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Mon, Apr 18, 2005

Parastars Convention Returns To Polk City

Fantasy Of Flight Hosts Event

Paramotor pilots from all over the world will gather this week at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, FL for the annual Parastar's convention. The event will run from the 19th to the 24th of April. Pilots at this year's convention are hoping to set another record in the Guinness book of records for launching more than 100 paramotors at one time.

What is a Paramotor? Pilots wear a small engine on their back and have a type of parachute overhead. The small and lightweight aircraft can lift their pilots high into the air under a multitude of colorful canopies. Visitors to Fantasy of Flight will be able to see the flying along with the rest of the aircraft on display.

Vendors will be showing off all sorts of equipment, including paramotors, wings, prop balancers, windsocks, videos, books and other goodies. People interested in becoming pilots will see what is required to get involved in the sport.

If that's not enough fun, how about having a competition? The United States Powered Paragliding Association will be having a competition in conjunction with the convention. It sounds like fun!

Tue Apr 19 Flying only allowed by registered competitors.
1200-1600 Comp Registration/Practice Free flying and practice
1600-1800 Ground Precision Flying Practice for judges and pilots

Wed Apr 20 Flying only allowed by registered competitors.
0700-0730 Briefing (by Director) Tasks, safety, scoring, how to win.
0800-1000 Ground Precision Flying Time permitting there will be two rounds flown
1130-1200 Kite War 
1230-1400 Endurance (Soaring) Have 2 litre fill ready
1400-1600 Free Flying (competitors only)
1600-1800 Ground Precision Flying Time permitting there will be two rounds flown

Thur Apr 21 Flying by convention pilots allowed but away from the competition area.
0700-1000 Competition Scored event for comp pilots (round 2)
Convention flying is allowed but pilots must avoid the competition area.

FMI: www.usppa.org

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