An unforgettable start to the FAI World Air Games

23133288149 527c88f702_zThe FAI World Air Games officially kicked off with a bang last night, as the 3,000-strong audience at the Opening Ceremony were wowed with an extravaganza of dancing, zip-line performances and fireworks.

Dropping in on the open-air stage, performers dressed as skydivers and paramotor pilots flew over the crowd suspended on wires, taking the astounded audience on a theatrical flight over glorious Dubai.


Gold for Donatas in the F3P Aeromodelling

aeromodellinggoldThe first gold medal was won in the FAI World Air Games last night (December 1). Lithuania’s Donatas Pauzuolis took first place in the indoor aerobatic aeromodelling, which took place in the Dubai Mall. "I’m very happy to have won," he said afterwards. "It’s a dream come true."

Donatas lead the field throughout the competition, and in his final heat, the fourth of four, he knew he had done enough to win. His two-minute routine was beautiful, artistic and entertaining all in the same breath.

"That’s a whopping 84 points for artistic quality, and rightly so," boomed the commentator when the scores flashed up on the giant screen above the Dubai Ice Rink.


Record-breaking balloon pilot discovers aeromodelling...

Troy-Bradley-USRecord-breaking, trans-Pacific hot air balloon pilot Troy Bradley was in the crowd cheering on the competitors in the Aeromodelling final at the Dubai Mall last night, December 1. "This is all new to me," he said. "I'm enjoying it very much."

Together with his Two Eagles Balloon Team partner Leonid Tiukhtyaev, Bradley shattered the long-standing distance and duration world records by flying from Saga in Japan to Mexico in January this year.


The weatherman says...

IMG 20151130_123311Trevor Kell has three screens spread out in front of him. On them are charts, maps and spreadsheets. It's easy to guess that he has an important job at the FAI World Air Games (WAG) Dubai 2015, perhaps THE most important.

Kell is the Event Forecaster. He's a meteorologist who's worked for the MET office in the UK, and for the last four years has been studying the weather here in the United Arab Emirates at the National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS). For the next two weeks, he's part of a team who will use observations from weather stations around the Middle East to map the changing weather and forecast the conditions that competitors can expect here in Dubai.


Ready for take off

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Good morning from Dubai, where the skies are clear and the temperature is warm – it’s a beautiful place to be in December.

Today, Tuesday December 1, 2015, we’ve got a whole host of athletes, competitors and pilots setting up and getting to grips with what is to come: two weeks of the best air sports event in the world. 


Lift off for the 2015 World Air Games!

Dubai-WAGS-600-web Excitement is mounting in Dubai, where the stars of the air sports world have touched down for the 2015 FAI World Air Games (WAG).

With 854 competitors from 55 countries competing in more than 20 different disciplines, this year’s WAG is set to be the best yet. "This is the biggest World Air Games ever," said Susanne Schödel, the secretary general of the World Air Sports Federation (FAI). "In the 110-year history of the FAI, it's the first time we have had an event like this."


Daily Schedule of FAI World Air Games Activities

schedule-eventsThe schedule of daily activities and competitions for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 is now online.

It shows the locations and disciplines for the entire duration of the event.

Please note that there might be adjustments on short notice due to changing weather conditions or technical reasons.

Event Website for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Now Up and Running

WAG2015-websiteFAI invites you to visit the new event website for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. Managed by the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) as the host of the event, it offers quick and easy access to essential information about the Games.


FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 - Aeromodelling Bulletin

WAG 2015 logo sThe Aeromodelling Bulletin for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 is now available for download.

Handover of FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Flame Marks Starts to Global Event Promotion

WAG2015 flameIn a symbolic gesture, today the torch of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 was lit and handed over today by FAI to the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) as the Games Organising Committee. The ceremony took place at the Olympic Museum located in the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, where FAI has its headquarters. It featured distinguished guests from the air sports community and beyond.


Drone Racing – An attractive new air sport


Fast movement of digital revolution in every aspect of our life bring to air sport athletes new huge field to grow their activities: FPV racing.
Drone Racing is exciting for the the competitors and very attractive both for public and medias.


CIAM Flyer (01-2017) - Formula 1 was Yesterday Today is all about Drone Racing

This is fast developing into the latest craze. Flying small radiocontrolled multicopters via video goggles for a first-person view is becoming increasingly popular.

