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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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Ferenc Toth of Hungary is European Glider Aerobatic Champion

Ferenc Toth of Hungary flew to victory in the 9th European Glider Aerobatic Championships in Radom, Poland. The EGAC concluded on 17 August. Toth flew the Swift S-1 aerobatic glider. In second place was Erik Piriou of France and in third, Markus Feyerabend of Germany. The Team of the Czech Republic took first place in the Team Championships with Russia in second and Germany in third. Detailed results can be found at the following website: http://aerobatics.mwebservices.net/

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Rob Holland is 2008 World Advanced Aerobatic Champion

Rob Holland was named the 2008 World Advanced Aerobatic Champion today at the completion of the AWAC in Pendleton, Oregon, USA. The protest period expired at 16.34 (Pacific Daylight Time) and the results and final standings became official. Team USA captured the Team Championship followed by South Africa and Great Britain. Congratulations to all the winners!

AWAC Resumes after Weather Delay

Flying resumed at the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships in Pendleton this morning. Weather had interrupted flying yesterday and the competition was called off early in the evening. The organizers called an 06.00 briefing this morning - two hours earlier than normal - to take advantage of good flying weather that is predicted to last throughout the morning. Roughly two-thirds of the pilots remain to be flown.

AWAC Second Unknown Sequence Published

The 2nd Unknown compulsory sequence is now available for download below. Flying of this programme will begin this morning at 11.30 local time in Pendleton, Oregon, USA.

First Unknown Completed at AWAC -- Holland Wins

The First Unknown programme completed last night and once again, Rob Holland of the USA took first place in his MX2. He was followed by Alex Land (USA) in second and Craig Dobesh (USA) in third. Land was flying a Sukhoi SU-29 and Dobesh a Pitts S-1XTC. Full results can be found at www.civa-results.com/2008/AWAC08/indexpage.htm