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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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European PG and World Aerobatics Championships awarded

CIVL is delighted to announce that two further Category 1 competitions have been awarded for 2010. The 11th FAI European Paragliding Championship will be organised in Abtenau in Austria, from 23rd May to 5th June 2010. The 2nd FAI HG & PG Aerobatics World Championships will be organised in Omegna in Italy, from 6th to 15th August 2010.

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Wanted: top pilots for world air games test events - pilot selection underway

Pilot selection for the test events of the World Air Games, the most prestigious and extensive aerial contest in the world, is now underway. If you believe you are a contender and you meet the qualification criteria, then contact us straight away – especially if you have experience of Hang Gliding Speed Gliding and Hang Gliding Aerobatics. See below for details. CIVL is responsible for selecting and inviting the pilots in four of the 26 individual discipline competitions: Hang gliding Aerobatics, Hang gliding Speed Gliding; Paragliding Aerobatics (solo & synchro) and Paragliding Accuracy. These four test events will take place from18 to 20th August, 2008, at Avigliana, Italy. Selection criteria are available on the FAI WAG website: http://www.worldairgames.org/2009 Full event details are on the organiser’s website (now in English as well as Italian): http://www.wag2009.com/eng/

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CIVL success in Mexico

With something for everyone, the CIVL Plenary meeting combined discussions, resolutions, clarifications, training and practical sessions. Diverse topics included new scoring software, new rules on team entries and scoring, resolutions on air marshals, progress on HG pitch stability discussions, continental championships for 2010 and a myriad details. The full minutes will be available very soon.

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