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IGC Holds Annual Meeting

After presentations and questions the delegates voted narrowly to approve Sweden to host the contest. Steve Northcraft presented the US case for the SSA bid for a contest to be held at Ephrata, Washington. The SSA's position was additionally supported by US delegate (and IGC Vice President) Eric Mozer and alternate delegate Hannes Linke. Delegates from all countries expressed admiration for both bids and reported that the decision was difficult. In other significant.developments:

- Delegates voted to award John Roake of New Zealand The Lilienthal Medal of the FAI, gliding's highest award.

- A lengthy discussion centered on issues related to development of new participation in the sport.

- The IGC Bureau will decide the location of the 2005 World Class competition between a bid from Lithuania and a combined Women's and World Class bid from Klix, Germany.

- Delegates voted provisional approval of a bid from the United Kingdom to host the Junior World Gliding Championships pending an entry fee reduction.

- There was conceptual approval for the creation of a new Class of Ultralight Sailplane for the purpose of creating new records.

- Reports from various working committees included topics such as the IGC

Ranking List, the FAI Environmental Commission, tentative support for a special contest to be held in Tonopah, Nevada, and a report from Barron Hilton Cup organizers.

As of March 1, 2003 the organizers for the Multi-Class WGC at Leszno, Poland had received 90 paid entries for the championships to be held in the summer of 2003. They have received interest from countries that represent a possible 147 entrants, which would be in excess of the number allowed by Annex A of the Sporting Code. IGC decided that as of March 15, 2003, if the number of paid entries is under 130 pilots, all pilots (up to 6 per national aero club) will be permitted to fly. However, if the number exceeds 130, each national aero club will be limited to a maximum of 5 pilots, except for those nations with reigning World Champions.

The delegates elected IGC officers for 2003. Tor Johannessen from Norway indicated that he would be willing to serve as President of IGC for one more year after which he would retire from the position. He was re-elected to the volunteer post without opposition. Larry Sanderson of the US was re-elected as Secretary, also without opposition. Bob Henderson of New Zealand was re-elected as 1st Vice President. Eric Mozer (USA), Tapio Savolainen (Finland), Brian Spreckley (UK), Jaroslav Vach (Czech Republic) and Roland Stuck (France) were elected as Vice Presidents. All officers serve as volunteers and are not compensated for their efforts. The next meeting of the IGC will be February 27 - 28, 2004 in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Posted: 3/9/2003 By: General News

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