News: Editorial Errors in FAI Sporting Code,
Section 4, Volume F5, Edition 2005!
The edition of the FAI
Sporting Code Volume F5 from 28th February
2005 is unfortunately incorrect and does not contain
substantial CIAM resolutions from 2004. Beyond this
the resolutions of CIAM Plenary Meeting 2005 (18.-19
March 2005) has to be added now, so anyway a revision
When the "Sporting Code", Section 4, Volume
F5 was published on 28th February 2005, we were a bit
astonished. Many very substantial changes were not included:
- 65g/dm² surface loading
- Battery definition needs clarification
- Wind direction in F5D Course Layout drawing
- Penalty 200 points
On 2nd March 2005 we contacted Emil Giezendanner (CIAM
Chairman F5 Subcommittee), in order to clarify this before
the CIAM Plenary Meeting 2005. It was soon clarified:
Emil confirmed that it concerns to editorial errors,
which have to be corrected as soon as possible. Beyond
these basic errors there are still some other points,
which will be added in this revision too.
Due to these editorial errors all these points in the
Volume F5 are not effective. The resolutions of the CIAM
Plenary Meeting 2004 as well as 2005 have to be considered
when flying F5D. These resolutions can be read in the
Minutes of Plenary Meeting 2004 and hopefully soon in
the 2005 Minutes. Since the old Sporting Code ceased
on 31.12.2004, we actually have no effective Sporting
Code in F5D (5.5.6).
It is very simple in those countries which use translations
of the Sporting Code by their NAC (National Airsport
Control). For national competitions they just need
to update their translation to actual state because
of the Sporting Code ineffective in 5.5.6. Those NAC
using the origin Sporting Code or NAC having international
competitions can handle this problem using the Local
The Local Rules Paragraph
If there is no valid issue of the rules (this must be
online on the website www.FAI.org) you can simply eliminate
all errors when you define this as Local Rule; see
Sporting Code Volume ABR para B.5.3. The Local Rules
paragraph allows you to override rules in the Sporting
Code. And the easiest way to do this is to define the
complete revision of Volume F5 as Local Rule.
Preliminary Volume F5 on F5D.org
It will surely take some time until to the revised „Sporting
Code“ is online on the FAI website. So we will
publish here in consultation with Emil Giezendanner on
4th April 2005 the revised Volume F5, as it will later
be published in the revised Sporting Code. Using the
Local Rules paragraph in the described manner we can
accomplish appropriate F5D competitions in the meantime.
So anyone might use this preliminary document in this
special way as Local Rule until the revision of the FAI
Sporting Code is published on the FAI website.
gez. DAeC F5D Fachreferenten
23. März 2005 red.