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Welcome to Acro Mania!

Welcome to the only independent page on the web dedicated to paragliding aerobatics.
If you have any additions, event announcements, broken link reports, comments, hate mail, remarks, nice photo's/video or whatever; let me know!


Event organizers: if you want to add your event to the event calendar, contact me so I can enable your access permissions for the calendar!
Amateur or professional filmers: if you want me to add your pictures/movies, post your stuff in the forum!
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On this site you can find information about:

  upcoming acro events
  aerobatic tricks (including video and technique descriptions)
  famous acro pilots
  great places to practice acro
  cool video's and photo's
  links to other acro related sites
and last but certainly not least:
  the aerobatic forum

News

Soaring the Dutch Mountains posted by Acromaniac on 10-23-2008 01:15
Finally I bought a new camera, so here's the first movie shot with the Sony SR12:

HD version (1280x720): http://vimeo.com/2032807
Low res version: http://youtube.com/watch?v=G8E1XX3uSkw

Expect more soon (summer is starting here in NZ)!

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Collaboration of Raul Rodriguez and NOVA posted by Acromaniac on 09-12-2008 08:24
New Paragliding Brand: Raul Rodriguez Acro Wings

Austrian paraglider company NOVA announced a cooperation deal with Raul Rodriguez on the 12th of September. Raul Rodriguez is a multiple world champion and one of the world's most famous acro pilots.

The agreement was signed at the “Coupe Icare” flying festival. The collaboration includes the introduction of special acro paragliders under the new brand "Raul Rodriguez Acro Wings". They will be developed, produced and distributed by NOVA. Raul Rodriguez holds the trademark and is in charge of all flying tests and the image of the new brand.

More info: http://www.rracrowings.comand http://www.nova-wings.com

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Mathias Roten posted by Acromaniac on 03-11-2008 11:39
Terrible news... In my opinion the most gifted pilot that walked the earth, or rather flew our skies, is no more:

quote:
"At a loss for words, we report the tragic loss of our beloved friend and Speed Flying team leader, Mathias Roten. Mathias passed away last Friday while test flying a new glider in the Lötschental, Switzerland"


Read more

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Fly-K2 Expedition Videos posted by Acromaniac on 07-04-2007 00:58
Here's a collection of movies from the Fly-K2 Expedition, where Leroy Westerkamp flew to 7685 meters!

http://www.youtube.com/v/nv9AgKOC_DU
http://www.youtube.com/v/_Tl7-z0L2gI

And another movie on S-W-H (s-w-h.com):

Choose Nederlands (the english page only has a stamp-sized version of the video)
Choose Nieuws -> S-W-H in sponsoring
Then click "Bekijk de (vergrote) film" at the bottom.
Then click "vergroot +" at the top.

Also take a look at Leroy's personal page (dutch) for more video footage and photos.

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Acro NL - New Video! posted by Acromaniac on 05-17-2007 13:02
Yes! Finally, a new video!

During my holiday to the Netherlands I visited my friends and of course flew around a bit. During my stay there was also a Skywalk Testival. I had the opportunity to fly with Richard Gallon (member of the SAT team) and to try out the new Skywalk Acro Proto (based on a Cayenne, I think). Great wing, great dynamics, still needs a bit of trimming but Richard is working on that

Besides flying the Skywalk I of course also flew my new Apco Twister; getting more and more in love with that wing! On one flight we got a bit too intimate and I had to pull out the laundry to cool off...

See the results on either YouTube or download a high(er) quality video here.



It was great to be back in the Netherlands after one and a half year. Seeing all my friends and family, it was great guys, thanks! It's also been very good for my progress in acro: finally some height to burn! New Zealand is great, but with all the soaring sites it is hard to get enough height to practice (safe) acro...

Enjoy the video!

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Short clip with the Twister posted by Acromaniac on 04-26-2007 14:48
Since I still don't have a new camera here a short clip taken with a normal photo camera:

Flying the Twister of Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand

I'm buying a new cam soon, so hopefully some nice vids in the near future!

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New movie by Guillaume Broust posted by Acromaniac on 03-17-2007 09:29
Very cool and funny, the new video from Guillaume featuring Ozone's speedglider the "Bullet":

Click to view!

