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Safety Expert Group

Task List 2014

Policy

The FAI is committed to achieve a significant reduction in the number and seriousness of accidents and incidents in air sports activities.

Goals

The FAI Safety Expert Group shall actively and systematically work to minimize the risk of participating in air sports by:

  • Promoting the importance of establishing good safety practices in every aspect of FAI activities
  • Facilitating the sharing of safety information between the various Air Sports Commissions, FAI Members (NACs) and OSTIV, identifying and promoting best practices
  • Identifying and analyzing inhibitors and obstacles to avoid / prevent accidents and incidents in air sports
  • Supporting and facilitating the development and implementation of effective incident and accident reporting systems
  • Actively communicating developments and trends in air sports safety to FAI Members (NACs), Air Sports Commissions and OSTIV

Members

Navigation Expert Group

Task List 2014

Policy

  • To urge all international and national aviation authorities that the FAI, the World Air Sports Federation has special regard for  the effects of any new technical and operational changes with restrictions or costdrivers on the practice of air sports
  • To urge all FAI Members to establish procedures for constant close consultation on navigation and technical matters between national civil aviation and air traffic authorities and national air sport governing bodies.

Goals

  • To show the Flag of FAI
  • To use the power of FAI to bring in the requirements of air sports on top levels
  • To have FAI Experts (Observers) at important international meetings of organizations such as ICAO, IAOPA, etc.
  • Where needed, to cooperate with experts of Europe Air Sports
  • To show to our members the FAI activities in navigation and technic-operational changes or to reduce costdrivers
  • To use the power of FAI to support our NACs, in order for them to bring in the general airspace requirements of air sports at the top level of the national aviation authorities

Members

 

 

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New Technology Expert Group

Task List 2014

Policy

  • To be the reference in terms of electronic devices used in air sports
  • To define FAI-standards for these devices
  • To assure the use of the most appropriate measurements devices in competitions and performance flights, in particular to increase competition attractiveness and safety
  • To find cost efficient solutions to technical challenges common to FAI disciplines such as, for example, tracking or logging.

Goals

  • Find a solution for live tracking and public presentation taking into account
    • The different needs of disciplines
    • Geographical challenges (mountains, seas, flatlands
    • Data transmission costs
    • Linking tracking to real time scoring
    • Showing tracking to the public (on-site displays, internet, mobile, public interfaces)
    • Approaching technologies (like ADS-B)
  • Establish minimum requirements for flight evidence
    • Technical security of FR’s
    • Safe technologies
    • Improve data recording (frequency and duration / tracker vs logger)
    • Criteria for instrument homologation
  • Improve reliability of measurement methods (altitude, speed, distance)
  • Establish recommendations for technicians / developers to execute the tasks or find the appropriate technicians / developers for specific tasks
  • Give ASCs and CASI report on possible changes needed to the SC.

Members

 
Marc Andre Point of Contact Switzerland
 
Maurice Ducret Member Switzerland
 
José Luis Esteban Member Spain
 
Ralf Grunwald Member Germany
 
Visa-Matti Leinikki Member Switzerland
 
Garry Lockyer Member Canada
 
Rick Sheppe Member USA
 
Brian Spreckley Member France
 
Niels-Christian Levin Hansen Point of Contact Denmark
 
James M. K. Black Member United Kingdom
 
Raymond Caux Member France
 
Jacek Kibinski Member Poland
 
Daniel Knecht Member Switzerland
 
Geoffrey W. McCarthy Member USA
 
Ian E. Oldaker Member Canada
 
Carl Stalberg Point of Contact Sweden
 
Günter Bertram Member Germany
 
Graham Brown Member Australia
 
Heinrich Leuthold Member Switzerland
 
Andreas Peus Member Germany
 
Bernald S. Smith Member USA
 
Ian W. Strachan Member United Kingdom
 
Chiel Wijnheijmer Member Netherlands
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IT Expert Group

Task List 2014

Policy

  • To address specific IT related needs or problems brought to the group by ASC’s (via FAI Head Office/HO and/or FAI Executive Board/EB), HO or EB.
  • To improve FAI’s readiness to provide IT related services to NACs and ASCs.
  • To monitor for and study new IT solutions that could be used within FAI.


