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A few weeks later, U.S. delegate Mr. Paul Poberezny [wrote|^1981 LTR - PHP to Johnson.pdf] to Norwegian CIMA delegate Odd Johnson, declaring that the proposed innovative approach to recreational flying (under what would become CFR Part 103 ultralight regulations in the USA that provided unique freedoms from the regulatory burdens of General Aviation airmen and aircraft certification) was not acceptable in the long term.  Minutes of that meeting, though, indicated that consensus was to move forward with the term “microlight,” its definition, and the conditions for both aircraft and pilot to participate in FAI sanctioned records and championships worldwide. 

A [position paper|^1981 PRESS WP - Flight Int Welch.pdf] Welch on ML Aircraft.pdf] on the state of microlights by Ann Welch was received at FAI on 4 Dec 1981. This was one of many informational pieces she authored to inform FAI, CAAs, trade associations and the [public worldwide|^1981 PRESS - Flight Int Welch.pdf] about this new category of sport flying. In the paper, she introduced the CIMA proposal to create a universal minimum pilot qualification (Microlight Pilot Certificate) as the “basic standard at which a pilot is capable of flying without supervision.” The proposal partly stemmed from Ann’s experience with successful self-regulation programs found in gliding, parachuting and ballooning. 

The first CIMA recognized Tour with 68 aircraft -- from London to Paris - was held in September 1982. A [Telex|^1982 TLX - Paris, London results.pdf] from French delegate Bernard Lamy provided the event results. Prizes of Aeroclub de France medals, trophies, cash and sponsored gifts -- from perfume to a Piaggo Vespa to tourist trips - were showered on many of the participants\!

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