World Glider Aerobatic Championships Close in Slovakia

The 15th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships (Unlimited Category) and the 3rd FAI World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships have come to a close in Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia on Saturday, August 18th, 2012.

The new FAI World Glider Aerobatic Champion (Unlimited) is Maciej Pospieszynski (below) of Poland flying a Swift S-1. Ferenc Toth of Hungary was in second place, also in a Swift. Third was Markus Feyerabend of Germany in a Swift as well.


Russian Pilot Wins WAAC and France Wins Team Medals

The 10th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships came to a finish with all flight programmes safely completed under the direction of Contest Director Pavol Kavka. Overseeing the judging was Chief Judge John Gaillard of South Africa.


World Advanced Championships Underway

Magical Snap - 2012.07.26 19.45 - 002The 10th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships opened yesterday, the 26th of July, in Nyíregyháza, Hungary with an opening briefing by Contest Director Pavol Kavka (see left) and a formal ceremony at the town square in the city.


FAI Announces Awards

This past week, the FAI head office in Lausanne, Switzerland announced the recipients of major FAI awards for 2011. These prestigious medals and diplomas will be presented at the FAI General Conference on Thursday, 18 October 2012, at the Topkapi Palace Hotel, Antalya, Turkey.  Three members of CIVA's international aerobatics community were honored.


CIVA President's Council Created

Today, CIVA President Mike Heuer created a new and informal “CIVA President’s Council” to advise the CIVA Bureau and other bodies on appropriate issues and problems.

The Council will consist of CIVA President of Honour James Black (United Kingdom) andRobert Chomono CIVA Vice Presidents of Honour Karl Berger (Austria), Alan Cassidy (United Kingdom), Bob Chomono (France), Jiri Kobrle (Czech Republic), and Osmo Jalovaara (Finland).  Bob Chomono is shown left.

Their combined years of experience in aerobatics number in the hundreds. They have been involved in all aspects of aerobatics – competition flying, judging, rules-making, and contest organization. All served at one time as Delegate of their country to CIVA.

The Bureau deals with many difficult and complex problems throughout the year and their counsel would be valuable the Officers of CIVA and the sport of aerobatics.

CIVA Rules Proposal Package Now Available


The deadline for the submission of rules proposals for 2013 has now passed and the proposals have been assembled into one file, available for download on our "Documents" page under "Meetings" and "2012" or going direct to <File missing>.  These rules proposals address all categories of aerobatic competition, in both Power and Glider, and seek to further improve the regulations for future Championships.


World YAK52 Aerobatic Championships Results Final

The 3rd FAI World Yak-52 Aerobatic Championships concluded in Russia yesterday, the 28th of June, with the completion of the last 2nd Free Unknown flight. The competition was held at Airfield Finam (Bolshoe Gryzlovo), Serpukhov region. Twenty-three pilots competed in the Championships.

The new World Yak-52 Aerobatic Champion is Vladimir Kotelnikov of Russia. In recent years, he has been very active in judging FAI Aerobatic Championships at both the Continental and World level. But he is equally skilled as a pilot and put those skills to good use against a wide variety of Yak pilots.

Russia also captured the Team prize with Belarus in second and Lithuania in third place.

Closing ceremonies and awards-givings will be on Saturday, the 30th of June. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to our friends in Russia for an outstanding organization.

Detailed results can be found at www.civa-results.com.

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World YAK52 Aerobatic Championships Underway in Russia

The 3rd FAI World YAK-52 Aerobatic Championships opened on Saturday, the 23rd of June and is now underway in Russia.  The even is being held in Bolshoe Gryzlovo and has attracted 23 pilots representing seven countries. 

The event is relatively new to CIVA and is restricted to the well-known YAK-52 aircraft, a two-seat aerobatic trainer, that was buillt in the thousands during the Soviet era.  It is a rugged trainer that remains popular today and is seen in aviation events around the world. 

The Championships website can be visited here.  Results are available now from that site. 

The photo below features an aerobatic team which performed during the Opening Ceremonies of the Championships.  The competition ends on the 30th of June.


WAC 2013 to be Held in New Location

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The location of the 27th FAI World Aerobatic Championships, to be held in the USA, has been changed. 
The USA's bid for the Championships originally included the site of the airport in Jean, Nevada, near Las Vegas.  That airport is no longer available for the Championships.
WAC will now be held at the North Texas Regional Airport in Sherman/Denison, Texas (ICAO: KGYI).  The airport has been the site of the US National Aerobatic Championships almost continuously since 1972.  Formerly the Perrin Air Force Base, the airport features large runways, ramps, and hangars and has been an excellent site for aerobatic competitions since the military closed their operations there in 1971.

Contest Director will be Chris Rudd.  Many of the Americans active in organizing regional competitions and the US Nationals will be working in the contest organization.  Dates remain the same:  9-20 October 2013
For those who attended the 2010 CIVA plenary meeting in Oberhausen, Germany, this site will be familiar as the USA had proposed WAC 2011 be held there.  Additional details will be provided in due course and the final report on the preparations for the WAC will be made at the CIVA plenary meeting in Lausanne in November.

Aresti Cup returns to Spain

The Aresti Cup -- the famous trophy that is awarded to the World Aerobatic Champion (Unlimited Power category) -- arrived back in Spain on 2 April 2012 for a full restoration. 

The Cup was donated to the FAI in the early 1960's and has been awarded to the World Champion ever since.  A magnificent piece of artwork, it is one of air sports' most valuable and recognized awards.  During these past five decades, it has usually gone home with the winner and has suffered from wear and tear due to its extensive travels over these many years.  The President of the Royal Aero Club of Spain, Jose Luis Olias, proposed that it come back to Spain so it could be restored to its former glory and beauty. 

President Olias also created a new traveling trophy that is a replica of the Aresti Cup, though considerably smaller, complete with travel case.  This replica will be presented to future winners of the Cup and the original Aresti Cup will reside in various museums in the years ahead so it may be viewed and enjoyed by air sports enthusiasts throughout the world. 

The Cup has been in France for over two years after Renaud Ecalle brought it home from Silverstone, United Kingdom, after his victory at the World Championships in 2009.  In the photo that accompanies this article, the Cup can be seen as it was in late 1975.  Pictured are Charlie Hillard, 1972 World Aerobatic Champion (shown right), who won the Cup at the Championships in Salon de Provence, France.  Looking on is Johnny Rutherford, famous race car driver who also is a pilot himself. 

Charlie Hillard  Johnny Rutherford with Aresti Cup -- EAA HQs - Small copy

Judges Selection for 2012 FAI Aerobatic Championships

The Boards of Judges for the 2012 FAI Aerobatic Championships have been selected by CIVA and all Judges have now provided the names of their Assistant Judges.  All CIVA Officials for the upcoming aerobatic season are now in place.

It will be a very busy year for the many volunteers who make the Championships possible.  Four FAI Aerobatic Championships are now scheduled:  The World Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Hungary; the World Glider Aerobatic Championships in Slovakia; the World YAK52 Aerobatic Championships in Russia; and the European Aerobatic Championships in Slovakia.

Complete lists of all CIVA Officials are available under "Documents" on this website.  Click on "Judges" and the lists are available in PDF.