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Air Sports

History of Air Sports

Air Sports are any recreational activity performed in-flight or during freefall. There are two disciplines of Air Sports offered in The World Games: Canopy Piloting and Drone Racing.

Canopy Piloting

Canopy Piloting involves a series of tasks designed to test a parachutist’s ability to control the canopy and fly accurately. Each task starts with the parachutist navigating through a number of gates situated on water. The parachutist has one of four goals, depending on the task: complete the course in the shortest time, therefore having the highest speed; complete the water section and land on a target as accurately as possible; achieve the longest distance from the entry gate before touching down; or perform freestyle maneuvers while navigating the course in the most aesthetically appealing and precise manner.

The maximum score for speed goes to the parachutist flying the course in the shortest time. To maximize the accuracy, the competitor must successfully navigate the water section before landing as close to the center of the target as possible. The best score for distance is awarded to the parachutist controlling the canopy to fly the maximum distance. In freestyle, the best score goes to the competitor with the highest accumulated points in execution and presentation of various pre-determined moves. In each round, the competitors are ranked on a numeric scale to receive ranking points. Rank 1 equals one point, rank 2 equals two points, and so on. The lowest amount of aggregated ranking points determines the winner.

Country of Origin

  • France

Popular Countries

  • Germany, United Kingdom, United States

2017 World Games Champion (country)

  • Canopy Piloting – United States

Editions Participated in The World Games

  • 6

Air Sports Schedule

The schedule will be posted in 2019.

Air Sports Results

The results will be posted in 2021.

Air Sports Photos

Air Sports News