Main decisions taken at the FAI Rotorcraft Commission 2011 Annual Meeting

Here are the main decisions that have been taken during the CIG 2011 Annual Meeting held on 3 and 4 March 2011:


CIG honours FAI retiring Secretary General during its annual meeting

At the Plenary Dinner the Commission hosted Max and Angela Bishop as their principal guests. Max received a gift of part of a tail rotor from a Huey inscribed with very best wishes from his Colleagues.

New FAI Secretary General Appointed

Stéphane Desprez, former Competition Director of the 2008 Rugby World Cup in France, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the World Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st February 2010.


Annual Report to FAI General Conference 2007-2008

During the last year the Commission’s time has been principally devoted to expanding and improving their proposals for World Air Games, Turin. The Delegates unanimously agreed to change the venue for the Plenary Meeting from the usual visit to Lausanne to Turin where the Commission was very well received by the City of Collegno and the World Air Games Organising Body. Their hospitality was outstanding. More importantly the close working relationship between all parties resulted in clear understanding and joint co-operation at an early stage.


Pictures World Helicopter Championships Germany

Pictures from the 13th World Helicopter Championships 2008 can be found on the website of the german helicopter club. Click on the link below to open the media gallery. MediaGallery/Pictures

Russian Team in front at the World Helicopter Championships

Successful precision hover flying in heavy wind conditions The first competition, called precision hover flying, took place yesterday at Eisenach-Kindel airfield in Germany as the first part of the 13th World Helicopter Championships. It was a successful competition in heavy wind conditions.


13. FAI World Helicopterchampionships officially openend

The 13th World Helicopter Championships in Eisenach, Germany, was officially openend yesterday evening with the greetings of the FAI-CIG President David Hamilton and the greetings of the prime minister of the Free State of Thuringia. The president of Honor, Alfred-Pierre Herbert translated the greetings into german for the guests. The opening ceremony was located at Eisenach-Kindel airfield in front of more than 25 Helicopters on a sunny day, surrounded by strong winds up to 32 knots.


13th FAI World Helicopter Championship in Germany

The 13th FAI World Helicopter Championship will begin officially with the opening ceremony on 13th of August 2008, at 19:00pm (local time) at Eisenach-Kindel airport, Germany. The main events will take place from Thursday to Sunday, beginning with precision flying at 08:30 am thursday morning.

The offical program highlights are: Wednesday, 13th August 19:00 pm - opening ceremony Thursday, 14th August 08:30 am - precision flight Friday, 15th August 10:00 am - navigation flight Saturday, 16th August 10:00 am - slalom flight



It is with great sadness and deep regret that I have been informed that Richard was involved in an aviation accident on 14th July 2008 (French National Holiday). Richard was President of the Commission and an organiser of helicopter events including the World Championship in Chantilly, France. Richard was a highly experienced pilot not only of helicopters but fixed wing and microlights.


Historic First Flight

One Hundred years ago on 13th November 1907 Paul Cornu of France completed the first free flight in a helicopter. He built his helicopter using two counter rotating 6m rotors driven by a 24hp Antoinette engine. Paul reached an altitude of 0.3m and remained airborne for 20 seconds. Congratulations to our French predecessors.

Speed over both earth's poles world record ratified !

CIG President David Hamilton congratulates Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill both of the UK for the ratification of their Speed over both earth's poles world record. The crew are to be heartily congratulated on this record.