FAI Aerobatics Commission Delegates


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CIVA Meeting Registration

Dear Delegates,

Registration for the FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) Plenary Meeting 2013 is now closed.

Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for last minute availability and booking and for any additional information


Meeting schedule in short

Thursday 7 November
17h45   Departure from Stockholm harbour
Dinner & Overnight onboard M/S Victoria

Friday 8 November
10h00 Arrival in Tallinn
Transfer to the Hotel
Plenary Meeting
Dinner & Overnight in Tallinn

Saturday 9 November
Plenary Meeting
18h00    Departure from Tallinn harbour
Overnight onboard M/S Baltic Queen

Sunday 10 November
10h00   Arrival Stockholm harbour


Detailed programme and payment information


Information on how to get to Stockholm harbour


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Aerobatics Records

There are no records for Aerobatics.

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Our Sport

FAI Aerobatic Championships have been held since 1960, when the 1st World Aerobatic Championships was organised in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Competition has now evolved into several categories including Advanced and Unlimited in Power and Glider, YAK-52 World Championships, and a new FAI Elite Series. The sport is governed by the FAI Sporting Code, General Section and Section 6 (Aerobatics).  These rules can be found under "Documents". 

What is Aerobatics?


Aerobatics has been performed in aircraft almost since the first flight of a powered aircraft. In the early years before World War I, aerobatics served as entertainment for crowds fascinated by these new aerial machines. Later, it became an essential part of a military pilot’s training and utilized in combat. In more recent decades, it has been recognized as an important part in a pilot’s training in order to make him or her more proficient in controlling their aircraft in all flight attitudes.Klaus_in_Air_4

The challenge of performing aerobatic figures precisely led to the development of aerobatic competition. The first competitions were held in the early 1930’s, at the Olympics in Berlin in 1936, and at various national competitions after World War II. FAI recognized the need for a sanctioned World Championships which led to that first post-war competition in 1960 (1st World Aerobatic Champion Ladislav Bezak shown right).

World Championships in Power are held every two years and in Gliders every year. Continental Championships are held in the off years. Pilots who compete in World and Continental Championships are selected by their FAI member organizations and compete both individually and as teams.

Browse the Calendar for upcoming FAI Aerobatic Championships.

Aerobatic Competitions

Aresti_cupAn aerobatic competitions are a highly demanding test of a pilot’s ability to fly a high-performance aircraft, whether it is powered or a glider, very precisely in a programme of figures. These programmes are flown in a very small “box” which is a one-kilometer cube. Excursions from the box incur heavy penalties. These “sequences” are physically demanding and require expert control and situational awareness.

Aircraft used for competition are highly specialized and though specially built for this purpose, require superb handling and energy management in order to win. Pilots are judged by a panel of seven to ten judges who grade each figure on a range of 0 to 10. “Freestyle” programmes are also included in competitions which are flown to different criteria. Scores are processed using a statistical system called “FairPlay”.Ladislav_Bezak_-_1960_World_Aerobatic_Champion

While several FAI Aerobatic Championships are held each year, local, regional, and national competitions number in the hundreds throughout the world. To achieve a slot on a National Team can take many years of practice and preparation and hundreds of hours in the air under the watchful eyes of an experienced trainer.

Bidding for Championships

Bids to organize and host FAI Aerobatic Championships are welcome. Deadline for submission of bids is the 1st of October every year. Bids will then be considered by the CIVA Bureau with final selections being made by the plenary in November. Bids are encouraged as far in advance as possible.

The President of CIVA should be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details on organizing a Championship.  "Guidelines for Bidding" are also found in the "Documents" section of this website.


