Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:26
CIVL took the opportunity of the FAI European Paragliding Championships in Saint- André-les-Alpes, France, to convene a meeting on September 15th between CIVL, the Paraglider Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) and the European Hang gliding and Paragliding Union (EHPU) representatives. The primary topic on the agenda was to discuss possible solutions to the competition paraglider situation. Unfortunately, PMA was not ready to attend the meeting. CIVL suggested to meet PMA during its General Assembly in Saint-Hilaire-du-Touvet, France, during the Coupe Icare on September 20th. This report concerns both meetings.
In Saint-André, CIVL and EHPU agreed that the introduction of high-level competition paragliders in the EN certification scheme has distorted and devalued the system, which was originally intended to give leisure pilots an indication of the skills required to handle these certified paragliders. It was not intended for competition paragliders. Both parties agreed that solutions to re-introduce a paraglider Competition Class had to be found outside the current EN. However, the parties stated differing views on what these solutions should be.
EHPU attendees to the meeting promised to finalize their position in writing to CIVL as soon as possible. We understood that EHPU would like CIVL to oversee the process of defining Competition Class paragliders, with a set of “technical requirements” that would be added to the current EN-D requirements. Only paragliders meeting both EN and CIVL requirements would be allowed in Category 1 competitions.
CIVL maintained the stance it took during the February 2012 Plenary. Category 1 events should be flown on current EN certified paragliders until a solution is found. A new Competition Class should be created outside current EN, whose technical requirement would be defined by PMA, approved by CIVL and hopefully supported by EHPU. This new Competition Class could possibly be included in a new “light” EN-X (light meaning less manoeuvres, hence cheaper test and faster revisions of EN-X). In parallel, with the help of PMA, the qualifications needed for competition pilots to be flying on the new Competition Class paragliders would be defined and included in a mandatory scheme.
CIVL also stressed that, in the current EN-D testing programme, gliders are flown in configurations that do not relate to competition flying, such as using regular rather than cocoon harnesses; and performing manoeuvres that are seldom encountered, while common real problematic situations are not tested. Hence, the current EN-D certification process does not seem entirely relevant for competition class gliders. CIVL believes that a radical review would be required, if EN-D was to be made mandatory for competition gliders.
In Saint-Hilaire, CIVL explained to PMA its views on paragliding competitions and hoped that PMA would agree to work on requirements for both competition paragliders and pilot qualifications. PMA underlined the difficulties to reach a consensus on these requirements, but in the end, agreed that it was the only sufficiently qualified organisation to come up with an acceptable solution.
CIVL is now waiting for PMA proposals. CIVL is likely to agree to drive the process required to review PMA’s proposals and ultimately, implement an appropriate solution within CIVL rules.
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 14:26
Two European Championships have been run in late August and early September. The Hang gliding Class 1 in Kayseri (Turkey) had Italy win both the Individual and Team events. The Paragliding XC in St-André-les-Alpes (France) had the Bulgarian Yassen Savov win in Overall, the Italian Nicole Fedele in Women, Austria in Team. Browse our News and News of event pages to find more about it.
CIVL meet the Paraglider Manufacturers’ Association (PMA) and the European Hang gliding and Paragliding Union (EHPU) representatives. The primary topic on the agenda was to discuss possible solutions to the competition paraglider situation. A report on these meetings is here.
Potential bidders to the various 2015 World Championships should get ready. The clock is ticking. More info here.
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:59
The following championships should be awarded by the next Plenary in February 2013:
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Sunday, 16 September 2012 17:09
The twelfth European Paragliding Championship is over. The last task day was a 74 km tour of the high ridges and valleys to the west of the takeoff overlooking St. Andre les Alpes. The top five places were tight—a false step by any pilot would knock them out of the running. Yassen Savov was in first place, having taken second the day before. It was amazing to see the lead gaggle come in fairly tightly strung out after more than two hours bouncing around in the windy conditions. In the end, Yassen finished fourth, only 17 points behind the day’s winner, Marc Wensauer. It was enough to keep him in first place, so we have a new champion form Bulgaria. Cheers to Yassen and all the competitors who shared the blue skies above St. Andre in Les Alpes de Haut-Provence.
On the Individual podiums... Overall: Yassen Saov (Bulgaria), Xevi Bonet Dalmau (Spain) and Russell Ogden (Great Britain). Women: Nicole Fedele (Italia), Kirsty Cameron (Great Britain) and Regula Starsser (Switzerland). On the Team podium: Austria, Spain and Switzerland. Complete results are on the organiser's website.
