Category: News

Championship Covid Update

2021 Championship entry process developments We are very pleased to say that during an extremely constructive discussion held recently via Zoom with the 2021 organisers, some positive changes were agreed that are now being implemented through revised Bulletins on their websites. The aim has been to de-risk the financial commitment that entering a championship naturally entails by revising the entry procedure to the following position – A new Deadline Date 4 to 6 weeks prior to the start of each…

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CIVA’s new “Open Tour Series”

Following discussions earlier this year among Bureau members, CIVA has developed a new concept in regional aerobatic competitions to be known as the CIVA Open Tour Series or COTS. The aim is to run a linked set of national contests, initially only for Unlimited Power pilots, where a simpler set of programmes than usual at FAI aerobatic championships will be run for a limited field of competitors so that the overall event duration can be reduced to a little over…

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Section 6 Regulations for 2021

Both of these key documents are now published and available from the Document Store here, and from the CIVA Documents page of the FAI / CIVA website.

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CIVA 2020 Plenary Minutes are published

After the usual period for careful reflection and collection of the necessary information, the CIVA 2020 Plenary Minutes are now available for download from the Plenary Archive page. This year’s online version of our annual gathering was a considerable success, and our growing experience with Zoom will, as promised, lead to some interim meetings in virtual space during the year, probably a few weeks before the championships start and then a similar period after they are all done, on dates…

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The History of Aerobatics

Developed from scripts by Manfred Echter for gliders and Dave Farley for power pilots, we now have two excellent pages explaining how aerobatic flying has developed into such an astonishing sport during the century since mankind became properly airborne after the early hot-air balloon stage. Take a moment to visit our new Power and Glider Aerobatics pages on the Championships menu and tell us what you think of them.

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Plenary 2020 Review

After many weeks of preparation and planning, CIVA’s first Zoom-centred online plenary conference quickly became an excellent forum for debate and the conclusion of a wide range of topics. The opening Free Discussion session on Friday was well supported, extremely useful and could even have over-run the allotted two hours, while the ensuing four Saturday and Sunday sessions – two each day – were fully stretched to see us through the usual lengthy agenda of items. A major departure from…

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Power Free Known figure proposals for 2021

The CIVA KAWG (Known Assessment Working Group) has now assembled all the proposals that have been submitted, and these are available for download from the Documents menu via the item ‘Free Known figures for 2021’ or you can get to the page directly using this link The final selection in each of the three categories – Intermediate / Yak-52, Advanced and Unlimited – will be made during the CIVA plenary conference early in November. Be sure to discuss and review…

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Rules Proposals Package for 2021

The CIVA Rules Committee and the Glider Aerobatic Committee have now finalised the package of proposals submitted by delegates, and this document is available to read here . Despite the major reduction in competitive flying this year due to international Covid-19 restrictions, no less than twenty-six proposals have been assembled from seven countries. As usual these will be formally reviewed at a joint Rules, Judging and Glider Committee meeting, almost certainly to be a ‘virtual’ affair in August at a…

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ALL CIVA 2020 CHAMPIONSHIPS NOW DEFERRED TO 2021

The CIVA Bureau has now been advised by the Polish WGAC / WAGAC organisers that this event will also be deferred into 2021, the national and international Covid-19 restrictions in place making it effectively impossible to stage this dual-category event as expected. As revised information and the updated calendar for 2021 and the following years becomes available it will be posted on the CIVA News Approved Forward Championship List.

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Advice on the Coronavirus from CIVA

As the effects of this extraordinary virus continue to spread throughout the world and impact all our lives, the CIVA Bureau has issued an advisory statement that you can read on the Approved Forward Championships page. We urge you to develop and adopt the safest health and working practices that you can, and of course look forward to seeing you all again when this crisis has reached a concluding stage. Stay safe, Nick Buckenham

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