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CIVL Bureau Decisions – April 2007

The following decision has been taken by the Bureau, on behalf of CIVL: During the process of implementing the changes to Section 7 which were agreed as Item 20 at the 2007 Plenary Meeting, it was found that important messages could be lost from Sections 7A and 7B. For example: "The purpose of the championships is to provide safe, fair and satisfying contest flying in order to determine the world or continental champion, and to reinforce friendship among pilots of all nations."

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Accrochez-vous! France signs up for 2009 Hang Gliding Worlds

Following the recent announcement that France has been awarded the FAI World Hang Gliding Championships in 2009, the Organiser Agreement was signed on 7 April on the Montagne de Chabre at a veritable Presidential Summit!

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CIVL Bureau Decisions – March 2007

During the past month, the following decisions have been taken by the Bureau, on behalf of CIVL: 1. The CIVL Bureau agreed that Wayne Sayer will be a trainee CIVL steward at European HG test event in Greifenburg in June, incurring no costs to CIVL nor to the event organisers. 2. It has been pointed out that the FAI/CIVL websites do not currently make it clear that the FAI may make a charge for processing Record claims. The CIVL Bureau has agreed to ask the FAI to clarify this issue.

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New formula for the World Pilot Ranking System

The new, improved World Pilot Ranking System (WPRS) is up and running! A new formula for calculating the World Pilot Ranking System (WPRS), proposed by the CIVL Scoring & Ranking Systems and Software Working Group, was discussed and agreed at the Plenary meeting in Talloires, France, in February 2007. The agreed implementation date was 1st March, 2007. The new formula marks a significant improvement on the old versions, and importantly, the same formula can now be used for all disciplines. The disciplines covered by the WPRS include: Paragliding XC, Paragliding Accuracy, Paragliding Aerobatics (Syncro and Solo), Hang Gliding XC Class1, Hang Gliding XC Class 2, Hang Gliding Class 5 and Hang Gliding Aerobatics. Within each discipline, the rankings for Nations and Women are also listed.

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Paragliding World Championships, Manilla - Final Results

Bruce Goldsmith (GBR) is the 2007 Paragliding World Champion. The last day of the competition was Friday. It was task 5 of the competition, and a speed run task was set, of 53.6km from Mt Borah to 20km north of Barraba. Conditions were weak and many top pilots bombed out. But still there were 56 pilots in goal. Bruce Goldsmith said that at one point he was about 100m above the ground, circling in zero for almost half and hour. His tenacity paid off, as he still made it, one of the last pilots in goal. The two gold medal winners, overall and female, each had only 17 points over the pilots in second place, showing how close run this World Championship has been.

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Paragliding World Championships Day 12 Task 4

Wednesday’s task was the fourth in this Championship, and was set to run from Mt Borah to BanBaa - a difficult 60.8km speed run task with four start gates. First in goal was Ronny Helgesen (NOR), who, after landing 2 meters short in task 3, made goal this time with at least 20 meters to spare, after a final glide of almost 20 km! There were at least 27 pilots in goal. After 4 tasks the overall results are: First place is now held by Bruce Goldsmith (GBR). Second place Jean-Marc Caron (FRA) and third Christian Maures (CHE). The nation team placing after 4 tasks is: First CZE, second FRA and third GBR.

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Parawaiting at the Paragliding World Championship in Manilla

Today is the 11th day of the FAI World Paragliding Championship 2007 in Manilla, Australia. Unfortunately there have only been 3 tasks flown in the first 10 days. This is due to bad weather of all sorts, thunderstorms, rain which has been dearly needed for the local farmers for the last 7 years now, and strong winds. Yesterday’s task (Tuesday) was cancelled after “parawaiting” for 4 hours on the hill due to strong winds and turbulent conditions. For the first time in a Cat 1 competition, a female is leading the competition. Petra Slivova (CZE) is in first place after 3 tasks with 2723 points.

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CIVL Bureau decisions & actions – February 2007

During the past month, the following decisions and actions have been taken by the Bureau, on behalf of CIVL: 1. The CIVL Bureau Meeting minutes and the CIVL Plenary Meeting minutes have been published on the CIVL website. See: http://www.fai.org/hang_gliding/meetings/bureau/2007_feb and http://www.fai.org/hang_gliding/meetings/plenary/2007 2. An ‘Approved Local Regulations’ section has been set up on the website, and the first entry under this heading is a link to the Local Regulations for the FAI World Hang Gliding Championship 2007, Big Spring, Texas. See: http://www.fai.org/hang_gliding/LocalRegulations

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CIVL President takes to the ice

Because I think that there should be better and more frequent communication between the CIVL bureau and the pilots and because I wanted to get acquainted with one of the CIVL’s smaller, but fast growing disciplines, I travelled to Trakai in Lithuania in February, where the 4th FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship was held.

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Slovenia takes gold in Paragliding Accuracy

For the third time in a row, Slovenia takes home the gold medals for Paragliding Accuracy. Matjaz Feraric is the FAI World Champion for the second time, and his team took first place once again. Silver medallist is Andy Webster from UK. And 16 year old Martin Jovanoski of Macedonia won third place. In the team competition, Czech Republic took second place and UK gathered the bronze medals.

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Tension mounts for the 2007 Paragliding Accuracy World Champions

The tension is wound up to full now, with 11 out of a possible 12 rounds flown. Tomorrow, Friday, is a rest day, and pilots, organisers, judges and jury will attend (and some will participate in) Trakai’s famous ‘Catch the Wind’ festival, held every year on Lithuania Independence Day.

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