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2013 Plenary Agenda Updated

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The 2013 CIVL Plenary Agenda is modified as follow: a bid has been received in time from Indonesia to hold the 2014 Plenary in Bali (Annex 38). 

The local regulations from the PG World in Sopot, Bulgaria, will be added soon.

The President and Treasurer reports will be published before the end of the month. The Treasurer report will probably be provisionnal, due to standing problems and the accident of the person in charge of FAI finances, Cosette Mast (both arms broken).

Corinna 5th, Manfred 4th, Italy 3rd titles!

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The 19th FAI Hang Gliding Class 1 World Championship came to an end on January 18th in Forbes, Australia. An exciting competition with many and long tasks, and in the end true Champions: Corinna Schwiebershausen for her 5th title, Manfred Ruhmer for his 4th, Italy for its 3rd! Congratulation!

All details, pictures, video are on the organizer website.

The podiums:

Overall

  • 1st : Manfred Ruhmer (AUT)
  • 2nd : Alessandro Ploner (ITA)
  • 3rd : Filippo Oppici (ITA)

Women

  • 1st: Corinna Schwiegershausen (GER)
  • 2nd: Kathleen Rigg (GBR)
  • 3rd: Tove Heaney (AUS)

Team

  • 1st : Italy
  • 2nd : USA
  • 3rd : United Kingdom

Plenary Agenda Modified

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With apologies to the Mexican NAC, organizers and pilots, we are publishing the Valle de Bravo bid for the 20th FAI Hang Gliding World Championship. The bid was sent in time but somehow got lost between CIVL and the webdog. The agenda is modified accordingly and a V2 is published. Both modifications appear in the Document chapter of this website.

Forbes 19th FAI HG World is on!

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The 19th FAI Hang Gliding World Championship started strongly with a 157km task flown by 61 of the 96 pilots. Results, blogs and video on the organizer's website at http://www.forbesflatlands.com!

CIVL is recruting a new Competition Coordinator

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The Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (CIVL) is seeking a suitable person to act as Competitions Coordinator.

The successful applicant will have some knowledge of hang gliding and/or paragliding competitions and CIVL, good written and spoken English, plus some database/spreadsheet oriented IT skills.
As the work is Internet based, it may be done at a location of the candidate’s choice.Working hours average 8-12 hours per week, but vary with the flying seasons.The  person must be in a position to invoice the FAI for his/her work on a regular basis, in conformance with the tax/employment laws in force in his/her country of residence, and in accordance with the rate agreed with the CIVL President.

 

A summary of the work includes:

  • Receiving and checking applications for sanctioning of Cat 2 events to be entered on the CIVL Sporting Calendar.
  • Communicate with FAI office on sanctioned competition related matters.
  • Running the CIVL World Pilot Ranking System (WPRS), which includes chasing, receiving and uploading competition results, managing the pilots and results databases, dealing with related enquiries arising.
  • Some first line support of Cat 1 organisers, answering or fielding enquiries on issues such as allocation, exemption applications, entry requirements etc.
  • Tracking progress of Cat 1 championships including; publication of documents, website information etc.  Communicating outstanding actions to the CIVL Bureau.
  • Producing reports and analyses on competition trends when requested (twice per year).

A more detailed Job Description is available on request.

This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before January 31st, 2013.

 

What's up in December 2012?

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The Subcommittees, Working Groups and Officers worked hard so their reports, recommendations and proposals could be ready in time to be included in the agenda of our February Plenary. The Bureau discussed matters like: Forbes coming HG World; the accident/incident statistics; the mandatory second reserve; the bid procedures and the organiser agreements; CIVL voting procedures; the World XC Online results; Sopot local regulations… The bids for 2015 World championships were circulated and the Bureau voted to award the 2014 FAI World Hang Gliding Class 2 - 5 - 1 Women to Annecy, France.

2013 Plenary Agenda Published

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The 2013 CIVL Plenary will take part in Lausanne, Switzerland, from February 13th to 17th 2013. Invitation, timetable, agenda and annexes are here! and also below on this page.

The President and Treasurer reports will be published later in January.

 

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Ron Nickel passes away

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Ron NIckel was one of the pionneers of hang gliding. In 1964, he bought the first hang glider that John Dickenson ever sold. Ron taught himself how to fly and had a proper sail made to replace the banana plastic one. Ron is here with his wife Di and Graeme Henderson, who unearthed his story. The glider Graeme is holding is the original 1964 one. The older "Modern Hang Glider" alive to our knowledge! Thanks Ron for keeping good care of it. And rest in peace.

What’s up in November 2012?

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What’s up? A lot of work during and after our Bureau meeting in very windy Iceland. We published the minutes on our website, so please check them out if you want to know what’s up.

An important decision: making a second reserve mandatory in paragliding XC Category 1 championships. A specific News was published.

The month summerized…

  • Autumn Bureau meeting: four days in Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Wrote, reviewed and published on the web a short report then the minutes of the meeting.
  • Appointed Raymond Caux and Igor Erzen to review SafePro and ParaPro documents.
  • Reviewed and published through FAI the 2013 Plenary invitation and timetable.
  • Agreed to change the Meet Director for the 2013 FAI World Hang Gliding championship in Forbes, Australia: Davis Straub iso Vicki Cain.
  • Denied this championship organisers to reopen registration a month after the deadline (on ground of fairness for far away countries).
  • Reviewed and published statement on making mandatory a second reserve parachute in PG Cat 1 competition from May 1st, 2014.
  • Worked on new Internal Regulations and Terms of Reference.
  • Worked on the Plenary Agenda.

Second Reserve Mandatory from May 1st 2014

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During its recent Autumn meeting, CIVL Bureau reviewed reports from accidents, some fatal, in Category 1 and 2 events.

From these reports, a recurrent problem was identified. In degraded conditions (stall, spin…) some pilots were unable to reach and use their reserve parachute and fell to the ground. CIVL Bureau believes that these accidents might have been avoided if these pilots had been equipped with a second reserve deployable with the opposite hand compared to the main reserve or with both hands. This analysis is in line with the analysis of the Paragliding Competition Safety Task Force report (published in December 2011) concerning Piedrahita 2011 World championship accidents.

Therefore, the CIVL Bureau has decided to make a second reserve mandatory for FAI Category 1 paragliding XC events from May 1st, 2014. All pilots should carry the current mandatory reserve parachute plus one more. The latter must be deployable with the opposite hand compared to the main reserve or, even better, with both hand.

The Bureau encourages all pilots not to wait for this deadline to get equipped with a second reserve. Many manufacturers already sell harness that can fit two reserves. Some other manufacturers will be able to supply owners of existing competition harnesses with pods with integrated reserve parachute container. Pilots would not necessarily need to buy a complete new harness.

The Bureau also encourages pilots to check and repack their reserves regularly and to get used to throw them while in flight simulators.

Carrying a mandatory second reserve has the support of the Paraglider Manufacturers Association (PMA). It will also be considered by the PWCA.

 

This Bureau decision will have to be ratified by the Plenary in February 2013. (item left out by mistake and added on Nov. 29)

CIVL Autumn Bureau minutes published

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The CIVL Bureau held its Autumn meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland. The minutes are published here. They include proposals and recommendations from the Bureau, Subcommittees, Working Groups and Officers. These proposals are not formal yet, still they should give all Delegates an idea of the Plenary Agenda. We encourage them to read carefully these minutes before pushing their own proposals for the next Plenary (deadline: December 14, 2012).