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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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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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