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In the days since 5 8 July, the skies will be the scene of the Parma Apennines 3rd Trophy Parco dei Cento Laghi, international meeting of paragliding, events posted on the official calendar of the FAI, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. In particular, from takeoff at an altitude of Costagrande 1450 on the slopes of Monte Caio, a peak located in the municipality of Tizzano Val Parma, which culminates with the tip Bocchialini (1584 m), between the mountains and valleys surrounding a large number of colored sails will compete for the trophy.
It is expected the participation of approximately 100 pilots. The prize is also the title of Italian Champion Master, dedicated to the pilots over 40 age, classifications for open and sport for the first time facing the full calendar of free flight, ie without engine. The aero club Emilia in Flight, Event organizer, has placed the operations center at the Circle Straw in Tizzano Val Parma, while the official landing site is in the hamlet Groppo.
The Apennines of Parma offers endless possibilities of flight and is very popular with pilots of paragliding and hang gliding not only Emilian. Particularly affordable flights to the south towards the border with Tuscany and Liguria, or north, to the plain.
However it is for the race director, Leone Antonio Pascale Vicopisano (Pisa), competitor and instructor pilot, decide which routes to assign, one for each day of competition, according to the weather conditions of the moment. In fact, this sport is strongly linked to the weather and local all'aerologia, factors that, if badly evaluated, may compromise the safety of pilots. The paragliding and hang today's machines are highly efficient and low performing, able to rise to considerable heights and travel tens of kilometers, so that the current world records are well away 450 and 701 km, respectively for paragliding and hang gliding.
The Val Parma has already successfully hosted events of great importance, As the Italian league of hang gliding 2009. In July, the world's attention will shift to the free flight Borso del Grappa (Treviso) and Gemona del Friuli (Udine), respectively, for the Italians to paragliding and hang gliding for those of.
Gustavo Vitali Press FIVL – Italian Federation of Free Flight