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Main decisions taken at the 2014 CIAM Annual Meeting

CIAM logoThe 2014 Annual Meeting of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) was held on 11 and 12 April 2014 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The CIAM Bureau Members met a day earlier at the same location.

Friday evening’s Open Forum discussion

After the 2013 success another “Open Forum” had been scheduled and complimented by many delegates attending.
Manufacturers had been invited to present and discuss technology currently offered to aeromodellers via the product line of the company they represent in respect of telemetry, gyros, stabilizing systems etc. and their thoughts about using this technology in FAI competitions.

The advantages of this technology are:

  • Taking workload from the pilot by the use of intelligent systems during flight
  • Optimizing the performance of aircraft
  • New Tasks on top of aerodynamics
  • Research of accurate sensor technologies
  • Development of autopilot algorithm
  • Adjustment of parameters

These would have the following impact on competitions:

  • Aerodynamic design will change
  • „Feeling the plane“ will be replaced by feedback of sensor values
  • Pilot skills will be replaced by intelligent electronics
  • The most sophisticated flight control system will win

The potential conflict is obvious:

  • Give pilots the chance to benefit from state-of-the-art technology, but without being suspected of using technologies that are not allowed during competition

The likely solution being a “competition mode” to reduce the possible functionality to the one which is allowed by the rules.
Clearly, this technology is going to influence other airsports as well and needs careful monitoring.

Besides the Sporting Code proposals that were adopted, here are the main decisions that were taken during the meeting:

Future competitions

The organisation of the following competitions has been awarded:

2015 World Championships:

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2016 World championships:

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2017 World Championships:

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2015 Continental Championships:

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2016 Continental Championships:

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-> Check out the calendar for all Aeromodelling past and future events.

Awards

The FAI Aeromodelling Gold Medal: Pierre PIGNOT (FRA)
The Andrei Tupolev Medal: Emil BRODBERG (SWE)
The Alphone Penaud Diploma: Christopher CALLOW (AUS)
The Antonov Diploma: Milan JELINEK (SVK)
The Frank Ehling Diploma: Bogdan WIERZBA (POL)

CIAM Scholarship: Oskar Findahl (SWE). The new Aeromodelling Scholarship diploma, “Spirit of Flight”, was awarded to the winner.

Bureau Elections

President : Antonis PAPADOPOULOS (GRE)
NEW / 1st Vice President : Bruno DELOR (FRA)
2nd Vice President : Narve JENSEN (NOR)
3rd Vice President - Treasurer : Andras REE (HUN)
Secretary : Massimo SEMOLI (SUI)
NEW / Technical Secretary : Kevin DODD (AUS)

Mrs Jo Halman (GBR) retired after 9 years of service in the CIAM Bureau.

Subcommittee Chair(wo)men    

NEW / SC: F2 Control Line - Peter HALMAN (GBR)
NEW / SC: F4 RC Scale – Graham KENNEDY (GBR)
SC: F5 RC Electric – Emil GIEZENDANNER (SUI)
NEW / SC: F7 RC Aerostats  – Johannes EISSING (GER)
SC: S Space Models – Srdjan PELAGIC (SRB)
Education - Gerhard WOEBBEKING (GER)

SC Chairs (confirmed for the 2nd year of their term):

SC: F1 Free Flight - Ian KAYNES (GBR)
SC: F3 RC Aerobatics – Michael RAMEL (GER)
SC: F3 RC Soaring – Tomas BARTOVSKY (CZE)
SC: F3 RC Helicopter – Dag ECKHOFF (NOR)
SC: F3 RC Pylon Racing – Rob METKEMEIJER (NED)

Next Meetings   

The 2014 CIAM Annual Meeting will take place in Lausanne (SUI) from 24 to 25 April 2015.

The Bureau Members will meet on 5-6 December 2014 and on 23 April 2015 at the same location.

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