CIVA has a new President

The CIVA plenary conference in Budapest over the October 24/25 weekend was well supported and took a full two days to complete. A report of the key actions and agreements by CIVA secretary Hanna Raiha is now available here on this website, and a full set of minutes for the meeting will follow in due course. The meeting was chaired by John Gaillard as president Lars Arvidsson was unable to be present, and concluded with the election of two new CIVA bureau officers and a new president Nick Buckenham from the UK.


Among the many changes to our operating regulations agreed during the two days were -

  • The new "Free Known" concept for programme-1 in all categories was approved, and thus the long established Known or "Q" programme-1 and the Free programme-2 are consigned to the history books. From now forward aerobatic pilots will design their own Free Known sequence from 5 Master figures plus 5 figuresothers that they must select and add themselves so that the whole 10-figure sequence conforms to the current Free regulations for their category in terms of versatility, non-repetition of catalogue numbers etc. The maximum K per sequence is a little higher than before however as all these new sequences have 10 figures in place of the previous 9. Also of course the 5 figure Master sets for each category were selected, and these will be published in Section-6 parts 1 and 2 in due course.
  • CIVA Rules Committee chairman Matthieu Roulet will create a new 'Requirements' document that will contain mandatory instructions for organisers that will be drawn from Section-6 and also the Guide to Contest Organisation. This will remove from them all those items that are primarily directed at championship organisers rather than competitors and contest officials, putting them conveniently in one place and making their application simpler to manage.
  • A good range of championship bids was discussed and approved, as far forward even as 2018 for the WGAC in the Czech republic. The so-far missing 2016 EAC will now be at Moravska Trebova (LKMK) in the Czech Republic from 20th to 28th August.
  • Forward notice of at least one 2016 FAI Special Aerobatic Event (FSAE) in South Africa was given, with a good prospect for one or even two more. If successful these will certainly help to improve the CIVA financial reserves and thus the commission's ability to fund other aspects of seasonal commitment to its official duties.
  • The revised new Bureau of CIVA comprises John Gaillard (South Africa), Pik Kuechler (Switzerland), Matthieu Roulet (France) and Castor Fantoba (Spain), with Treasurer Jurgen Leukefeld (Germany) and secretaries Hanna Raiha (Finland) and Zuzana Danihelova (Czech Republic).

On behalf of the new CIVA Bureau and all other serving officers of the commission, I wish everyone associated with aerobatic competition flying the very best for the next 12 months.

Nick Buckenham
CIVA President