Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:46
Some ninety-three Jury and Steward reports of competitions (from 1995 till today) have been collected, scanned and filed. They are available to delegates only, who can get any of them through Bureau members.
Dates and venue of the next Plenary are set. The Sub-Commissions and Working Groups will convene at FAI office and the Plenary itself at the Mövenpick Hotel on February 14th to 17th in Lausanne, Switzerland.
We’ve had problem with change of organizers for events like the 2014 Asia Paragliding accuracy, the 2013 Asian Paragliding Accuracy, the 2012 Paragliding pre-World. Problems have solutions and CIVL has been working on them.
The 2012 Category 1 competition season is on! It has started with the Asian Paragliding XC and will follow with the Asian Paragliding accuracy in June. Reports and pictures are published on our website in the Event / News of Events pages.
Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:22
FAI, an international federation, endorsed the World Anti-Doping Code in 2003. CIVL reminds pilots competing in FAI Category 1 and 2 events that they must comply to the said Code. You will find more details on the code and procedures on FAI website.
Friday, 25 May 2012 17:21
The 3rd FAI Asia Paragliding Championship has started in Linzhou, People's Republic of China. We publish at News of Events pages regular updates on this competition. The competition started May the 24th and will end on June the 2nd. About 70 pilots are attending the competition. Most pilots are Asian and a few come from other continents. Pilots are seen here lining up for registration.
Thursday, 03 May 2012 10:34
The ‘serial vs open class’ debate has been raging for well over a decade within the paragliding world. While the full impact of the change may not be discernible for some time yet, it is useful to review the history of the debate.
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 15:27
The CIVL 2013 Plenary will take part in Lausanne, Switzerland, from February the 14th to 17th, according to this schedule:
Tuesday, 01 May 2012 11:20
Friday, 27 April 2012 11:36
Entry registration for the following two FAI Category 1 Championships is now open. Please make sure that your national selectors/teamleaders are aware of the registration procedures, and go to the organiser websites and register their intention to compete in these events. They are:
- 18th FAI European Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship.
The registration website is here.
- 19th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship.
The registration website is here.
Sunday, 22 April 2012 13:51
As you know, Jiao-Xi February Plenary elected a Bureau with a few newcomers.
Getting organized was our first job, while Louise Joselyn, our former Secretary, was putting a final touch on the Bureau and Plenary Minutes (thanks Louise!).
Getting organized meant spreading responsibilities around, so all matters are covered by at least one Bureau member, from competition to safety, through communication, etc.
It also meant getting used to Basecamp. Basecamp is a software used by FAI, a web-based project management and collaboration tool. We decided that most of the Bureau exchanges and work would be done through it. Besides the functionalities that Basecamp offers, the exchanges and work done can be archived, and therefore used as references for future Bureaux.
This year projects are ambitious and we started working on them.
You know the difficulties the paragliding competition scene went through last year. The Plenary had to deal with a few contradictory proposals and decided to let the Paragliding Subcommittee and specific Competition Structure Working Group deal with them (check former News on this website). Discussions have started. We will let you know later what’s up on these matters. No consensus expected yet: we are just too early in the process.
Other subcommissions have, of course, also started their own work.
We want to update all documents, including our Guidelines For Organisers Handbook and Long Term Plan.
We will create new ones, like a CIVL Handbook, to help anyone find his way in the FAI – CIVL maze of documents, rules, ways of working…, and a Bureau Handbook to structure the way we work.
We will work on how to make more efficient our Plenary and Bureau meetings.
Of course the day to day job of running CIVL and dealing with problems as they come never stops. Local regulations were finalized and published, worries about such or such championship discussed, coming deadlines met…
All that induced in my personal CIVL mailbox some 500+ messages since the Plenary. So, yes, the people you elected are at work. They are all volunteers. They are thinking about getting professional help (communication and secretarial work) but are not quite ready for it yet. This would be the cherry on the cake, but we have to cook the cake first, i.e. have CIVL run smoothly with motivated and hard working people.
Please let us know what you think. I will be your contact and will transmit to the Bureau or whoever.
Stef Malbos, Website Content Coordinator
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:17
CIVL is proud to nominate John Dickenson, father of the modern hang glider, for recipient of the 2012 FAI Gold Air Medal.
The nomination: "Lilienthal and Chanute might be considered as the fathers of hang gliding, but their gliders were fragile and hard to control in turbulent conditions.
The sport of hang gliding really began in Australia in 1963, when John Dickenson invented the modern hang glider.
The glider was robust, able to withstand many crashes and still fly, easy to transport and store.
The design could be comprehended after a moment's viewing and replicated with no special tools, materials or knowledge. The control system was intuitive and efficient. The glider was so easy to fly that one would become a pilot and achieve Icarus’ dream simply by running off a hill and learning on the way down.
The magic of Dickenson’s device is the perfect coincidence of extreme simplicity, user friendliness and copy-ability. No other aircraft in history is as easy to build, fly and duplicate as the Dickenson wing. Almost 50 years after it was created, it is still the template for beginners’ hang gliders.
From 1963 to 1969, the Dickenson wing was boat-towed and released. In 1969, it was foot-launched, ridge-soared and taken around the world. In just six years, the number of Dickenson gliders went from a few dozens to tens of thousands, when hang gliding became part of FAI in the Commission Internationale de Vol Libre (CIVL).
The sport of hang gliding has never been honoured by a FAI Gold Air Medal. It makes CIVL all the more proud to nominate John Dickenson, holder of FAI Hang Gliding Diploma in 2006, for the highest FAI award."
FAI Vice Presidents will decide sometime next June if a FAI Gold Air Medal will be given away in 2012, and if so to who it should be.
Read more about John Dickinson and the history of hang gliding here.