17 May 2018

CCC Paragliders 2018 Revision 1.9 is published on website

The revision 1.9 of  CIVL Competition Class (CCC) Paragliders permitted in FAI Category 1 Cross-Country events has been published on the website.

Change Log of the amendments approved by the Plenary 2018:

1. Section added emphasising that it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure the gliders they sell are safe enough for the pilots they sell them to, and the pilot's responsibility to make sure they remain in safe condition.

2. Section 1.1.4 added to emphasise the requirement for all CCC wings to pass 23G theoretical load test (level playing field, ease of entry for new manufacturers).

3. Section 1.1.6 change from scaling based on tested 90 kg to tested 95 kg wing

4. Section 1.1 closing para changed to make the timings consistent and specify multiple sizes at Cat1 (<=95 kg max TOW and>=125 kg max TOW required in order to compete at Cat1)

5. Section 5.2 subsections 5.4 and 5.6 clarification and emphasis on the requirement for all wings to pass 23G theoretical load test.

6. Section 6, 6.2 a, b, c requirement for multiple sizes for Cat 1 entry.

7. Figure 4, replaced with a clearer figure of the test. This figure includes the required limiters, the old figure had other limiters left in (it was a figure from a glider manual), those other limiters are not required by CCC, the one in this figure is the required CCC speed limiter.

8. Section 8.2 load test again

9. Section 8.3.2 part 3 minimum strength for lines (20 daN) specified to be the new (ie pre-bending) strength (the CCC 2016 specification did not specify ‘new’ and could have been misinterpreted to disallow 20 kg kevlar upper brake lines, which would have pushed manufacturers to replace those with dyneema lines of the same diameter that have nasty tangling issues). Also specifies 100 kg main brake line – we have seen main brake line failures where pilots use thinner weaker lines – they rub on the pulleys.

10. Section part 4, added requirement for a marking on top of the canopy to determine whether a sufficiently large front tuck has been achieved during the frontal collapse test – if the line can be seen by the pilot (or pilot camera) during the collapse then it has.

11. Section 9.5.3 and 9.5.4 clarified high-speed condition for pitch stability test – CCC 2016 stated ‘full speed’ erroneously. The intention was always to do all the high-speed tests at the limiter-defined certification speed.

12. Section 9.5.5 specifies that test pilots may keep the controls in their hands during tests, for safety reasons. Control extensions may be added if necessary.

13. Section 9.5.7 and 9.5.8 tightening up of the deep stall test to require that the glider fails if it does not recover within 5 seconds without pilot action (previously it only failed if it did not recover after 3 seconds without pilot action and then within 5 seconds after the initiation of pilot action – too long). This will make the gliders significantly safer.

Please find the document in the folder CCC Paraglider Certification below.