Tuesday, 11 September 2012 09:24
The 12th FAI Hang Gliding European Championship came to a close on September 8th. On the Individual podium: Alessandro Ploner (ITA), Dan Vyhnalik (CZE) and Primoz Gricar (SLO). On the Team podium: Italy, Slovenia and Spain. All results are on the organizer's website.
Monday, 10 September 2012 16:17
The weather finally cleared and we were airborne! The first task of the European Paragliding Championships took place on Thursday, 6 Sept. at St Andre les Alpes. Pilots launched into a light updraft and scratched a while until the sky finally decided to deliver its blessing of lift. All pilots made it onto the course, and the race was on. The task was a 103 km race up and down the region’s magnificent peaks and sinuous valleys. The lift was reliable and widespread. In the end it was too widespread, for it ODed and dropped some rain. Due to the sensitivity of the new gliders to moisture, the task was stopped after three and a half hours, but already 73 pilots were in goal. In the end Xevi Bonet Dalmau from Spain flying a Niviuk Icepeak 6 took home the bacon in first place. (Photos Martin Scheel)
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 15:42
The FAI 2013 Forbes hang gliding World Championsips local regulations are published! CIVL would like to apologize profusely as this publication comes a month late.
Monday, 03 September 2012 16:01
The FAI Paragliding Cross-Country European Championship started on September 2nd in St-André-les-Alpes, France. Dennis Pagen, President of the Jury, wrote to us...
We arrived in St. Andre with perfect timing. There has been a serious drought in southeast Europe, so we scheduled a competition and brought much-needed rain. Yesterday was registration and the opening ceremony. It actually cleared a bit in the afternoon, and most competitors took the opportunity to catch an hour or two of flying, so there is no weather stress as yet. Since then it has rained chats and chiens and today, the first scheduled day of competition has been cancelled.
Last evening we had a parade with pilots in their sassy native dress, followed by obligatory speeches by the local politicians. Then we had a party in the town centre which got us mingling with the locals and enjoying the French culture. That's why we come to these events, isn't it? Oh, of course there's the flying, and if all is right with the universe it will clear and the race will be on. While we enjoy the village and the local color, we are waiting for a chance to show our colors.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 18:23
FS the Official CIVL XC Competition Scoring Software for Hang and Paragliding has been updated with version 1.3.1 and is available on FS homepage. Please look at the Documentation and Forum sections for information on how to use the software and last changes made.
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 09:23
Summer is a busy time for leisure or competition pilots. CIVL Bureau though it was a good time for holidays, but, hey, no way!
John Dickenson, inventor of the modern hang glider, has been honoured with the highest FAI award: the Air Gold Medal. The glider that John Dickenson built in September 1963 proved to be unprecedently simple, unprecedently user friendly, unprecedently easily copied. It became the template for almost all hang-gliders, giving access to the sky to thousands of people, opening the doors to a new sport.
Paragliding aerobatics is a relatively young discipline, recognised by CIVL from 2005. One of the difficulties that potential organisers encounter, is the lack of qualified PG Aerobatics Judges available to work at competitions. CIVL is asking the Federations and NACs who have PG Aerobatics Judges in training, or who have candidates they would like trained, or indeed, those who have aerobatics pilots they wish to encourage, to help provide some financial support for these trainees and pilots.
The 3rd FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Championship was run in Orhid (FYR Macedonia) last July. Report and links are published on our website.
The Paragliding pre-World was run in Sopot (Bulgaria) last July. The Steward report was carefully read and the Bureau will make sure that all recommendations made will be implemented.
Paragliding Accuracy is one of the discipline of the 2014 World Games in Cali (Colombia). The pre-World was run earlier this month. Reports are published on our website.
The letter we sent to EHPU and PMA to re-state CIVL position on the evolution of competition gliders and the answers we got show that we are still far from a consensus on what these gliders should be. So CIVL has invited EHPU and PMA to a top level meeting in St-André-les-Alpes (France) on September 15th, closing day of the European Paragliding championship.
The Competition Structure Working Group will also hold a meeting in St-André-les-Alpes, on September 16th. It’s intermediary report published on our website did not get many comments. It’s still time people! The way CIVL chooses between bids for Category 1 events has been added to the Working Group agenda.
Finally, we published our analysis on selection criteria and nation size for the next FAI European Paragliding Championship.