Dear Air Sports Friends,
After the General Conference I feel confident we are on the right track. And I am pleased to report that the Executive Board also shares my opinion (both confident and on the right track !).
The re-organization effort of our head office is well under way, but it is not and has not, been easy. It will require some time before we are up and running. We have and have had shortcomings, and these are being addressed. Some of them you are well aware of and some are being gradually uncovered. However, the head office is being reconstructed under the competent leadership of our Secretary General Jean-Marc Badan. He and the EB have recruited a new Sports Manager, Mr. Robert (Rob) Hughes, and a new IT Manager, Mr. Visa-Matti Leinikki, who will join the office in March and May respectively. Let’s give them a warm welcome and a chance to get into the match! And let the head office catch up before further steps can be achieved on important matters such as, for example, a new Organiser Agreement, the FAI Sporting Licence Database or further improvements on the FAI Website and databases.
I have been waiting for the minutes from our General Conference (GC) before commenting or reporting. As you can understand, with the understaffing of our head office and the difficult work to summarize the tapes from the GC, it takes time to get them finally approved for publication. They will, however, be published shortly.
There were some major landmarks at the 105th General Conference:
Malaysia won the bid for the 107th GC in 2013; in tough competition with Montenegro. And Romania, Montenegro and China let us know they are considering bidding for 2014. (As you know the 2012 GC will be in Antalya, Turkey.)
You can read more on GC issues in the minutes soon. The reports from the Air Sport Commission Presidents were published with the Agenda and will be available as annexes to the GC minutes.
Thanks again to all at the Aeronautical Union of Serbia for good time in Belgrade! At the closing dinner it was my great pleasure to welcome as Companions of Honour Willi Arpagaus and Henk Meertens, and to award the FAI Gold Medal to David Hempelman-Adams. What a night!
We now had our first EB meeting of the year, in Lausanne. A complex and tough agenda was successfully worked through, and some major issues were:
The EB took great interest in the proposals the Presidents of the FAI Parachuting Commission (IPC) and FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) had submitted to the EB:
These initiatives might also serve as basis for other similar projects from other Air Sport Commissions, so I and EB are most interested in feedback and views from our NACs and ASCs about this possible development.
Please let me know your views!
There will be a meeting with the Air Sport Commission Presidents on Friday 11 May in Lausanne, and an informal Meeting of Presidents of FAI Active Members that have the possibility to attend on 12 May (with the next EB meeting over the same weekend).
Where I live it is now dark and snowing. In other parts it is warm and sunny (and flyable, I hope !)
And some are just celebrating the New Year- let’s hope it will be for all safe, fun and competitive !