The stories included the plan of the Belgian meet organizers and team Spa Hayabusa to ask the International Parachuting Commission (IPC) for recognition of the jump as an official world record. The NSL News followed up by studying the rules more carefully to find out what it takes to score an official world record.
In fact, the FSL Shamrock Showdown has turned into a mini world meet with several teams visiting from all over the world. There was enough serious competition and sharp judging. However, FSL management and DeLand Fire knew that the FAI/IPC rules require additional conditions that were not given at the DeLand meet in March this year.
The NSL News opened up the rule book and found the relevant parts for world record jumps in the latest 2006 edition of the FAI's Sporting Code, effective March 1st, 2006. Section 5 of the FAI Sporting Code is the part that defines the specific rules for skydiving competition.
|3.2 COMPETITION RECORDS|
(1) Competition Records may only be established during the scheduled competition rounds at an International Sporting Event, which has been registered in the FAI Sporting Calendar, or at a National Championships, which is not open to participation by NACs other than the organising NAC. For purposes of this provision, unless a specific invitation is issued by the organising NAC to another NAC, teams or competitors from a country other than the country of the organising NAC that are permitted to participate in a National Championships are considered not to represent participation by an NAC other than the organising NAC.
The FAI's official Belgian Nationals 2006 is coming up at the end of May, and the USPA Nationals 2006 is the official FAI national championships in the USA. It seems as if any world records in Formation Skydiving competition would be limited to taking place at these events.
Spa Hayabusa's 45-pointer seems to have only a chance to be recognized by the FAI if the BST event on April 29-30 will also be considered an event that is of the same importance as a national championship. The FAI might have to compare the event series of the Coupe de France to other event series like the Belgian Skydiving Trophy and then decide whether any of the single events of a series can have the value of national championships. There is a good chance that the NSL News will have to follow up on this topic.