Tuesday, 03 January 2012 15:58
Italy's mythical Rieti airfield, home of the World Championships 1985 and 2008 and the annual Mediterranean Cup competition, is working hard training a new generation of glider pilots, some as young as 17.
27th and 28th December saw the final group of Rieti's 2011 entry of 19 new pilots achieve their Italian "brevetto", a gliding licence awarded only after tough flying tests and examination by ENAC (government aviation) inspectors. Several more student pilots hope to receive the coveted brevetto in the next few weeks. So congratulations to Stefano Bianchetti, chief instructor at the Aeroclub di Rieti "Alberto Bianchetti"(his renowned father), his dedicated and highly experienced volunteer instructors, and to all their fledglings, wishing them a long, successful and safe flying career in Italy's glorious skies. Three pilots have also successfully completed PPL training.
Thursday, 29 September 2011 15:11
Jean-Marc Badan, the previous FAI Sports Director and Deputy to the Secretary General, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the International Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st October 2011.
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 16:47
Despite the weather, we have had so far 4 valid days in Standard Class and 5 in Club Class at the 7th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships in Musbach, Germany. The Organisers are trying to catch every single opportunity to fly, but we already had two days with only one or two finishers. That's gliding!
Thursday, 11 August 2011 22:27
After two difficult days in marginal soaring conditions, the 15m Class has now achieved 9 contest days and the 18m and Open Classes 8 contest days.
Three French pilots, Christophe Ruch, Denis Guerin and Louis Bouderlique, lead in the 15m class. Two Polish pilots, Karol Staryszak and Zbigniew Nieradka, head the 18m rankings, closely followed by the IGC Secretary, Peter Eriksen of Denmark.
Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:29
The competition has started! The 2011 gliding season in Europe is severely affected by bad weather. After three consecutively cancelled days, we were eventually able to set a task for the two classes flying the 7th FAI Junior World Gliding Championships in Musbach, Germany.
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 17:22
Day 3 at the 16th European Gliding Championship (3rd August) saw classic racing conditions with speeds achieved in excess of 120 km/h, over courses of up to 500 kms. Full results are here Day winners were Kim Tipple (GBR) in the Open Class, and two Danish pilots Arne Boye-Moeller in the 18M and Henrik Breidahl in the15M Classes .
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 04:24
The first launches in the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships at Pociunai, Lithuania, have just started. Conditions look difficult for today, with a low cloud-base and thundery showers developing this afternoon. Pilots have been set to fly round tasks varying from about 200 to more than 400 kms in length.
Sunday, 31 July 2011 02:10
The 4th FAI World GP Gliding Championship is now over and the new Grand Prix World Champion is the Italian Giorgio Galetto. Sebastian Neagel (GER) finishes second and Peter Hartman (AUT) third.
Friday, 29 July 2011 22:38
Here are the provisional results for the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra:
Friday, 29 July 2011 20:12
Due to a complicated and rapidly evolving situation here at the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra, where showers are racing in on the one side before the top cover has burned off on the other - which way to run??? - World Class will now fly a C task and a new B task has been prepared for the other three classes.
Friday, 29 July 2011 18:58
Today, Friday 29th July, dawned sunny and bright at the 16th FAI European Gliding Championships in Nitra but the daunting cloud cover moved in very quickly. Assigned area tasks, with areas instead of points to fly towards, giving pilots more freedom to avoid showers and storms, have been set in all classes but already, the World Class has been changed to a B Task as the weather to the south became quickly less favourable and a more northerly first area has been substituted with little difference in distance to fly.