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India Hosts Paragliding World Cup 2015

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Dharamsala, Oct 25 (ANI): India is hosting Paragliding World Cup 2015 in Bir-Billing area of Himachal Pradesh's Kangra district. The tournament was flagged off by Civil Aviation Minister Pashupati Ashok Gajapati Raju on Saturday. Around 120 pilots from over 30 countries are taking part in the week-long event. The participants include world champion Julien Wirtz of France and other top ranking pilots like Vidic Jurij of Slovenia, Maxine Pinot of France and Torsten Siegel, Andreas Malecki of Germany. Himachal Pradesh's Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma, who is also the president of Billing Paragliding Association, said preparations were in place to host India's first ever paragliding world cup. The competition's schedule will be decided by the organisers based on weather conditions. For the first time GPS-aided GEO augmented navigation (GAGAN), an India SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) Programme jointly developed by the India Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the AAI will be used for live tracking of the pilots, said reports. The Indian challenge will be led by Ajay Kumar, who is one of the most experienced pilots of India. India had hosted the Pre-World Cup tournament in 2013.

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