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World Games 2013: Opening Ceremony and first rounds in airsports events

opening ceremony world games 2013After two days of training, official competitions begun yesterday morning for the Canopy Piloting and Paragliding Accuracy athletes participating in the World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia.

The first competition day was punctuated by the airsports Opening Ceremony where athletes and officials paraded in front of the cheering public. FAI President John Grubbström, accompanied by FAI Secretary General Jean-Marc Badan, concluded the ceremony with a speech thanking the people of Cali for their warm welcome.

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World Games 2013: Tickets for airsports sold out !

world games spectatorsOn the morning of the kickoff of the airsports events at the World Games 2013 in Cali, Colombia, all signs are go for Parachuting Canopy Piloting and Paragliding Accuracy, as the news came that all the tickets for airsports competitions are sold out. In total, the two events will welcome 2000 people every day.

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World Games 2013 athlete's profile: Nunnapat Phuchong (THA)

Name Nunnapat PHUCHONG  PHUCHONG Nunnapat
Sport Accuracy Landing
Gender F
Ranking 88
Nationality THA
Year of birth 1987
Start year in the sport 2008
Experience 1000/1000/500
Best achievement in competition 85

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The 9th edition of the World Games 2013 is now on !

world-games-2013-opening-ceremonyThe World Games 2013 are officially underway in Cali, Colombia, after yesterday’s Opening Ceremony at the Pascual Guerrero stadium in front of more than 35.000 spectators. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opened the event in the presence of FAI President John Grubbström, IOC President Jacques Rogge and International World Games Association President Ron Froehlich.

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Tetlow to present airsports events at the World Games 2013

Regan Tetlow 3The World Games 2013 is the biggest multi-sports event of the year and features 32 sports including parachuting canopy piloting and paragliding accuracy. The great media impact of the event, which will start on 25 July 2013, will be felt worldwide. The FAI does all that it takes to promote its sports not only to the TV spectators and press readers, but also to the public attending the event. For this reason the FAI appointed Regan Tetlow as an official presenter of the airsports events at the World Games 2013.

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What’s up in this early Summer 2013?

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Well, here in Europe the sun is finally back and it looks like we might have a real Summer after a very long Winter and hardly any Spring! So pilots are looking up and feeling happy. The flying season is on and strong…

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The Paragliding World Championship has started!

Sopot-Opening

The 13th FAI World Paragliding Championship started on July 13th in Sopot, Bulgaria, with an opening ceremony for officials and 150 pilots from 31 countries. The first task is being flown as we are publishing this News. All information, pictures, results... on the competition website.

Hang gliding pre-World in Annecy

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The Delta Club Annecy, with the support of the French Federation, organized a very succesful test-event for the FAI 2014 World Hang Gliding Championships in Class 1 (women), 2, 5 and Sport, from July the 3rd to the 13th. Information, pictures and results are available on the competition website.

 

The World Games 2013: Get to know the air sports athletes by visiting their profiles

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The profile of all athletes participating to the Paragliding Accuracy and Parachuting Canopy Piloting events of the World Games 2013 is now available on the FAI website.

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What’s up in May 2013?

 

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Guido Gerhmann passed away. Our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.

Nicky Moss was chosen to be our Competition Coordinator Officer. Congratz Nicky!

 

The 2013 version of Section 7 for Hang gliding and Paragliding have been published and are available on the Document chapter of our website. Somehow the Paragliding Accuracy, Records and badges, Aerobatic S7 are still to be published.

Pilot selection for the coming Paragliding World championships in Sopot, Bulgaria, came to an end. 150 pilots from 39 countries should participate.

FAME, the FAI Sports Marketing and Events Company, FAME, the FAI Sports Marketing and Events Company, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with CIVL. Both will to create project teams, with financial backing, to facilitate the creation and presentation of hang gliding and aerobatic events.

Important and successful lobbying was done for FAI to improve its financial organization. Commissions will have a much better access to their accounts, now separate, hence will know at anytime where they stand. CIVL will test/spearhead the new organisation. 

Committee are exchanging extensively in our Basecamp working area…

  • Paragliding: new CIVL-EN Competition Class (CECC) requirements; new end of speed section; lifting the suspension of the 2011 Competition Class; how to get a better WPRS…
  • Hang gliding: revising the Airspace rules and penalties; revising the certified helmet rule…
  • Accuracy: judges and their training…
  • Aerobatic: new manoeuvres, altitude limitation, natural/unnatural tricks, scoring…
  • Software: Beta testing, WPRS, build systems, PG ESS…
  • Record and Badges: for aerobatic and accuracy…
(Our picture: Guido and Gold)

Implementing the new CECC: PG Committee's proposals

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The implementation of a new CIVL-EN Competition Class (CECC) in Paragliding Category 1 events from January 1st 2015 was voted by the 2013 CIVL Plenary. All gliders flying in World and Continental championships will have to follow the requirements of the CECC.

The procedures and requirements of the new CECC are quite different from what the original Paragliding Subcommittee (now called Paragliding Committee: PG-C) proposal had defined. The original proposal also provided room for adjustments, which somehow was forgotten in the final text.

The PG-C believes that such adjustments are absolutely necessary if we want the CECC to fulfil its aim, that basically is to be a reliable element in “safe, fair and satisfying” Category 1 events.

Since the 2013 Plenary, the PG-C has been working on CECC adjustments, in line with the policy defined in the 2012 and 2013 Plenary:  CIVL expect that the CECC requirements will be included in a new EN certification. This new EN should be adapted to real competition flying situations. It should also be “light” enough so all size of gliders can be certified at affordable cost and its requirements can be revised every 2 years.

The PG-C is fully aware that it has no control whatsoever on the administrations that implement EN or on the content of the new EN, if it is actually implemented. It can only hope that its proposals will be heard so a future Plenary might agree to replace the CECC by the new EN.

 The PG-C proposes to modify the CIVL-EN Competition Class Requirements document as follow (in Bold). Our comments are in italic.