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First Unknown Announced for WAC

The International Jury announced the 1st Unknown for WAC. This aerobatic sequence was chosen by the Jury from 8 proposals submitted by Teams. It is anticipated that flying of this Unknown will begin on Friday, June 29th. It is available for downloading as a PDF and GIF at the link below.

Programme Q Completed at WAC

Programme Q at the XXIV. World Aerobatic Championships completed last night with Castor Fantoba of Spain winning first place followed by Renaud Ecalle of France and Oleg Shpolyanskiy of Russia. Programme Q is the "Known Compulsory" sequence, the results of which are used to determine Order of Flight for Programme 1, the Free Programme, and to provide familiarization to the pilots of the aerobatic box and to "warm up" the International Judges panel. The results of "Q" are not included in the results of the Championships but still is regarded as an important flight by pilots.

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WAC Results Available

Results for the 24th World Aerobatic Championships are now available on line at http://civaweb.mwebservices.net/. These results are updated continuously as the flight programmes progress and the competition is underway. As of this writing, 20 pilots have flown Programme Q. A short break took place today for military training at the airfield but is resuming now at 12.20.

XXIV World Aerobatic Championships Opens in Granada

The 24th World Aerobatic Championships opened in Granada, Spain last night in ceremonies at Armilla Air Base. Flying began today with Programme Q. 51 pilots from 11 nations are competing. Countries entered in the competition include Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States of America. One pilot is entered as an independent and will fly "hors concours". Pilot are contending with high density altitude and temperatures today but are faring well. They are being judged by a team of 8 judges under the direction of Chief Judge John Gaillard of South Africa.

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Rules and Competition Proposals Published for 2008

The deadline for the submission of rules proposals for the 2008 contest season has now passed. Various CIVA member countries have submitted rules proposals as well as papers to initiate discussion on new competition formats. In addition, plans are already underway for the 2009 World Air Games in Turin, Italy and rules for this event will be discussed at Sub-Committee and the CIVA plenary in October in Vilnius, Lithuania. The proposals are available for download at www.fai.org/aerobatics/documents/proposals

Judges Elected by Bureau for Grand Prix in Russia

The CIVA Bureau completed its selection of judges and officials for the 2007 World Grand Prix event that is to take place in Russia this summer. John Gaillard (RSA) will be serving as Chief Judge of the event. Judges will be L-G. Arvidsson (SWE), Valentina Drokina (RUS), Quintin Hawthorne (RSA), and Graham Hill (GBR). Osmo Jalovaara will serve as CIVA's jury member at the event. The Grand Prix (number 25 on the circuit) will take place at Zhukovsky on 25-26 August and is under the direction of Jean-Louis Monnet. The WGPA series is an FAI First Category Championships.

CIVA Rules Proposals due on 1 June 2007

The deadline for proposed rules changes for 2008 is 1 June 2007. Proposals are to be forwarded directly to CIVA President Mike Heuer. His email address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2007 Section 6 Now Available

The 2007 versions of FAI Sporting Code, Section 6 (for powered and glider aerobatics) are now available for download on this website under "Documents" or directly linking to www.fai.org/aerobatics/documents.

CIVA Summary and Minutes Available

The Minutes and Summary of Conclusions for the 2006 plenary meeting of CIVA in Krakow are now available. These can be found under "CIVA Meetings" or by going direct to http://www.fai.org/aerobatics/meetings/2006.

CIVA Plans for 2007

The FAI Aerobatics Commission met in Krakow, Poland on 3-5 November and laid plans for the 2007 FAI Aerobatic Championships season. Three "classical" Championships are planned next year as well as another World Grand Prix event in Motegi, Japan. The three Championships will include the World Aerobatic Championships (in Unlimited category) now set for 24 June through 4 July in Granada, Spain. Contest Director will be Antonio Quintana. This will be the third world event the Spanish have organized since 2001. The competition will take place at Armilla Military Base. In the Advanced category, the European Advanced Aerobatic Championships will be held in Joensuu, Finland. The Advanced has grown rapidly in recent years with the largest World Championships held in Radom, Poland this past summer. Advanced offers a category that is less expensive for pilots and with many more aircraft available that are competitive. The Joensuu contest will be held on 20-28 July 2007 and will be directed by Matti Peura.

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CIVA to Meet in Krakow, Poland

CIVA will hold its plenary meeting in Krakow, Poland on 4-5 November. The plenary will be preceded by informal discussions the day before the formal sessions begin. The Agenda for the meeting as well as the various documents which will be considered by Delegates can be found under "Meetings" on this page. Over 50 Delegates, Alternates, and Observers are expected to attend from 20 nations.