Saturday, 14 September 2013 11:16
On September 7th 2013, took part on the Clarence River, in Grafton, NSW, Australia, an enactment of the first fight of the modern day hang glider the 'Dickenson Wing'. The glider was designed by John Dickenson and flown by Rod Fuller 50 years earlier while the boat was piloted by Pat Crowe.
Friday, 06 September 2013 10:29
The FAI has announced that Jean-Marc Badan is to step down as FAI Secretary General, effective 30 November 2013. The FAI Executive Board has created a high priority working group to search for his replacement. Candidates are invited to submit their written application and CV by Wednesday 25 September 2013 (12.00 CET) at the latest by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 19 August 2013 16:41
Published today is the latest completely revised edition of ‘Practical Guidelines for Organising CIVL/FAI Category 1 Championships’. It can be found at: http://www.fai.org/civl-documents under Event Organisers/Practical Guidelines...
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:03
Following problems with pilots having been fined by the police at landing after free-flying, FAI and CIVL have been in contact with the Austrian Aero-club.
The Austrian Aero-club is working for solutions to what seems to be a local problem for some free-flyers.
For official competitions there is no problem as the current law allows pilots with foreign licence to fly.
(Flying in the Tannheimer Valley. Photo found on the web here)
Sunday, 11 August 2013 09:06
Until this summer, the IPPI Card was tolerated. Not any more. CIVL received reports of pilots being arrested by the police and charged a 300-400 euros fine for not having a proper licence. The Austrian federation is aware of the problem. At the time being, it is collecting data from several countries, to find out which licences are acceptable for the Ministry of Transport. The new rules should be published in October 2013, showing the accepted licences.
Up to now, are collected samples licences/rating cards from following countries:
BEL, CZE, DEN, FRA, GBR, GER, HUN, ITA, NED, NOR, POR, ROM, SLO, SUI, SWE, AUS, CAN, NZL, USA.
The only one that might be accepted by the Ministry of Transport seems to be: CZE, GER, ROM, SLO, SUI.
Monday, 05 August 2013 17:14
The 13th FAI World Paragliding Championship came to an end in Sopot, Bulgaria, on July 26th.
The French are the big winners with the Overall and Team titles. Poland takes the Women title.
Thanks to the organisers for their very good work and website. The following excerpts are taken from it.
"During this main paragliding event of the year 2013 we had 5 unique tasks. Each task had its special weather conditions. From first task with absolutely covered sky and slow thermals till final fifths race with strong sunny conditions which are really common for Sopot actually at this time. Each day weather became stronger requiring more and more speedy flying manner and skills from pilots. But exactly those who were able to show best self control and ability to make independent decisions and “read” weather could set the advantage from the first competition day and keep it till the end of this great championship."
"These pilots demonstrated an outstanding ability not to follow the mass instincts and judge rationally. This helped them to get advantage in the first most difficult task. And later all they had to do just to keep their achievements."
"During all the races we witnessed the acute competition of Klaudia Bulgakow and Seiko Fukuoka. Klaudia had a win! The third place belongs to a famous Italian pilot Nicole Fedele. Congratulations and applause for these brave ladies!"
"The stable fine positions of French pilots during the race have brought them a deserved victory. The Italian team has won the second place due to excellent flights of its members who twice were first in the Task results. Venezuela team have deserved the third winning place by its incomparably vivacious team spirit!"
Monday, 05 August 2013 13:54
The Paragliding Committee asked the Bureau to lift the suspension of the 2011 Competition Class gliders. The Bureau recognized that CIVL has no safety concerns about these gliders and that they can be used in CIVL World XC Online Contest, Category 2 events or other competitions. Yet, the Bureau cannot authorize these gliders in Category 1 events unless they fit in the new rules that have been implemented by the 2012 and 2013 CIVL plenaries.
Prior to the 2011 Piedrahita World Paragliding Championships, paragliders in Category 1 competitions were flown with load test only.
In 2011, the CIVL Plenary, on proposal of its Open Class Technical Working Group (OCTWG), implemented new "Competition Class" rules in its Sporting Code. This arose out of safety concerns including a fatality at the World championships in Mexico, increasingly thin lines, the random results from load testing, several reports of single and multiple line failures during competition, and a desire to increase the amount of time pilots should be able to train before a competition (rather than having gliders delivered to the competition).
Following the tragic events at the 2011 World Championships in Piedrahita, CIVL imposed in Category 1 events a temporary suspension on the use of the Competition Class paragliders.
CIVL has been asked to end this suspension. The Paragliding Committee has studied this possibility and has recommended to the Bureau to lift the suspension but not allow the gliders in Category 1 events (see attached document).
The CIVL Bureau underlines that:
- The temporary suspension was decided in July 2011 after two fatalities on the second day of a World championship. This championship was flown mostly on gliders whose characteristics had been defined just three and half months before. A lot of pilots had little experience flying these gliders. At the time, the CIVL Bureau considered that the gliders might be part of the problem and felt it had no choice but suspending them temporarily.
- The Bureau decision was approved unanimously by the following 2012 CIVL Plenary. This Plenary also decided to change its Sporting Code and remove the Competition Class from it. Only EN certified gliders would be allowed in Category 1 competition. The 2013 Plenary decided that the same rule would apply in 2013 and 2014.
- For 2015 and after, in Category 1 events, the 2012 Plenary implemented a new competition class called "CIVL-EN Competition Class" (CECC). All gliders following the technical requirements of the CECC will be allowed to compete.
- In the December 2011 CIVL Task Force report and in the 2012 and 2013 Plenary, it was reported that competition safety is a multi factor problem and solutions have been sought (new rules for the end of speed section, pilot experience requirements…).
- In Category 1 events, lifting the suspension of glider class that has not been in the CIVL Sporting Code for last two versions/years is not applicable, even more in the light of the development and implementation of the CECC.
- Relating to gliders, to CIVL knowledge any safety concerns about the 2011 Competition Class have been allayed.
Hence, for its CIVL World XC Online Contest, its Category 2 events or other competitions, CIVL has no restriction on the use of 2011 Competition Class gliders.
- The CIVL Bureau reminds that as stated in its July 8, 2011 communique and as now included in CIVL Sporting Code, organisers of Category 2 and other paragliding events make their own assessments of rules to be applied to promote safe, fair and satisfying competitions.
(Photo: Nick Greece - Ojovolador)