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World YAK52 Aerobatic Championships Closes

The 2nd World YAK52 Aerobatic Championships was completed on July 3rd at Rojunai Airfield in Lithuania. Twenty pilots from six countries competed in this "single type" competition. The 1st Championships was held last year in Novosibirsk, Russia. The new World Champion in the YAK52 is Alexander Myakishev of Russia (shown in photo). In second was Onute Motiejunaite of Lithuania and in third, Sergey Dadykin of Russia. Contest Director was Arminas Murauskas and Chief Judge was Pavol Kavka of Slovakia. Team Champions were (1) Russia, (2) Lithuania, (3) Ukraine, and (4) Kazakhstan.

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Filippini and Ecalle Win World Air Games

The final flight programmes of the World Air Games were flown in Power and Glider on Saturday, June 13th, and the WAG has now been completed. It has been a hot and busy week but a good experience for all involved. Special thanks to the Judges and Jury members who did their best -- in cooperation with their Italian colleagues -- to make the aerobatics section of the WAG a success.

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World Air Games Opens

The World Air Games in Turin, Italy has officially opened. Power and Glider Aerobatic pilots (8 Power and 9 Glider) practiced yesterday in the box at Turin and are continuing their practice flights today. Programme 1 for both disciplines will begin tomorrow.

Rules Proposals for 2010 - Power and Glider

The deadline for the submission of rules proposals has passed and 11 countries have submitted suggested changes to FAI Sporting Code, Section 6, which would take effect on 1 January 2010. The rules proposals have been allocated to appropriate Sub-Committees. CIVA Rules and Judging Sub-Committees deal with proposals which affect both Glider and Power Aerobatics and judging issues including analysis and selection. These CIVA Sub-Committees will meet in Turin, Italy on 10 June 2009 during the World Air Games. The meeting will be chaired by CIVA President Mike Heuer.

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Jury and Judges for 2009 FAI Aerobatic Championships

The list of Jury members and Judges for all five of the FAI Aerobatic Championships scheduled in 2009 is now available for download (see below). This list is combined to make it easy for reference. 2009 will be a particularly challenging year for the small number of CIVA international officials who work at these events since the calendar has expanded in recent years to include the World YAK 52 Aerobatic Championships and the World Air Games. Our thanks to all who have agreed to serve the sport of aerobatics. The list was updated on 21 July 2009.

LausitzCup 2008 Tests Winch Launches for Glider Aerobatics

Last year in Rothenburg, Germany, the "Lausitzpokal 2008" Glider Aerobatics competition was held and intended as a proof-of-concept of using winch launches for aerobatics. To quote Gerd Ottensmann, one of the Judges at the competition:

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List of FAI International Aerobatic Judges for 2009

The 2009 FAI International Aerobatic Judges List is now available at www.fai.org/aerobatics/judges. The list of judges is reviewed annually at the plenary meeting of CIVA and new judges are added and non-current judges deleted.

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CIVA 2008 Meeting Summary Published

The Summary of Conclusions of the 2008 plenary meeting of CIVA are now available at www.fai.org/aerobatics/meetings/2008. The meeting was held in Salzburg, Austria the last weekend of October.

CIVA Meeting in Salzburg -- Agenda Packages Available

The annual plenary meeting of CIVA will take place in Salzburg, Austria on 25 and 26 October at the Hotel Heffterhof. Agenda Packages for the meeting are now available at www.fai.org/aerobatics/meetings/2008.

Pilots for World Air Games Nominated

The deadline for the submission of pilot entries for the World Air Games has now passed and the following pilots will compete in the Games next June in Turin, Italy: In Power aerobatics, competitors will be Renaud Ecalle (FRA), Ramon Alonso (ESP), Mikhail Mamistov (RUS), Svetlana Kapanina (RUS), Michael Racy (USA), Debby Rihn-Harvey (USA), Gerald Cooper (GBR), Martin Sonka (CZE), Pierre Marmy (SUI), and Marco Bosoni (ITA).

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First World YAK 52 Aerobatic Championships held in Russia

The 1st World YAK 52 Aerobatic Championships was concluded in Novosibirsk, Russia. The event was held on 17-24 August and 23 pilots from 7 countries participated in the Championships. The YAK 52 event was conceived in recent years in order to bring the possibility of participation in FAI Aerobatic Championships to more pilots. The next event of this kind will be held in Lithuania in 2009. After that, it is expected to be held every two years.

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