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WXC – Fly locally, compete globally

The Worldwide XC online Contest (WXC) now has official FAI status following a successful 2 year trial. Taking advantage of its unique position, CIVL has created the ‘official’ global online contest, allowing all hang glider and paraglider pilots worldwide to see their flights scored and ranked in a single online contest. The contest (http://wxc.fai.org) opened formally on 1st October 2010.

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CIVL Plenary votes for safety via certification

Delegates at the 2011 CIVL Plenary Meeting, held at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, 26th & 27th February, have taken some important steps towards improving safety in our sport. The move towards certified-only paragliders at Cat 1 Championships comes one step closer. In the interim, a new 'competition' class is introduced with immediate effect, effectively banning untested prototypes in Cat 1 competitions, and demanding competitors register their 'competition class' gliders, at least 30 days before the event.

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Main decisions taken at the FAI Hang Gliding & Paragliding Commission 2011 Annual Meeting

Here are the main decisions that have been taken during the CIVL 2011 Annual Meeting held on 26 and 27 February 2011:

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International insurance offer to organisers

Austrian flying school, Flugschulen-Koessen, is offering insurance services to hang gliding and paragliding competition pilots and competition organisers throughout the EU and Switzerland.

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Extending the PG competition season

You would have thought that the FAI calendar of paragliding competitions scheduled in February and March would be dominated by events taking place elsewhere than the wintry Northern hemisphere. But not so! Paragliding Accuracy seems to be growing in popularity, and especially as a way of extending the competition season.

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Safety updates

The Safety page has been updated. Hang glider pilots should check out the article by Dennis Pagen: Sprog testing and measurement for CIVL Competitions. Plus there are links to a series of videos including the Gerolf Heinrich Lectures, how to check and set your sprogs, and an explanation of the HG prototype ruling, among other important safety issues.

CIVL searches for software developers

CIVL, the hang gliding and paragliding commission of the FAI is seeking the help of volunteer software developers to contribute towards a number of ongoing IT projects. Technology is playing an increasingly important role in our sport, whether it be for flight verification, competition scoring, database management or website development. CIVL’s current band of IT and software contributors are under growing pressure as existing projects increase in complexity and new projects are being specified.

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Call to paraglider test houses

Following the ‘open class’ paraglider test certification problems at the FAI European Paragliding Championships 2010 at Abtenau, earlier this year, rule revisions are underway.

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World Championships Entry Requirements published

The entry requirements for both the hang gliding and paragliding 2011 FAI Category 1 World Championships have now been published

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Plenary Planning

Planning is underway for the CIVL Plenary, 24 to 27 February 2011, in Lausanne, Switzerland. This year, the meeting will be held in the Olympic Museum. The Subcommitee and Working Group meetings will take place on 24th and 25th February, and the Plenary itself will be held on 26th and 27th February. The deadline for Plenary Proposals is 29th December. The deadline for bids for 2013 Category 1 Championship events is 15th December. Further information can be found here

Certified helmet listing

There have been five Category 1 championships since the Plenary voted in February to ratify the Bureau decision to mandate the wearing of EN966-certified helmets. FAI officials have reported that a listing of such certified helmets is essential to the checking process. A list has been compiled and published here, and the CIVL Bureau is asking that helmet manufacturers help us to keep it up to date.

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