Canopy Piloting (CP)

Canopy Piloting involves a series of tasks designed to test a parachutist's ability to control their canopy for speed, distance and accuracy. Each test starts with the parachutist navigating through a number of gates which are situated over water.

The parachutist has one of three goals, depending on the task; complete the course in the shortest time, therefore having the highest speed; complete the water section and then land on a target as accurately as possible; achieve the longest distance from the entry gate before touching down.

How is the Winner Defined?
To achieve a high score for accuracy, a competitor must successfully navigate the water section of the course before landing as close as possible to the centre of the target. The maximum score for speed goes to the parachutist flying the course in the shortest time and the best score for distance goes to the parachutist who can control their canopy to fly the maximum distance.

How is it scored?
Accuracy: competitors must pass between the course markers and stay within the course to gain points. Extra 'gate' points are earned when a competitor drags a part of their body (usually the foot) through an imaginary line on the surface of the water between water gates. Penalities are awarded in the landing phase if the competitor falls over, or is not in the central zone with their first touch.

Speed: competitors must pass between the course markers to start the speed run. The time is started by breaking an electronic beam across the course entrance. The competitor's time is stopped as they break a second beam across the exit gate and their time is measured to the thousandth of a second.

Distance: competitors must pass between the course markers and remain within the boundaries of the course to obtain a score. The distance is measured from the entry gate to the first point of contact with the ground.

Canopy Piloting is a fairly new sport, made possible by the development of smaller and faster canopies in the mid 1990s. The discipline was originally called "blade running" but soon evolved into the format used today. Competitors compete over a stretch of water for safety reasons because of the high speeds involved. Accordingly, the discipline requires a high level of skill and experience. Many national Federations insist on a minimum requirement of 500 parachute jumps before allowing a competitor to enter a Canopy Piloting Event. The first World Championships in Canopy Piloting took place in 2006.

Meet the Team Behind the Team

Lisa Perdichizzi - HoD Lisa Perdichizzi - HoD

The 2012 Australian Parachute Team will be led by Australian Parachute Federation Director of Competitions Lisa Perdichizzi. Lisa has been involved in the competitions scene for the past 12 years and has completed over 3000 jumps.

Faye Cox - Freefall Style & Accuracy Landing TM Faye Cox - Freefall Style & Accuracy Landing TM

Faye Cox will lend her significant experience as a skydiving competitor and administrator to the Australian Parachute Team in her role as Team Manager of the Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing teams. 

Erica Tadokoro - VFS TM Erica Tadokoro - VFS TM

Former Australian VFS Champion and vertical formation world record holder Erica Tadokoro will provide support to skydivers on the Australian Parachute Team selected to compete in VFS.

Kyle Binning - FS TM Kyle Binning - FS TM

Former HoD to the Australian Parachute Team, Kyle Binning, will provide assistance to athletes competing in Formation Skydiving events at the WPC.

Sharney Perrow - CP, FFS & AL TM Sharney Perrow - CP, FFS & AL TM

Sharney Perrow will be acting Team Manager for Canopy Piloting, and Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing competitors.

Amy McDermott - CF and AE TM Amy McDermott - CF and AE TM

Amy McDermott will provide assistance to athletes competing in the disciplines of Canopy Formation and Artistic Event: Freestyle Skydiving.

Brad Turner - National Coach Brad Turner - National Coach

Australian Parachute Federation CEO and National Coach, Brad Turner, will provide support to athletes in his role as Coach to the Australian Parachute Team.

Stephanie Campbell - Team Media Representative Stephanie Campbell - Team Media Representative

National Development Officer to the Australian Parachute Federation, Stephanie Campbell, will be acting Media Representative for the Team.

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