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CIVL and PWCA cooperation on competition scene

CIVL and the Paragliding World Cup Association (PWCA) have agreed on a continuing programme of cooperation aimed at creating a worldwide synchronised paragliding competition system. Stage one is early publication on the FAI competition calendar of all the planned PWC Cat 2-sanctioned tour events as well as Test Events for FAI Cat 1 competitions, followed by a merging of pilot databases.

Both organisations are keen to work together to ensure that there is a single premier individual event and a single premier team event on the FAI calendar. This may require some restructuring of CIVL’s Cat 1 Championship format to split the FAI World Paragliding Championships into separate individual and team competitions.

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Both parties see 2015 as the earliest possible target date as bids for 2015 FAI World Championships will be made in 2013. Further discussions 

will most certainly be taking place at CIVL’s 2012 Plenary in February. The full statement is at Joint CIVL PWCA announcement.

WXC winners of 2010-2011 season

G AmesderWXC open 2011The first official FAI/CIVL World Online XC Contest (WXC) has come to a successful close, the winners are announced and FAI Diplomas are on their way to the top three  pilots in each class.  Some 4663 pilots from 52 nations entered flights in the 2010/2011 WXC via 9 separate networked online contests.

In the PG Open class, the winner is Gerald Ameseder of Austria, flying a UP Edge XR.  With 6 flight distances over 200km, his top flight score of 369.8 points for a 264km triangle, contributed to his 1950 points overall.

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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.

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2012 European Hang Gliding Championships date change

18th FAI European Hang Gliding Championship 2012The 2012 European Hang Gliding (Class 1) Championships, to be held in Kayseri, Turkey, will now be run one week later than originally scheduled, from 26th August to 8th September 2012.


CIVL Bureau agreed to the request from the organisers to change the dates of this event to avoid overlapping with a national holiday. The FAI Calendar has been updated. For further information as it is published, see: http://www.outdoorfestival.org/2012reg.html

CIVL Safety Initiative: Incident Reporting

 

logo civl 01 cmyk-ptThe CIVL Incident Report Form can now be completed online. The CIVL Bureau is asking NACs, competition organisers and competition pilots to complete report forms concerning recent incidents. Organisers of Cat 2 competitions are now required to confirm the number of incidents at events, and to complete report forms accordingly.

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Introducing the CIVL Paragliding Competitions Safety Task Force

Flying at Abtenau in 2010 European ChampionshipsThe founder members of the CIVL Paragliding Competitions Safety Task Force have now been formally appointed and approved. Task Force chairman, Gregory Knudson, has gathered together a core group of individuals from within the paragliding community, and will be calling on additional specialists as required.

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CIVL launches Paragliding Competitions Safety Task Force

 

logo civl 01 cmyk-ptFollowing the tragic events at the FAI World Paragliding Championships in Piedrahita and the subsequent temporary suspension of Competition Class paragliders in Category 1 events, the Hang gliding & Paragliding Commission (CIVL) has announced the formation of the Paragliding Competitions Safety Task Force.

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6th FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship in Kuncice: great event for a discipline on the rise !

Four days after the start of 6th FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship in Kuncice pod Ondrejnikem, Czech Republic, the suspense as to who will be crowned the next world champion amongst the 84 pilots coming for 15 countries continues.

So far the weather conditions only allowed the completion of one round - but what a fantastic one it has been !

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Implications of temporary comp class suspension

The temporary suspension of competition class paragliders in FAI Category 1 events, announced by CIVL on 8th July, has raised some questions. A second statement has been issued to clarify some of these points and explain the implications to NACs and FAI Category 2 competition organisers. The full statement is contained in the file below.

12th FAI World Paragliding Championships come to a close

Following the two fatalities in the second task of this FAI event, and the suspension of the certification of Competition Class Paragliders, the championship organisers have decided that it is not possible to continue with the competition.

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Competition Class paraglider certification suspended

Due to recent incidents at the 12th FAI Paragliding World Championship in Piedrahita, Spain the CIVL Bureau has temporarily suspended the certification of Competition Class Paragliders with immediate effect.

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