with a hand throttle lever.
TWG 2017 Disciplines