The Gliding Match Racing in the 2015 FAI World Air Games in the United Arab Emirates takes place around a closed course of approximately 20 kilometers centered on the airport at the Skydive Dubai Desert Airport. Six Champion glider pilots will compete in races in two identical high performance Discus 18 meter sailplanes. The competitors will race against each of the other pilots in a round robin event. The duration of the competition is 5 days from 5 to 9 December.
6 Champion pilots have been invited to compete in Dubai. The tournament will be run in three stages:
- qualification rounds - two semifinals - a final and a consolation final
The qualification round will be run as a “round robin” (i.e. all pilots will race against each other). After the round robin a ranking will be established as a function of the number of races won by each pilot.
After the qualification round two semifinals will be run between the pilots ranked at the first four places. The pilot placed first during the qualification will compete in a match against the pilot ranked at the fourth place while the pilot ranked second will compete in a match against the pilot ranked third.
After the semifinals a final will take place as a match between the two winners of the semifinals. A “consolation final” for the third place will also be organized between the two losers of the day. The winner of this match will be the FAI World Air Games Champion of the Gliding Match Racing.
Each race is a test of the pilot’s patience and tactical ability. These qualities, combined with piloting skills and the ability to choose the optimum route, will determine the pilot’s performance. The pilot who successfully implements his/her chosen strategy and uses the most appropriate tactics to achieve the fastest speed will be the winner.
The flights records shall be checked in real time by analyzing the flight records provided by the IGC Flarms. They will have a time interval of 1 second. The start time of each glider shall be measured by interpolation between the last fix before the crossing of the start line and the first fix after crossing the line.
The finish time of each glider shall be measured by interpolation between the last fix before the crossing of the finish line and the first fix after crossing the line.
The winner of the race shall be the pilot having covered the distance from the start line to the finish line via all turn-points in the shortest time (the time taken into account is the difference between the time of crossing the finish line and the time the glider crossed the start line plus any time penalties.
Gliding Match Racing
Sebastian KAWA (POL)
Werner AMANN (AUT)
Tilo HOLIGHAUS (GER)