Vladimir Silhan, Czech delegate
VALIDITY OF A CHAMPIONSHIP
In WMC 2012 weren’t valid classes AL1, GL1 and WL1 was at the critical boundary of validity.
We can have competition pilots provided the rules are defined for the kind of airplanes that common pilots commonly fly. What kind of airplanes do pilots fly nowadays little or not at all? It is the single seaters. The reason is simple: the costs to buy a single seat airplane are not much lower than for a two-seater and the operational costs are comparable, while versatility of use is considerably limited.
That is why almost nobody would build them or spend money on buying them. This phenomenon has already surfaced in the form of “clinic death” of the AL 1 category, and WL1 is going to follow in matter of several years, GL1 doesn’t start its career. This tendency which I have been pointing out repeatedly is obvious from the charts in my presentation from 2010. It is loaded in FAI Wiki.
Reason for defending and keeping of solo classes is clear. Solo pilot must be the best pilot with best skills, because all necessary activities he must make oneself. To be successful in solo class may be the best prove of pilot’s ability and the biggest challenge. Flying in championships and other competitions might to be competition between pilots, to fly with bigger airplane isn’t any advantage in competition. In my opinion, we (CIMA) shall make necessary changes for surviving of solo classes as championship classes. Proposed change has no any influance to records and limits for one-seat airplanes for records shall be kept.