Friday, 13 August 2010 18:36
The weather in Ager, Spain, in July for the European Class 1 HG Championships could not have contrasted more with Tegelberg, the venue for the Women’s Worlds and Class 2 and 5 Championships: temperatures around 38C and sunshine every day. Although Gerolf Heinrichs from Austria is the new European HG Champion and team mate Tom Weissenberger (right) was awarded silver, Italy took team gold, followed by Austria, with Switzerland in third place. Attila Bertok (Hungary) won the bronze medal overall.
Friday, 13 August 2010 18:05
A few days after the late snow in Tegelberg, the weather in nearby Abtenau, Austria, hosting the European PG Championships, had improved, but only marginally. Three tasks were validated over the 12 day event. 144 pilots competed, including 15 women. Overall winner was Luca Donini from Italy. Top female pilot was Petra Slivova from Czech Republic, and Italy took team gold. According to Jury President, Vitor Pinto, most days had to be cancelled due to persistent rain, strong winds, low cloud base and thunderstorms. In addition to the three tasks flown (52, 62, 134km), two further tasks were set but cancelled before the launch opened, and one task was stopped due to storms developing on the route. (Photos: Martin Scheel, See gallery)
Sunday, 08 August 2010 16:10
The second Category 1 event in the 2010 season was the combined hang gliding Women’s Worlds, Class 2 and Class 5 Championships held at Tegelberg, Germany in May this year. The weather conditions were very disappointing, to say the least, and no tasks could be run for either the Women’s Worlds nor the Class 5 Championships. Low cloud, rain and even snow on the mountain launch made it impossible to fly. In the valley, where the class 2 gliders were towed up, the weather was just flyable and 3 tasks were run for the 9 competitors.
Sunday, 08 August 2010 15:44
The first FAI Category 1 event this year in the HG/PG arena was the 2nd Asian PG Championships, held in April at Nishiawa, Japan. Three tasks were validated, while another two tasks were stopped and cancelled. Strong winds and rain prevented tasks being set on another two days. Korea dominated the medal awards.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010 00:53
The CIVL Plenary meeting took place last weekend following two days of subcommittee meetings. • John Aldridge takes over as CIVL President as Flip Koetsier steps down • Prototype hang gliders will be banned from Cat 1 competitions from 1 September 2010 • The definitions of a prototype hang glider and uncertified hang glider have been clarified • A paraglider Open Class Technical Working Group has been set up to establish manufacturers’ self-certification procedures for open class paragliders to enter Cat 1 competitions from 2011 • The proposal on qualifying the definition of a paraglider to exclude less flexible components was withdrawn • Instead, the Working Group will consider design limitations for paragliders in Cat 1 competitions from 2012. • The decision to mandate EN966 certified helmets in Cat 1 competitions from 1 January 2010 has been ratified. • From 1 May 2011, PG harnesses and back protectors used in Cat 1 competitions must be certified to EN1651 and LTF09 or equivalent. • The Safety & Training Subcommittee will be completely restructured. More responsibility for safety in the separate discipline subcommittees. • The way is clear for organisers to provide tracking devices with no data delay in Cat 1 competitions, starting with the upcoming European PG Championships, Abtenau in May
Saturday, 09 January 2010 17:58
The death of David Barish on 15 December 2009, so soon after that of Francis Rogallo, marks the loss of another of the visionaries which led to paragliding becoming the most popular world-wide aviation sport.
Monday, 07 December 2009 23:47
Stéphane Desprez, former Competition Director of the 2008 Rugby World Cup in France, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the World Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st February 2010.
Monday, 30 November 2009 23:25
Planning is underway for the CIVL Plenary, 18th to 21st February 2010, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The deadline for proposals on the Agenda and for bids for 2012 Category 1 competitions is approaching: 18 December, 2009. Further information about the CIVL Plenary Meeting can be found here.
Monday, 30 November 2009 19:24
The 2nd FAI World HG/PG Aerobatics Championships, scheduled for August 2010 in Omegna, Italy, have been cancelled due to financial difficulties. The organisers informed the CIVL Bureau of its decision earlier this month. The Italian National Aero Club has confirmed the decision. The cancellation deals a heavy blow to the future of FAI hang gliding and paragliding aerobatics competitions, one of the most media and spectator-friendly disciplines within the free flying world. Discussions are already underway within the CIVL Aerobatics Subcommittee and the CIVL Bureau to try to determine a way forward.
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 01:17
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
Friday, 10 April 2009 19:30
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.