CIVA Meets in Oshkosh

The FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) met in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA on 16-18 October 2009 and discussed a broad range of issues, considered proposals for 2010, and accepted bids from contest organizers for next year. CIVA President Mike Heuer will be writing about the meeting shortly on his blog and the Minutes of the meeting will be published here as soon as possible. The CIVA meeting started with rides in the EAA's Ford Trimotor on Friday, 16 October, informal discussions, and then the Sport Aviation Hall of Fame ceremonies in the Eagle Hangar of the Museum. Famed test pilot and airshow performer Bob Hoover was inducted into the Aerobatics Hall of Fame and had the opportunity to meet many of the CIVA Delegates. Details on the decisions taken at the CIVA meeting will be coming shortly.

Known Proposals for 2010 Up for Comments

The package of Known sequence proposals for the 2010 FAI Aerobatic Championships season is now available. The Knowns (also called "Programme Q" in Power) will be flown at the Power and Glider competitions that are scheduled next year. On the calendar are the European Aerobatic Championships (Unlimited Power), the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships (Power), the very first World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships, and the European Glider Aerobatic Championships. No YAK 52 Championships is scheduled for 2010 though a sequence proposal does appear in the package. The package can be downloaded by clicking on the attachment tab below. Comments regarding these proposals should be made directly to your national CIVA Delegate. The list of Delegates can be found on this website by clicking on "Delegates" above.

CIVA to Meet in Oshkosh

EAA Aviation CenterCIVA will hold its annual plenary meeting this year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA -- the home of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the largest aviation event in the world, EAA AirVenture. The meeting will take place on 17-18 October 2009. The meeting will be preceded by the Sport Aviation Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremonies on Friday night, 16 October. Delegations to CIVA are invited to attend. This year's Aerobatics Hall of Fame inductee will be Bob Hoover, famous airshow and test pilot who was known for his performances in the P-51 "Mustang" and Shrike Commander. Bob's aerobatic flying career dates back to World War II. He will be the featured speaker at the ceremonies which will also induct other sport aviation notables. The plenary will be held in the new "Founder's Wing" at the EAA Aviation Center in Oshkosh. Agenda packages for the meeting can be found at www.fai.org/aerobatics/meetings/2009. The meeting will discuss rules changes for 2010, bids for future Championships, and will review reports from this year's competition season.

Ecalle, Klimovich, and the French Team Win at WAC

Renaud Ecalle swept to victory at WAC in Silverstone and is the new 2009 World Aerobatic Champion. The classical competition was declared complete tonight with no time left to fly remaining programmes. Elena Klimovich won the Women's World Champion title. Team winner is France. Full details can be found on the President's Page.

WAC Updates

To read the daily updates and news from the 25th FAI World Aerobatic Championships in Silverstone, United Kingdom, see the "The President's Page". These news items will be kept active for several months for those who wish to read about the WAC and the events that took place at Silverstone. Final results are available at www.civa-results.com.

EAAC Finishes and Daniel Ryfa new Champion

Daniel Ryfa - 2009 European Advanced ChampionThe 6th European Advanced Aerobatic Championships finished today in Radom, Poland and the new European Advanced Champion is Daniel Ryfa of Sweden. Daniel flew a YAK-55M to final victory in the competition. In second place was Anton Berkutov of Russia (SP-55) and third place winner was Simon Fick of France. 17 countries participated in the event including Sweden, Russia, France, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Great Britain, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Finland, Belarus, Italy, Portugal, Austria, Romania, and Slovakia - some of these for the first time. Daniel Ryfa in his YAK 55MTeam Champions were (1) France, (2) Russia, and (3) Czech Republic. 46 pilots and 1 independent flew in the event which started on August 6th. Congratulations to the winners! Results are attached here in PDF. Full results can be viewed at www.civa-results.com

EAAC Free Unknowns Published

The Contest Director of the European Advanced Aerobatic Championships, Stano Bajzik, in cooperation with Jury President Jiri Kobrle have announced that four "Free Unknown" sequences have been published for pilots to fly beginning tomorrow, 12 August, in Radom, Poland. The "Free Unknown" concept is new to Power aerobatics this year. Figures are selected by Teams, as in the past, but then sequences can then be submitted to the Jury, checked and published. Pilots can then choose from the available Free Unknowns. The four EAAC Free Unknowns are available below as attachments for download in PDF. EAAC pilots and officials have the day off today due to weather conditions in Poland.

