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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.

CIVA Bureau Names Judges for World Grand Prix in Japan

The results of the selection of Judges for the World Grand Prix of Aerobatics in Motegi, Japan was announced today by CIVA President Mike Heuer. Chief Judge for the event will be Graham Hill of Great Britain. The Judges will be Jiri Duras (CZE), Quintin Hawthorne (RSA), Pavol Kavka (SVK), and Jean Zumaglini (FRA). The event is to be held at the Motegi motor raceway on the first weekend in November.

Alexander Kurylev Named Advanced World Champion

Alexandre Kurylev of Russia was named the new World Advanced Aerobatic Champion at the conclusion of the VII. World Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Radom, Poland on Saturday, 12 August 2006. Russia also won the Team Championships followed by the USA in second and France in third. The competition was hampered by bad weather with rain and low clouds on many of the contest days but the Free Programme was finally completed on the last day and the contest declared complete by International Jury President Mike Heuer. Complete results can be found at under the "Championships Results" page on this website.

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AWAC Delayed due to Weather

Suffering from low clouds and rain all week, the VII. Advanced World Aerobatic Championships has been delayed with the Programme Q being the only flight programme now completed as of yesterday. Results of the competition so far can be found here: http://civaweb.mwebservices.net The scores are updated within minutes after the pilot flies as they are scanned at the judging line and transmitted to the scoring office. The Free Programme (Programme 1) is now underway with less than half the pilots completed. Flying will be attempted today if the weather cooperates. Weather minimums for competition flights are governed by FAI Sporting Code, Section 6.

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Advanced Championships Opens in Radom, Poland

The 7th Advanced World Aerobatic Championships opened yesterday, 3 August 2006, in Radom, Poland. 64 pilots from 20 countries registered for the event. Programme Q (the Known Compulsory) was to begin today but rain and bad weather have hampered the start of the contest. It appears that the day may be lost due to bad weather. Updates will be posted here on the CIVA website. Contest Director Marek Szufa conducted the General Briefing for all competitors and team managers yesterday. Chief Judge Pavol Kavka of the Slovak Republic heads up a panel of 6 Judges.

European Glider Aerobatic Championships Concludes

The European Glider Aerobatic Championships concluded over the weekend in Rybnik, Poland and Ferenc Toth of Hungary was named European Champion. Running a close second behind him was Jerzy Makula of Poland and in third place, Georgi Kaminsky of Russia. Team Champions were Hungary (first), Russia (second), and Germany (third). Complete results can be found at the following link: http://civaweb.mwebservices.net

Proposals for 2007 Published

Proposals for rules changes for 2007 can be found under "CIVA Documents" on this website. These proposals, submitted by Delegates, will be considered by the Rules, Judging, and Glider Aerobatics Sub-Committees when they meet this summer. Their recommendations will be published when available. Final decisions on rules will be taken at the CIVA plenary meeting in Krakow, Poland in November 2006.

YAK 52 World Championships Cancelled

The 1st YAK 52 World Aerobatic Championships scheduled to be held in South Africa in June is cancelled. In a letter to participants, Contest Director John Gaillard stated the reasons were cancellations received in the last few days by pilots and observers and non-confirmation of entries by several countries. The even became unviable from a financial standpoint. The future of the YAK WAC, and other competitions, will be discussed at CIVA's plenary in November.

Advanced World Championships Entries Reach 100

As of today, preliminary entries for the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships (AWAC) to be held in Radom, Poland in August have reached 100 pilots. Teams from 23 countries are planning to attend making this the largest aerobatic championships held under the FAI banner in decades. Final entry deadline is set for 31st May 2006.

Judges Selected for 2006 World Championships

The Bureau of CIVA has finished its balloting and selected the Judges for the two World Aerobatic Championships which will be held in 2006 (Advanced and YAK 52 events). The following judges have been selected. All of those below received a majority of votes from Bureau members who voted during the selection process: YAK WAC 2006 BUCKENHAM, Nick DROKINA, Valentina DUNGAN, Greg HAWTHORNE, Quintin MAXEN, Jan MECKLIN, Matti AWAC 2006 DROKINA, Valentina DUNGAN, Greg HAWTHORNE, Quintin MAXEN, Jan MECKLIN, Matti ZUMAGLINI, Jean