Main decisions taken at the FAI Gliding Commission 2014 Annual Meeting

logo igc 01 cmyk moyenThe 2014 Annual Meeting of the FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) was held on 7 and 8 March 2014 in Varese, Italy.

The Commission presented the improvements that were made to the training of the IGC Stewards: new training guides and documents, new communication platform, overall improved support.

Famous Italian glider pilot and current FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Champion Giorgio Galetto gave a speech to the Delegates about his views on the future of gliding competitions in IGC competitions such as World Championships and the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series.

Here are the main decisions that were taken during the meeting:


Gliding in The World Games

gliding picturesThe Aero Club of Poland is very active in promoting the idea of "olympic gliding". The Polish foundation "Smyki na start" whose main goal is promoting engineering and technology among youngsters together with Aero Club of Poland and Warsaw University of Technology are co-operting in order to convince the organisers of the IWG in Wroclaw to include gliding in the World games.

They are collecting words of support from all around the world on dedicated webpage: http://www.smykinastart.pl/in-english/41.html

If you can spread this info among gliding enthusiasts in your countries it will surely help the idea.

Don't delay send your support today.

Green airsports honoured with new environmental award

Angelo d ArrigoThe FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) has established the Angelo d’Arrigo Diploma, a new FAI environmental award which aims at recognising and promoting major contributions in the field of environmental and sustainable development, in accordance with the development of a philosophy and a vision of sport aviation that increasingly wants to be respectful of the environment that surrounds it.


IGC 2014 Plenary agenda has been published, updated


The agenda and annexes for the March 7-8 2014 Plenary meeting of the FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) in Varese, Italy, has been published in the Documents section. Updated February 10, 2014.        

FAI names Susanne Schödel as new Secretary General

Susanne SchoedelThe FAI is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Schödel as its new Secretary General, starting on 1 March 2014. Schödel, a 41 year old German native, combines experience in airsports, management of non-profit making organisations and political matters.


Final list of venues for 6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series

6th-FAI-sgp-seriesThe period for acceptance of bids to hold a qualifying FAI Sailplane Grand Prix expired on the 31st of December 2013. The last qualifying event to be approved is in the Czech Republic at Frydland which will be held in May 2015 in the Club class.

The list of qualifying events is now complete and can be found at http://www.sgp.aero/

All FAI Sailplance Grand Prix news can be followed on Twitter and Facebook.

FAI World Championships events selected for full Breitling branding and support for 2014

4-events-breitling-2014 ptThe FAI and Breitling are pleased to announce the FAI World Championships events selected for full Breitling branding and support for 2014.

This year the focus is on a smaller number of events and an increased emphasis on supporting the events and creating a great image of these events which will benefit the events themselves, the FAI and Breitling.


Sporting Code Section 3 - Updates for 2013

Postit Sporting Code CIAM

Section 3 (Gliding) of the Sporting Code has been published for 2013.

The effective date of the main section is 1 October 2013.

Section 3 (main section) Publication History
18.09.2013      Original publication
25.09.2013      Erratum: Para. 6.5.8d deleted
12.11.2013      Erratum: Para. 6.4 modified
06.12.2013      Erratum: Para. 6.5.6c modified


The effective date of Annex A is 5 December 2013

Annex A Publication History
05.12.2013      Original publication


The effective date of Annex C is 1 October 2013

Annex C Publication History
07.12.2013      Original publication


Here are links to the current versions of Section 3 and its annexes:

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

Proceedings from the 2nd EGU Workshop on Club Development


In addition to its excellent work in government relations, the European Gliding Union (EGU) engages in analysis and outreach on a variety of gliding topics.

At this year's Workshop on Club Development, authors Alison Randle, Arne Wangsholm, Claus Nedergaard Jacobsen, and Robert Danewid presented their analyses and views regarding the challenges gliding clubs face in attracting, serving, and keeping members.

Their conclusions make interesting reading for glider pilots everywhere, not just in Europe!

The Proceedings of the 2nd Workshop on Club Development have been published.

6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series

The FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) is pleased to announce the venues for the 6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix (SGP) series. The seven venues for the Qualifying Grand Prix events, which will be held in 2014 and 2015, are :


Zar event completes 5th Grand Prix series

FAI SGP Zar 2013The 5th Sailplane Grand Prix series was completed in July this year with the successful event at Zar in Poland, all the results and news of the events can be seen on the new Sailplane Grand Prix web site at www.sgp.aero.

The new SGP web site has been developed during the last SGP series and all future events can be found on this site. The SGP team is now turning its full attention to the 5th SGP final to be held at Sisteron in France in May 2014 a full list of the qualifying pilots can be found on the SGP web site.

The FAI Sailplane Grand Prix qualifying competitions for the 6th FAI SGP series will be held between the 1st of June 2014 and the 31st of May 2015and the 6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix final will be held in the latter half of 2015.

Clubs, host cities or regions interested in holding a qualifying FAI Sailplane Grand Prix and requiring more information should contact info@sgp.aero for the bid forms and conditions.

Applications to host an event for the 6th series should be submitted to the IGC at roland@sgp.aero by the 31st of October 2014.