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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

CIVA Subcommittees and Working Groups

CIVA Catalogue Sub-Committee
Manfred Echter Chair
Pierre Varloteaux Member France
Madelyne Delcroix Member France
Pekka Havbrandt Member
Brian Howard Member USA
Anatoly Belov Member
CIVA Glider Aerobatics Sub-Committee
Manfred Echter Chair Germany
Jerzy Makula Member Poland
Madelyne Delcroix Member France
Pekka Havbrandt Member Sweden
Philippe Küchler Member Switzerland
Jyrki Viitasaari Member Finland
CIVA Information and Communication Technology Subcommittee
Bernhard Drummer Member
Philippe Küchler Member
Ringo Massa Member
CIVA Judging Sub-Committee
John Louis Gaillard Chair
Pierre Varloteaux Member France
Brian Howard Member USA
Mikhail Mamistov Member Russia
Philippe Küchler Member
CIVA Rules Sub-committee
Matthieu Roulet Chair France
Pierre Varloteaux Member
Michael R. Heuer Member USA
Jürgen Leukefeld Member
Nicholas Harold Buckenham Member United Kingdom
Ringo Massa Member

FAI Aerobatics Commission Bureau


Lars - Göran Arvidsson President of Honour
James M. K. Black President of Honour United Kingdom
Michael R. Heuer President of Honour USA
Castor Fantoba Vice-President
John Louis Gaillard Vice-President
Philippe Küchler Vice-President
Matthieu Roulet Vice-President
Jürgen Leukefeld Treasurer
Zusanna Danihelova Secretary
Hanna Raiha Secretary