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Amateur-Built Aircraft Events

The following main Events are scheduled for 2013. Before you set out please check with the organiser.

March 2013

OUV-Wintertagung
16-17 March, Speyer (GER)
www.ouv.de

June 2013

50th Anniversary of the Experimental Aviation Switzerland - Regional Festivities:
Aircraft Exhibition, Youth event: Aircraft-model construction, etc; Flights for Youth
15 June, Bex Airport (SUI)
22 June, La Côte (SUI)
29 June, Thun (SUI)
www.experimental.ch

July 2013

Jämi Fly In & Airshow
6-7 July, Jamijärvi (FIN) - EFJM
www.jamiflyin.com
This is without doubt the biggest fly-in in Finland, gathering nearly 200 planes around Finland and some foreign visitors as well. During the weekend there will also be an air show which is free for people arriving with a plane.

50th Anniversary of the Experimental Aviation Switzerland - Regional Festivity:
Lommis Aircraft Exhibition
Youth event: Aircraft-model construction, etc; Flights for Youth
Date: to be confirmed; Lommis (SUI)
www.experimental.ch

August 2013

OUV-Sommertreffen
August, Offenburg (GER)
www.ouv.de
Date: to be confirmed

50th Anniversary of the Experimental Aviation Switzerland - Main Festivity:
23-25 August - Grenchen (SUI)
www.experimental.ch

  • 23 August: Installation, Organisation, first Landings of (foreign) Aircraft
  • 24 August: Main-Events: Youth Flights, Seniors, Competitions, Model-Building, Exposition etc.
  • 25 August: Brunch, Flights for Youth & Seniors, Exposition Homebuilts & Antiques, Model-Building

April 2014

EAS Experimental Aviation Switzerland
Fly-in with Annual General Meeting
Saturday, 26 of April 2014 
Bern Area
www.experimental.ch

CIACA Terms of Reference

The FAI Amateur Built and Experimental Aircraft Commission (CIACA) was established at the 1973 FAI General Conference, and met for the first time on 10 June 1974. It was converted from a Technical into a Air Sports Commission in 2012.

It is nominally composed by delegates for homebuilt aircraft of all national Aero Club of the world. In practice most active members of the commission are the delegates of the countries where the movement of amateur-built aircraft is advanced and well established. However every year new members join the annual meeting, which offers an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences and to take common international initiatives.

The tasks of CIACA include the promotion of design, construction and operation of amateur and homebuilt aircraft, and the restoration of vintage aircraft.

In particular, the most profitable activities and achievements of CIACA can be hereinafter summarised:

Experience exchange

The experiences successfully achieved in the countries where the movement is well established are shared and made available to all interested delegates . Especially to those of countries where their C.A.A. are most severe and close-minded.

In some instances official actions are taken in order to give the relevant national authorities the view of FAI.

There have been cases such that the international "pression" applied by CIACA on the public and authorities opinion has contributed in making them more sensitive to the Aircraft Homebuilders movement.

Homebuilding regulations

Countries where the homebuilding regulations are not defined yet can take advantage of CIACA shared knowledge for having possible effective reference for developing their own regulations and/or internal organization .

Harmonization/Recognition effort

Especially for european countries an harmonization effort is carried out, aimed at a future unification of the international rules . For instance, a continuous effort is devoted in order to achieve a complete " mutual recognition" by all european countries as far as homebuilt aircraft border crossing is concerned.

Rationalisation and share of common information

The widest participation in CICA's meetings allow to continuously improve the availability and sharing of useful information, otherwise unreachable.
For instance, international data bases are being established and progressively enlarged thanks to delegates contributions. (e.g.: list of amateur-built airicraft per type and per country, list of international amateur-built aircraft events etc. ...)

FAI Diplomas

FAI Diplomas are awarded internationally by CIACA:

The Henry Mignet Diploma, established by the FAI in 1984, may be annually awarded to the project of an amateur-built aircraft which at best represents Henry Mignet spirit: simplicity and economy. In particular one or more of the following conditions shall be fulfilled:

  • outstanding performance and low fuel consumption at cruising speed
  • low noise level
  • safe handling characteristics
  • non aviation engine
  • new drive-system or propellors
  • alternate fuels
  • new aerodynamic forms or other design features which make flying the aircraft more simple and efficient
  • new types of structure and materials allowing significant weight reduction
  • in any event a notable improvement shall have occurred

Also the best restauration carried out by an individual or by a group are awarded the Phoenix and the Phoenix Group Diplomas. These diplomas, established by the FAI in 1978 and 1990 respectively, may each be awarded for the best reconstruction or restoration of a vintage (more than 30 years old) aircraft achieved by an individual amateur, in the case of the Phoenix Diploma, and by a group of any size or description (e.g. museum, sponsored group, society, company) in the case of the phoenix Group Diploma.