Bureau and Delegates

Subcommittees and Working groups

Representation on other Bodies by CIVA Members

FAI Aerobatics Commission Bureau

Lars - Göran Arvidsson President
James M. K. Black President of Honour United Kingdom
Michael R. Heuer President of Honour USA
Nicholas Harold Buckenham Vice-President
John Louis Gaillard Vice-President
Elena Klimovich Vice-President
Matthieu Roulet Vice-President
Madelyne Delcroix Secretary
Hanna Raiha Secretary
Australia Delegate Elizabeth (Liz) Cook
  Alternate Delegate Richard S Wiltshire
Austria Delegate Ewald Roithner
  Alternate Delegate Jürgen Schmidt
Belarus Delegate Ivan Ivanovich Kasim
  Alternate Delegate Vitali Shamardzin
Belgium Delegate Didier Amelinckx
  Alternate Delegate Jacques Bodart
Brazil Delegate Alberto Bazaia Junior
Canada Delegate Carole J. Holyk
  Alternate Delegate Paul Goyette
China (People's Republic of) Delegate Gongyu Wu
  Alternate Delegate Juan Xu
Colombia Delegate Alfredo Garcia
Czech Rep. Delegate Martin Vecko
  Alternate Delegate Vladimir Machula
Denmark Delegate Poul E.B. Nielsen
  Alternate Delegate Lennart Wahl
Egypt Delegate Samir Abd Raouf Labib
Finland Delegate Jyri Mattila
  Alternate Delegate Petteri Tarma
France Delegate Matthieu Roulet
Germany Delegate Bernhard Drummer
  Alternate Delegate Manfred Echter
Hong Kong, China Delegate Cren Kwok
Hungary Delegate Tamás Ábrányi
  Alternate Delegate Ferenc Toth
Iceland Delegate Sigurdur Asgeirsson
  Alternate Delegate Helgi Kristjansson
Ireland Delegate Paul Van Lonkhuyzen
  Alternate Delegate Eddie Goggins
Italy Alternate Delegate Pietro Filippini
Japan Delegate Nobuo Ueda
  Alternate Delegate Miyako Kanao
Korea Delegate Sooyeol Lee
Lithuania Delegate Eltonas Meleckis
  Alternate Delegate Donaldas Bleifertas
Malaysia Delegate Amrul Wizar Anuar
  Alternate Delegate Mohamad Halizi Bin Abu Bakar
Mexico Delegate Luisa Romero M. Del Sobral
  Alternate Delegate Alejandro Parra Ramírez
Netherlands Delegate Barry Miedema
  Alternate Delegate Ringo Massa
New Zealand Delegate Russell Bell
  Alternate Delegate Marinka Hood
Norway Delegate Thore Thoresen
  Alternate Delegate Ivar Dyrdal
Philippines Delegate Meynard Halili
  Alternate Delegate Xavier Estabillo
Poland Delegate Jerzy Makula
Portugal Delegate Carlos José Dias Gorjaô
Romania Delegate Ferencz Laszlo
Russia Delegate Elena Klimovich
  Alternate Delegate Victor Smolin
Serbia Delegate Zdravko Lukic
  Alternate Delegate Miladin Stevanovic
Slovakia Delegate Pavol Kavka
  Alternate Delegate Andrej Zelem
Slovenia Delegate Peter Podlunsek
  Alternate Delegate Igor Zrinski
South Africa Delegate John Louis Gaillard
  Alternate Delegate Quintin Hawthorne
Spain Delegate Castor Fantoba
  Alternate Delegate Felipe Aresti Mugica
Sweden Delegate Lars - Göran Arvidsson
  Alternate Delegate Pekka Havbrandt
Switzerland Delegate Hanspeter Rohner
  Alternate Delegate Philippe Küchler
Thailand Delegate Piya Atmungkun
  Alternate Delegate Surasak Sesawech
Turkey Delegate Nevsan Sengil
  Alternate Delegate Batuhan Mumcu
Ukraine Delegate Volodymyr Prysyazhnyuk
  Alternate Delegate Lyudmyla Zelenina
United Kingdom Delegate Nicholas Harold Buckenham
  Alternate Delegate Gerald Cooper
USA Delegate Michael R. Heuer
  Alternate Delegate Debby Rihn - Harvey