Monday, 07 December 2009 23:45
Stéphane Desprez, former Competition Director of the 2008 Rugby World Cup in France, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the World Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st February 2010.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 01:55
The Known/Q compulsory sequences for the 2010 contest season are now available. Pending their publication elsewhere on this website, they are available below as downloads in PDF. The Glider Advanced, Glider Unlimited, Power Advanced, Power Unlimited, and YAK 52 Known sequences were approved by CIVA at its plenary meeting in Oshkosh, Wisconsin USA on 17-18 October. The PDF's contain the Form B only with a table of Catalogue numbers and K-factors for the sequence. VSD files and PDF's with all the contest forms will be published later.
Saturday, 07 November 2009 05:12
At the 2009 plenary meeting of CIVA, new Judges for the FAI International List of Judges for Aerobatics were approved and inactive Judges were deleted. During this past contest season, more time was demanded of our contest officials than any time in CIVA's history. The 2010 season will not be quite as intense, however, the World Advanced and European Glider Aerobatic Championships (Finland), the European Aerobatic Championships (Czech Republic), and the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships (Poland) are all scheduled to take place in 2010. Panels of 10 Judges each will needed in addition to the Chief Judges, Assistants, and other personnel on the judging line. The new 2009-2010 list of Judges is available below as a download in PDF. It can also be found at the tab at the top of this page.
Saturday, 07 November 2009 03:02
The FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) met in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA on 16-18 October 2009 and discussed a broad range of issues, considered proposals for 2010, and accepted bids from contest organizers for next year. CIVA President Mike Heuer will be writing about the meeting shortly on his blog and the Minutes of the meeting will be published here as soon as possible. The CIVA meeting started with rides in the EAA's Ford Trimotor on Friday, 16 October, informal discussions, and then the Sport Aviation Hall of Fame ceremonies in the Eagle Hangar of the Museum. Famed test pilot and airshow performer Bob Hoover was inducted into the Aerobatics Hall of Fame and had the opportunity to meet many of the CIVA Delegates. Details on the decisions taken at the CIVA meeting will be coming shortly.
Thursday, 24 September 2009 23:20
The package of Known sequence proposals for the 2010 FAI Aerobatic Championships season is now available. The Knowns (also called "Programme Q" in Power) will be flown at the Power and Glider competitions that are scheduled next year. On the calendar are the European Aerobatic Championships (Unlimited Power), the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships (Power), the very first World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships, and the European Glider Aerobatic Championships. No YAK 52 Championships is scheduled for 2010 though a sequence proposal does appear in the package. The package can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment tab below. Comments regarding these proposals should be made directly to your national CIVA Delegate. The list of Delegates can be found on this website by clicking on "Delegates" above.
Thursday, 17 September 2009 01:55
CIVA will hold its annual plenary meeting this year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA -- the home of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the largest aviation event in the world, EAA AirVenture. The meeting will take place on 17-18 October 2009. The meeting will be preceded by the Sport Aviation Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies on Friday night, 16 October. Delegations to CIVA are invited to attend. This year's Aerobatics Hall of Fame inductee will be Bob Hoover, famous airshow and test pilot who was known for his performances in the P-51 "Mustang" and Shrike Commander. Bob's aerobatic flying career dates back to World War II. He will be the featured speaker at the ceremonies which will also induct other sport aviation notables. The plenary will be held in the new "Founder's Wing" at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. Agenda packages for the meeting can be found at www.fai.org/aerobatics/meetings/2009. The meeting will discuss rules changes for 2010, bids for future Championships, and will review reports from this year's competition season.
Saturday, 29 August 2009 06:17
Renaud Ecalle swept to victory at WAC in Silverstone and is the new 2009 World Aerobatic Champion. The classical competition was declared complete tonight with no time left to fly remaining programmes. Elena Klimovich won the Women's World Champion title. Team winner is France. Full details can be found on the President's Page.
Friday, 21 August 2009 21:52
To read the daily updates and news from the 25th FAI World Aerobatic Championships in Silverstone, United Kingdom, see the "The President's Page". These news items will be kept active for several months for those who wish to read about the WAC and the events that took place at Silverstone. Final results are available at www.civa-results.com.
Saturday, 15 August 2009 22:36
The 6th European Advanced Aerobatic Championships finished today in Radom, Poland and the new European Advanced Champion is Daniel Ryfa of Sweden. Daniel flew a YAK-55M to final victory in the competition. In second place was Anton Berkutov of Russia (SP-55) and third place winner was Simon Fick of France. 17 countries participated in the event including Sweden, Russia, France, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Finland, Belarus, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Romania, and Slovakia - some of these for the first time. Team Champions were (1) France, (2) Russia, and (3) Czech Republic. 46 pilots and 1 independent flew in the event which started on August 6th. Congratulations to the winners! Results are attached here in PDF. Full results can be viewed at www.civa-results.com
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 02:48
The Contest Director of the European Advanced Aerobatic Championships, Stano Bajzik, in cooperation with Jury President Jiri Kobrle have announced that four "Free Unknown" sequences have been published for pilots to fly beginning tomorrow, 12 August, in Radom, Poland. The "Free Unknown" concept is new to Power aerobatics this year. Figures are selected by Teams, as in the past, but then sequences can then be submitted to the Jury, checked and published. Pilots can then choose from the available Free Unknowns. The four EAAC Free Unknowns are available below as attachments for download in PDF. EAAC pilots and officials have the day off today due to weather conditions in Poland.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 02:38
The 25th World Aerobatic Championships were completed on 29 August 2009 in Silverstone, United Kingdom and over 60 pilots competed to win aerobatics' most important award, the Aresti Cup. The Aresti Cup, donated by Col. Jose L. Aresti of Spain to the FAI in the 1960's, is presented to the World Aerobatic Champion. The trophy was first awarded in 1964 to Tomas Castaňo of Spain. Not only the most prestigious award given in competition, the Aresti Cup is also a work of art --- created in silver with gold embellishments and featuring gold coins around its diameter symbolizing member nations of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. The trophy is topped with a golden globe which featured Col. Aresti's favorite aircraft, the Bücker Jungmeister, but which has now been lost to time. The names of past Champions are engraved around the base of the trophy. Jose L. Aresti (shown right with the Cup) was the creator and author of the “Aresti Aerocryptographic System”, still in use today in all aerobatic competitions. The Cup was presented to the new 2009 World Aerobatic Champion, Renaud Ecalle of France during closing ceremonies at Silverstone on the evening of 29 August 2009. See the "President's Page" for daily accounts of what took place at WAC.