CIVA Championship Schedule Finalised

The Forward Championships Calendar Following a period to allow delegates to review and comment on the proposed new schedule of events that take…

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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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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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