2008 Powered Paragliding Competition
Paramotor competition in the U.S. as Qualifier for World Air Games |
Rules of the Games
Wow, what a day.
The first ever qualifier for 2009's World Air Games is in the bag.
And what an incredibly well-run event it was.
This will also determine the current USPPA National Standing. We
don't know exactly yet because it will have to be sent to Scorekeeper,
The best of two scores are used to determine a winner in each task
for use as a qualifier. For FAI purposes, this is not a meet in the
typical sense but is used to determine who gets invited to Italy.
It went extremely well and we didn't need Sunday for a weather day.
Out of many dozens of launches, some in vary challenging conditions,
only one was blown and that was because the wind died for a pilot doing
There were nine competitors of 11 who registered and paid. All
competed and all finished.
Practice turned out to be informal after an afternoon briefing about
what was to come. As much as it would have been good to do a dry run,
reality got in the way and the organizers had to use the time for
getting the course better figured out.
We flew the evening away, practicing and playing with a bit more
emphasis on practicing.
I'm a whipped pup. We flew seemingly all day long, ending the morning
tasks at almost 2pm. Mostly because it was mellow with no nasty thermals
Morning fog delayed the start for almost a couple hours and when it
lifted, some strange air made things interesting.
This was a very, very close competition. The difference came down to
a few seconds. I'll have the results up as soon as they are entered and
More to come...