News from IGC Plenary

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The IGC Plenary meeting took place in Lausanne (SUI) on 27 – 28 February 2015.  There were 33 countries represented.  As usual, it was an opportunity to renew international friendships as well as to do the business of the Commission.  The social highlight was an elegant dinner on Friday night, generously provided by a retiring member, whose identity was kept secret until the dinner itself.


IGC has begun its third formal study of the structure of World and Continental Gliding Championships.  A group has been formed that will make recommendations for the number and frequency of Championships, and the number of Classes supported.  Earliest change to the championships calendar would be in 2020, and the earliest that new class definitions would take effect would be 2021.

At the request of FAI, the sport of Gliding will be represented at the next World Air Games in Dubai (UAE), in December 2015.  This will be particularly challenging for IGC because there are no soaring conditions expected, and the competition area is restricted to a 5 km box!

Loek Boermanns presented his final report as President of OSTIV, the only scientific organization within FAI.  At a special meeting of OSTIV members, Prof. Dr. Ing. Rolf Radespiel was elected as new President of OSTIV.

Badge and Record Rules

The following changes were made to the main section of Sporting Code Section 3:

  • Only the Start Line will be used (no more OZ starts).
  • Barographs will no longer be used at all.
  • The 10 km Turn Point separation rule has been deleted.
  • A Silver Distance claim will require a fix at least 50 km from home.
  • The World Class record category is replaced by the 13.5 Metre Class record category.
Competition Rules

These changes were made to Sporting Code Section 3, Annex A:

  • The Finish must stay open until sunset.
  • Club Class handicaps will be adjusted for very lightweight pilots.
  • For scoring, the optimum (not necessarily last) Start will be used.
  • The distinction between primary and backup Flight Recorder is deleted.

And these proposals will return for voting next year:

  • Increased maximum takeoff mass in the 20 Metre Multiseat Class
  • Devaluation of “distance” days
  • Changes to Team Cup calculation
  • Legibility of Contest ID on gliders
Future Competitions

The 2018 World Gliding Championships were awarded to Czech Republic in the Open, 18 Metre and 20 Metre Multiseat Classes; and to Poland in the 15 Metre, Standard, and Club Classes.  There was no discussion of whether this re-grouping of classes will be temporary or permanent.


Lilienthal Gliding Medal:      Loek Boermanns (NED)

Pirat Gehriger Diploma:       Antonio Martinez-Moneo Rico (ESP)

Pelagia Majewska Medal:   Ritz de Luy (NED)


President:                        Eric Mozer

First Vice-President:      Brian Spreckley

Vice-Presidents:            Terry Cubley, Christof Geissler, Rene Vidal, Marina Vigorito, Alexander Georgas

Secretary of Honour:     Peter Eriksen


For a complete summary of the voting results, click here.

Chile Sailplane Grand Prix News


Chile Sailplane Grand Prix news.

After six days of very interesting racing, the Chile SGP is entering into its final stages with any of the top four pilots still able to achieve one of the two coveted places in the 2015 World Final in Varese. There are two days of head to head racing remaining in this wonderland of soaring with some of the most awe inspiring views and remarkable soaring conditions anywhere in the world.

The current leader Carlos Rocca (Chile) has pulled out a decent lead with 3 day wins and 35 points. Close behind him is Thomas Gostner (Italy) with 29 points having pulled up into second after his blistering win on race day 5. Close behind Thomas are Rene Vidal (Chile) and Jurgen Wenzel (Germany).

All the race results here.


The conditions for each day of racing has been quite different allowing the pilots to make some very different choices and providing great entertainment. You can read all the day’s race highlights here.


The tracking is a bit clunky and limited but this is more than made up for by the very informative commentary from Arturo Dias, a local soaring pilot of great experience in the region. Arturo’s afternoon tour of the Andes has been very educational for anyone excited by soaring in the Chilean Andes.

The coverage for the next two days is live and available on the SGP website.


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FAI/SGP correspondent
January 30th 2015

Bid deadline for 7th FAI Grand Prix Series



7th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series

The deadline for prospective bidders wishing to host an FAI sailplane Grand Prix event in 2016 is the 31st of January.

Bid information can be found at


All bids received will be evaluated during February and the venues for the 7th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series will be announced at the plenary meeting of the FAI International Gliding commission in Lausanne on the 27th of February.

