Main decisions taken at the FAI Gliding Commission 2013 Annual Meeting

logo igc 01 cmyk moyenThe 2013 Annual Meeting of the FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) was held on 1 and 2 March 2013 in Papendal, Netherlands.

Significant emphasis was placed on the ‘Safety Pays’ initiative. A Jury & Stewards meeting on 28 February 2013 included discussions on how to change pilot mentality, practical lessons on cockpit evacuation, analysis of flight tracks post-flight, surveys and a peer reporting system during competition.

Discussions included how to recognise and reward safe flying. A proposal was approved to oblige pilots to use at least two safety features from a list drawn up by the IGC Safety Group (official name of the group to be decided upon later), including, for instance, rear view mirrors, spinal protection device, emergency locator beacon or glider parachute recovery system.

The FAI Sailplane Grand Prix project will enter the operational phase now that the MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) between FAI Sailplane Grand Prix and FAME has been agreed.

Here are the main decisions that have been taken during the meeting:

Future competitions

1st FAI World 13.5m Gliding Championship 2015
Awarded to : Pociunai (LTU)
Dates: 1 to 15 August 2015

34th FAI World Gliding Championship 2016
Standard, Club, 20m 2-seat classes
Awarded to : Pociunai, (LTU)
Dates: 30 July to 13 August 2016

34th FAI World Gliding Championship 2016
15m/18m/Open Class
Awarded to : Benalla, (AUS)
Dates: 8 to 21 January 2017

The Bureau was empowered to decide upon a late bid for a Category 1 Pan-American Club Class Continental Championship to be held in late summer 2014.

Check out the calendar for all Gliding past and future events.

Sporting Code Changes

Amendments will be included in the 2013 Version of Sporting Code Section 3.


Lilienthal Medal
Awarded to : Bob HENDERSON (NZL)

Pirat Gehriger Diploma
Awarded to: Jaroslav VACH (CZE)

Pelagia Majewska Medal
Awarded to : Maria BOLLA (HUN)

Bureau Elections

New / President : Eric MOZER (was acting President previously)
1st Vice President : Brian SPRECKLEY
Vice Presidents :
New / Terry CUBLEY
New / Christof GEISSLER
New / Marina VIGORITO
Secretary : Peter ERIKSEN
Treasurer : Richard (Dick) BRADLEY
New / President of Honour: Bob HENDERSON

Next meeting

The next FAI Gliding Commission annual meeting will take place in Varese, Italy, from 7 to 8 March 2014.