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Paragliding accuracy goes down to the wire

George-CurtetWith nail-biting thrills down to the very final flight, the paragliding accuracy landing competition concluded yesterday after 12 rounds. 

George Cotet from Romania finished in first place, Qiang Ma from China in second place and Goran Djurkovic from Serbia in third. The top female was Nunnapat Phuchong from Thailand, in 10th place overall. 

Excitement levels reached fever pitch in last six rounds, as Cotet and many times World Champion, Matjaz Feraric from Slovenia, battled for supremacy. 

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An unforgettable start to the FAI World Air Games

23133288149 527c88f702_zThe FAI World Air Games officially kicked off with a bang last night, as the 3,000-strong audience at the Opening Ceremony were wowed with an extravaganza of dancing, zip-line performances and fireworks.

Dropping in on the open-air stage, performers dressed as skydivers and paramotor pilots flew over the crowd suspended on wires, taking the astounded audience on a theatrical flight over glorious Dubai.

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2018 Championships, Bids and Deadlines

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CIVL received within the December 1st deadline bids for the following championships:

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Paragliding accuracy landing competition gets underway

22834953584 c06921fbcf_zDay two of the FAI World Air Games and it was a challenging start for some of the competitors aiming to hit the target in the paraglider accuracy landing competition at the Beach Dropzone.

Reigning World Champion Matjaz Feraric from Slovenia struggled to judge the conditions and landed 28cm away from the target instead of within one centimetre as he'd hoped. "I saw the glider before me left their approach too high and overshot, so I came in lower," he said. "But then I was too far to one side and landed short."

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US Paragliding Aerobatics pilot to unveil new tricks at FAI World Air Games

Max-Marien-JPGIt's rare to find competitors from the US in Paragliding Aerobatics competitions. The sport of paragliding has a relatively small following there, and there are few pilots who embark on the niche daredevil discipline of performing aerobatic manoeuvres in the sky.

One American who does compete is relative newcomer Max Marien, 27. He has come all the way from San Diego in California to Dubai to compete with what he says is a trio of new stunts he's developed. "They've never been seen in a competition before," he said ahead of the contest in the United Arab Emirates.

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Ready for take off

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Good morning from Dubai, where the skies are clear and the temperature is warm – it’s a beautiful place to be in December.

Today, Tuesday December 1, 2015, we’ve got a whole host of athletes, competitors and pilots setting up and getting to grips with what is to come: two weeks of the best air sports event in the world. 

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FAI Asian PG Accuracy Local Regulations Published

 

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The local regulations for the 3rd FAI Asian Paragliding Accuracy Championship in Taldykorgan, Kazakhstan, from 27th May to 3rd June, 2016, are now published here.

Autum Bureau Meeting Minutes Published

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The CIVL Autumn Bureau meeting took part in Belgrade, Serbia, from November 6th to 8th. The minutes are now published in the Document pages of our website, along  with the Bureau activity report.

Left to right: Stéphane Malbos, Igor Erzen, Jamie Shelden, Goran Dimikovski, Adrian Thomas and Zeljko Ovuka.

World XC Online Contest : the 2015 Winners

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Since 2010, the CIVL/FAI World XC Online Contest has hang-gliding and paragliding pilots of the world participating.

In 2015, the big winners are:

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Bidding Open for 2019 Hang Gliding World

 

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CIVL has been presented with a unique proposal for the organization of the Hang Gliding World Championships in 2019.

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2016 Plenary: the clock is ticking

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NACs and federations, deadlines are approaching for 2018 Category 1 events bidding and proposals to the 2016 Plenary, including nominations for awards.

Bids for Category 1 Continental Championships must reach CIVL President before December 1, 2015.

Bids for proposals to the Plenary must reach CIVL President before December 23, 2015.