FAI/SGP Management Group
January 26th 2015

FAI Sailplane Grand Prix News release

2015-FAI-SGP-AfricaThe South African Sailplane Grand Prix 2015 is now taking place at Worcester in the Cape Mountains in Cape Province.


1985-2014 : The Two Stories of the Exceptional Pilots Who Flew Over Himalaya on a Glider

Testflug Jona Keimer Rene Heise Annapurna IIIThe Himalaya and its vast territories, gigantic mountains, spiritual people and wild beauty have long exerted extraordinary fascination - which is far from fading.

Ever since the 19th century when Europeans were increasingly present in the region, adventurers coming from all around the world strived to understand its culture and conquer its vast lands and high summits. The tops of Kamet, Minya Konka, Kabru and Annapurna were the first to be reached in the 30s and early 50s, and in 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Tensing Norgay ascended the tallest of them all, the Everest. The immense worldwide impact of their successful expedition, which instantly made of Hillary and Tensing Norgay living legends, contributed to fuel the myth of the Everest and of the whole of Himalaya. Since then, all the mountains of the Himalaya chain have been climbed and thousands of hikers and trekkers come to Nepal every year in search for adventures and challenges.


Executive Board and Liaison Officers in Dubai to Discuss the FAI World Air Games

DIPC-2014-DubaiFAI officials gathered in Dubai this week to get to know the members of the Organising Committee, the host city and the competition venues of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. A series of meetings were held where the Executive Board and the FAI World Air Games Experts from the Sports Commissions discussed the key issues pertinent to FAI’s flagship event.


Call for bids for the 7th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Series



The Sailplane Grand Prix management team are pleased to announce the dates for the 7th Sailplane Grand Prix series.

The 7th series FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Qualifying events will take place between 31 October 2015 and 31 October 2016.

The 7th SGP Final will take place between 1 January  2017 and 1 June  2017

Bids are invited from any interested National Aero Club, Gliding Club or other interested organisation.

Bids must be submitted before 31 January 2015.

Prospective bidders are advised to read Notes for Prospective Bidders, before completing the Official Application Form.

 For further information or advice regarding organising an SGP event or the bidding process please contact:

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Winners of the 2014 FAI Awards and FAI-Breitling Award Announced

The FAI has announced the winners of the 2014 FAI Awards and FAI-Breitling Award, celebrating the outstanding dedication and contribution to air sports.Ryan-CampbellAerobatics pilot Aude Lemordant,
Breitling Youngster Award recipient Ryan Campbell and Dr. John Grubbström

The ceremony took place last night in Pattaya, Thailand, as part of the 108th FAI General Conference which is held today and tomorrow, and hosted by the Royal Aeronautic Sports Association of Thailand (RASAT).

For the first time, live streaming allowed people from all around the world to be in the heart of the event. Judging from the amount of views and comments, this new feature was a complete success. For those who missed it, the replay of the whole ceremony can be watched on the FAI Youtube Channel.


Sporting Code Section 3 - Edition 2014


Sporting Code Section 3: Gliding, together with Annexes A, B, and C have been updated for 2014.

The new documents are effective from October 1, 2014.


Sporting Code Section 3 - Edition 2014  (1.04 MB)20 September 2014
Annex A  (221.97 kB)01 October 2014
Handicaps  (121.64 kB)01 October 2014
Annex B  (217.59 kB)22 September 2014
Annex C  (806.75 kB)24 September 2014
Annex D  (92.22 kB)07 October 2014

Spanish FAI Sailplane Grand Prix, Contest Preview

9637-FAI-Qualifying GP-Spain-2014In the beautiful setting of the Valley of Cerdanya in Catalonia The Aeroclub of Sabadell is host to the Spanish FAI Sailplane Grand Prix where 15 top sailplane racing pilots will compete to qualify for the final of the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series in Varese in 2015.


Angela's report, August 7


This is IGC Journalist Angela Sheard's August 7, 2014 report from the World Gliding Championships in Leszno, Poland. 

At last, Wednesday 6th August, the weather was not only flyable but better than forecast for the pilots out on course. Minimal outlandings and though speeds were not the fastest, those who completed the task flew home in kind conditions.


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