Thursday, 31 January 2013 17:25
Well, this IS a new year, so happy and merry to everyone! And specially to Molly and Bill Moyes, still going strong after more than 40 years of involvement in our sport!
January has been quiet on CIVL Bureau front. With the agenda published, we almost took a nap until the next Plenary. But…
The Plenary Agenda was adjusted twice, with a bid for a Hang Gliding World Championship in Mexico in 2015, and a bid to hold the Plenary in Bali, Indonesia in 2015. We refused to add awards nominations as they came too late.
There was a FAI Hang Gliding World Championship in Forbes, Australia, and a very successful one, with great Champions crowded. We had to adjust the Remote Jury, as one member was not available after all.
We worked on the next FAI Paragliding World Championship local regulations; on CIVL annual report for FAI annual report; on our financial situation, with difficulty as the FAI person in charge had a bad accident and was not available (get well fast, Cosette!).
We followed with attention on the CIVL Delegates mailing list the discussion on the new PG Competition Class glider proposals.
That's it, Folks! See you soon at the Plenary!
Monday, 21 January 2013 09:24
The 2013 CIVL Plenary Agenda is modified as follow: a bid has been received in time from Indonesia to hold the 2014 Plenary in Bali (Annex 38).
The local regulations from the PG World in Sopot, Bulgaria, will be added soon.
The President and Treasurer reports will be published before the end of the month. The Treasurer report will probably be provisionnal, due to standing problems and the accident of the person in charge of FAI finances, Cosette Mast (both arms broken).
Sunday, 20 January 2013 10:36
The 19th FAI Hang Gliding Class 1 World Championship came to an end on January 18th in Forbes, Australia. An exciting competition with many and long tasks, and in the end true Champions: Corinna Schwiebershausen for her 5th title, Manfred Ruhmer for his 4th, Italy for its 3rd! Congratulation!
Wednesday, 09 January 2013 08:58
With apologies to the Mexican NAC, organizers and pilots, we are publishing the Valle de Bravo bid for the 20th FAI Hang Gliding World Championship. The bid was sent in time but somehow got lost between CIVL and the webdog. The agenda is modified accordingly and a V2 is published. Both modifications appear in the Document chapter of this website.
Tuesday, 01 January 2013 11:02
The Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (CIVL) is seeking a suitable person to act as Competitions Coordinator.
The successful applicant will have some knowledge of hang gliding and/or paragliding competitions and CIVL, good written and spoken English, plus some database/spreadsheet oriented IT skills.
A summary of the work includes:
A more detailed Job Description is available on request.
Applications must be sent here before January 31st, 2013.
Monday, 31 December 2012 15:28
The Subcommittees, Working Groups and Officers worked hard so their reports, recommendations and proposals could be ready in time to be included in the agenda of our February Plenary. The Bureau discussed matters like: Forbes coming HG World; the accident/incident statistics; the mandatory second reserve; the bid procedures and the organiser agreements; CIVL voting procedures; the World XC Online results; Sopot local regulations… The bids for 2015 World championships were circulated and the Bureau voted to award the 2014 FAI World Hang Gliding Class 2 - 5 - 1 Women to Annecy, France.
Monday, 31 December 2012 15:01
The 2013 CIVL Plenary will take part in Lausanne, Switzerland, from February 13th to 17th 2013. Invitation, timetable, agenda and annexes are here! and also below on this page.
The President and Treasurer reports will be published later in January.
Thursday, 13 December 2012 21:39
Ron NIckel was one of the pionneers of hang gliding. In 1964, he bought the first hang glider that John Dickenson ever sold. Ron taught himself how to fly and had a proper sail made to replace the banana plastic one. Ron is here with his wife Di and Graeme Henderson, who unearthed his story. The glider Graeme is holding is the original 1964 one. The older "Modern Hang Glider" alive to our knowledge! Thanks Ron for keeping good care of it. And rest in peace.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:10
What’s up? A lot of work during and after our Bureau meeting in very windy Iceland. We published the minutes on our website, so please check them out if you want to know what’s up.
An important decision: making a second reserve mandatory in paragliding XC Category 1 championships. A specific News was published.
The month summerized…
Sunday, 25 November 2012 09:55
During its recent Autumn meeting, CIVL Bureau reviewed reports from accidents, some fatal, in Category 1 and 2 events.
From these reports, a recurrent problem was identified. In degraded conditions (stall, spin…) some pilots were unable to reach and use their reserve parachute and fell to the ground. CIVL Bureau believes that these accidents might have been avoided if these pilots had been equipped with a second reserve deployable with the opposite hand compared to the main reserve or with both hands. This analysis is in line with the analysis of the Paragliding Competition Safety Task Force report (published in December 2011) concerning Piedrahita 2011 World championship accidents.
Therefore, the CIVL Bureau has decided to make a second reserve mandatory for FAI Category 1 paragliding XC events from May 1st, 2014. All pilots should carry the current mandatory reserve parachute plus one more. The latter must be deployable with the opposite hand compared to the main reserve or, even better, with both hand.
The Bureau encourages all pilots not to wait for this deadline to get equipped with a second reserve. Many manufacturers already sell harness that can fit two reserves. Some other manufacturers will be able to supply owners of existing competition harnesses with pods with integrated reserve parachute container. Pilots would not necessarily need to buy a complete new harness.
The Bureau also encourages pilots to check and repack their reserves regularly and to get used to throw them while in flight simulators.
Carrying a mandatory second reserve has the support of the Paraglider Manufacturers Association (PMA). It will also be considered by the PWCA.
This Bureau decision will have to be ratified by the Plenary in February 2013. (item left out by mistake and added on Nov. 29)