Judges Selected for 2011 FAI Aerobatic Championships

The CIVA Judging Sub-Committee has completed the selection process for Judges and their selections have been ratified by the Bureau. CIvA is very pleased to announce the following Judges have been selected for this year's FAI Aerobatic Championships: 26th World Aerobatic Championships Graham Hill (Chief Judge, elected by CIVA) Timo Bartholdi (FIN), Mikhail Bezdenezhnykh (RUS), John Gaillard (RSA), Mike Gallaway (USA), Violeta Gedminaite (LIT), Francis Itier (FRA), Vladimir Kotelnikov (RUS), Aldo Marengo (ITA), Gabor Talabos, Sr (HUN), and Lyudmyla Zelenina (UKR). 2nd World Advanced & 14th World Unlimited Glider Aerobatic Championships Philippe Kuechler (Chief Judge, elected by CIVA) Stanislav Bajzik (CZE), Bernard Courtois (FRA), Alan Dugas (FRA), Jan Gawecki (POL), Stephan Hau (GER), David Kaftan (CZE), Peter Lambert (AUT), Jan Maxen (DEN), Chris Rudd (USA, and Gabor Talabos, Jr (HUN). 7th European Advanced Aerobatic Championships Nick Buckenham (Chief Judge, elected by CIVA) Guy Auger (FRA), Maciej Bialek (POL), Bernard Courtois (FRA), Violeta Gedminaite (LIT), Philippe Kuecher (SUI), Vladimir Razhin (RUS), Chris Rudd (USA), Gabor Talabos, Sr (HUN), Kimmo Virtanen (FIN), and Lyudmyla Zelenina (UKR). It should be noted that though the countries are listed above next to the Judges' names, all Judges are required to act as FAI International Officials and do not represent their countries (in accordance with FAI Sporting Code, General Section). The country names are provided for reference only. My congratulations to all of these Judges on their selection and thanks for agreeing to serve at our Championships and helping to make them a success.

Edition 2011 of the Sporting Code Section 6 Now Online

The 2011 Edition of the Sporting Code Section 6 Aerobatics Part 1 (powered aircraft, effective 1 January 2011) and Part 2 (glider aircraft, effective 31 January 2011) is now ONLINE at: http://www.fai.org/aerobatics/documents

Locations for FAI Aerobatic Championships in 2011 Chosen

During its plenary meeting in Oberhausen, Germany on 6-7 November, CIVA considered bids for various FAI Aerobatic Championships to be held in 2011. The 26th World Aerobatic Championships (in Unlimited Power category) was awarded to Italy. The Championships will be held near Ravenna, Italy on 31 August through 11 September, which includes arrival and departure days. The airport will be the Cervia-Pisignano Airfield (LIPC) which is also a military base. Competitors and officials will be housed in hotels at the Milano Marittima beach. Contest Director will be Dario Costa. CIVA also selected officials for the event. President of the International Jury will be CIVA President Mike Heuer (USA). Chief Judge will be Graham Hill (GBR). Both served in these positions during the last World Championships in Silverstone, UK. Turning to the FAI Glider Aerobatic Championships next year, CIVA selected Poland to host two events. The 2nd World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships and the 14th World Glider Aerobatic Championships (Unlimited category) will be held together in Toruń, Poland on 28 July through 7 August 2011. Toruń is located between Gdansk and Warsaw. President of the International Jury will be Mike Heuer. Philippe Kuechler of Switzerland was chosen as Chief Judge. More information will be provided on this website as we receive it. Bids were not received for the European Advanced Aerobatic Championships and the World YAK 52 Aerobatic Championships, however, contacts have been made subsequent to the meeting and we are hopeful organizers will come forward.

2011 Known Sequences Selected by CIVA

At its plenary meeting last weekend in Oberhausen, Germany, the FAI Aerobatics Commission selected the Known (Q) compulsory sequences that will be used at all FAI Aerobatic Championships in 2011. These sequences were for Advanced and Unlimited power categories, the YAK 52 Championships, and Advanced and Unlimited Glider competitions. The document which includes all of these sequences is available below for download in PDF format.

CIVA To Meet in Germany

CIVA will hold its annual plenary meeting at the Tryp-CentrO hotel in Oberhausen, Germany on Saturday and Sunday, the 6th and 7th of November 2010. The meeting will be presided over by CIVA President Mike Heuer with delegations from over 20 countries attending. The meeting will consider rules proposals for the 2011 contest season, bids for future FAI Aerobatic Championships, and will elect officials for the 2011 contest year. Delegates will also discuss a wide range of issues dealing with the sport of competition aerobatics. Meeting agenda packages can be found on this website under "Meetings". Click on the 2010 meeting and the documents can be downloaded. Comments on agenda issues can be directed to national CIVA Delegates. Tryp-CentrO Hotel -- site of the 2010 CIVA Meeting

