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Link to rankings and WPRS

There are still problems recovering all the content and structure of the CIVL website, following the crash of the FAI server some weeks ago. For those who have not separately bookmarked the CIVL rankings and WPRS pages, you can access them directly at: http://civlrankings.fai.org

Information Update

The latest list of ‘Competition Class’ paragliders is now available at: www.fai.org/hang_gliding/compclassgliders. A summary of the ‘Competition Class’ rules and procedures developed by the OCTWG is available at: www.fai.org/hang_gliding/octwgrules. The 2011 edition of Section 7b, containing the full rule set and a completely revised Chapter 12, is available at: www.fai.org/hang_gliding/documents. The tables showing certified PG Harnesses and certifed Helmets (PG and HG) are available at: www.fai.org/hang_gliding/safety/harnesses and www.fai.org/hang_gliding/safety/helmets respectively.

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Paragliding in Piedrahita

48 nations have registered for the World Paragliding Championships and allocation is underway to bring the number of entries to 150 pilots. PG manufacturers are in the process of testing and registering their Competition Class gliders. Pilots will shortly be asked to register their intention to fly Competition Class gliders.

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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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