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Mamistov strikes gold for a third time

Russia’s Mikhail Mamistov has been crowned FAI World Aerobatic Champion for an incredible third ti...

Muroya wins in Germany’s Lausitzring

Yoshihide Muroya won the penultimate round of the Red Bull Air Race 2017 season on Sunday 17 Septemb...

France takes the gold at the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2017

The winners of the 61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2017 said they were “overjoyed” to be awar...

Matt Hall wins Qualifying in Germany

Australia’s Matt Hall flew the best time in Qualifying for the Red Bull Air Race stop at Germany’s L...

French pair win world’s most prestigious gas-balloon race

French balloon pilots Vincent Leys and Christophe Houver won the 61st Gordon Bennett Cup over the we...

Look Up, the Drones are coming!

Look Up, the Drones are coming!

Drones are here now and they are multiplying fast! The first FAI International Drones Conference was a big success as it heard about the brave new world of Drones and robots in the sky.

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Drones at the cutting edge

Drones at the cutting edge

The sun came out for the third and final day of the FAI International Drones Conference and Expo in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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The Game of Drones: Racing and Sports

The Game of Drones: Racing and Sports

People playing with models in the air is not new, but the scale of Drone Sports is like nothing the world has ever seen before, was the take-away message from the final session at the first FAI Intern....

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Drone Control? Rules and regulations for drones

Drone Control? Rules and regulations for drones

  “Be aware, this is a paradigm shift. Airspace is a commodity that is suddenly open to everyone, and this is a major, major shift.”

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Preparing for the Drone Invasion

Preparing for the Drone Invasion

The message from the first day at the first FAI International Drones Conference could not have been clearer: The drones are coming, and they are coming fast. Not only that, they are arriving en masse ....

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Five years ago on this day: A Microlight and Paramotor World Record st....

Five years ago on this day: A Microlight and Paramotor World Record st....

Today, five years ago on 17 February 2012, Indian pilot Parmjit Singh, used a special harness, the Aeros Discus 14 with a Radne Motor AB Raket 120, to fly a record distance in a straight line without....

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Two years ago: Father and son set African Record

Two years ago: Father and son set African Record

Two years ago on this day, Tijl Schmelzer and his father Bert were the very first to pass the 200 km/h barrier using thermals rather than mountain waves.

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Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov awarded  FAI - Breitling Pilot of t....

Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov awarded FAI - Breitling Pilot of t....

A Russian priest who circumnavigated the world in a balloon in record time has been presented the inaugural FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year Award at a ceremony in Switzerland yesterday, Thursday 17 ....

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 PILOT PROFILE: 60 seconds with hang gliding champion Christian Ciech

PILOT PROFILE: 60 seconds with hang gliding champion Christian Ciech

Christian Ciech is one of the most successful pilots in competition hang gliding, and was FAI European and World Champion at the same time in 2016. We spoke to him…

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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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FAI Asian-Oceanic Paragliding Championship Test Event -

Event ID

: 13784    

Bid:

245

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Bright (Australia)

Date(s)

: 07 Dec to 14 Dec 2019

Website

:http://airtribune.com/fai-ao-continental-test-bright/info


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Copa Jerico Open FAI 2 2019 -

Event ID

: 13999    

Bid:

255

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Jerico, Antioquia (Colombia)

Date(s)

: 06 Dec to 13 Dec 2019

Alternate dates

: 14 Dec to 21 Dec 2019

Website

:https://cupoccidente.blogspot.com


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Upcoming Events

11 December 2019 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final - Ningbo (China (People's Republic of))
14 December 2019 2019 Intl V&V Gran Canaria - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain)
15 December 2019 2019 South Africa Open (2019 SAO) - Porterville (South Africa)
26 December 2019 2019 Negev Open - Israel Free Flight Competition - Orim (Israel)
27 December 2019 2019 Hanukkah Open - Israel Free Flight Competition - Orim (Israel)
27 December 2019 2017 Korca Open Air 2019 - Korca City (Albania)
27 December 2019 1st Southern Fun NZ 2019 - Wanaka (New Zealand)
03 January 2020 10th FAI Women's World Gliding Championship - Lake Keepit (Australia)
04 January 2020 1st Forbes Flatlands Hang gliding Championships 2020 - Forbes (Australia)
05 January 2020 BGD Weightless, Colombia edition - Roldanillo (United Kingdom)
07 January 2020 3rd Open Andes 2020 - Loma de los Angeles, Merida (Venezuela)
11 January 2020 Open Roldanillo 2020 primera válida nacional - Roldanillo,1097,Roldanillo,1097,Roldanillo,1097 (Colombia)
11 January 2020 Nishifuji Japan Classic 2020 - Asagiri Kougen, Fujinomiya City (Japan)
18 January 2020 British 'Winter' Open, Roldanillo, 2020 - Roldanillo (United Kingdom)
25 January 2020 42nd 2020 New Zealand Hang Gliding Nationals - Murchison (New Zealand)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

28 November 2019 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 905,00 km/h
23 November 2019 Parachuting : - : 12 skydivers
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Carved Speed 70m : 1,964 sec William Sharman (RSA)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Carved Speed 70m : 2,233 sec Olga Naumova (BLR)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Drag distance 50 m : 169,58 m Sven Jseppi (CAN)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Carved Speed 70m : 2,333 sec Robin Jandle (USA)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Drag distance 50 m : 127,50 m Robin Jandle (USA)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Carved Speed 70m : 1,960 sec Greg Windmiller (USA)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Drag distance 50 m : 183,47 m Cédric Veiga Rios (FRA)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Drag distance 50 m : 183,47 m Cédric Veiga Rios (FRA)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Carved Speed 70m : 1,943 sec (round 3) Mario Fatturoso (ITA)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Carved Speed 70m : 1,943 sec Mario Fatturoso (ITA)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Carved Speed 70m : 2,177 sec Cornelia Mihai (UAE)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Carved Speed 70m : 2,177 sec Cornelia Mihai (UAE)
23 November 2019 Parachuting : Drag distance 50 m : 168,93 m Lee Barraclough (NZL)
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2018 FAI Young Artists Contest

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This year's theme is "Flying in the future". Give free rein to your imagination – you might earn one of the Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals!

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111th FAI General Conference

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The next Conference will take place from 25 to 27 October 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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FAI Awards

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