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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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South Africa Open Porterville (2018 SAO) -

Event ID

: 13046    

Bid:

302

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Porterville (South Africa)

Date(s)

: 08 Dec to 15 Dec 2018

Website

:http://www.livetrack24.com/events/2018SAPO


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Australian State Competition (VIC) -

Event ID

: 13120    

Bid:

245

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
15 meter Class
Standard Class
Open Class
18 meter Class

Place

: Benalla (Australia)

Date(s)

: 09 Dec to 15 Dec 2018

Website

:http://www.glidingclub.org.au/


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Open Placivel -

Event ID

: 13133    

Bid:

311

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Placivel (Venezuela)

Date(s)

: 12 Dec to 16 Dec 2018

Alternate dates

: 19 Dec to 23 Dec 2018

Website

:http://www.fedevip.com


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Korca Open Air -

Event ID

: 13163    

Bid:

701

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: Korca City (Albania)

Date(s)

: 13 Dec to 15 Dec 2018

Alternate dates

: 20 Dec to 22 Dec 2018

Website

:http://www.paragliding.al


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Upcoming Events

15 December 2018 2018 Gran Canaria F2E Combat Open International - Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain)
21 December 2018 2018 Circuito Nacional Accuracy, 1ra Válida Antioquia, Cierre Nacional - Antioquia (Colombia)
27 December 2018 2018 El Peñón Classic Race PG - El Peñon, Valle de Bravo (Mexico)
29 December 2018 2019 Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championships - Forbes (Australia)
29 December 2018 2019 F1 GP - Leeton (Australia)
31 December 2018 2019 Australian Club Class Nationals - Lake Keepit (Australia)
08 January 2019 2019 Open Andes - Loma de los Angeles, Merida (Venezuela)
12 January 2019 2019 Bright Open - Bright (Australia)
12 January 2019 2019 Australian Junior Nationals - Waikerie (Australia)
12 January 2019 2019 Primera Valida Campeonato Nacional de Parapente Cross Country - Roldanillo (Colombia)
12 January 2019 2019 Nishifuji Japan Classic - Asagiri Kougen, Fujinomiya City (Japan)
19 January 2019 2019 Australian State Competition (NSW) - Narromine (Australia)
20 January 2019 2019 The Flow Corryong PG open - Corryong (Australia)
25 January 2019 2019 Swiss Open Indoor Masters (SOIM 2019) - “Pending approval” - Birsfelden (Switzerland)
02 February 2019 2019 New Zealand PG Open - Nelson (New Zealand)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

10 December 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 830,00 km/h Erik A. Kauber (USA)
09 December 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 840,00 km/h Erik A. Kauber (USA)
08 December 2018 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 500,00 km Scott Barrett (AUS)
08 December 2018 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance : 507,00 km Scott Barrett (AUS)
08 December 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 1 010 km/h Erik A. Kauber (USA)
08 December 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 965,00 km/h
07 December 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 600,00 km/h Thomas Deloach (USA)
07 December 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 1 000,00 km/h
04 December 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 565,00 km/h Thomas Deloach (USA)
30 November 2018 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Distance using up to 3 turn points : 383,8 km Seiko Fukuoka Naville (FRA)
30 November 2018 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Distance using up to 3 turn points : 383,8 km Seiko Fukuoka Naville (FRA)
28 November 2018 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 343,3 km Adam Stevens (AUS)
26 November 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 790,00 km/h Barry A. Byrne (USA)
25 November 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 885,00 km/h Barry A. Byrne (USA)
24 November 2018 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 810,00 km/h Ross D. Oetjen (USA)
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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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