Look out Europe, here we come, LOTS of us...

While looking forward to the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Final starting on 23rd July, let us not forget all the other competitions in full swing in the northern hemisphere, where the motorways of Europe especially have seen large numbers of glider trailers trundling towards their various competition venues in recent days.


FAI Sailplane Grand Prix final 2011, the countdown begins...

Just received from Germany, the following is the all but complete list of pilots competing in the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix which begins on 23rd July on the famed Wasserkuppe, acknowledged as a cradle of our sport and celebrating its 100th birthday in 2011.


Three journalists team up to report ICG news and activities !

IGC has now three journalists scouting for news, information and stories about our World Championships and our elite pilots ! Angela Sheard, Marina Vigorito and Jill McCaw have joined forces to combine their talents for stories and their knowledge of who’s-who in gliding circles to write blogs for the IGC website. This is a great step forward and IGC President Bob Henderson's intention is that this starts IGC on the path of being able to have refreshing and up-to-date information available about IGC “heroes” and IGC competitions and activities.


Call for bids to host the 2012/13 series of FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Qualifying events

IGC President Bob Henderson looks forward to an enthusiastic response to the call for bids to host the 2012/13 series of FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Qualifying events. The more the terrain and conditions vary between sites, the greater the challenge for the competing pilots, whether home-grown or taking up the 5 or so international visitor slots per contest. All of which produces a series where excitement and interest grow as the individual qualifying races single out the finalists to fly for the ultimate title.


Main decisions taken at the FAI Gliding Commission 2011 Annual Meeting

Here are the main decisions that have been taken during the IGC 2011 Annual Meeting held on 4 and 5 March 2011:


New FAI Secretary General Appointed

Stéphane Desprez, former Competition Director of the 2008 Rugby World Cup in France, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the World Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st February 2010.


Chilean Qualifying Grand Prix Results

The winners are

  1. Uli Schwenk, Germany, 37 points
  2. Tilo Holighaus, Germany, 26 points
  3. Thomas Gostner, Italy, 24 points.
The first two qualify for the GP final. More information can be found on the event website at http://www.grandprixchile2009.org/

Multi-Class World Gliding Championships 2006

The 29th FAI Multi-Class Gliding World Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden, finished on June 18, 2006. Visit the site http://www.wgc2006.se for the results.

Address to the IGC

Sir John Allison, President, Europe Air Sports Lausanne, 3 March 2006 I blame it all on my parents – the fact that I am standing before you today, that is. If they had got on with the job and conceived me, say, 10 years earlier, my flying career would have been over before the legislative changes that are now sweeping across Europe got started. 10 years later, and it would all have been sorted out, for better or worse, before I became available to help. As it is, the burden of tackling this mess has fallen on my generation, which might loosely be described as the “newly retired” [except that I am not retired, but that is another story] Now, I am conscious that this is a speech entirely about Europe and I am addressing a world audience. But those of you who are not European should, I suggest, listen, and not merely to reflect on how lucky you are. It is a cautionary tale about the power of politics and their associated bureaucracies to mess things up. Something like it could happen anywhere. As NATO used to say in the Cold War: "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance".


IGC Awards 2005

The Lilienthal Gliding Medal

Awarded for a particularly remarkable gliding performance or eminent services, to a currently active glider pilot who has established an international record during the past year, or made a pioneer flight, or rendered eminent services to the sport of gliding over a significant period of time. Ian Strachan (United Kingdom) has spent a lifetime in aviation, including development of motor glider instructional techniques and identification and publication of GPS-based turning points. Chairman of IGC’s GNSS Flight Recorder Approval Committee (GFAC) since inception, he led the evaluation and approval of many flight recorders, ensuring systems validity and integrity for records, badges, contests and everyday flying. Ian served many years as BGA delegate to CIVV/IGC, and UK delegate to, and Secretary of, CASI. His skills brought completeness and precision to the Sporting Code. Ian developed proposals for the FAI statutes wording to improve clarity and understanding. Through dedication and attention to detail Ian has greatly influenced the UK and international gliding and FAI community.