Each FAI Member may annually submit the name of one candidate for each of the Diplomas to the FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission for consideration.

Promotion

As a result of the dialogue with other FAI Commissions actions are sometimes undertaken, aimed at enlarging the aeronautical culture and at promoting new constructions. This was the case, for instance, when the FAI Aviation and Space Education Commission (CIEA) suggested to undertake initiatives aimed at encouraging the jouth participation in aeronautical activities. To this respect CIACA is suggesting to stimulate initiatives of homebuilding aircraft in Universities and schools. In particular the Akeflieg experience will be shared soon thanks to the participation of Herr Jannes Neumann, president of Idaflieg, roof organization of all Akaflieg's in Germany, one of that organization's manager who will give a presentation during next annual meeting.

CIACA's subcommissions

Three subcommissions have been recently established, specialized in public relation, environmental and safety matters, respectively.
Problem arising, like noise control or accidents preventions are discussed and shared by these subcommittees.
Results of their investigation are then made available to all concerned. To this respect the Internet web is becoming a significant tool for diffusion.

Electrically- and Solar-powered Aircraft

To all concerned with electrically- and solar-powered aircraft

Since a couple of years the FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission (CIACA) has been monitoring the developing movement of Electrically- and solar-powered aircraft. As initial result, preliminary definitions had been introduced into the 1996 FAI sporting code update. In the course of the recent 90th FAI General Conference in Rio an additional refinement has been applied in the sporting code; in the same occasion further discussions on this subject have taken place.

In particular FAI President encouraged initiatives aimed at promoting the development of these emerging categories of flying machines and the future organisation of proper competitions , possibly in the frame of the FAI World Air Games.

Reason of this message is that of informing all concerned with electrically- and solar-powered aircraft about the preliminary results achieved so far and the foreseen initiatives within FAI.

Some comments are also included, related to the technological trend of these new disciplines, collected from different sources.

All of this is also intended as a basis for discussion and contributions which will be welcome ( see subsequent point 4: specialised mailing list).

1) C.I.A.C.A. questionnaire on electrically- and Solar-powered Aircraft

First of all let me thank all those who contributed, either by replying to my questionnaire or by providing comments and suggestions, to the investigation carried out so far on the subject of electrically- and solar-powered aircraft.

The questionnaire's circulation has been as large as possible, involving approximately 60 people/groups in the world (hopefully most of all concerned have been reached...). Twelve replies have been collected so far. We expect that this figure will progressively increase once this second message will be circulated (to this aim the distribution via the newly established mailing list shall help ). A short summary of these replies has been reported in the meeting of FAI C.A.S.I. Commission in Rio and is hereinafter presented:


PRELIMINARY RESULT OF THE INVESTIGATION CARRIED OUT ABOUT THE DEFINITION OF NEW CLASSES

Number of persons/groups contacted: Approx. 60

Number of replies/contacts considered : 12

General comments:

There is a general agreement upon the need for some kind of "initial" definitions. According to the majority this need, in addition to be useful for opening the path to sporting competitions, is motivated by the necessity to make flight of prototypes formally feasible (some people suggest that weight limitations be applied, thus including these machines within the ultra-light group..).

In addition to electrically- and solar-powered aircraft/motor-gliders, also unmanned and airships shall have to be considered ; there are in fact around good examples of such kind of flying machines, the record breaking of which shall have to be subject of proper rules.

It is an almost general opinion that actual competitions are still a few years ahead, particularly for those "solar-powered" machines. The economical issue, in this case, heavily affects the development of the movement and only those groups which can afford significant budgets are in a position to proceed expeditiously (somebody is suggesting that some sort of grouping is made taking into account the installed panels efficiency level (and/or covered surface), thus differentiating in terms of money invested ...).

The category of pure electrically-powered aircraft ("motor-gliders"..) is obviously considered the most mature one, being more economically affordable and therefore suitable in a shorter time for actual competitions.

