CIVA Committees and Working Groups

How we work:

Each year at the CIVA Plenary Conference, delegates and other attendees are encouraged to put their names forward for consideration as members of the committees and working groups that have been established to manage many of CIVA's core responsibilities. In each case there is a chairman supported by a fixed number of members, who will act together to provide solutions in the specific areas that their duties cover.

Clearly it is an honour to be appointed to one of these positions. Candidates are expected to work on behalf of their plenary colleagues and the world aerobatic community in support of the committee or working group that they wish to join. While their chairman may ask them to respond to specific tasks, it is their own responsibility to seek out areas where improvements or developments could be of benefit to the operation of aerobatic championships and lesser events, and to make a positive effort to move the subject forward.

Everything that happens within the CIVA environment is a direct result of the inspiration and effort made by the dedicated people whose names you see below in one or more of these management teams. This list also provides direct access to each chairman, to whom all enquiries and suggestions should in the first place be directed.

The Rules Committee (RC)

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RC Chairman:
Matthieu Roulet, FRA     Email
Members:
Elena Klimovich, RUS
Hanspeter Rohner, SUI
Nick Buckenham, GBR
Philippe Küchler, SUI
Pierre Varloteaux, FRA

The Rules Committee is responsible for the development of Section-6 Part-1 regulations and all associated documents, and manages the mid-year RC & JC meeting to assess the suitability of proposed regulatory changes in advance of their detailed review and adoption / rejection by the CIVA plenary each year.

The Judging Committee (JC)

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JC Chairman:
Pierre Varloteaux, FRA  Email
Members:
Elena Klimovich, RUS
John Gaillard, RSA
Mikhail Mamistov, RUS
Philippe Küchler, SUI
Vladimir Machula, CZE

The JC appoints international judges for all CIVA championships, monitors judging standards, reviews and develops aerobatic judging regulations for best practice, and reports to the CIVA plenary each year.

The Catalogue Committee (CC)

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CC Chairman:
Manfred Echter, GER  Email
Members:
Anatoly Belov, RUS
Brian Howard, USA
Madelyne Delcroix, FRA
Pekka Havbrandt, SWE
Pierre Varloteaux, FRA

The CC monitors the power and glider Aresti Aerobatic Catalogues for appropriate content, reviews and assesses proposals for new figures, and provides its recommendations to the CIVA plenary each year.

The Known Figures Analysis Working Group (KAWG)

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KAWG Chairman:
Elena Klimovich, RUS  Email
Members:
Alan Cassidy, GBR
Coco Bessiere, FRA
Mikhail Mamistov, RUS
Nigel Hopkins, RSA
Rob Holland, USA

The KAWG (for power) and the GAC (for gliders) take the Free Known 5-figure master sets submitted by NAC’s each year as the basis for their considerations. Changes are allowed and additional sets may be created to meet annual requirements. Each body (KAWG and GAC) submits a proposal to the annual plenary conference with up to 5 (five) sets of master figures per category, with critical assessments and sample sequences to illustrate their scope and suitability and provide guidance to delegates in their selection of one master set per category for the following year.

The Glider Aerobatic Committee (GAC)

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GAC Chairman:
Manfred Echter, GER  Email
Members:
Ferenc Toth, HUN
Jerzy Makula, POL
Madelyne Delcroix, FRA
Pekka Havbrandt, SWE
Philippe Küchler, SUI

The GAC is responsible for all aspects of CIVA's glider aerobatic regulations, including review and submission of glider Free Known figure master sets as described for the KAWG below, and provides its recommendations to the CIVA plenary each year.

The FairPlay System Working Group (FPWG)

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FPS W/G Chairman:
Nick Buckenham, GBR  Email
Members:
Doug Lovell, USA
Gilles Guillemard, FRA
Mikhail Mamistov, RUS
Vladimir Machula, CZE

Development of the FairPlay System as operated by CIVA's championship results calculation software is controlled by this working group, which reports its recommendations to the plenary each year.

The Strategic Planning Group (SPG)

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SPG Chairman:
Nick Buckenham, GBR  Email
Members:
Alan Cassidy, GBR
Elena Klimovich, RUS
Matthieu Roulet, FRA
Mike Heuer, USA

The SPG reviews, develops and reports on matters of strategic value to CIVA's operational status at all international aerobatic championships, and provides its recommendations to the plenary each year.

The Information and Communication Technology Committee (ICTC)

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ICTC Chairman:
Vladimir Machula, CZE  Email
Members:
Kari Kemppi, FIN
Nick Buckenham, GBR
Peter Rounce, GBR
Philippe Küchler, SUI

The ICTC monitors and reviews all IT and communication systems operated at CIVA championships, and provides its recommendations to the CIVA plenary each year.

The Contest Organisation Working Group (COWG)

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COWG Chairman:
Nick Buckenham, GBR  Email
Members:
Elena Klimovich, RUS
Madelyne Delcroix, FRA
Vladimir Machula, CZE

The COWG monitors the operational use and correctness of working practices carried out by Contest Organisers and CIVA officers at CIVA championships in accordance with Section-6 and other regulations, and reports upon their effectiveness to the plenary each year.