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New formula for the World Pilot Ranking System

The new, improved World Pilot Ranking System (WPRS) is up and running! A new formula for calculating the World Pilot Ranking System (WPRS), proposed by the CIVL Scoring & Ranking Systems and Software Working Group, was discussed and agreed at the Plenary meeting in Talloires, France, in February 2007. The agreed implementation date was 1st March, 2007. The new formula marks a significant improvement on the old versions, and importantly, the same formula can now be used for all disciplines. The disciplines covered by the WPRS include: Paragliding XC, Paragliding Accuracy, Paragliding Aerobatics (Syncro and Solo), Hang Gliding XC Class1, Hang Gliding XC Class 2, Hang Gliding Class 5 and Hang Gliding Aerobatics. Within each discipline, the rankings for Nations and Women are also listed.

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Paragliding World Championships, Manilla - Final Results

Bruce Goldsmith (GBR) is the 2007 Paragliding World Champion. The last day of the competition was Friday. It was task 5 of the competition, and a speed run task was set, of 53.6km from Mt Borah to 20km north of Barraba. Conditions were weak and many top pilots bombed out. But still there were 56 pilots in goal. Bruce Goldsmith said that at one point he was about 100m above the ground, circling in zero for almost half and hour. His tenacity paid off, as he still made it, one of the last pilots in goal. The two gold medal winners, overall and female, each had only 17 points over the pilots in second place, showing how close run this World Championship has been.

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Paragliding World Championships Day 12 Task 4

Wednesday’s task was the fourth in this Championship, and was set to run from Mt Borah to BanBaa - a difficult 60.8km speed run task with four start gates. First in goal was Ronny Helgesen (NOR), who, after landing 2 meters short in task 3, made goal this time with at least 20 meters to spare, after a final glide of almost 20 km! There were at least 27 pilots in goal. After 4 tasks the overall results are: First place is now held by Bruce Goldsmith (GBR). Second place Jean-Marc Caron (FRA) and third Christian Maures (CHE). The nation team placing after 4 tasks is: First CZE, second FRA and third GBR.

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Parawaiting at the Paragliding World Championship in Manilla

Today is the 11th day of the FAI World Paragliding Championship 2007 in Manilla, Australia. Unfortunately there have only been 3 tasks flown in the first 10 days. This is due to bad weather of all sorts, thunderstorms, rain which has been dearly needed for the local farmers for the last 7 years now, and strong winds. Yesterday’s task (Tuesday) was cancelled after “parawaiting” for 4 hours on the hill due to strong winds and turbulent conditions. For the first time in a Cat 1 competition, a female is leading the competition. Petra Slivova (CZE) is in first place after 3 tasks with 2723 points.

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CIVL Bureau decisions & actions – February 2007

During the past month, the following decisions and actions have been taken by the Bureau, on behalf of CIVL: 1. The CIVL Bureau Meeting minutes and the CIVL Plenary Meeting minutes have been published on the CIVL website. See: http://www.fai.org/hang_gliding/meetings/bureau/2007_feb and http://www.fai.org/hang_gliding/meetings/plenary/2007 2. An ‘Approved Local Regulations’ section has been set up on the website, and the first entry under this heading is a link to the Local Regulations for the FAI World Hang Gliding Championship 2007, Big Spring, Texas. See: http://www.fai.org/hang_gliding/LocalRegulations

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CIVL President takes to the ice

Because I think that there should be better and more frequent communication between the CIVL bureau and the pilots and because I wanted to get acquainted with one of the CIVL’s smaller, but fast growing disciplines, I travelled to Trakai in Lithuania in February, where the 4th FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship was held.

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Slovenia takes gold in Paragliding Accuracy

For the third time in a row, Slovenia takes home the gold medals for Paragliding Accuracy. Matjaz Feraric is the FAI World Champion for the second time, and his team took first place once again. Silver medallist is Andy Webster from UK. And 16 year old Martin Jovanoski of Macedonia won third place. In the team competition, Czech Republic took second place and UK gathered the bronze medals.

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Tension mounts for the 2007 Paragliding Accuracy World Champions

The tension is wound up to full now, with 11 out of a possible 12 rounds flown. Tomorrow, Friday, is a rest day, and pilots, organisers, judges and jury will attend (and some will participate in) Trakai’s famous ‘Catch the Wind’ festival, held every year on Lithuania Independence Day.

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Slovenian stamina shows at Paragliding Accuracy Worlds

With just three rounds to go, the Slovenians, twice world champions, are striding ahead once again at the 4th FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship, on Lake Galves, Trakai in frozen Lithuania. With pilots in 1st, 2nd and 10th places and top team position, Slovenia is pulling ahead in these tough, cold and nil wind conditions. Czech Republic is closing fast on the team stakes, while pilots from Bulgaria, Serbia, UK, Macedonia and Ukraine are chasing the individual medals. With stronger winds today, some are anticipating there could be some change at the top.

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2007 Plenary Meeting – Rules rationalised

After much debate, new rules were agreed on determining PG team size, re-allocation of extra places and pilot qualification criteria. Other key issues included scoring software, WPRS improvements, HG sprog setting checks and competition safety. The 2009 World Championship for paragliding was awarded to Mexico and paragliding accuracy to Croatia. With at least three proposals at the 2007 CIVL Plenary concerning the setting of PG team size and pilot qualification for paragliding Category 1 competitions, it was not surprising that this topic dominated the discussions both before and during the meeting. The PG subcommittee meeting on the day before the Plenary overran by four hours, as team size and related issues were hotly debated.

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Competition hots up on Lithuania’s frozen lake

Now half way through, the 4th FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship, being held on Lake Galves, Trakai, Lithuania, is shifting gear, as individuals and teams run a closely run competition. Six of a possible 12 rounds have been flown as we move into Day 5. Although Slovenia leads the team competition, there is not such a huge gap between them and second placed Czech Republic and UK in third. Former champion, Matjaz Feraric (SLO) is leading the individual competition, with surprise newcomer Tzvetan Tzolov from Bulgaria in second, and Andy Webster of UK in third place. Another rising star, Irina Avane of Latvia is leading the womens’ competition.

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