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60 years ago today: Sputnik 1 and the Dawn of Space

History changed 60 years ago on 4 October 1957:

20 Years Ago: NASA’s Space Shuttle breaks a world record for the longest time in Space

Twenty years ago on 7 December 1996 the US Space Shuttle Columbia spent a record 17 days in space – ...

NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

Charles Bolden, who has been awarded the prestigious FAI Gold Space Medal for 2016, knows about spac...

7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

60 years ago on 7 September 1956, American Test pilot Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. flew at more than 3.200 ...

Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

“I am absolutely delighted for Scott and Mikhail to receive that very well deserved honour.” Live fr...

2015 FAI Annual Report released

The 2015 FAI Annual Report provides an overview of all our activities with plenty of pictures. More ...

60 years ago today: Sputnik 1 and the Dawn of Space

60 years ago today: Sputnik 1 and the Dawn of Space

History changed 60 years ago on 4 October 1957:

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NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

Charles Bolden, who has been awarded the prestigious FAI Gold Space Medal for 2016, knows about space. Not only has he been in orbit four times, but for the last seven years he has been at the head of....

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7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

60 years ago on 7 September 1956, American Test pilot Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. flew at more than 3.200 km/h (2.000 mp/h) and to a height of 38.5 km (126.200 feet), becoming the first human ever to fly ab....

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Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

“I am absolutely delighted for Scott and Mikhail to receive that very well deserved honour.” Live from the International Space Station (ISS), the British Astronaut Tim Peake congratulated Scott Ke....

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2015 FAI Annual Report released

2015 FAI Annual Report released

The 2015 FAI Annual Report provides an overview of all our activities with plenty of pictures. More compact than the previous editions, it includes the competitions, records, awards, our sponsor Breit....

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NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

Charles Bolden, who has been awarded the prestigious FAI Gold Space Medal for 2016, knows about space. Not only has he been in orbit four times, but for the last seven years he has been at the head of....

Read more...
7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

7 September 1956: The first human flies above 100.000 feet

60 years ago on 7 September 1956, American Test pilot Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. flew at more than 3.200 km/h (2.000 mp/h) and to a height of 38.5 km (126.200 feet), becoming the first human ever to fly ab....

Read more...
Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

“I am absolutely delighted for Scott and Mikhail to receive that very well deserved honour.” Live from the International Space Station (ISS), the British Astronaut Tim Peake congratulated Scott Ke....

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11 October 2005: Russian Cosmonaut Krikalev becomes the Absolute Recor....

11 October 2005: Russian Cosmonaut Krikalev becomes the Absolute Recor....

Ten years ago, on October 11th 2005 at 01:10:00 (UTC), the manned transport space vehicle “Soyuz TM - 6” landed in the north of Kazakhstan. Hours before, the eleventh expedition to the Internati....

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Interview with Alexey Leonov, the First Man to Walk in Outer Space

Interview with Alexey Leonov, the First Man to Walk in Outer Space

On 18 March 1965, FAI celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first space-walk. Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov achieved this feat during the Voshkod 2 mission. He stayed out in space for 12 min 9 sec,....

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FAI Pan-American Hang Gliding Championships -

Event ID

: 13155    

Bid:

310

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Continental Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country

Place

: Big Spring, Texas (USA)

Date(s)

: 03 Aug to 14 Aug 2020


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FAI World Paragliding Aerobatic Championship -

Event ID

: 13643    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Solo Aerobatics
Synchro Aerobatics

Place

: Trasaghis, Udine (Italy)

Date(s)

: 06 Aug to 14 Aug 2020

Website

:http://www.vololiberofriuli.it


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Swiss Paragliding Open Fiesch -

Event ID

: 13989    

Bid:

305

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Fiesch, Valais (Switzerland)

Date(s)

: 04 Aug to 09 Aug 2020

Website

:www.shv-fsvl.ch / www.fluggruppe-aletsch.ch


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Int. German Flatlands Hanggliding 2020 -

Event ID

: 14051    

Bid:

266

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country
class 5 Cross country

Place

: Altes Lager (Germany)

Date(s)