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Renegades Halfpipe posted by Acromaniac on 03-15-2007 00:00
Yet another crazy renegades trick, the half pipe

More info here

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Broken Toe Acro - DVD Review posted by Acromaniac on 02-19-2007 01:02
I've received the brand new DVD from Enleau O'Connor & Co and you can find the review below. Responses from the DVD producers can be found in between the lines and are indicated by [BTA: ...].


REVIEW

Yes! Finally a DVD that explains the various SIV and (basic) Acro maneuvers in a clear and safe way. Enleau and Ann really put safety first and Enleau is a gifted instructor with the ability to walk you through the maneuvers in a way that every pilot can (or should) understand.

Please click "read more" to read the rest of the review --> read more...

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Apco Twister posted by Acromaniac on 01-16-2007 13:25
I've just received my Twister... Man, what a machine! This is a beast! I'm still training on this wing and have so far only done big wingovers, SAT's, tumbles, loops and helico's (weather has been crap here in NZ because of El Nino), but man, this wing is sweeeeet!

Once my cam returns from the fix-it dudes I will try to shoot some cool new vidz.

If you are interested in buying a Twister, drop me a line. I may be able to give you a good deal!

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AirDrenaline posted by Acromaniac on 12-18-2006 13:06



AirDrenaline, a new movie by Arjan Lensink and Jason Andrews shot in Oludeniz in October 2006.

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On-board with Raul posted by Acromaniac on 11-19-2006 02:03
Click and another cool one: Click!. I just love the induced riser twist to misty flip!

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Fantastic video's of Red Bull Vertigo posted by Acromaniac on 09-08-2006 07:35
Check out the fantastic video's of Red Bull Vertigo on their site: www.redbull-vertigo.com

The paragliding synchro video is absolutely amazing!

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AcroAria 2006 photoreport posted by Acromaniac on 08-29-2006 03:16
Photo's from AcroAria 2006 can be found here!

Thanks to Guido Goeting.

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Dutch Open 2006 & European 2006 posted by Acromaniac on 08-24-2006 14:05
Check out the excellent photo report of the Dutch Open 2006 here, and the European Championships 2006 here!

Thanks to Carla Ammerlaan!

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Vertigo 2006 Photos posted by Acromaniac on 08-22-2006 02:47
A lot of nice photo's of Red Bull Vertigo 2006 can be found here:

SnowFactory.com

Thanks to Thomas Dätwyler.

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Hacked Forum posted by Acromaniac on 08-19-2006 01:53
The acromania.nl forum has been hacked by some lame scriptkiddy thinking he is god but instead just using known vulnerabilities using software made by other (intelligent) people.

This script kiddy managed to send everybody subscribed to the acromania.nl forum an email containing a link to an executable containing a trojan.

DO NOT CLICK ON THE "FREE SOFTWARE LINK" CONTAINED IN THIS EMAIL!

If you DO run this executable, it will open up your computer so the kid can use your computer remotely to tease some other kids. It's all really pathetic, but such is life in the 21st century. All major virusscanners and trojanscanners will detect this trojan and warn you. Therefore, if you update your virusscanner regularly, it is almost impossible for you to run this file and become infected.


My sincere apologies.

The forum will be offline until further notice.


Regards,

Michel.
www.acromania.nl

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WAPR updates posted by Acromaniac on 05-02-2006 09:10
Check the updated World Aerobatic Pilot Ranking here!

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Behind the Water! posted by Acromaniac on 03-13-2006 12:49
Whuhooo, I'm in video mode these days, yet another cool video, including a bit synchro flying! The first video from my new home, New Zealand!


Behind the Water [from EU server]


Behind the Water [from US server]



Of course, you can find this and a lot more video's in the "Me Doing Acro" album and the "Acro Movies" album on the Video page!

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SAT Instruction Video posted by Acromaniac on 03-04-2006 07:33
It took a while, but finally I finished another instruction video. This time SAT... Enjoy!

:blink: You can turn the music off, you know... :blink:


SAT Instruction Video [from EU server]


SAT Instruction Video [from US server]



This video is complementary to the descriptions on the Tricks page, read that first!

Of course, you can find this and a lot more video's in the "Me Doing Acro" album and the "Acro Movies" album on the Video page!

Thanks, Gabriel Vasquez, for the US mirror!