First Goals

  • Plan a concept allowing data mining from the information in FAI databases taking into consideration among other things:
    • Access rights to the data (some sensitive data might be included in the DB).
    • Data security
    • Office routines or the original data in the FAI databases may not be compromised
    • Usability of the data mining tools (api, application, web interface)
    • Suggest a policy for the use of the data to the EB for approval (ASC, NAC, Research etc. use)
    • Database structure
  • Find a low cost solution to create the data mining db, api and frontend.
  • Find a solution for FAI persons data structure including:
    • Creation of unique keys
    • Data security
  • Find solutions to improve the work of HO, NAC’s and event organizers when performing FAI related tasks like:
    • Entering data to the Sporting license db
    • Managing entries for a competition or other event
    • Reporting competition results to FAI or ranking systems
  • Find solutions to improve the FAI website.

Members

 
Visa-Matti Leinikki Point of Contact Switzerland
 
Nicholas Harold Buckenham Member United Kingdom
 
Agúst Gudmundsson Member Iceland
 
Vladimir Machula Member Czech Rep.
 
Richard Meredith-Hardy Member United Kingdom
 
Elisabet Mikaelsson Member Sweden
 
Antonis Papadopoulos Member Greece

Airspace Expert Group

Task List 2014

Policy

  • To urge all international and national aviation authorities that the FAI, the World Air Sports Federation has special regard for the effects of any new airspace restrictions on the practice of air sports
  • To urge all FAI Members to establish procedures for constant close consultation on airspace matters between national civil aviation and air traffic authorities and national air sport governing bodies.

Goals

  • To show the Flag of FAI
  • To use the power of FAI to bring in the requirements of air sports on top levels
  • To have FAI Experts (Observers) at important international meetings of organizations such as ICAO, IAOPA, etc.
  • Where needed, to cooperate with experts of Europe Air Sports
  • To show to our members the FAI activities in airspace
  • To use the power of FAI to support our NACs, in order for them to bring in the general airspace requirements of air sports at the top level of the national aviation authorities

Members

 
Günter Bertram Point of Contact Germany
 
John Brady Member United Kingdom
 
Graham Brown Member Australia
 
Gabriel Gomila Frau Member Spain
 
Kurt Oswald Member Switzerland
 
Jan Schmeltz Pedersen Member Denmark

Expert Groups

The FAI Executive Board has started the development of a new „FAI Expert-System“ which includes 8 Expert Groups (EG) : Airspace, Navigation, Safety, Regulation, IT, Airsport facilities, Technology, Marketing and Communication.

The Experts are persons with expertise in specific areas who are called upon when there is a need for technical expertise. They are appointed by the FAI Executive Board and are on stand-by and assignments are only carried out „on demand“.

Considering that members of the EG are experts in their fields of expertise and are therefore exercising a technical watch, they are of course encouraged to report, through their point of Contact (PoC), on any significant development that might affect the practice / development of our sports.

Assignment process and tasks to the Expert Group

  •     The group, via its PoC, is being allocated a task and a related deadline by the FAI Office
  •     The PoC designates the experts to be involved - based on their expertise and qualifications
  •     The PoC requests the cooperation of the chosen experts, with the help of the existing data list
  •     The PoC is responsible for a timely reply to the FAI Office
  •     If needed, experts may directly contact other specialists, e.g. from FAI commissions etc.
  •     The findings of the Expert Groups are being directly passed on to the FAI Office by the PoC

The Expert Groups below have already been established. By clicking on any, you will be able to see the Policy & Goals as well as the members of the Group.

Regulation Expert Group

Task List 2014

Policy

The FAI shall work to promote regulations that facilitate air sports activities, and actively oppose regulations that cause unnecessary restrictions, deter growth or hinder expansion of air sports.

Goals

The FAI Regulation Expert Group shall:

  • Examine present and planned regulations affecting air sports activities, promoting regulatory changes that improve safety, flexibility, service and economy
  • Support FAI Members (NACs) and regional air sports organizations in influencing their regulatory bodies for the benefit of air sports activities and development
  • Work to prevent and eliminate unnecessary regulatory restrictions on air sports activities
  • Liaise with the Air Sport Commissions in regulatory matters for improved understanding of regulatory issues affecting air sports activities
  • Suggest effective FAI representation at international and/or regional organizations when important regulatory matters are being addressed, and assist in such representation if so requested by the FAI Executive Board

Members

 
Otto Lagarhus Point of Contact Norway
 
Philip Bärtschi Member Switzerland
 
Roy Beisswenger Member USA
 
Richard Fortier Member Canada
 
Jan Fridrich Member Czech Rep.
 
Ronald Schnitker Member Netherlands
 
Bengt Sjödahl Member Sweden
 
Mary Anne Stevens Member Canada