This is also confirmed by the fact that, after the prototyping experience carried out in Italy with an electrically-motorised homebuilt motor-glider (Monerai), in Germany the electrically-powered light motor-glider "Silent AE", powered with a 13 kW electric motor performed its first flight in Aachen last August. According to "Fliegermagazine (Nov.'97") the performance was quite interesting, with a 2.4 m/s climb rate and a climb up to 500 m. It is now being certified and a small series is being produced to be put soon on the market. The manufacturer is also considering the possibility of organising a preliminary competition for these machines (expected a first series of 10 units).

Furthermore recently interesting developments have been performed in the field of batteries, which seem to offer very good power-to-weight ratios. An electrically-powered motor-glider is today feasible !

The German glider manufacturer DG Flugzeugbau GmbH have presented on the web a very interesting proposal about a possible DG-800E 18 m high performance glider, which might be put on the market in an electrically-powered version if it will be understood that the market is actually interested ( in their message in Internet they, in fact, ask for comments... see www.dg-flugzeugbau.de/Elektroflieger-e.html).

There are no doubts that a precise definition for this category is more urgent.

Among the questions to be considered are the following:

  • shall autonomous take-off be required ? (In this case a very limited "spare" energy would remain on board, at least if one considers the today available batteries performance)
  • what about winch and/or aero-tow launch? (In this case one could "save" the energy for being "assisted" to get home in case of necessity...)
  • shall the kind of batteries (e.g. Ni-cad) be specified for classes/competitions ? (it is obvious that, leaving open the choice of type of batteries would give advantage to those able to spend a fortune for buying very advanced (light, durable and efficient ) batteries.
  • in perspective, shall other electrical accumulation means be allowed or shall they be grouped in a different category/ies ? (e.g. fuel cells, fly-wheels integrated with elctr.engine...)
  • could solar cells be considered just a means of increasing the batteries duration for an electrically-powered aircraft(or motor-glider)?

My personal opinion is that something could be done with the aim of speeding up also the process of developing a class of solar-powered aircraft (I would rather say "motor-gliders") which could be suitable for sporting competitions and actual entertainment not too later than the "pure" electrically-powered ones. In particular, instead of requiring level flight under sun radiation power, a solar-powered motor-glider would be a machine capable of taking-off autonomously after charging (on ground) through sun radiation its batteries (it is unlikely, for long time, that take-off and climbing without help of batteries will be possible, particularly if a "normal weight" pilot were required) ; flight after take-off and climb would be either a simple gliding flight or a sun-power-panels assisted flight (this could be a designer’s choice; in both cases there are advantages and disadvantages depending on the weather conditions).

If the requirement of level flight under a pre-defined sun-radiation were maintained, a significant economical discrimination would exist between those who can afford high efficiency (e.g. gallium arsenide) solar cells and those who can not. At the same time it would be arguable which is a "correct" sun radiation reference level. (For instance, the reference level of 500 watt/m2 prescribed by the "Berblinger prize", is such that no aircraft today would meet the requirement ; in practice, according to this rule, Icare and Sunseeker would not be classified as "solar-powered aircraft")

The following questions, therefore, shall be replied to:

  • could solar-powered aircraft (or ,better, motor-gliders) belong to the more general aforementioned category of electrically-powered ones ? (may-be a sub class of them ?).
  • shall level-flight be a firm requirement and reference be made to a well defined sun - radiation level ?
  • If the previous requirement is not applied, which criteria shall be used to define a solar-powered aircraft/motor-glider ? (in fact any aircraft fitted with even a single solar cells on its surfaces would be a "sun-powered one"... )
  • somebody proposes to differentiate between those solar-powered aircraft fitted (also) with batteries and those which are not (it has to be kept in mind, however, that if no batteries are fitted, take-off and climbing phases would result quite problematic if a 90 Kg pilot is considered and standard airworthiness requirements for structures are applied).

2) Paper presented in the XXV OSTIV Congress in Saint Auban, with the title: "Electrically- and solar-powered gliders: Do they require the definition of new FAI classes?"(P.Duranti)

The paper presented a discussion mainly based on the result of the aforementioned questionnaire , with several considerations by the author. Aim of it was to provoke discussions and comments from anybody interested, in order to make the debate more lively. The paper shall be published on "Technical soaring" (OSTIV Magazine).

