Saturday, 14 September 2013 11:16
On September 7th 2013, took part on the Clarence River, in Grafton, NSW, Australia, an enactment of the first fight of the modern day hang glider the 'Dickenson Wing'. The glider was designed by John Dickenson and flown by Rod Fuller 50 years earlier while the boat was piloted by Pat Crowe.
Friday, 06 September 2013 10:29
Monday, 19 August 2013 16:41
Published today is the latest completely revised edition of ‘Practical Guidelines for Organising CIVL/FAI Category 1 Championships’. It can be found at: http://www.fai.org/civl-documents under Event Organisers/Practical Guidelines...
Tuesday, 13 August 2013 16:03
Following problems with pilots having been fined by the police at landing after free-flying, FAI and CIVL have been in contact with the Austrian Aero-club.
The Austrian Aero-club is working for solutions to what seems to be a local problem for some free-flyers.
For official competitions there is no problem as the current law allows pilots with foreign licence to fly.
(Flying in the Tannheimer Valley. Photo found on the web here)
Sunday, 11 August 2013 09:06
Until this summer, the IPPI Card was tolerated. Not any more. CIVL received reports of pilots being arrested by the police and charged a 300-400 euros fine for not having a proper licence. The Austrian federation is aware of the problem. At the time being, it is collecting data from several countries, to find out which licences are acceptable for the Ministry of Transport. The new rules should be published in October 2013, showing the accepted licences.
Up to now, are collected samples licences/rating cards from following countries:
BEL, CZE, DEN, FRA, GBR, GER, HUN, ITA, NED, NOR, POR, ROM, SLO, SUI, SWE, AUS, CAN, NZL, USA.
The only one that might be accepted by the Ministry of Transport seems to be: CZE, GER, ROM, SLO, SUI.
Monday, 05 August 2013 17:14
The 13th FAI World Paragliding Championship came to an end in Sopot, Bulgaria, on July 26th.
The French are the big winners with the Overall and Team titles. Poland takes the Women title.
Thanks to the organisers for their very good work and website. The following excerpts are taken from it.
"During this main paragliding event of the year 2013 we had 5 unique tasks. Each task had its special weather conditions. From first task with absolutely covered sky and slow thermals till final fifths race with strong sunny conditions which are really common for Sopot actually at this time. Each day weather became stronger requiring more and more speedy flying manner and skills from pilots. But exactly those who were able to show best self control and ability to make independent decisions and “read” weather could set the advantage from the first competition day and keep it till the end of this great championship."
"These pilots demonstrated an outstanding ability not to follow the mass instincts and judge rationally. This helped them to get advantage in the first most difficult task. And later all they had to do just to keep their achievements."
"During all the races we witnessed the acute competition of Klaudia Bulgakow and Seiko Fukuoka. Klaudia had a win! The third place belongs to a famous Italian pilot Nicole Fedele. Congratulations and applause for these brave ladies!"
"The stable fine positions of French pilots during the race have brought them a deserved victory. The Italian team has won the second place due to excellent flights of its members who twice were first in the Task results. Venezuela team have deserved the third winning place by its incomparably vivacious team spirit!"