WACL and CIVA at signing ceremony in China


Many months of negotiations between CIVA President Nick Buckenham and British and Chinese executives from World Air Carnival Ltd., a UK based company dedicated to mounting a new series of aerobatic "World Air Master" (WAM) and "World Formation Aerobatic Championship" (WFAC) tournaments in China, have now culminated in a formal agreement between CIVA and WACL to jointly manage these events.


Tamás Abranyi prepares for the 19th FAI Glider Aerobatic World Championships

WGAC2016 banner_notes_2Some of the world’s best Glider Aerobatic pilots are heading to Hungary later this month, for a 10-day competition that will see two world champions crowned. Running in parallel, the 19th FAI Glider Aerobatic World Championship and the seventh Advanced Glider Aerobatic World Championship will take place at Matko Airport in Hungary from 20-30 July. The events are organised by the Hungarian Aeronautical Association and the Hungarian Aerobatic Club.


Gearing up for the 20th FAI European Aerobatic Championships 2016

EAC2016 bannerThe Czech Republic is gearing up to host the 20th European Aerobatic Championship at the end of August – and has won some high-level approval from inside the Czech government.


2015 FAI Annual Report released

2015FAIAnnualReportThe 2015 FAI Annual Report provides an overview of all our activities with plenty of pictures. More compact than the previous editions, it includes the competitions, records, awards, our sponsor Breitling, our partner Red Bull Air Race, and much more!


FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015

WAG 2015 logo sFrom 1 to 12 December, the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 celebrated air sports from around the world.

875 athletes from 55 countries competed in the biggest air sport event ever organised !

CIVA has a new President

The CIVA plenary conference in Budapest over the October 24/25 weekend was well supported and took a full two days to complete. A report of the key actions and agreements by CIVA secretary Hanna Raiha is now available here on this website, and a full set of minutes for the meeting will follow in due course. The meeting was chaired by John Gaillard as president Lars Arvidsson was unable to be present, and concluded with the election of two new CIVA bureau officers and a new president Nick Buckenham from the UK.


Among the many changes to our operating regulations agreed during the two days were -

  • The new "Free Known" concept for programme-1 in all categories was approved, and thus the long established Known or "Q" programme-1 and the Free programme-2 are consigned to the history books. From now forward aerobatic pilots will design their own Free Known sequence from 5 Master figures plus 5 figuresothers that they must select and add themselves so that the whole 10-figure sequence conforms to the current Free regulations for their category in terms of versatility, non-repetition of catalogue numbers etc. The maximum K per sequence is a little higher than before however as all these new sequences have 10 figures in place of the previous 9. Also of course the 5 figure Master sets for each category were selected, and these will be published in Section-6 parts 1 and 2 in due course.
  • CIVA Rules Committee chairman Matthieu Roulet will create a new 'Requirements' document that will contain mandatory instructions for organisers that will be drawn from Section-6 and also the Guide to Contest Organisation. This will remove from them all those items that are primarily directed at championship organisers rather than competitors and contest officials, putting them conveniently in one place and making their application simpler to manage.
  • A good range of championship bids was discussed and approved, as far forward even as 2018 for the WGAC in the Czech republic. The so-far missing 2016 EAC will now be at Moravska Trebova (LKMK) in the Czech Republic from 20th to 28th August.
  • Forward notice of at least one 2016 FAI Special Aerobatic Event (FSAE) in South Africa was given, with a good prospect for one or even two more. If successful these will certainly help to improve the CIVA financial reserves and thus the commission's ability to fund other aspects of seasonal commitment to its official duties.
  • The revised new Bureau of CIVA comprises John Gaillard (South Africa), Pik Kuechler (Switzerland), Matthieu Roulet (France) and Castor Fantoba (Spain), with Treasurer Jurgen Leukefeld (Germany) and secretaries Hanna Raiha (Finland) and Zuzana Danihelova (Czech Republic).

On behalf of the new CIVA Bureau and all other serving officers of the commission, I wish everyone associated with aerobatic competition flying the very best for the next 12 months.

Nick Buckenham
CIVA President


France Holds On to its FAI Aerobatic World Championships Titles - Rob Holland Freestyle World Champion for the Third Consecutive Time

WAC2015-winnersFrance takes home all gold medals at the 28th FAI World Aerobatics Championships: general rankings, team ranking, individual male and individual female.

After ten days of a particularly challenging competition French pilot Capitaine Alexandre Orlowski (France - left) is the new World Champion.

The French female pilot Aude Lemordant (left) also takes gold at the women’s competition. She finishes sixth in general rankings, just behind Orlowski, Mikhail Mamistov (Russia) Castor Fantoba (Spain), Gerald Cooper (Great Britain) and Capitaine François Rallet (France).

For the first time in the history of the FAI World Aerobatic Championships, Rob Holland from USA has won the Final Freestyle three times in a row (2011, 2013, 2015).


Châteauroux Welcomes the Pilots of the 28th FAI World Aerobatic Championship

chateauroux-opening-ceremonyComing from all parts of the globe, the participants in the 28th FAI World Aerobatic Championship received a warm welcome by the population of Châteauroux, France, this afternoon. Crowds cheered the pilots as they paraded down the streets of the city until the main place, where more than 2000 people had gathered to greet them and attend the opening ceremony. Officials' speeches were followed by two spectacular passages of the French Air Force display team and an aerial dance show.


9th FAI European Advanced Aerobatic Championships

EAAC-Deva-ROUThe 9th FAI European Advanced Aerobatic Championships took place in Deva, Romania, from 22 July to 2 August 2015.


Event Website for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Now Up and Running

WAG2015-websiteFAI invites you to visit the new event website for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. Managed by the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) as the host of the event, it offers quick and easy access to essential information about the Games.


28th FAI World Aerobatic Championships in France in August 2015

wac2015From August 20 to August 29, 2015, the 60 best aerobatic pilots in the world will gather in Châteauroux, in the Center region of France, to compete for the most coveted of all aerobatic titles. The partially renewed French team will defend its four titles won in the Individual, Team, Male, and Female categories during the last world championships in Texas in 2013.  The French Aeronautical Federation (FFA) is organizing this sporting event and will also offer the public a number of attractions on the ground to complete the aerobatic performances. The event will end on Saturday August 29 with a giant free-admission airshow.