3) FAI Sporting code definitions for Electrically- and solar-powered aircraft

The initial definitions, introduced for the first time in the Sporting code during the 89th FAI General Conference (1996, Bled, Slovenia) have been modified based on discussions held in Rio (which referred to the questionnaire’s results too), in the course of the 90th FAI General Conference (Rio, Brazil).

The philosophy followed has been that of leaving in the General part of the Sporting code just very simple definitions, transferring to other paragraphs (still to be developed) the relevant details.

At present, therefore, the following definitions are present under "Class C: Aeroplane":

  • Electrically-powered aerodyne - one which can be sustained in level flight in the atmosphere using solely an electrical motor(s).
  • Solar-powered aerodyne - one which can be sustained in level flight in the atmosphere using solar energy impacting on its airframe as its energy source.

The above definitions should be read very carefully; in fact they imply, for instance:

  • that Solar flight is a subset of electrical
  • that at present no restrictions are applied to take-off and climb phases/means
  • that "solar energy impacting on its airframe as its energy source" can also be stored (e.g. on ground) and utilised later-on in flight...

4) Dedicated FAI mailing list

Any comment to the aforementioned information are of course welcome. In fact we hope that all concerned with electrically- and solar powered flight will feel motivated to further contribute in these discussions, regardless whether they are interested in aeroplanes, motor-gliders, unmanned, airships etc.

In order to make this exchange of opinions more effective, a dedicated mailing list has been established. Click here to subscribe to the list.

Please pass on this message to any person/group that you are aware of, involved in electrically and/or solar-powered aircraft, suggesting that they subscribe to this mailing list.

We will monitor all the messages circulated and, whenever necessary, will post the results of any FAI discussion/initiative on these subjects.

About the FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission (CIACA)

The role of the FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission (CIACA - Commission Internationale des Amateurs Constructeurs d'Aéronefs) in FAI consists of the promotion of design, construction and operation of amateur and home built aircraft, and the restoration of vintage aircraft. In particular, the most profitable activities and achievements of CIACA can be hereinafter summarized:

Experience exchange

The experiences successfully achieved in the countries where the movement is well established are shared and made available to all interested delegates. Especially to those of countries where their C.A.A. are most severe and close-minded.

In some instances official actions are taken in order to give the relevant national authorities the view of FAI.

There have been cases such that the international "pressure" applied by CIACA on the public and authorities opinion has contributed in making them more sensitive to the Aircraft Homebuilders movement.

Homebuilding regulations

Countries where the homebuilding regulations are not defined yet can take advantage of CIACA shared knowledge for having possible effective reference for developing their own regulations and/or internal organization.

Harmonization/Recognition effort

Especially for European countries an harmonization effort is carried out, aimed at a future unification of the international rules. For instance, a continuous effort is devoted in order to achieve a complete “mutual recognition" by all European countries as far as homebuilt aircraft border crossing is concerned.

Rationalization and share of common information

The widest participation in CIACA's meetings allows to continuously improve the availability and sharing of useful information, otherwise unreachable. For instance, international data bases are being established and progressively enlarged thanks to delegates contributions. (e.g.: list of amateur-built aircraft per type and per country, list of international amateur-built aircraft events etc. ...)

Promotion

As a result of the dialogue with other FAI Commissions actions are sometimes undertaken, aimed at enlarging the aeronautical culture and at promoting new constructions. This was the case, for instance, when the FAI "Aviation and Space Education Commission (CIEA)" suggested undertaking initiatives aimed at encouraging the youth participation in aeronautical activities. To this respect CIACA is suggesting to stimulate initiatives of homebuilding aircraft in Universities and schools. In particular the Akeflieg experience will be shared soon thanks to the participation of Herr Jannes Neumann, president of Idaflieg, roof organization of all Akaflieg's in Germany, one of that organization's manager who will give a presentation during next annual meeting.

Meetings

The FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission (CIACA) meets once a year at an Annual Meeting to discuss and work on the Amateur-Built Aircraft and its development.

Each FAI Member Country may appoint a Delegate with the right to vote at the Plenary Meeting.

Bureau

Between annual meetings, the FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission is run by the Bureau, which consists of the President, 2 Vice Presidents and the Secretary. The Bureau is elected by the Plenary Meeting.

The Bureau is elected during the annual meeting of the FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission.

Delegates

Each FAI Member Country can appoint a Delegate to the FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission and participate in the work of the commission.

Awards

FAI Medals and Diplomas are awarded each year at the Opening Ceremony of the annual FAI General Conference.