British Aerobatic Association Presented Leon Biancotto Diploma

At last night's opening of the FAI General Conference, the British Aerobatic Association was presented the Leon Biancotto Diploma. The Diploma is awarded for outstanding contributions to the sport of aerobatics in the last year. The citation for the award reads as follows: "The British Aerobatic Association’s most notable achievement in 2009 was the organization of the 25th World Aerobatic Championships in Silverstone, United Kingdom. It is widely regarded as the best organized WAC in FAI’s history. The BAeA, under the leadership of Chairman Alan Cassidy, has been able to attract a wide array of talent to its organization and their skills were on display in every operational area of the WAC. Its Contest Director, Steve Green, worked tirelessly for the last two years to make every detail perfect. BAeA member Graham Hill served as Chief Judge of the event. Alan Cassidy was its Flight Director. Nick Buckenham has authored a superb software package for FAI Aerobatic Championships worldwide and it was BAeA members that worked on the new “FairPlay System” that is the heart of the software. Aside from the WAC, BAeA organizes a full calendar of domestic competitions and training camps that would be the envy of organizations one-hundred times its size. They have contributed immeasurably to the promotion of aerobatics in the true spirit of FAI." Alan and Angela Cassidy, Nick and Jen Buckenham, and Steve Green were present in Dublin for the presentation. They are pictured below with CIVA President Mike Heuer (right). Jen and Angela provided administrative support to the event for many months leading up to the WAC and during the event. Left to right: Jen and Nick Buckenham, Alan Cassidy, Steve Green, Angela Cassidy, and Mike Heuer

Renaud Ecalle and Family Lost in Aircraft Accident

Renaud Ecalle, the current World Aerobatic Champion, European Aerobatic Champion, French National Champion and World Air Games Aerobatic Champion in Power lost his life in an aircraft accident on Sunday, the 3rd of October, that also claimed the lives of his wife and two children. The family was returning to Salon on Sunday night after a presentation near Montpelier. Search and rescue personnel found the wreckage on Monday afternoon. The funeral was held today in Salon de Provence at the Air Base Chapel. This is a tremendous loss to the air sports world and the aerobatic community. Renaud was one of the finest aerobatic pilots of all time -- perhaps the greatest. At the recent European Aerobatic Championships, he took the Gold Medal in all flight programmes. CIVA's condolences are extended to the family and the many friends of the Ecalle's. The French Team has lost a wonderful colleague and teammate and our sympathies are extended to them and the coach of the French Team, Coco Bessiere, who worked with Renaud for years to perfect his skills. Renaud Ecalle

CIVA Known Proposals for 2011 Published

The deadline for the submission of Known/Q sequence proposals for the 2011 competition year has now passed. Five countries submitted proposals to CIVA. These proposals will be considered at the upcoming CIVA plenary meeting in Oberhausen, Germany on 6-7 November 2010. Delegates will also review the various recommendations submitted by CIVA Known/Q Analysis Working Groups which are made up of respected pilots in the sport. Known sequences will be chosen for Advanced Power, Unlimited Power, YAK 52, Glider Advanced, and Glider Unlimited. The aerobatic community is encouraged to submit comments to your national Delegate whose names can be found on these webpages. The Known/Q proposals are available for download at the link immediately below.

EAC Closes in Touzim

The closing ceremonies and awards-giving for the 17th European Aerobatic Championships were held tonight at the Hotel Klaster Tepla in the Czech Republic. Renaud Ecalle of France is the new European Aerobatic Champion and Elena Klimovich of Russia is the European Women's Aerobatic Champion. Team results were Russia, France, and Great Britain, respectively. Programme 4 (the Final Freestyle) was not held. Full results can be found at www.civa-results.com.

Accident Report Released

The United Kingdom's AAIB (Air Accidents Investigation Branch) released its report today on the accident which occurred on 22 August 2009 at the World Aerobatic Championships in Silverstone, UK. The accident claimed the life of US Aerobatic Team pilot Vicki Cruse. The report has been long awaited in the aerobatic community. The accident was the first fatality to occur in a World Aerobatic Championships in power aerobatics since Leon Biancotto lost his life in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in practice just prior to the first WAC in 1960. Ms. Cruse was a leader in the sport and had won the title of US National Aerobatic Champion in previous years and had won a spot on the US Team on three previous occasions. She was also President of the IAC, the American aerobatic association based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She was highly regarded in the aerobatic world not only as a pilot but as a energetic promoter of the sport. The AAIB Bulletin can be downloaded below.

EAC Free Programme Results Final

The results of the Free Programme became final and official as of 17.05 today, Monday, 6 September. Renaud Ecalle continues his sweep of the EAC, winning the Gold in the Free. He was followed by Svetlana Kapanina of Russia and Mikhail Mamistov of Russia. Full results can be found at www.civa-results.com.