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CIVA Plenary Meeting

The FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) met near Munich, Germany on 4-5 November 2005 at the German aviation museum in Oberschleissheim. A wide range of issues and problems were discussed. CIVA decided to award the organization of the following Championships to the cities and countries listed below: VII. Advanced World Aerobatic Championships - Radom, Poland - August 2006 VIII. European Glider Aerobatic Championships - Rybnik, Poland - July 2006 V. European Advanced Aerobatic Championships - Joensuu, Finland - July 2007 XII. World Glider Aerobatic Championships - Niederoblarn, Austria - August 2007

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CIVA Meets in Munich on 4-6 November

The plenary meeting of CIVA will be held in Munich, Germany on Saturday and Sunday, 5-6 November. The meeting will be held at the aviation museum in Oberschleissheim, one of the oldest and still active airfields in Germany. The meeting will be preceded by "informal discussions" on Friday afternoon, 4 November. These discussions have become a tradition at CIVA in order to clear the air and discuss controversial issues before the plenary begins. This year's agenda includes numerous rules changes, proposed competition sequences for 2006, changes to contest scoring methods, election of new officials and officers, and reports from various Championships held in 2005.

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CIVA Meeting to be held in Oberschleissheim, Germany

The location and dates for the CIVA plenary meeting have just been changed. Due to building system problems at the Kloster Banz (the original location for the meeting), the meeting has now been moved to the aviation museum at Oberschleissheim, Germany -- near Munich. The museum's meeting rooms will be utilized for CIVA's plenary and informal discussions. Dates are now 4-5-6 November 2005 with the informal discussions taking place on the first day.

WGAC Concludes Today

The World Glider Aerobatic Championships concludes in Serpukhov, Russia today with the official awards ceremonies. The event began on 20 July. Georgy Kaminski of Russia has been declared the new World Glider Aerobatic Champion. Kaminski is from Russia. He was followed in second place by Jerzy Makula of Poland (a former World Champion on several occasions) and Ferenc Toth of Hungary. Russia also won the gold medals in the team competition as well with team pilots Kaminski, Alexander Panferov, and Valentin Barabanov scoring the highest. Poland was in second and Hungary in third. T

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Gerard Bichet is European Advanced Champion

Gerard Bichet of France flew to victory in the IV. Advanced European Aerobatic Championships held in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic in mid-July. His three flights garnered 79.79% of the points possible, easing out Anatolij Belov of Russia by 105 points. In third place overall was Mikhail Pereverzev of Russia. The Russians did win the Team Championships, however, with Belov, Pereverzev, and Alexandr Kurylev being the top three of their team. France was second and the Czech Republic was third in the team competition.

Unlimited World Champions for 2005-2006

The XXIII. World Aerobatic Championships concluded in Burgos, Spain on 2nd July 2005. The contest was under the direction of Antonio Quintana. The new Overall World Aerobatic Champion is Sergey Rakhmanin of Russia. Sergey flew his Sukhoi SU-26M3 to victory for the second WAC in a row. He also won the Championships in 2003 in Florida, USA. Only one other pilot has achieved this record – Petr Jirmus of Czechoslovakia in 1984 and 1986. Rakhmanin was awarded the Aresti Cup. In the overall results, Oleg Shpolyanski (RUS) and Renaud Ecalle (FRA) were second and third. The Russians also surged to win the Men’s Team Championships with their top pilots (Rakhmanin, Oleg Shpolyanski, and Mikhail Mamistov) gathering total points of 33,517.1422 in the event. Taking the Silver medals in the team event was France followed by the USA with the Bronze. Winners were awarded the Petr Nesterov Trophy.

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Proposals for 2006

Rules proposals for 2006 can now be found under "CIVA Documents" on this website. These proposals are being considered by various CIVA Sub-Committees now and will be discussed at the plenary meeting in November.

Judges Selected for WGPA in Lausanne

The Bureau of CIVA has selected the Judges for the upcoming World Grand Prix of Aerobatic event that is to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 27-28 August 2005. This Grand Prix will mark the Centenary of the FAI in a special way, since Lausanne is the home and headquarters of the Federation. The event's Chief Judge will be John Gaillard of South Africa. John will have just returned from a stint at the XXIII. World Aerobatic Championships in Spain and is CIVA's most experienced Chief Judge. He is also Chairman of the CIVA Judging Sub-Committee. Judges will be: BROCARD, Georges (SUI) CASSIDY, Alan (GBR) ITIER, Francis (FRA) KOBRLE, Jiri (CZE) Jury member will be Mike Heuer, President of CIVA.

Aresti System now Available

The 2005-1 version of the "Aresti System (Condensed)" is now available. This document will replace the FAI Aerobatic Catalogue with immediate effect and will be in use for all FAI Aerobatic Championships in 2005. The page for either downloading or viewing the "Aresti System" can be found at the upper right of this home page. The new version of the Glider Aerobatic Figure catalogue also appears on that page.

CIVA Bureau Selects Judges for WAC

The Bureau of CIVA recently concluded its selection of Judges for the XXIII World Aerobatic Championships in Burgos, Spain in June and July 2005. A total of 15 nominations were received. The Bureau can select up to a maximum of 7 Judges for the event. A maximum of 10 Judges are authorized by the rules. The following Judges will participate at WAC as "FAI Judges": LG Arvidsson (SWE) Greg Dungan (USA) Jiri Duras (CZE) Quintin Hawthorne (RSA) Graham Hill (GBR) Francis Itier (FRA) Matti Mecklin (FIN) Judges nominated by NAC's or who entered their names individually are still free to attend the WAC and judge in Programme Q. A final selection of the 10 best judges will be made after Q by the International Jury, based on judging analysis.

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CIVA Regulations and Sporting Code 2005 Available

The 2005 versions of CIVA Regulations for Unlimited, Advanced, and Glider categories are now available for download under "Documents". The documents will be in effect at all FAI Aerobatic Championships this year including the World Aerobatic Championships in Spain; the World Glider Aerobatic Championships in Russia; and the Advanced European Aerobatic Championships in the Czech Republic. Documents are zipped PDF files.