The FAI Awards for Amateur-Built Aircraft are the following:

Documents

Go to the Documents page to browse documents on environmental matters.

Documents

All the documents of the Amateur built and Experimental Aircraft commission (CIACA) in one page.

How to set a Record

Our Sport

Most aircraft from the beginnings of aviation – starting with the Wright brothers’aircraft and Santos-Dumont’s famous Demoiselle – were “home-made”.

Every year, air shows are organised in various countries so that amateur designers can meet and exchange their experiences. The most famous and largest of these gatherings is the one taking place every year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (USA), every year.

Meetings

The next FAI Amateur-Built and Experimental Aircraft Commission (CIACA) Plenary Meeting will take place on Sunday 19 April 2015 in Friedrichshafen (GER)

 

 


FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission Officials

FAI Amateur-Built Aircraft Commission Delegates

 
Austria Delegate Hermann Eigner
 
Belarus Delegate Oleg Vahrushev
 
  Alternate Delegate Svetlana Eliseeva
 
Canada Delegate Jack Humphreys
 
China (People's Republic of) Delegate Maosen Song
 
  Alternate Delegate Yong Han
 
Croatia Delegate Vlado Mihaljevic
 
  Alternate Delegate Marijan Ivancek
 
Czech Rep. Delegate Miroslav Kabrt
 
  Alternate Delegate Jan Fridrich
 
Denmark Delegate Bent Esbensen
 
Egypt Delegate Sabri Bahaa
 
Finland Delegate Pirkka Mattila
 
  Alternate Delegate Tom Arppe
 
Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia Delegate Nebojsa Antic
 
France Delegate Catherine Dartois
 
  Alternate Delegate Hédi Belage
 
Germany Delegate Christian Teuber
 
  Alternate Delegate Elaine Fecher
 
Hungary Delegate Imre Bano
 
Iceland Delegate Gudmundur Asgeirsson
 
  Alternate Delegate Agúst Gudmundsson
 
Indonesia Delegate Philip Halim Soelistio
 
Israel Delegate Abraham Kimchi
 
Italy Delegate Alberto Beccaro
 
Japan Delegate Mamoru Sakata
 
  Alternate Delegate Shuichi Otani
 
Korea Delegate Huy-Kyu Lee
 
  Alternate Delegate Jung-sup Kim
 
Korea (People's Dem. Rep.) Delegate Hyo Nam Kang
 
  Alternate Delegate Chong II Kim
 
Latvia Delegate Valentins Vasjaks
 
  Alternate Delegate Janis Maslovskis
 
Lithuania Delegate Gintautas Gailiunas
 
  Alternate Delegate Rolandas Kalinauskas
 
Mexico Delegate Victor Baeza Reyes
 
  Alternate Delegate Marcou Jacquel
 
Netherlands Alternate Delegate Thomas Van Der Heijden
 
New Zealand Delegate Adrienne Fillery
 
  Alternate Delegate Bill Sisley
 
Norway Delegate Knut Brodreskift
 
  Alternate Delegate Tor Wattum
 
Portugal Alternate Delegate Carlos Costa
 
  Alternate Delegate Carlos Eugenio De Sousa Trigo
 
Russia Delegate Oleg Bashmakov
 
  Alternate Delegate Igor Yashin
 
Serbia Delegate Ivan Dunderski
 
  Alternate Delegate Mile Lekic
 
South Africa Delegate Paul Lasbrucci
 
  Alternate Delegate Walther Dorbell
 
Sweden Delegate Carl Rönn
 
  Alternate Delegate Sven Kindblom
 
Switzerland Delegate Alfons Hubmann
 
  Alternate Delegate Heinz Lang
 
Thailand Delegate Supamit Rajitdamrong
 
  Alternate Delegate Young Jae Noh
 
Turkey Delegate Tugba Ozdemir
 
Ukraine Delegate Yuriy Yakovlev
 
United Kingdom Delegate Roger Hopkinson
 
  Alternate Delegate David Bremner
 
Alfons Hubmann President
 
Pierluigi Duranti President of Honour Italy
 
David Faulkner Bryant President of Honour United Kingdom
 
Brian D. Nelson President of Honour South Africa
 
Paul H. Poberezny President of Honour USA
 
Catherine Dartois 1st Vice-President
 
Hermann Eigner 2nd Vice-President
 
Elaine Fecher Secretary
 

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