2012 World Parachute Championships in Dubai
The World Parachute Championships are currently under way in the United Arab Emirates. The event which is being hosted at the world renowned Skydive Dubai began on Wednesday the 29th November and will continue to run until the 9th of December. Skydive Dubai, which has only been open for a short period of time, has already attracted thousands of visitors from around the world and is quickly rising as one of the top dropzones to visit.
The competition sees what is estimated to be as many as 1500 people from 57 countries descending upon Skydive Dubai to give it all they've got. This number was originally estimated to be around the 800 mark, but the response has been overwhelming, no doubt in part to the success that Skydive Dubai has been having in recent months as a dropzone, and the splendor that is Dubai itself. The city lights radiate the night sky, while the aerial view for the skydivers is almost unrivalled. It's easy to see why everyone has been pushing to get involved with the event.
The World Parachute Championships Mondial is known as the biggest parachuting event and each year thus far has drawn positive feedback and been hailed as one of the top skydiving competitions. This year looks to be no different and in true Dubai fashion, no expense was spared as the event sees the likes of esteemed pop superstars Usher and Katy Perry both scheduled to perform during the events closing ceremony.
The event will consist of the following disciplines:
World Championships Freefall Style & Accuracy Landing
Junior World Championships Freefall Style & Accuracy Landing
World Championships Formation Skydiving
- 4-Way Open
- 4-Way Female
- 4-Way Vertical Formation Skydiving
World Championships Canopy Formation
- 2-Way Sequential
- 4-Way Sequential
- 4-Way Rotation
World Championships Artistic Events
- Freestyle Skydiving
World Championships Canopy Piloting
- Accuracy, Distance, Speed
Para Ski Demonstration Competition
30th November (Friday) - Start and continuation of competition jumps, beginning at 8am. In the evening the opening ceremony will take place.
1st December (Saturday) - Continuation of competition jumps.
2nd December (Sunday) - Continuation of competition jumps. Note that this day is a National holiday.
3rd December (Monday) - Continuation of competition jumps and training in the Para Ski Individual Skiing category.
4th December (Tuesday) - Continuation of competition jumps and training in the Para Ski Individual Skiing category.
5th December (Wednesday) - Competition.
6th December (Thursday) - Competition.
7th December (Friday) - Competition.
8th December (Saturday) - Final day, closing ceremony, award presentation as well as farewell dinner.
View video of Day 2
The aircrafts which are being made available for this event include a Bell 212 helicopter for the accuracy landing and canopy piloting; A Pilatus Porter PC-6 for the freefall style, canopy formation as well as the canopy piloting and accuracy landing; Cessna C 208 Caravan for freefall style, canopy formation and accuracy landing, as well as a Twin Otter HD 6 which will be used in the artistic events as well as the formation skydiving events.
Scores and current result standings of the competition is available on the World Parachuting Championships website.
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