What it’s all about

FPV (First Person View) device are nothing new. FPV races are based on a completely different concept. A racer should always be a multicopter with at least three motors and should weigh no more than 1 kg including batteries. An optimised weightpower ratio makes for agile and dynamic racers' movements in the air. Power plus manoeuvrability, a major consideration when designing a multi-copter for racing while it should also be crushproofand able to take a fair amount of punishment.

Download the full content of the latest CIAM Flyer (01-2017) - Formula 1 was Yesterday Today is all about Drone Racing in PDF format


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FPV Racing & Similar Activities CIAM Subcommittee

The 2014 CIAM Plenary Meeting decided to establish an UAV Working Group to prepare a report to evaluate the impact for CIAM activities of the current available technology especially regarding the sporting activity and events.

On the basis of this report, the 2015 CIAM Plenary Meeting decided to establish an Organising Committee for International Events for Drones. According to its mission, this group has proposed rules for a new provisional class " Radio Control Multi-rotor FPV Racing" (class F3U) and to introduce for this class a World Cup to be effective for 2016.

Those proposals have been approved officially by the 2016 CIAM Plenary Meeting which also decided to create a Subcommittee for FPV Racing and Similar Activities with immediate implementation.

> FPV Racing and Similar Activities Subcommittee composition

The main goals for 2016 - 2017 of the CIAM Subcommittee for FPV Racing and similar activities are:

  • Implement the Common FAI Strategy for Drones approved by the FAI Executive board the 12 June in Heraklion.
  • Encourage organisation of drone racing FAI International Events (World Cup and Non World Cup) in many countries as possible.
  • Adapt if necessary the F3U rules and propose possible new classes considering safety aspects and interest for public and medias.

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F3U class (Radio Control Multi-rotor FPV Racing) - Rules

> F3U rules (Volume F3 Radio Control FPV Racing Model Aircraft)

Multi-rotor Drone Racing consists of successive races with several radio controlled model aircraft (generally 4) flying together on a racing circuit which can be outside or indoor.

Each model aircraft is operated by an FPV pilot assisted by an helper.

The FPV pilot is equipped with a headset goggle (or with a screen) to pilot the model from the video picture of the on board camera transmitted in real time.

A FPV Racing contest is usually organised in three stages:

  • Qualification stage to define the placing for the first round of the elimination stage.
  • Elimination stage with successive rounds up to semi-finals.
  • Final with the best placed FPV pilots in semi-finals.

The class F3U is based on electric powered multi-rotor (model aircraft equipped 3 power driven propeller devices at least) of a maximum total flight weight of 1 kg.

An event can be run on a 1 or 2 days format (including practice sessions) depending of the number of competitors.

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Outdoor field or indoor place (sports hall, aviation hangar,...) if possible equipped if possible with grandstands for the public. For the racing circuit, a minimum developed size of 250 m within a 180 m x 100 m rectangle is recommended on an outdoor field. A minimum developed size of 80 m is recommended for an indoor circuit. The circuit must contain air gates to cross with in addition possibility of obstacles (natural or artificial) to be crossed or avoided.

Technical equipment for a Drone Racing contest

  • Video transmission system for the on board cameras.
  • Radio frequency monitoring system (scanner/spectrum analyser).
  • Screen(s) to display for the spectators the on board cameras videos and the results.
  • Event management software (registration, schedule, draws, results and placing).

Depending on national safety regulations, a lightweight protective net might be required to separate the spectators from the circuit.

Officials for a Drone Racing contest

The running of a F3U contest requires the following officials:

  • Contest director.
  • Circle marshal.
  • Judges (4, 6 or 8 depending of the number of model aircraft flying together in a race).
  • Timekeepers (4, 6 or 8 depending of the number of model aircraft flying together in a race)
  • Local officials (2) in charge of the score sheet gathering and of results accounting.

Note: The judges can also assume the processing of the multi-rotor model aircraft to be done before the start of the competition.

A FAI Jury (3 persons) must also be nominated in order to guarantee safety and running of the competition according to the rules. The Jury is also in charge to manage protests when required.

FAI Drone Events Organiser Meeting hold on 29 and 30 April 2017 at the Maison du Sport International in Lausanne

Link to the FAI News

FAI Drone Racing World Cup

Link to the Drone Racing Racing World Cup webpage



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