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January 2005 Paragliding Rankings

PARAGLIDING Competitions added are the Manilla Open, Andes Open, Porterville Serial Challenge, Chile Vizcachas, All Africa and the New Zealand Nationals. Deleted were the Alpen Open, British PG Open St Andre, Croatian PG Open, French PG Champs, HVS Finnish PG Open, Lithuanian Open, Portuguese Douro Superior, Veltins Schmitten Pokal, Yu Open Sicevo. Results no received so not added are: La Palma Open, Korean Presidents Cup, Argentine Loma Bola, 2nd Brazil nationals, Norwegian Open, French Alps/Annecy 3rd Porto de Espada, British Open Long Mynd, Finnish Nationals and Finnish League, Piedrahita Open, Swiss PG Champs, Korean League, Gianni Cerroni Trophy, X Copa Pirineus, Slovak Nationals, Hungarian Nationals.

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Agenda for the 2005 CIVL meeting published

The agenda and annexes for the February 2005 CIVL Meeting have now been published on the "meetings" page of the CIVL web pages at http://www.fai.org/hang_gliding/meetings/

Team size at the 2005 World Paragliding Championship

The November Paragliding Pilot Rankings have now been published. The WPRS Nations ranking of 15th Nov will set the team size for the Paragliding World Championship in Brazil 2005, according to section 7. The entry deadline is 09th January 2005. Please contact Chico Santos at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

CIVL November Bureau Meeting

The CIVL Bureau usually meets twice a year: once in mid-autumn to analyse the last competition season and review the different matters that will be submitted to the next plenary ; once just before the official opening of the plenary (the next plenary will be held in Guatemala February 2005). The Bureau held its autumn meeting in Pleguien, France, on November the 11th, 12th and 13th.

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CIVL Plenary Meeting 18-20 Feb 2005 schedule

The CIVL Plenary meeting will be held on 18-20 February 2005 in Panajachel, Guatemala. There will also be a Jury and Steward training session Friday 18th Feb 1700. CIVL would like to encourage as many people as possible to attend especially from the US continent to ensure future FAI competitions can be staffed by more local volunteers.

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8th Paragliding European Championship postponed

CIVL regret to advise that the 8th European Paragliding Championship at Kalavrita cannot be held at the originally designated dates due to NATO forces forbidding flying. NATO is responsible for the safety of the Olympic Games in Athens and security has been increased after the Madrid bombings. According to NATO the area that the tasks will take place will be patrolled by aircrafts for security reasons and thus no other flying activity is permitted in the area.

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WPRS Update April 2004

PARAGLIDING ACCURACY Competitions added were the European Accuracy Cup UK 2003 and the Lithuanian Open. No competitions were deleted. The top 10 remain the same, Andy Shaw (GBR) maintains his lead, Matjaz Feraric (SLO) stays 2nd, Matjaz Sluga (SLO) remains 3rd. In the nations, Slovenia lead, GBR is 2nd and Serbia and Montenegro 3rd. Full details of the PG Accuracy rankings can be found on the FAI website - http://www.fai.org/paragliding/rankings/precision/

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WPRS Update March 2004

PARAGLIDING Competitions added since the January update were the Argentinian Open, Swiss PG Champs, All Africa Champs, Andes Open, CNP Roldanillo, New Zealand Nationals, Monarco Open (Mexico). Results still not received so NOT added: Victoria Cup Donovaly, X Copa Pirineus, Greek Open (Amfikela) , Brazil Nationals, Algodonales Nationals. Deleted were the Belgian Mountain, German Open, Hungarian Nationals, Iberian Open, Norwegian League, PG World Cup Morzine, Portuguese de Serra da Estrela, Russian Open, Welsh International Open. The Portuguese Open was received late so is not included yet.

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WPRS Update January 2004

PARAGLIDING Added were the Belguim Flatland, Pedro Bernardo, La Palma. Results still not received so NOT added: Tropheo Montegrappa, X Copa Pirineus, Greek Open (Amfikela), Portuguese Open, Brazil Nationals, Algodonales Nationals. Deleted were the French Open, Nordic Cup (Austria), Pian Delle Betulle, Porto da Espada, Portugese Moncorvo, Slovenian Open, Spanish Open (Ager). The Jaen Open and the Swiss PG Champs have not been added yet.

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Paragliding Team Size

In recent years, the number of teams and subsequently pilots at Paragliding Category 1 Championships has increased considerably (from 125 pilots in 1993 to 230 in 1999). In some cases the large number of pilots coupled with the wide range of pilot skills has compromised safety. At the recent CIVL Plenary meeting, lengthy discussions were held in order to provide a solution to the problem. Firstly, to address the problem of overcrowding, it was voted that there should be a maximum number of 150 pilots at a Paragliding Category 1 Championship. This led to the issue of how to allocate those places, given that all FAI member countries have the right to send a team to a Category 1 Championships. After much discussion the solution aproved by CIVL delegates is that the World Pilot Ranking Scheme (WPRS) will be used to rank nations and a nations team size will depend of their WPRS ranking. This will come into effect from 1 Jan 2001. Full details can be found at http://www.fai.org/paragliding/rankings/index.asp#nations.

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