Educational by Chapter of the Powered Paragliding Bible

I: First Flight

01 Training Process

02 Gearing Up

03 Handling the Wing

04 Prep For 1st Flight

05 The Flight

06 Flying With Wheels 

II: Spreading Wings

07 Weather Basics

08 The Law

09 Airspace   

10 Flying Anywhere

11 Controlled Airports

12 Setup & Mx

13 Flying Cross Country

14 Flying With Others

III: Mastery

15 Adv Ground Handling

16 Precision Flying

17 Challenging Sites

18 Advanced Maneuvers

19 Risk Management

20 Competition

21 Free Flight Transition

IV: Theory

22 Aerodynamics

23 Motor & Propeller

24 Weather & Wind

25 Roots: Our History

V: Choosing Gear

26 The Wing

27 The Motor Unit

28 Accessories

29 Home Building

VI: Getting the Most

30 Other Uses

31 Traveling With Gear

32 Photography

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33 Organizing Fly-Ins

34 Places To Fly

35 Preserving the Sport

36 Tandem

Chapter 20: Paramotor Competition

Mar 21, 2008 | Section III Mastering The Sport

Competition & Records   2010 Beach Blast   Comp: Why Crashing Is Bad   2008 US PPG Comp  

  2008 WAG Qualifier    Task Ideas For Competition

The best pilots can do the most amazing things with these craft and competition brings it out. Their feats can be both fun-to-watch and fun-to-fly while discerning true pilot skill. The next FAI World Air Games hope to be such an event.

Roy Beisswinger, U.S. representative to the FAI, has asked for suggestions on competition that would meet these goals. They should also be easy to judge fairly with the fewest marshals and lend themselves to electronic scoring whenever possible.

Here are some ideas for possible future competitions. These have not been approved by anyone but sould be done in local events. In all maneuvers the pilot must not touch the ground with anything but the feet unless otherwise specified.

The actual rules will be included as soon as they're finalized.

The World Air Games was flown in 2009. A log was kept by Jeff Goin and is available here along with the results.

See also, the American Slalom version of the Japanese Slalom.

The AutoStick

This requires minimal electronics, is cheap to make and, given the right materials, should be durable.

Electronic Targets

Jeff Steinkamp has developed a landing target that could be adapted for this purpose. When the pilot touches it, a signal is sent to whatever electronic scoring needs it.

© 2016 Jeff Goin & Tim Kaiser   Remember: If there's air there, it should be flown in!