WACL signing ceremony in China

Published: 2nd Oct 2016 by Civa News

Many months of negotiations between CIVA President Nick Buckenham and British and Chinese executives from World Air Carnival Ltd., a UK based company dedicated to mounting a new series of aerobatic "World Air Master" (WAM) and "Formation Aerobatic Challenge" (FAC) tournaments in China, have now culminated in a formal agreement between CIVA and WACL to jointly manage these events.

At a ceremony in China recently Vice President John Gaillard represented CIVA along with FAI Executive Board member Gillian Rayner, WACL's Managing Director Mark Jefferies and WACL principal Siyu Jiang together with Air Sports Federation of China (ASFC) executives and other notable Chinese sport aviation leaders to formalise the inauguration of these two extremely exciting new concepts.

In practice WACL will secure arrangements with various cities and provinces in Asia to stage these events, sharing the management and control of each one with a team of CIVA judges, jury and scoring staff. Approval for the initial 16 pilot WAM event scheduled to run at Changsha in November this year is imminent, and an inaugural FAC is planned to take place at Zhengzhou at the end of April 2017. At WAM tournaments at least one in five of the competitors selected by WACL must be experienced CIVA championship pilots, while for the WFAC events resourcing is expected to draw broadly from among the many well-known international formation aerobatic display teams.

This represents a significant step for CIVA into new territory beyond its well established classical championship culture, enabling the commission to apply its expertise in a more commercially based environment and as a consequence is set to enjoy the rich benefits that this great opportunity offers.

Further reading

CIVA 2024 Plenary Conference Bulletin #1 published

The first Bulletin for our forthcoming Plenary Conference, which will take place on November 2nd and 3rd at the Hellenic Air Force Academy…

Read more

CIVA 2024 Proposals Package published

The assembled package of Proposals for review by the Rules, Judging and Glider Aerobatics Committees has been published and can be downloaded from…

Read more

Section-6 Part-1 2024 for Power Aerobatics published

After the usual careful development interval, we are very pleased to announce that the 2024 version of CIVA’s Section-6 Part-1 Regulations for Power…

Read more

Next event:

26th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championship 2024



Are you hosting an aerobatic event?

Our aim is to provide forward information for everyone with an interest in aerobatic competition flying.

For this however we do need your help, so please make sure that your Aerobatic Club or National Airsport Control sends us details of all competitions that are open to pilots and/or judges from other countries and we’ll add them to our Championship Calendar so that they get the widest circulation possible.

Showcase your aerobatic photos

We are always looking for photos and videos of exciting or important aerobatic moments to use as page headers or in linked articles. Simply click on the button and submit your hi-res images or videos and we’ll use whatever we can.

Of course, if you see anything else that needs an update or a change then let us know by email - contact@civa-news.com - and we’ll attend to it right away.

Scroll to Top