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All clear for 1st Pan-American Paragliding Championship

After a difficult few weeks for the Brazilian organisers, it has just been confirmed that the 1st FAI Pan-American Paragliding Championship has been given the ‘all-clear’ to proceed. It will now definitely happen in March 2008!

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CIVL Bureau Decision

The Canungra Cup (PG XC event in Australia) was organised as a two round competition this year and the organisers applied for each round to be sanctioned as a separate competition, each with a set of non-overlapping dates. They subsequently sent in results for a single competition covering the combined dates and these were inadvertently input to the WPRS in this form. After complaints were made, the matter was referred to the Bureau which decided that the results should be split and input to the two separate competitions, as they were applied for, sanctioned and published on the FAI Competition Calendar.

CIVL Bureau Meeting, October 2007

The minutes of the CIVL Bureau Meeting held in Reykjavik, Iceland, 18 to 20th October, are now available for downloading. The document records the decisions made by the Bureau following detailed discussions and reviews of competition, subcommittee and working group reports generated since the last Plenary in February. http://www.fai.org/hang_gliding/meetings/bureau

World focus: Women’s World, World OLC, World Air Games…

Highlights from this year’s Bureau Meeting in October, in Iceland include: • Agreement that Italy will hold the Women’s World Hang Gliding class 1, World Hang Gliding Class 5 and possibly Class 2 Championships combined in July 2008. • Agreement that CIVL will run a trial World Online XC Competition in 2008. • Significant progress in the new FS flight scoring and verification system. Beta version should be available before the end of the year. • World Air Games – promising to be a highly prestigious event in Turin in 2009. A word of warning – the 1st Pan American Paragliding Championship, scheduled for March 2008, could be in jeopardy if Brazil does not pay its FAI membership fee.

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Plenary planning

Planning is underway for the CIVL Plenary, 9 to 10 February 2008, in Manzanillo, Mexico. The various Subcommittee and Working Group meetings will take place, immediately prior, on 7 and 8 February. All CIVL delegates have already been notified directly of the meetings. The deadline for written proposals for inclusion on the Plenary agenda is 10 December, 2007. The deadline for electronic copies of bids for 2010 Category 1 competitions, is also 10 December, 2007. The Agenda will be published by 21 December, 2007. Information about the CIVL Plenary Meeting in February 2008 in Manzanillo (Mexico) can be found on the following website: http://www.femeda.com.mx/aero/cm8-0.htm

Pilot rankings – Photo opportunity!

The CIVL online database of pilots, competitions and results which includes pilots and nations ranking system has just been enhanced with the option of including photographs of pilots. Check out the Womens' Paragliding ranking http://civlrankings.fai.org/?a=329&ladder_id=3&ranking_date=2007-08-01& or Paragliding Nations ranking http://civlrankings.fai.org/?a=328&ladder_id=3&ranking_date=2007-08-01& to give you an idea of how it will look.

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A great man has gone!

In July the sad news about the loss of Angelo Crapanzano reached us. The world will miss this very special and great man. Angelo meant much to the hang gliding world.

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World Air Games 2009

For the next edition of the World Air Games the FAI has decided to go for a new and more media concentrated and media friendly set up of the event. The event for approximately 20 different air sport disciplines should be: · organised at (or close to) one location · one week duration · focused on media and public friendly air sport disciplines · attended by the top pilots of the air sports

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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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