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CIVA to Meet in Madrid, Spain

The FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) will meet in Madrid, Spain on 25-26 September 2004. The meeting will be hosted by the Royal Spanish Aeronautics Federation and the Royal Aero Club of Spain. Working sessions will be held at the Headquarters of the Royal Aero Club of Spain, located at Cuatro Vientos Airport, Madrid. The plenary meeting will be preceded by an informal discussions seminar on Friday, 24 September. This meeting has been used successfully in the past to discuss concerns, problems, and proposals in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Over 20 countries are expected to participate in the meeting. Reports will be received from FAI Aerobatic Championships officials from this year's season and bids and reports will be considered for future competitions. Rules changes for 2005 will also be voted upon.

CIVA Bureau Selects Judges for WGPA at Al Ain

The Bureau of CIVA has announced its FAI Judge selections for the FAI World Grand Prix of Aerobatics event which will take place at Al Ain, UAE on 24-28 January 2005. The Board of Judges will by headed by Chief Judge John Gaillard of South Africa. John has been Chief Judge of the World Aerobatic Championships since 1996 and just recently headed up the judging line at the VI. Advanced World Aerobatic Championships in Ljungbyhed, Sweden in August. Judges are as follows: L-G Arvidsson (SWE), Greg Dungan (USA), Quintin Hawthorne (RSA), and Graham Hill (GBR). CIVA's chief representative at the competition will be Jury Chairman Osmo Jalovaara (FIN). More information on the event can be found on the "Championships Calendar" on this website.

CIVA Sub-Committee Rules Report Issued

The CIVA Rules & Judging Sub-Committees met in Ljungbyhed, Sweden on 5 August to consider the dozens of proposals submitted by CIVA Delegates this year for incorporation into the 2005 CIVA Regulations and Sporting Code. The report is now available here. Interested parties in the aerobatic community are requested to contact their national CIVA delegates to provide their input on these recommendations. The report will be reviewed at CIVA's plenary meeting in Madrid, Spain on 25-26 September 2004. The new rules will become effective on 1 January 2005.

Glen Dell wins AWAC

Glen Dell of South Africa is the new Advanced World Aerobatic Champion. Dell lives near Johannesburg. He is a pilot for South African Airways. The 6th Advanced World Championships came to a close today. The Third Unknown was not flown due to bad weather and the contest was called by Contest Director L-G Arvidsson. In the Team results, France won the FAI Gold Medal. In second was Russia followed by the Czech Republic in third place. The next AWAC is scheduled for 2006 with a location yet to be decided.

Team Results at AWAC

After the completion of the First Unknown programme, the Russians are first in the Team results at AWAC in Ljungbyhed. Russian Team pilots Anatoly Belov, Valeriy Korchagin, and Andrey Bespalov were the three top placing pilots on their team. In second is France with pilots Gerard Bichet, Simon Roy, and Frederic Chesneau leading the group. Chesneau is the current Advanced World Aerobatic Champion, having captured the Peter Celliers Trophy in Slovenia in 2002. In third is the Czech Republic. Their top pilots are Petr Biskup, Martin Vecko, and Martin Muck.

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First Unknown Completed at AWAC

The first Unknown compulsory flight programme was completed this evening in Ljungbyhed. Glen Dell of South Africa captured the gold medal in the flight with an outstanding 82.05%. He was closely followed by Gerard Bichet of France with 81.00% and Anatoly Belov of Russia with 79.79%. Combined totals from the Free and Unknown programme now place Dell in first place in the event followed by Bichet and Tomo Poljanec of Slovenia.

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Unknowns Begin at AWAC

Pilots have begun flying the first in a series of three "Unknown" flight programmes at the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships in Ljungbyhed, Sweden today. The 1st Unknown is shown here. Unknown figures are chosen by 10 of the teams -- as determined by drawing of lots --- but all teams can submit a proposed sequence of figures. The one to be used is chosen by the International Jury from those submitted. The sequence cannot be practiced and must be provided to all pilots at least 24 hours before the flight programme begins. A total of three different Unknowns will be flown at AWAC, weather permitting.

Bespalov wins Free Programme at AWAC 2004

Andrey BespalovAndrey Bespalov of Russia took first place in the Free Programme (Programme #1) at the VI Advanced World Aerobatic Championships being held at Ljungbyhed, Sweden. Andrey flew his YAK 55 to an 81.87% of points possible. Second was Glen Dell of South Africa followed by Gerard Bichet of France.

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First Flights Completed at AWAC

Programme Q --- the Known Compulsory "qualifying" flight was completed on Saturday, August 7th at the VI. Advanced World Aerobatic Championships in Ljungbyhed, Sweden. Martin VeckoWhile this flight programme does not count toward the official results, the standings are used to determine the order of flight for the subsequent programme, the Free. Martin Vecko of the Czech Republic flew to first place in the Q in a Zlin 50LS. He was followed by Gerard Bichet of France in the Extra 230 and Gabor Varga of Sweden in the YAK 55. Vecko achieved 80.09% of points possible. The flying continues today with the Free Programme which should be completed tomorrow.

AWAC Opens in Sweden

The 6th Advanced World Aerobatic Championships began today in Ljungbyhed, Sweden. A total of 63 pilots from 20 nations are competing in the event, setting a new record for countries participating.

A wide variety of aircraft are in use, though the most popular ones flown at AWAC are the YAK 54 and 55, Extra 230, various Pitts models, and other special types.

Zlin 50

Contest Director for the event is LG Arvidsson. Chief Judge is John Gaillard of South Africa. The President of the International Jury is Mike Heuer.

Proposals for 2005 published

The deadline for the submission of proposals for CIVA has now passed and several countries have provided many ideas for the improvement of Sporting Code and CIVA Regulations.