Sporting Code for Glider Aerobatics Published


Picture2The FAI Sporting Code for Aerobatics -- Section 6, Part 2 is now available under the "Documents" page on this website. 

Sporting Code Section 6 Part 2 (Glider Aerobatics) 2012 can be downloaded in PDF. Part 2 is for Unlimited and Advanced Glider aerobatic competitions. 

These rules will be in use at this year's FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships in the Slovak Republic. The Championships will be held in Dubnica which was home to the European Advanced Aerobatic Championships (Power) last year. 

Sporting Code Now Available (Powered Aerobatics)

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The FAI Sporting Code for Aerobatics -- Section 6, Part 1 is now available under the "Documents" page on this website. 

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These rules will be in use at this year's FAI Aerobatic Championships in Hungary, the Slovak Republic, and Russia.  Hungary will host the 2012 World Advanced Aerobatic Championships; Slovakia will organize the European Aerobatic Championships in Unlimited power category.  Finally, Russia will bring its considerable aerobatic expertise to bear in putting on the World YAK52 Aerobatic Championships. 

Please note that the 2012-2 version of Part 1 was posted on 9 February 2012 to correct small errors.  Previous versions are obsolete. 

FAI Silver Medal Presented to Mike Heuer

CIVA President Mike Heuer has been awarded the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale’s Silver Medal. The Medal was formally presented to Mike at the opening ceremonies for the FAI Aerobatic Commission’s plenary meeting in Krakow, Poland on November 4, 2011.  Mike is shown at left below with the FAI Secretary General, Jean-Marc Badan, making the presentation.

According to FAI, “The Medal is reserved for persons who have occupied high office in FAI or in an aeronautical organisation in one of its member countries, and in the discharge of their duties have shown exceptional powers of leadership and influence, to the benefit of the whole international air sport community.”

The citation for the award reads as follows:

“Mike Heuer’s career in air sports began in 1968 when he flew his first aerobatic competition.   As a leader in the aerobatic world, he was a founding member of IAC (the American aerobatic organization), its President for 9 years and member of its Board for 37 years. He became the USA Delegate to CIVA in 1984.

In 1986, he was elected President of the FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) and remains in office to this day. Presiding over more International Juries at World and Continental Championships than any other person, he has guided the growth of aerobatics in FAI. During his administration, power and glider aerobatics have matured and different categories exist with more pilots participating in FAI Aerobatic Championships than ever before. Recognized as an effective leader in international aerobatics, he had an enormous influence on its development during the past four decades, benefiting pilots around the world.

A former member of the FAI Executive Board and the NAA and EAA Boards of Directors, he has received dozens of awards including the FAI’s Paul Tissandier Diploma. He was inducted into the Aerobatics Hall of Fame in 2001 and was President of the International Air Sports Board at the 3rd World Air Games.   An airline pilot for almost 30 years, he is now retired and devotes all his time to FAI and CIVA.

It is appropriate and fitting that Mike Heuer be awarded the FAI Silver Medal during the 25th anniversary year of his Presidency of CIVA.”


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CIVA Chooses Known Compulsory Sequences for 2012

knownqsequencesThe FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) held its plenary meeting last weekend in Krakow, Poland and one of the items on the Agenda was the selection of Known/Q compulsory sequences for the 2012 competition season.
Knowns were chosen for all Power and Glider Aerobatic categories including Advanced, Unlimited, and YAK-52.  These sequences will take effect on the 1st of January, 2012.  They are available for download in PDF and the files include all Forms needed for competitions.  These Knowns are usually adopted by NAC's for use in domestic competitions as well.


2012 Advanced Power Known (Q) Sequence  (62.42 kB)11 November 2011
2012 Unlimited Power Known (Q) Sequence  (117.67 kB)11 November 2011
2012 Yak 52 Known (Q) Sequence  (104.68 kB)11 November 2011
2012 Unlimited Glider Known (Q) Sequence  (105.65 kB)11 November 2011
2012 Advanced Glider Known (Q) Sequence  (112.30 kB)11 November 2011

Main decisions taken at the FAI Aerobatics Commission 2011 Annual Meeting

logo civa 01 cmyk mThe 2011 Annual Meeting of the FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) was held on 5 and 6 November 2011 in Krakow (POL), perfectly hosted in the new building of the Polish Aviation Museum. During the welcome ceremony held on Friday evening at the Museum, CIVA President Mike Heuer received the FAI Silver Medal awarded in 2010 (lien vers la page General Awards) from the hands of FAI Secretary General Jean-Marc Badan.

Here are the main decisions that have been taken during the meeting:


Jean-Marc Badan appointed new FAI Secretary General

Jean-Marc_BadanJean-Marc Badan, the previous FAI Sports Director and Deputy to the Secretary General, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the International Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st October 2011.


IAC Launches "TechWatch" -- Contributors Needed

The International Aerobatic Club (IAC), the American aerobatic association, recently launched a new safety forum on the internet called "TechWatch". The forum can be found here: www.allairplanesbreak.com The need for a discussion forum where technical problems can be openly discussed has been sorely needed for some time. While there was discussion about creating such a website at CIVA, it was decided that it was best for the USA to press ahead with the project. Former US Team pilot Hubie Tolson, well known in international aerobatics circles, was the primary sparkplug for the project and it is now supervised by IAC Safety Chairman Steve Johnson. Everyone in the international aerobatics community is urged to visit this site, register, and contribute articles, advice, photos, and information. This will be useful to everyone in the air sports community around the world and ultimately help save lives.

Glider Proposals for 2012 Available

The deadline for submission of rules proposals for both powered and glider aerobatics has now passed and the Rules & Known Sequence Proposals Package for 2012 (Glider Aerobatics) is now available. Only France and Germany submitted rules proposals this year but several countries proposed Known compulsory sequences for the 2012 contest season.


CIVA Rules Proposals for Power and Judging Available

The Rules Proposals Package for 2012 (Power Aerobatics)  that will be considered by the CIVA Rules and Judging Sub-Committees in Italy next month is now available.

Sub-Committees will meet at the Hotel Italia in Foligno, Italy at 09.00 on 30 August, just prior to the start of the WAC. While most of the proposals have to do with Power aerobatics, there are also new proposals that affect the judging line at all Championships. Known/Q sequence proposals for Power are due 1 October 2011 and should be sent to the CIVA President (civa-president@fai.org).

CIVA Bidding Document for Championships Available

grandprix2Though the contest season is now in progress with the WGAC/WAGAC underway at this moment and with other Championships coming up shortly, it is important that CIVA begin planning for the 2012 aerobatic season and the years beyond. Lack of bids for Championships or bids that come in after the CIVA plenary meeting has been a problem. Bids must also be reviewed to be sure they are adequate, they contain the information needed, and the Championships will be of the highest quality -- something all competitors and officials deserve.

Therefore, a <File missing> for FAI Aerobatic Championships is now available along with Bid Forms in Microsoft Word format, <File missing> and PDF, <File missing>.


Victory for Martin Sonka at the 2011 Riga FAI Elite Aerobatic Formula

Nine of the best aerobatic pilots in the world competed in Latvia this weekend for the 2011 Riga FAI Elite Aerobatic Formula organised by renowned Lithuanian pilot Jurgis Kairys. The skills and manoeuvres of the pilots wowed the large crowd gathered in the centre of Riga to admire the competition taking place over the Dauguva river.

2011 Riga Elite Formula 2011 prize-giving ceremonyMartin Sonka, Jeff Boerboon and Svetlana Kapanina