Ecuador has a perfect geography for practicing paragliding. Hence it was chosen to be part of the Paragliding World Cup in 2017. With the chance to be at more than 3000 meters above sea level on one day and at the beach the next it offers many different options for competing in different categories such as beach flights or high mountain flights.
This competence will take place from October 28 to November 4, 2017, and will consist on a Cross Country mode meaning that the competition will include 25 km to 150 km on a single flight (in a straight line or on a circuit). And in Guayaquil, at Cerro Blanco, more than 150 pilots from all around the world are expected to participate.
The Deadline for registering for this competition is Friday, 28 July 2017.
But if you are wondering how this competition really works, on the Paragliding World Cup site it is explained that they use cutting-edge technology to ensure that all competitions are “efficient, fair and to reduce queues to a minimum in all possible situations.»
One of these cutting-edge technologies is Live Tracking systems, which they explain is what allows to follow the race in real time and 3D. The competence is compared to yacht racing but in the air. That is why GPS tracking systems are so relevant; it enables to program the turn points so that the pilot can find the course around the sky and achieved the “task” and land at the selected point.
How does glider flying work? Well, as explained in the official site of the Paragliding Word Cup, the glider is launched, usually, by running down a fairly steep hill and “not by jumping off the hill.» Once flying, the pilot who is suspended in a harness will have to use the local weather conditions, land features and other indicators to find areas of rising air (thermals mainly). Finding these areas of rising air is what will allow the glider to climb away from the ground and reach the lengths or time flight required to qualify or win the competition.
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