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Acro Aria & Red Bull Vertigo photo's posted by Acromaniac on 02-23-2006 08:14
I just added two new photo albums: Acro Aria 2005 and Red Bull Vertigo 2005.

View the two albums on the Video page!

Many thanks to Fritz Dorninger and Karin Vogt for sharing their photo's!

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2008 World Championship posted by Acromaniac on 02-18-2006 02:40
The CIVL plenary meetings are just over, and our undercover reporter got this world first news:

The 2008 Aerobatic World Championship will be held at Voss, Norway!

Including helicopter droppings and all, so you better start performing and get into the WAPR SOON! Check your current ranking here (although the WAPR's last update was after Acrofolies last year).

Of course, the first world championship will be at Villeneuve this year (see the event calendar).

Good luck everybody!

More info on the CIVL site: Aerobatics

Michel.

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Pre-PWC India 2005 posted by Acromaniac on 12-23-2005 01:57

Pre-PWC India 2005 photo report



Pre-PWC India


Carla Ammerlaan created another nice photo report, this time of the Pre-PWC in Bir Billing India!

Click to see the photo report inside the acromania site, or click for the Full Screen Photo Report.

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AcroAndes 2005 video posted by Acromaniac on 11-12-2005 02:58
The video from the AcroAndes 2005 video is available for download now!

Click here to watch the movie!

Of course, you can find these and a lot more video's in the "Acro Movies" album on the Video page!

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India Movies! posted by Acromaniac on 10-22-2005 23:32
Finally!!! India 2004 Movies

I finished the India 2004 DVD, and I've created some web video's from this DVD for you to download.

Crazy India (3m52s, 28.7MB)


Showing crazy India, and some flying footage



Flying India (5m26s, 41.1MB)


Showing the epic conditions in India



Birds! (4m56s, 37.5MB)


The best footage I ever shot! Flying with vultures up close and personal!



Acro India (3m00s, 21.7MB)


Acro in India!


Let me know what you think (you can post a comment below)!

The videos were shot in Bir Billing, India in October 2004 on a Himalaya Paragliding trip.

The pilots in the movies are:

Luc Akkermans, Hennie Arendsen, Gerald Bockting, Eva Borra, Yvonne Cuijpers, Bruce Grieve, Gerard van Rijn, Vincent Verbon and Michel Verhagen.

You can also buy the complete DVD (1h35m) for only 5 EUR from SkyGliders.nl

Of course, you can find these and a lot more video's in the "Me Doing Acro" album and the "Acro Movies" album on the Video page!

Thanks to Daniel for hosting the movies.

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British & Czech Open 2005 posted by Acromaniac on 09-23-2005 01:14

British & Czech Open 2005 photo report



British Open 2005



Czech Open 2005



Carla Ammerlaan created a nice photo report of the British (Long Mynd, UK) & Czech Open (Tolmin, Slovenia) 2005. Click to see the British Open or the Czech Open

Full screen versions: British Open -=- Czech Open

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Acro show over the lake of Rossinière posted by Acromaniac on 09-16-2005 01:16
The Fat Acro Team is organizing an acro show over the lake of Rossinière (near Villeneuve), on saturday (the 17th of september!.

So if you are near Switzerland and have time, join them. There will be food and a big party at night with some bands.

There are already about 25 acro pilots attending the show.



Attention all pilots: David Gétaz of the Fat Acro Team needs your help:


Hi everybody, I'm student in an economics school from Switzerland and I'm doing a market study on the paragliding market. Could you please click on the link below and answer the questions? It will take about 10 minutes.

English Survey

French Survey



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Dutch Open 2005 Photo Report posted by Acromaniac on 07-22-2005 01:34

Dutch Open 2005 photo report




Carla Ammerlaan created a nice photo report of the Dutch Open 2005 in Piedrahita, Spain. Click to see the photo report!

Click here for the full screen version of the photo report.

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Winter Acro posted by Acromaniac on 06-07-2005 23:30
Two movies of a little acro demo Jerome Canaud and I gave March 6 2005 in Zwiep in the Netherlands.



