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Air Sports

What started as an act of daring - in 1797, with Frenchman André Garnerin putting Leonardo da Vinci's concept of a parachute to the ultimate test by leaping from a balloon - has developed into a highly diversified air sport: parachuting or skydiving.

Athletes reaching speeds of 250 km/h, sometimes even more, as they compete on their three-dimensional field of play, makes skydiving arguably the fastest non-powered sport on - and above - earth.

All its disciplines use one piece of equipment in common: the parachute. In fact, two parachutes are always worn for maximum safety - a main and a reserve parachute.
Distinctions between the disciplines are made by determining how the main parachute is used. In some, the ability to control the deployed parachute forms the essence of the sporting performance; in others the parachute is used merely to land safely, the performance is completed prior to its deployment.
The disciplines featured in The World Games: Accuracy Landing, Canopy Piloting, Formation Skydiving, Freestyle Skydiving.

Sport parachuting activities are reported by 118 nations.
Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
Information about the German Aero Federation


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