Aresti Cup Presented

The Aresti CupThe 25th World Aerobatic Championships were completed on 29 August 2009 in Silverstone, United Kingdom and over 60 pilots competed to win aerobatics' most important award, the Aresti Cup. The Aresti Cup, donated by Col. Jose L. Aresti of Spain to the FAI in the 1960's, is presented to the World Aerobatic Champion. The trophy was first awarded in 1964 to Tomas Castaňo of Spain. Not only the most prestigious award given in competition, the Aresti Cup is also a work of art --- created in silver with gold embellishments and featuring gold coins around its diameter symbolizing member nations of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. The trophy is topped with a golden globe which featured Col. Aresti's favorite aircraft, the Bücker Jungmeister, but which has now been lost to time. The names of past Champions are engraved around the base of the trophy. Jose L. Aresti (shown right with the Cup) was the creator and author of the “Aresti Aerocryptographic System”, still in use today in all aerobatic competitions. The Cup was presented to the new 2009 World Aerobatic Champion, Renaud Ecalle of France during closing ceremonies at Silverstone on the evening of 29 August 2009. See the "President's Page" for daily accounts of what took place at WAC. Renaud Ecalle of France, 2009 World Aerobatic Champion

EAAC Continues -- First Unknown Completed

The European Advanced Aerobatic Championships is on schedule with a day off set for Tuesday, 11 August due to rain in the Radom area. Simon Fick of France now holds first place after the completion of two flight programmes. Fick flies the CAP 231, F-GVFF. The 1st Unknown sequence is published here as an attachment and be downloaded by clicking the Attachment button below. The last programme of the Championships will be the Free Unknown, the first year this new programme has been tried at Power Championships. While these types of sequences have been flown for sometime in Glider competitions, it is new to the Power aerobatic world in 2009. Four countries submitted Free Unknown sequences. Pilots can choose from any of the four for their flights. Results of the EAAC can be found at www.civa-results.com.

EAAC Underway in Poland

The 6th European Advanced Aerobatic Championships is now underway at Piastow Airfield in Radom, Poland. 46 pilots and one independent (also called "Hors Concours" pilots or H/C) have entered the event from 15 countries. The contest is under the direction of Stanislav Bajzik of the Czech Republic. Chief Judge is Pavol Kavka of Slovakia. Countries entering EAAC are Belgium, Belarus, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, and Sweden. YAK 55As of this writing, Programme Q has been completed and Programme 1 (the Free) is just about complete. The Programme Q Gold Medal winner was Tamas Nadas of Hungary flying an Extra 300LP. Teams also submitted their proposals for the 1st Unknown and the Jury has made its selection. This is available as a PDF download below. Flying of the 1st Unknown will likely begin tomorrow, 10 August. This will also be the first year an Advanced Championships will incorporate a "Free Unknown". Teams can submit sequences based on a fixed set of figures that are also submitted by Teams at a special briefing. Pilots are then allowed to choose any of the sequences proposed by Teams after they have been checked for legality. Complete results can be found at www.civa-results.com.

World Elite Aerobatic Formula in Romania

The second World Elite Aerobatic Formula was flown in Romania on July 11th. The first event was held in January 2008 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and was the first test of a new set of rules for aerobatic competition designed by Jurgis Kairys of Lithuania. This year's event in Romania was called the "Mamaia World Elite Aerobatic Formula" as it was held at the coastal resort of Mamaia before a large crowd of spectators along the beach. Eight pilots flew for a board of three judges or "scorers". Chief Judge was Quintin Hawthorne of South Africa. The pilots were Castor Fantoba (ESP), Svetlana Kapanina (RUS), Zoltan Veres (HUN), Renaud Ecalle (FRA), Pierre Marmy (SUI), Hubie Tolson (USA), Philipp Steinbach (GER), and Tom Cassells (GBR). Most of these pilots are going on to compete in the World Aerobatic Championships in Silverstone, UK, in mid-August. The WEAF consists of two flights -- the first called "Aerobatics Against Time (AAT)" and the second "Aerobatics Freestyle (AF)". Details on the rules for the event can be found at www.aerobaticformula.com along with a superb gallery of photos and videos of the Mamaia competition. Winner was Castor Fantoba of Spain flying the Sukhoi. Castor is an airline pilot, Captain on the Boeing 757, an airshow performer, and member of the Spanish Aerobatic Team. This event is tough and demanding but has great spectator appeal as well and as proven in Romania. More WEAF competitions are planned for the future and are sanctioned by the FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) as Second Category competitions. Castor Fantoba of Spain