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Decisions in Amsterdam

The October 2009 CIVL Bureau Meeting took place last week in Amsterdam. Decisions made in the four day meeting include: selection of Jury and Stewards for next year’s Category 1 championships and test events; mandating that pilots in FAI Category 1 events and test events wear helmets complying with EN966; modifying the approval process for Local Regulations to ensure entry information is published as early as possible; and incorporating the Altitude Verification procedures used in the HG Worlds in Laragne, in the LRs of 2010 Cat 1 events. In welcoming us to his home town, Flip Koetsier, CIVL President since 2005, informed us that for personal reasons, he will not accept nomination next year as president for a 6th term. To see the minutes: http://www.fai.org/hang_gliding/meetings/bureau

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Scoring PG XC competitions with dropped tasks

The PWC organisation has introduced this year a new scoring system of discarding tasks and dropping scores. The PWC has asked the Software Working Group and the CIVL Bureau for clarification on how the overall results of such PWC competitions will be input in the WPRS. The CIVL Bureau has agreed an interim solution, pending PG Subcommittee recommendations to be discussed prior to the next CIVL Plenary.

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2nd FAI Asian PG Championship changes

The organisers of the 2nd FAI Asian PG Championship, 2010, Japan asked for a number of changes to the original bid document to be accepted, including a slight date change and the currency for entry fees. The following changes were accepted by the CIVL Bureau, subject to ratification by the Plenary in 2010.

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CIVL Plenary focus on competition safety

The dominant theme of the 2009 CIVL Plenary meeting was how to improve competition safety. With an increasing number of accidents and incidents at recent international competitions, both the FAI board and CIVL delegates are strongly motivated to address safety issues swiftly and effectively. FAI Secretary General, Max Bishop addressed the Plenary with an unequivocal message. “Safety is the most important topic on FAI and CIVL agenda. The level of accidents in recent competitions is totally unacceptable."

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2011 World Championships awarded

The 2009 CIVL Plenary held in Hall in Tirol, Austria had the difficult task of assessing and voting on no fewer than 9 bids for three World Championships. The vote for the 2011 World HG Championship ran to three rounds among the four contenders, and was finally awarded to Italy. The bid for the 2011 World PG Championships was conclusively won by Spain in the first round of voting with three nations bidding. The 2011 Paragliding Accuracy Championships were awarded to Czech Republic.

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Implications of anti-doping regulations revealed at Plenary

The bar is about to be raised on anti-doping regulations. Out of competition testing comes one step nearer for hang glider and paraglider competition pilots. The FAI, in common with virtually all its member countries, is a signatory to WADA. It has to be, as many of its member nations will not allow events to take place from sporting Federations not signed up.

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New blood in CIVL Bureau and Subcommittees

With elections each year for the CIVL Bureau and the Subcommittee chairs, there is always the opportunity for new faces to bring a new perspective to CIVL activity. This year’s elections saw a number of changes.

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Double award for hang gliding

Two further FAI Category 1 Hang Gliding Championships for 2010 have been awarded: to Germany for the 2010 FAI Women’s Worlds Class 1 and World Classes 2 & 5 Hang Gliding Championships, and to Spain for the 2010 FAI European Hang Gliding Championships. Both awards will be subject to ratification at the 2009 Plenary in Austria next month.

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Wanted: CIVL Competitions Coordinator

Following the decision of Paula Sayer, our CIVL competitions coordinator of many years, to move on to new horizons, we are in urgent need of recruiting her replacement. We believe the post will suit an IT-oriented person who understands the CIVL sanctioned competition scene (hang gliding or paragliding).

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World XC Online contest launched

CIVL is delighted to announce the launch of the first trial season of the World XC Online contest (WXC) starting on 1 October 2008 and running through to 30 September 2009. All Online contest organisers are welcome to join the WXC network. Already several contests have signed up, including DHV, Paraglidingforum and XCC-Poland. Further information can be found at http://wxc.fai.org.

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And the World Could Fly - SPECIAL PROMOTIONAL OFFER!

coverWe would like to see this informative book more widely read throughout the hang gliding and paragliding world.

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