64th IPC Plenary Meeting, Banja Luka, Bosnia & Herzegovina 2013

64th Plenary


The Bulletin No. 1 for the meeting is now available on this web site.  Either go to About Us - Meetings - and click on the Banja Luka entry or follow the link above.

Agenda and all annexes etc. are available below.




Final Story - Mondial 2012

Party is over

Follow this link to all the Results

The Party’s Over

Time to call it a day: but not before thanks are given to all those who worked so hard to make this happen and be the success it was.


Odette Balési-Rousseau : a parachuting pioneer passes away

odette-balesi-rousseau 2It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mrs. Balési-Rousseau on 7 December 2012.

Very few are those who had such an eventful and fascinating life as Odette Balési-Rousseau. Her strong character, tenacious will and infallible courage that all of the aviation community vividly remembers made of her one of the most remarkable pioneering women in parachuting.


Tim Mace - FAI Gold Parachuting Medal Recipient

Tim Mace
Tim Mace, (South Africa) is competing at the Mondial in the two demonstration events, Paraski and Speed Skydiving. However, I interviewed him about his award of the FAI Gold Parachuting Medal. This was formally presented to him by Graeme Windsor, IPC President,  at the final medal ceremony of the Mondial. A fitting act of recognition of an outstanding achievement in representing his country in all the Parachuting Disciplines at First Category Events over a period of 27years.


IPC Bureau Newsletter No.2 2012


IPC Newsletter no. 2 is published: following the FAI General Assembly our Bureau brings us up to date on the latest issues, plus general information on the activities of the Bureau over the last couple of months.  Find the Newsletter by following the menu tabs above - Documents - Newsletters - 2012, or click on the link.

Judges - Nomination & Competition Lists for 2013


It is that time of year again!  The nomination lists for FAI Judges are available for download under Documents/Judges/Nomination lists - or follow the link, along with the list for proposed judges for the 2013 competitions.  Please ensure that both lists are completed and returned to Pia Berggren or Elisabet Mikaelsson before 31st December 2012.

Felix Baumgartner's preliminary World Records claim received

FelixBaumgartnerThe FAI has just received the prelimary claim for Felix Baumgartner's World Records.

The following figures must be ratified before the FAI can officially approve the World Records.


EC & WC Prostejov 2012 - Award Ceremony

Follow the link for all Official Results and Videos - RESULTS


Friday 31st August      The Award Ceremony got underway with a huge sense of fun and friendliness - both of which have been the abiding impression of this World Meet - those who made the effort to enter and be there had a great time, new friendships were made and old ones cemented.  The organisers had provided the competitors with a room full of baloons!  for the closing ceremony.    The speeches were kept short and thanks were paid by all to the organisers, their staff and volunteer workers who made sure all ran smoothly.  Thanks were also given to Ted Wagner of OmniSkore!HD for his judging system - the judges really appreciated the high quality of image they had -  there can be no going back.   Neils-Christian Leven Hansen, FAI Controller, thanked everyone, but most of all the competitors, without whom there would be no competition.

Before the medal giving ceremony for each event we were treated to a short video of the medal winners performance, which impressed the dignatories present and really set the scene.





Formation Skydiving - 4-WAY FEMALE

goldmedal NorwayEC goldrmedalback






 silver  RUSSIA  silverback
 bronze  UNITED  KINGDOM  bronzeback
Artistic Events - FREESTYLE



silver UNITED  KINGDOM silverback



 silver  ITALY  silverback
bronze UNITED  KINGDOM bronzeback



Formation Skydiving -


 goldmedal  DubaiVFS  goldrmedalback


 silver NORWAY  silverback
4-way female wc 
 goldmedal  BELGIUM  goldrmedalback
 silver  RUSSIA  silverback
 bronze  UNITED  KINGDOM  bronzeback

Artistic Events -


goldmedal RUSSIA goldrmedalback
silver VENEZUALA silverback
 bronze UNITED  KINGDOM  bronzeback
 goldmedal  FRANCE  goldrmedalback
 silver RUSSIA  silverback
bronze  ITALY bronzeback




thunderAfter the prize-giving was over, a special presentation was made by the Meet Director, Martin Dlouhy, on behalf of the Town and Drop Zone Prostejov, to the other team from BELGIUM, Thunder - who had entered the competition without understanding the rules properly and so had to withdraw (see article on Why you should Read the Rules).  They had achieved a points score of 199 at the point of withdrawal and their scores are posted as a Guest Team. 

 Then the party began, and continued through the night (for some competitors).petrvideo

 My thanks to Fay Kimble for her hard work in helping put these reports and pictures together and to Petr Podrouzek for his Videos - (follow the link at the top of the page - or here or on our dedicated Video's page) - to Ted Wagner of OmniSkore!HD for providing us with an instantly updated results service and to both the Chief Judges, Karla Cole and Aliya Ananina for their help and support.