: 03 Aug to 08 Aug 2020

Website

:https://www.dcb.org/wettbewerbe/flatlands-hg/


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British National Hang-gliding Championships / Chabre Open 2020 -

Event ID

: 14448    

Bid:

473

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country
class 5 Cross country
Sport Class Cross Country

Place

: Montagne de Chabre, Laragne-Ribiers (France)

Date(s)

: 02 Aug to 08 Aug 2020

Alternate dates

: 09 Aug to 15 Aug 2020

Website

:https://nats.bhgcomps.uk/content/2020-uk-nats-and-chabre-open


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Klippeneck-Segelflug-Wettbewerb -

Event ID

: 14477    

Bid:

266

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

18 meter Class
Club Class
15 meter Class
20 meter Multi-seat Class
Open Class

Place

: Klippeneck (Germany)

Date(s)

: 01 Aug to 08 Aug 2020


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2020 Turkish Nationals -

Event ID

: 14564    

Bid:

307

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Osmaneli/Bilecik (Turkey)

Date(s)

: 04 Aug to 09 Aug 2020

Website

:https://airtribune.com/turkish-nationals-2020/info


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Niviuk Paragliding Open FAI 2 & Pre-PWC - Suspended -

Event ID

: 14585    

Bid:

669

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Ager (Spain)

Date(s)

: 01 Aug to 07 Aug 2020

Website

:www.parapentectnp.com


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US Nationals -

Event ID

: 14598    

Bid:

310

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Open Class

Place

: Waller,TX (USA)

Date(s)

: 02 Aug to 08 Aug 2020

Website

:http:/ /www.ssa.org/Contests?cid=2453


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FAI Member of the Hosting Country

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XCMonsters Moscow Open 2020 -

Event ID

: 14619    

Bid:

612

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Konchinka, Tula region (Russian Federation)

Date(s)

: 01 Aug to 09 Aug 2020

Alternate dates

: 08 Aug to 16 Aug 2020

Website

:https://airtribune.com/xcm2020


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FAI Member of the Hosting Country

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Adventure in Siberia. Russian Open. Kuray -

Event ID

: 14620    

Bid:

612

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Kuray (Russian Federation)

Date(s)

: 01 Aug to 07 Aug 2020

Website

:https://airtribune.com/aisor2020


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Les 8 jours de Fontainebleau -

Event ID

: 14632    

Bid:

265

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
Open Class

Place

: Moret (France)

Date(s)

: 01 Aug to 08 Aug 2020

Website

:http://www.soaringspot.com/en_gb/championnat-regional-ile-de-france/


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FAI Member of the Hosting Country

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Italian Paragliding Open 2020 -

Event ID

: 14655    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Cuorgne (Italy)

Date(s)

: 01 Aug to 08 Aug 2020

Alternate dates

: 22 Aug to 29 Aug 2020

Website

:https://www.pgchampion.com


Event Organiser


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NC uka Vågå -

Event ID

: 14664    

Bid:

292

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Vågå (Norway)

Date(s)

: 01 Aug to 08 Aug 2020

Website

:https://www.klubbinfo.no/kkpg/index.html


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Upcoming Events

07 August 2020 Russian national Сhampionship XC 2020 - St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)
07 August 2020 2020 43rd Poitou - Noizé (Thouars) (France)
07 August 2020 2020 Warsaw Cup - Wloclawek (Poland)
07 August 2020 16th XVI Copa Piedechinche Atmoxfera Open FAI 2 2020 - Santa Elena, el Cerrito Valle (Colombia)
08 August 2020 POSTPONED - 17th FAI World Microlight Championships - Hosín (Czech Republic)
08 August 2020 20th British Paragliding Accuracy Championships 2020 - Suspended - North Luffenham (United Kingdom)
08 August 2020 2020 F5B / F5F International Swittzerland - Zürich (Switzerland)
08 August 2020 2020 38th Memorial Izet Kurtalic - Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
08 August 2020 2020 38th Memorial Izet Kurtalic - Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
08 August 2020 2020 18 F3K Fizir Cup - Ludbreg (Croatia)

 

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