AcroTour 2009

The final schedule of the 2009 season with the most important competitions:

3rd World Air Games - 6-13th Jun, Torino
For the first time of the WAG history, paragliding acrobatics is there next to all kind of air-sport disciplines you can imagine...For invited pilots only.
www.wag2009.com/eng

Aerobatics Paragliding World Cup Tour 2009:

Acroaria - 6-9th August - Omegna, Italy
Pre-World Championships
www.acroaria.it

Paranoia Acrobatixx - 17-19th July - Zell am See, Austria
www.acro.cc

(Cancelled APWC events: Acroattack, Vertigo, Acrolac)

Other competitions:

Wagas Festival - 27-30th May
The well known freestyle competition at the Dune du Pyla, France
http://wagas-festival.com/

DOWNTEAM challenge 2009 - 6-9th August - Åre, Sweden
Open Nordic Championships
www.downteam.com/challenge2009/

The Norwegian Open FAI cat2 competitions - diverse locations
A great opportunity pilots who want to get started with competitions to gain world ranking points!
www.norwegian-corax.no/frame_comps.html

Vertigo Swiss Riviera cancelled

Today the organizing comittee officially announced - without notifying a certain reason - that Vertigo, the biggest acro compettion of all times is not going to be held this year.
The acro scene is pretty much surprised of these news, especially after 11 successful editions of the competition...

However, they promised that the event will definitely return in the 2010 season.

Rumours also say that this year the Acroattack contest in Türkey will not be held as well...

Problems fixed!

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As you might noticed the website was "suspended" and shut down again by our webhosting provider, due to the reason the we used too much of their resources, they said...

But now, thanks to our rescue angel, Panzar who offered his private server in Germany to be the new home of justACRO, the site is back up again and will be never restricted again in the future!

A big-big thanks to him once more in the name of the crew and the community!

Antoine Montant is the Best Speedflyer of The Year 2009!

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"For the second year in a row, Antoine Montant (France) pockets the highest distinction for a speed flyer. He won it wednesday after the Big Mountain contest of the Speed Flying Pro, the most important speed flying competition which took place in les Arcs. Mickaël Régnier is second and Yoan Castagnoli third.
On the Aiguille Rouge, Antoine Montant displayed his famous combination of daring piloting, strong skiing, surprising choice of line and uncompromising risk taking.
Today in the Big Mountain contest, the speed flyers had to find their way on the mountain being noted by a jury. Antoine Montant's first place today, combined with his third yesterday in the speed cross, paved the way for a victory... only, and only if his rival Yoan Castagnioli finished third or below. This is exactly what happened.
The young speed flyer threw in a conservative line. Castagnoli wanted, above all, to cross the finish line, and avoid repeating last year scenario where he fell in the first part of the same run. He finished 11th of the Big Mountain and 3rd overall.
The outsider Mickaël Regnier, competing for the first time in the Speed Flying Pro, was the most consistent : 2nd in the speed cross and 5th in the big mountain which landed him 2nd on the overall ranking."

For more infos, pictures and videos visit: speedflyingpro.com

Happy holidays!

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The justACRO Team wishes Merry Christmas and a very happy and successful New Year to all the acro flyers around the globe!

Thanks for all your visits and your activity in 2008!

Soft landings and see you in the sky!

Acro on the way to get legalized in Germany?

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On the 22nd of November the JHV (the main meeting of the german paragliding association) was held and the issue of legalizing acro in Gemany came up for discussion (in the moment roll- and pitch angles above 90 degrees are not allowed) Nearly 10 person spoke in front of the public - included Toni Bender and Karl Slezak, the DHV's safety consultant - and said that the complete legalisation is very urgent. The petition was accepted by nearly 100% of the people who were present on the meeting.

However, there already has been once a working group in 2002 which discussed the possibility of legalizing acro flying in Germany. The main reason why that did not go ahead is still valid today: aerobatics flight with paragliders is prohibited by the law, whereas LuftVO §8(1) prohibits aerobatics flight with "Luftsportgeräten", a class which comprises mostly ultralights, paragliders, hanggliders, parachutes. This ordinance can only be changed by the Luftfahrtbundesamt (LBA), the highest German aviation administration.

Now a new working group will be formed to proceed this petition further though the LBA and change the law to let the growing german acro community train and live their passion in a legal way!
Good luck!

Further infomations about the legalization process can be found here
and in the DHV Forum (in german)