FAI and European Rotor Sports Association Join Forces to Promote Radio Control Drone Flying

drone fai ersaFAI and ERSA (European Rotor Sports Association) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to work closely on the promotion of radio control drone flying, also called FPV racing.

FAI approves that ERSA uses the FAI Sporting Code for FPV Racing for Open International or World Cup events (FAI Category 2) organised by ERSA. Furthermore, all contests will be registered to the FAI Sporting Calendar according to the CIAM General Rules; any competitor participating in these events must have a valid FAI Sporting licence

FAI stated: “The FAI recognises that the sport of FPV racing and associated activities are growing fast and clear governance is needed to ensure the sports future. The FAI consulted with the drone sport community and also with the European Rotor Sports Association (ERSA). After meetings with the founders of ERSA the FAI has acknowledged that ERSA has the best interests of the sport at their heart. With this in mind it is the decision of the FAI to give recognition as FAI Associated Event Organizer to ERSA for Open International or World Cup events (FAI CAT2) in Europe. ERSA will work with the FAI and its National members and receive support and guidance from us. We believe this will empower the drone sport community and with the support of the FAI ensure the sport grows in a way that it remains fair, inclusive and safe.”

ERSA representatives said: “ERSA recognise that if our sport is to grow and develop, proper governance is essential. ERSA further recognises that the international body responsible for all air sports, including drone sports, is the FAI. We are pleased to announce that after many meetings and discussions with the FAI they have entrusted ERSA with the status of FAI Associated Event Organizer for Open International or World Cup events (FAI CAT2) in Europe and we make the following promise to the FAI but more importantly to the drone sports community. ERSA promise that we will to the best of our ability ensure that the sport grows and develops with the community, that the sport will remain inclusive, fair and safe, we promise to ensure that the grassroots of the sport are always supported and treated as the foundation upon which the sport exists, but above all ERSA promise to listen to and be a voice for the community we serve. This is an historic moment for our amazing sport and we are proud to serve the community and look forward to achieving many more historic moments we can all be proud of.”