Glider competition classes

Competition classes in gliding, as in other sports, mainly exist to ensure fairness in competition. However the classes have not been targeted at fostering technological development as in other sports. Instead classes have arisen because of:

The FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) is the sporting body overseeing air sports at the international level so that essentially the same classes and class definitions are followed in all countries.

Seven glider classes are currently recognised by the FAI and are eligible for European and World Championships:

Gliding World Records are classified by the FAI under sub-classes that do not have a one-to-one correspondence with the above competition classes:

Glider classes not recognised by the FAI have been used in some regional and national competitions. The most significant of these are:

The Open Class is the oldest competition class, although it only came into formal existence with the creation of the two-seater class in the early 1950s.

This page was last edited on 18 October 2017, at 17:15 (UTC).
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FAI_18_metre_Class under CC BY-SA license.

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