Click here to see the movie made by Gerard Tiben; Zwiep Acro

Click here to see the movie made by Willem van den Brink; Acro Demo

More video's from Willem can be downloaded here: www.willems-place.com/video.htm


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Action Air Sports Kick Off posted by Acromaniac on 05-24-2005 00:00
Action Air Sport, a new paragliding school in the Netherlands held their official opening Kick Off on 22 may 2005. The resulting images are hilarious and beautiful. Beautiful & dramatic Dutch skies (click full story to see more photo's):



All photo's by Claus van den Hoek.

BTW: Look at the sky on the pictures:

Ed Revenberg, a dutch paraglider pilot, flew 125 km that day (a new dutch record)
Koos de Keijzer, a dutch hangglider pilot, flew 220 km that day (another new dutch record)
read more...

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Antoine Montant posted by Acromaniac on 05-21-2005 22:33
Very, very, very cool movie by Antoine Montant. Infinite tumbling, anyone?

Click here to view the movie!


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World Championship 2005 posted by Acromaniac on 04-14-2005 00:46

World Championship 2005 photo report




Carla Ammerlaan, the dutch teamleader, created a nice photo report of the Paragliding World Championship 2005 in Brasil. Click to see the photo report!

Click here for the full screen version of the photo report.


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Official 2005 FAI documents posted by Acromaniac on 04-08-2005 01:22

Official 2005 FAI documents




The official 2005 FAI rules & regulations regarding the aerobatic competitions can be downloaded here (as well as on the tricks page):

Competition rules (complete doc)
Official Manoeuvres 2005
Release of liability waiver
Glider Manufacturer Authorization form (same as 2004)
Scoring Example (same as 2004)
Proposal for new manouvre

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FLY K2 Expedition posted by Acromaniac on 01-19-2005 01:37
We've been a little bit quiet lately, but not without a reason...

The acromania.nl team will be joining an international team of paragliding pilots on a journey never seen before!

Check out all the information on the new website:

fly-k2.com



or download the expedition document.



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Some video's back online posted by Acromaniac on 12-15-2004 02:11
Thanks to Daniel from hungary (see his website) who generously sponsored some webspace and bandwidth, the following movies are back online:

Wagas Festival 2004
Acro Accous
xmas 2003 (Diedamskopf), low & high bandwidth
The famous Cb-Man movie
Helicopter failures
Accous acro flying penis cam
and the Bad Stall movie.

If you have some webspace and bandwidth for share, let me know. It should be a high bandwidth connection and please be aware data traffic on your site will increase bigtime...

Again, thanks Daniel!

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Acromania Bankrupt? posted by Acromaniac on 11-30-2004 01:41
Acromania.nl attracts on average 180 unique visitors each day from over 50 countries worldwide who download a total of 60 GB per month.

This is a great opportunity for companies that want to put a (small) advertisement on this webpage. If you are interested (or know anyone that could be interested), please contact me as soon as possible!

Acromania.nl is a free, non-commercial website dedicated to paragliding aerobatics. I like to keep it that way, but that has become impossible without some small advertisements to cover the expenses of the server space and bandwitdh hosting.


As of today, I'm pulling all but the latest movie offline until I find a good sponsor or company interested in advertising on acromania.nl...



Michel Verhagen
www.acromania.nl

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Weather information for Soaring in the Netherlands posted by Acromaniac on 11-04-2004 11:59
-= For our dutch users =-

In cooperation with Dunes Multimedia:




Wind / Weather information in Wijk aan Zee




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Work in progress... posted by Acromaniac on 09-17-2004 02:00
In the next couple of days (or weeks?! we will be moving the site to a new (more stable) server, so if things stop working; don't worry, we're working on it!

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1st Acro Event in Argentina posted by Acromaniac on 09-12-2004 02:59
The first big aerobatic event in Argentina will be held from 20 to 31 october. The website alone is worth watching!


www.acroandes.com

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Red Bull Vertigo 2004 video posted by Acromaniac on 08-28-2004 00:23
Arjan Lensink made a cool video with footage from Red Bull Vertigo 2004 in Villeneuve (check the helicopter on the 13 square meter glider: pure rodeo!!!:


Red Bull Vertigo 2004



Windows Media, 477 kbps, 19.0 MB



Also check his website: inair.nl

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Red Bull Vertigo 2004 posted by Acromaniac on 08-25-2004 11:56
Wibrand Reddingius was our reporter at Red Bull Vertigo 2004. You can read his experiences in the "General" forum, and see the pictures on the video page in the "Red Bull Vertigo 2004" album!



