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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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Aerobatics success

The 1st Turkish Aerobatic Paragliding Championships, also part of the Acro Paragliding World Cup series, took place last month in Oludeniz, Turkey. CIVL’s Aerobatics Subcommittee chair, Iris Vogt commented: “Oludeniz is a great place to start the aerobatics season and it is a great competition venue with a lot of altitude."

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Asians go for Accuracy

The 1st FAI Asian Paragliding Accuracy Championships will take place in Yilan, Chinese Taipei from 12th to 18th June 2012. The test event will run from 1st to 3rd July 2011. Paragliding Accuracy has been expanding fast, especially in Asia, over recent years.

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Video makeover

The FAI’s Air Sports Channel on Youtube has been re-designed to provide one channel per sport, plus a channel for the World Air Games, and one for videos relating to the FAI and the history of aviation. The new channel for CIVL is at: http://www.youtube.com/faicivl.

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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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