A piedrahitai Siklóernyős világversenyen egy nap alatt történt két halálos baleset miatt, az FAI vezetése úgy döntött, hogy a jövőben csak széria ernyőkkel lehet majd FAI 1-es versenyeken indulni. A besorolás nélküli versenyernyőket a baleset-veszélyességük miatt, a jövőben nem engedi versenyezni.
12th FAI World Paragliding Championships come to a close.
As a result of the tragic events in the second task of this FAI event, and after due consideration of all the information available, the CIVL Bureau has decided, under its executive powers, and with the full support of the FAI Executive Board, to suspend the certification of Competition Class Paragliders, with immediate effect.
As a result, the organisers have decided that it is not possible to continue with further tasks that meet the aims of World and Continental championships, as set out in the FAI Sporting Code. The two tasks flown to date are both valid under the rules and are therefore sufficient to meet the minimum requirements set out in Section 7B.
The 12th FAI World Paragliding Championship is therefore considered to have been validated.
The closing ceremony and prize-giving will be held tomorrow, Saturday, 8th July at 1pm in the main square. The CIVL President has thanked the safety working group formed by the pilots and team leaders, for all their work on developing ideas to improve safety. He believes there are some very useful ideas there that we hope the relevant CIVL subcommittees will follow up.
The Jury President, Vitor Pinto, and other CIVL Officials present have stated that, the organising team has made every effort to comply with the FAI Sporting Code which covers all aspects of competition rules and safety considerations for FAI 1st Category events. These include the new and complex rules introduced this year for Competition Class paragliders. “We greatly appreciate the excellent work of the organisers and we are all deeply disappointed that, through no fault of the organising team, that this competition has resulted in such a sad outcome, ”Mr Pinto commented. Competition Director, Steve Ham, also announced that the organising team is preparing a bid to run the first FAI World Paragliding XC Championship in Serial Class , here in Piedrahita at this time next year, “The CIVL President has told us that he welcomes the proposed bid and that the CIVL Bureau will be favourably disposed towards it,” he said.
Jose Luis Diaz Iraeta – Event Director Steve Ham – Competition Director
Suspension of Certification – Competition Class Paragliders
Due to recent incidents at the 12th FAI Paragliding World Championship in Piedrahita, Spain the CIVL Bureau has temporarily suspended the certification of Competition Class Paragliders with immediate effect.
This suspension means that paragliders classified as Competition Class under Rule 22.214.171.124 of Section 7B of the FAI Sporting Code are not permitted to fly in FAI Category 1 championships for the period of the suspension.
Organisers of FAI Category 2 events are also strongly advised to consider whether Competition Class paragliders should be permitted to compete in events with racing tasks for the period of the suspension.
08 July 2011 John Aldridge CIVL President.
As organizers of the XC-Open World Series we will follow the advice of the CIVL Bureau and not permit Competition Class paragliders in XC-Open events anymore. This will come into effect from the XC-Open Serra de Estrela e Mirandela on which will take place from August 27 to September 03 2011 in Portugal. For liability reasons we think there is no other decision possible. My own Competition Class paraglider will be retired and I will fly a Serial Class glider as well.
There are 4 pilots concerned who have registered with Competition Class paragliders for the 2011 XC-Open Serra de Estrela e Mirandela. We offer to support them to get a Serial Class wing from their manufacturer in time for the 2011 XC-Open Serra de Estrela e Mirandela or alternatively we will return the entry fee if they wish.
Our deepest condolences go to the families and friends of the two pilots who died in the paragliding World Championships in Piedrahita. Tato Vargas and Eitel von Muhlenbrock rest in piece.
More news about the 2012 XC-Open World Series events and venues will follow soon.
Hans Bausenwein and Andreas Rieck
Organizers of the XC-Open World Series