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California Dreaming! posted by Acromaniac on 08-15-2004 13:28
I finished my last movie from my (business :blink: ) trip to San Diego, California. Very cool footage, take a look:


Acro flying in California, USA



Windows Media, High Quality, 768 kbps, 43.2 MB



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AcroCup Cancelled! posted by Acromaniac on 07-31-2004 12:55
Today, I received very sad news from Primoz and Miha, the organizers of the AcroCup in Slovenia:

quote:
"I'm sorry that i have to inform you, that Acro cup competition is cancelled due to severe problems with our general sponsor, which occured in the very last minute. There is nothing we can do about it...Sorry for the inconvenience, we hope you understand.

Regards,
Primoz and Miha
"


This comp happened to be the only one I would join this year... Bad luck?

Anyway, greetz from Slovenia!

Michel

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Holiday! posted by Acromaniac on 07-09-2004 17:22
For the next 4 weeks, I'm in Slovenia (Tolmin and Bohinj) so there will be no updates or maintenance on the site during this time. I will occasionally check my email, so if you need to reach me, you can.

I'm back on August 9.

Cya!

Michel Verhagen

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Seattle Aerobattle 2004 posted by Acromaniac on 07-08-2004 01:40
For a long time it was unsure...

...but...

I just received the word from Chris Santacroce: Seattle Aerobattle 2004 is ON!



This great event is going to take place on 11 & 12 September above Lake Sammamish State Park, Issaquah (very near to Seattle).


I think the info page will be updated soon:

http://www.tigermountainparagliding.com/aerobattle

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Finally - NEW MOVIES!!! posted by Acromaniac on 06-24-2004 10:54
Yes, it took a while, but finally the movies are finished!


Acro flying in Accous, France



Windows Media, High Quality, 768 kbps




Wagas Festival 2004



Windows Media, High Quality, 768 kbps


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New AcroMania movie is coming! posted by Acromaniac on 06-08-2004 00:10
I just returned from another flying trip to the Wagas Festival and Accous. I'm currently working on the video, so be sure to return here soon to see it!

Here's a short movie (11.6 MB) I recorded on my camcorders memory stick by accident. Consider this a preview, but I'll assure you, the final movie will have much better quality footage!


SAT -> McTwist, Heli, SAT -> McTwist



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Acro instruction video's posted by Acromaniac on 05-25-2004 23:18
I created a couple of aerobatic instruction video's to support the descriptions on the Tricks page. I have no idea if you find these useful in any way, but I'd love to hear what you think about it!

Please leave your comments about this by clicking on "Comments" at the end of this news item, by leaving a message in the forum, or by sending me an email.

It's quite some work to create these video's, so I like to know if my work is appreciated, or maybe I shouldn't spend more time creating these instruction video's. Let me know!


Wing-overs instruction video



Windows Media, High Quality, 768 kbps


Windows Media, Low Quality, 256 kbps


Loops instruction video



Windows Media, High Quality, 768 kbps


Windows Media, Low Quality, 256 kbps

Of course, you can find these and a lot more video's in the "Me Doing Acro" album and the "Acro Movies" album on the Video page!

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Tandem helicopter & ground spiral posted by Acromaniac on 05-13-2004 11:04
Last week I was teaching paragliding in the Vosges, France, and I returned with two small movies:


Tandem Helicopter



Windows Media, High Quality, 768 kbps


Windows Media, Low Quality, 256 kbps


Ground Spiral



Windows Media, High Quality, 768 kbps


Windows Media, Low Quality, 256 kbps

Of course, you can find these and a lot more video's in the "Me Doing Acro" album on the video page!

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Offical FAI documents posted by Acromaniac on 04-29-2004 18:21


The official FAI rules, regulations and calendar regarding the aerobatic competitions can be downloaded here:

Calendar 2004

Official Manoeuvres 2004

Competition rules

Release of liability waiver

Glider Manufacturer Authorization form

Scoring Example

If you are competing in this years aerobatic competitions, you'd better read these documents...

Please be aware that the documents on the Tricks page (the competition rules) are still the old ones (v4). I'll be updating the tricks pages pretty soon.


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