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Guido Gerhmann dies in a plane crash

 

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Guido Gerhmann, one of the most talented hang gliding pilot (he was the 1998 World champion) died in a plane crash early this month. He was 38.

His friend Corinna Schwiegershausen, wrote... No words can describe our loss, this darkness – at least it is raining today in Munich, so my tears blend into the grey sky. One of the finest, most talented pilots in the world, one of my friends for half of my life, the sunshine of the flying community, left this world on his final flight yesterday. Guido died when he tried to emergency land his BD5-J south of Gnadenwald in Inntal in the afternoon of the 1st of May 2013.

It was not a stunt flight, not a daring manouvre, no weather problem - Guido simply wanted to fly the plane back to Salzburg when he experienced a technical problem. Knowing him, knowing the plane, and knowing the area, it seems to me that he tried until the last moment to cope with the technical problem and to make sure that noone else gets hurt. He could have bailed out of the jet with his parachute, with the possibility of the plane crashing uncontrollably and hurting other people. Instead Guido chose to steer it into an empty field where he crashed and died. Not a lack of competence – he was one with his wings and he knew every single field in that area. A lack of luck in that very moment caused his death.

Guido, you physically managed to not hurt anybody else, but you left your family, your loved ones, your friends and the whole world inside and out of aviation in mere shock and pain beyond words. Everybody adored you, not just for your aviation skills but also for your shining personality. And you were as modest as can be. You were aware that you lived your dream and appreciated it. Your legend will live on with anybody who´s life has been touched by your inspiring enthusiasm, freedom and love for anything that flies!

Little brother, I know you have good company in the eternal sky. Some day we will race together again!

Paragliding Worlds deadline coming soon!

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The entries deadline for the coming Paragliding World Championships is arriving fast! With 8 days to go we have just 85 pilots and 15 nation teams entered in total. Please hurry to submit entries!

New 2012 FAI Annual Report just out !

2012 FAI Annual Report coverThe FAI has released a new publication, the 2012 FAI Annual Report, designed to present the most notable achievements, developments, facts and challenges of the past year. It is meant to be a reference book for all those who are interested in air sports events and the FAI.

It includes an overview of each air sport, lists of competition results, awards and records, photographs and a lot of other useful information.

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Nicky Moss is new CIVL Competition Coordinator

 

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Early this year CIVL opened a position as Competition Coordinator to replace Brian Harris who held this position during 4 years (Thanks Brian, you did a great job!).

We were pleasantly surprised to see how many highly qualified persons applied. Having all the good persons to select from was not an easy task and took longer time than we wanted. We sincerely want to thank all those who applied for their dedication to our sport and for their patience during the selection process.

CIVL is now pleased to announce Nicky Moss as the new CIVL Competition Coordinator.

Nicky Moss is well known Paragliding competition pilot and competition organizer. We welcome her and expect much of her for CIVL.

Anti-doping FAQs for competitors and event organisers

anti-doping-FAQsTo complete the anti-doping information already available on the FAI website, the FAI has created two FAQs for competitors and event organisers to facilitate a better knowledge and understanding of all matters relating to anti-doping.

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FAME and CIVL sign Memorandum of Understanding

 

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FAME, the FAI Sports Marketing and Events Company, was formed in 2012 to work with the individual sporting aviation groups in the FAI to help them develop, market and produce unique events aimed at promoting aviation sports to the public.

The signed Memorandum of Understanding allows CIVL to work with FAME to create project teams, with financial backing, to facilitate the creation and presentation of aerobatic events. FAME will provide the marketing, promotion and support for these events as well as facilitate the opportunity for sponsors to benefit from being associated with the events. CIVL will be responsible for the safety, design, rules and operational conduct of the events.

Agust Gudmundsson, President of CIVL, said: ”CIVL is excited about this project with FAME which is intended to promote Paragliding Aerobatics and make the activity a more publicly visible sport. The success of the cooperation will break new grounds in development of Paragliding Aerobatics and it will open up new possibilities in competition and Paragliding Aerobatics shows for pilots, organizers as well as being very interesting for public viewers and sponsors.”

(Photo: Denis Balibouse, Vertigo, RedBull)

What’s up in April 2013?

 

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Right after the Plenary, the new CIVL Bureau met and defined a global organization and strategy for the coming months.

Three weeks were necessary to write the Plenary minutes plus annexes and published them on this website.

The Committees, Working Group and Officers positions were finalized and all started working on their own agenda. This work is done mainly on Basecamp, a project management tool. We switched from Basecamp Classic to a new and quite different version of the software.

The Local Regulations for the 7th World Paragliding Accuracy 2013 Championships were finalized and published.

The athletes for the Paragliding Accuracy event of the World Games 2013 were selected.

The helmet and harness lists were updated.

Last but not least, a memorandum of understanding was signed by CIVL and FAI Air Sports Marketing & Events SA (FAME) to promote aerobatic events.

(Our photo: working on Basecamp)

CECC on the move

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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 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 part 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.

Stéphane Malbos, CIVL PG-C Chairman

(Photo Martin Scheel, azoom.ch)

World XC Online Contest 2012 Winners

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Martin Bülher, Nicole Fedele (our picture), Michael Müller, Andrea Raninger, Johann Tockner, Birgit Schwab, Krzysztof Grzyb, Christine Aichner, Toni Raumauf, Euclides Robert Neto...  They won it! More on the World XC Online Contest here.

CIVL PG and HG XC Scoring Project

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CIVL Software Working Group is working on a  proper and (almost) complete definition of our scoring system, as it is defined in the rules (S7A and S7B) and implemented in FS. It has produced a document meant to be the basis for all future work on the scoring formula, since only if things are defined at this level can they then be properly implemented in software.

The document has been distributed throughout the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Committees, and is now published on CIVL's web siteThe Software WG welcome all suggestions. Please contact its Chair, Joerg Ewald, here. 

For 2013, the  Software Working Group recommends splitting this document up in two: one for Hang Gliding and one for Paragliding, and introducing them as stand-along appendices to S7A and B, but is open to other solutions on how to use it.