7th FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships 2018

7th FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships 2018

7th FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships 2018

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7th FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships 2018
July 2 to 7, 2018 – Wroclaw (POL)

About 90 passioned canopy pilotes from 20 different nations compete in the 7th FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships 2018 in early July. It is the sky which is the open air arena for these highly skilled artists of high speed and low, fury flights just above the water and ground.

The world’s best swoopers jump at the airfield in Szymanów which is situated near Wroclaw, Poland. This swoop pond has been built for the purpose of this event. The FAI World Canopy Piloting Championships 2018 from 2nd to 8th of July represent a week of exciting air competition with more than 1500 dynamic jumps and many other attractions like an air show, a balloon fiesta and a concert evening.

Canopy Piloting – also known as Swooping – is a fairly new sport, but often assessed the most spectacular and breathtaking parachuting discipline. Fast and low flights and aerobatics above the swoop pond can make the fans literally feel the gust of wind caused by flying jumpers.

As pilotes reach top speeds around 150 km/h with their rather small and agile parachutes they compete – for safety reasons – above a stretch of water. At the same time, this creates spectacular action as the parachutists touch the surface of the water and leave a plume of spray behind them.
This type of parachuting requires the highest level of skills and experience and many national federations insist on a minimum requirement of 500 parachute jumps before a competitor is allowed to enter Championships.

Canopy Piloting involves a series of tasks designed to test a parachutist’s ability to control his canopy and his flight accuracy. To achieve the victory the pilote has to reach the highest score in the disciplines speed, accuracy and distance. Each test starts with the parachutist navigating through a number of gates which are situated over the water surface. In detail, the parachutist has one of the following goals, depending on the task: completing the course in the shortest time why he is keen on having the highest speed. Another discipline is collecting points by landing on a target as accurately as possible. Moreover, he has to achieve the longest possible distance from the entry gate before touching down as a third discipline.