Catalogue Revisions Available for 2008

At its plenary meeting in October 2007, CIVA agreed to amendments to the Aresti Catalogue in Family 2 (turns and rolling turns). These amendments are to both the glider and power catalogues and will affect all competitors flying in FAI Championships in 2008. The changes, along with amended pages, are found on the "Documents" page and will remain on this website pending publication of the amended pages by Aresti System, SL of Spain.

CIVA Known/Q Sequences for 2008 Finalized

The 2008 Programme Q sequences for powered aerobatics (Advanced, Unlimited, and YAK 52) and Known sequence for glider aerobatics are now available. They can be downloaded in various formats on the CIVA Known Q Sequences web page. These sequences will be in effect on 1 January 2008 and will be used at the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships (USA), the European Aerobatic Championships (Czech Republic), the European Glider Aerobatic Championships (Poland), and the World YAK 52 Aerobatic Championships (Russia).

CIVA to Meet in Vilnius, Lithuania

The FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) will convene its plenary meeting in a few days time in Vilnius, Lithuania. The meeting is being organized by the Lithuanian Aerobatic Federation headed by Algimantas Zentelis and will be held on 27-28 October at the Reval Hotel Lietuva. Informal discussions will be held the day before starting at 16.00. The plenary will begin promptly at 09.00 on each day.


Known Sequence Proposals for 2008 Now Available

The deadline for the submission of Known compulsory sequence proposals for the 2008 contest year has now passed and a record number of sequences were received. 3 YAK 52, 9 Advanced, 6 Unlimited, and 1 Glider proposals will be considered by CIVA when it meets on 27-28 October 2007 in Vilnius, Lithuania. The proposals are also being distributed to expert panels of judges, pilots, and coaches who will provide their own input to CIVA Delegates to assist them in their choices. The file with all the sequences is available for download as agenda package 7 on the 2007 Meeting page. Members of the aerobatic community are encouraged to submit their comments directly to their CIVA national delegates.

Kaminskiy Wins World Glider Aerobatic Champion Title

Georgiy Kaminskiy of Russia is the new World Glider Aerobatic Champion. The final results of the WGAC became official today at 13.30 local time in Niederoeblarn, Austria. Kaminskiy was followed by Ferenc Toth of Hungary in second place and former World Glider Aerobatic Champion Jerzy Makula of Poland in third place. The winning team was Hungary, followed by Russia and Germany. The WGAC concludes tonight in special closing ceremonies and awards givings at the airport. Full results can be found at http://civaweb.mwebservices.net/

WGAC Known is Completed

The Known flight programme at the 12th World Glider Aerobatic Championships has been completed. Jerzy Makula of Poland, several times World Champion, has taken first place in the flight. The 1st Unknown programme will begin this afternoon. Detailed results can be found at http://civaweb.mwebservices.net/

12th World Glider Aerobatic Championships Opens Today

The 12th World Glider Aerobatic Championships (WGAC) opens tonight in Niederoeblarn, Austria. This will be the third WGAC held in Austria since the event began in 1985. 51 pilots from 12 countries are competing. While most are from Europe, an American team is also entered in the competition. Pilots are from Austria, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, and the USA.


Leboulanger Captures European Advanced Champion Title

Alexandre Leboulanger won the title of European Advanced Aerobatic Champion in the Championships recently concluded in Joensuu, Finland in late July. Leboulanger flew the CAP 231 to victory. In second place was Tamas Illes of Hungary flying the Edge 540T and in third, Jean-Emmanuel Antal of France in the CAP 231. Team Champions were France followed by Finland and Poland. Altogether, 30 pilots from 9 countries competed in the Championships which was directed by Matti Peura. Chief Judge was Graham Hill of Great Britain. Complete results can be found at http://civaweb.mwebservices.net

Ramon Alonso Captures World Champion Title

Competition flying concluded at the 24th World Aerobatic Championships in Granada, Spain at 20.56 on Tuesday, 3 July, with the final flight of the 2nd Unknown. Because the scores had to be manually entered into the scoring computer on the airfield, final results were not available until after midnight. Ramon Alonso of Spain became the World Aerobatic Champion and captured the Aresti Cup for the first time in his long aerobatic career. The competition was very intense all the way to the end of the event as his victory over Renaud Ecalle of France was by a 16 point margin out of nearly 10,000 points. Alonso flew a Sukhoi in the competition and was formerly a European Aerobatic Champion as well who has been on the competition scene for nearly two decades. A pilot for Iberia on the Airbus A-340, he is one of the most popular personalities on the aerobatic circuit whose warmth and generosity are well known (photo by Graham Hill). The Nesterov Trophy, awarded to the men's winning team, went to France with Spain in second place and Russia in third. The top women's team was Russia followed by the USA. Full results can be found at http://civaweb.mwebservices.net/

WAC Final Freestyle Won by Zach Heffley

Zach Heffley of the USA won the FAI Gold Medal yesterday in the Final Freestyle event at the World Aerobatic Championships in Granada, Spain. Heffley flew a Sukhoi SU-26 to a decisive victory with a 135 point lead over second place winner Ramon Alonso of Spain. In third place was Renaud Ecalle of France. Normally, the Final Freestyle is flown at the conclusion of WAC but CIVA approved the organizer's request to fly it on Sunday, 1 July, as a part of the airshow. The airshow attracted over 30,000 spectators according to local officials who enjoyed the fine showcase of pilot's talents.

WAC Final Freestyle Results Delayed

The results of the Final Freestyle, flown yesterday, have been delayed due to paperwork issues. The International Jury is verifying that the scoresheets are properly identified with each pilot as this information was missing on the sheets. That will be completed this afternoon and the scores will be entered into the computer as soon as possible. It may be tomorrow morning before publication.