Susan Dixon, Webmaster, Prostejov 2012.

Results, Press Release & Full Report - World Games Test Event 2012 - Cali, Columbia

CP winner overall Carlos Ribeiro Marquesop The Test Event for the World Games 2013 was held in Cali, Columbia and for the results of the parachuting element click here

Read all about it in the attached press release

You can also read the full report of the two airsports disciplines here.

Left:      CP Winner Overall Carlos Ribeiro Marquesop



Why it is important to Read the Rules

GS 2012 pagenumber.001As everyone makes their way home after the European Championships and World Cup in Prostejov there are some who have reason to regret not reading the rules before they came.

Issue 1 - Cameras

One of the issues resulting from this failure was discussed in the Competitors Meeting following teams' camera flyers finding their cameras did not conform to the new regulation:

Competitin Rules:

4.5. Video Transmission and Recording

4.5.2. For the purpose of these rules, ”freefall video equipment” shall consist of the complete video system(s) used to record the video evidence of the team`s freefall performance, including the camera(s), recording media, and battery(ies). All video equipment must be able to deliver a High Definition (HD1080i AVCHD) PAL digital signal through a compatible video connection approved by the Video Controller. The videographer is responsible for ensuring the compatibility of the freefall video equipment with the scoring system.

and also in

Sporting Code Section 5 (Parachuting)

4.3.1 Judging Equipment and Identification

(3) The video recording, playback and all auxiliary equipment must allow for full HD input and full HD output and viewing for the judges and the public.

These rules excluded GoPro cameras, but did ensure that the Judging Panels had excellent quality images to judge from. The following e-mail was circulated to the judging community from Pia Berggren, Chair of Judges Committee at the end of the meet:

"Hello all

Must tell you that it feels like Christmas came early this year.
In all my years as a judge, I have dreamed of judging a parachute competition with good sharp image. This week, the picture was not just good, but perfect, as jumpers see it in their camera. It's like a dream come true!
All judges commented again and again - check out the picture, look what a nice image we have, wow, we can see hands on faraway teams ...

From now on, the judging has entered a new era.

It is worth making sure that everyone understands the regulations that are currently in force having been approved at IPC in January 2012, and issued through the FAI website from 1st March 2012.


Issue 2 was an unusual one and affected a team with a member who had previously represented a different NAC. The rule is very clear and is in The Sporting Code, General Section: Change of Representation - First Category Events.

If a person has represented a country in a First Category event, that person must not represent another country in any First Category event during the entire two calendar years (1 January to 31 December) following the calendar year in which the person represented the preceding country. Also, see, which prevents the holding of two sporting licences at the same time. In the exceptional circumstance where, due to geopolitical change and not personal choice, a person becomes resident of another country and is no longer eligible to hold a sporting licence in the prior country, this time period can be reduced on the condition NACs concerned give their written approval and the case is reviewed and approved by the CASI bureau.

The definition of a First Category Event is also in the General Section and affected one team from France, Freestyle Team Airwax. They had not realised that they needed NAC approval as a World Cup is clasified as a First Category Event.


3.5.1 FIRST CATEGORY EVENTS World and Continental Regional Championships, as approved by the FAI Air Sport Commissions concerned and confirmed by the Executive Board as part of their approval of the FAI Sporting Calendar (Statute refers).

and this is defined further in The Sporting Code, Section 5.

Only teams and competitors entered in an FCE as part of the Delegation may participate in that FCE.

Another issue that was raised at the competitors meeting related to the exit.   The Judges, before the competition started, gave clarification regarding the requirement to start working time from the first team member to detach from the aircraft.  This can be difficult to determine, unless the video camerman films the door-frame., so the judges can see all the team and either feet or hands releasing.  Remember, failure to clearly show this will carry a 20% penalty.  It is important, therefore, that teams do clearly present the exit  (as they  do with points).  

You can find all the relevant documents under the Menu heading "Documents".

Sporting Code, General Section                                Sporting Code, Section 5, (Parachuting)                   Competition Rules, Formation Skydiving

 Competition Rules, Vertical Formation Skydiving                     Competition Rules, Artistic Events

This may all seem very dry and boring and of no importance to your ability to skydive, but the rules are there to ensure that the best possible and fairest conditions of competition exist for you to showcase your skills. They are worth reading! Each year any changes are highlighted, so once you get to know them it is relatively easy to keep up to date. Your delegate, and/or the committee chairs are available for your input and any suggested changes.


Newsletter No.1 2012


  1. Read the latest Newsletter from the IPC Bureau - either visit the Documents page or follow the link

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