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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 Pan-American Hang Gliding Championships -

Event ID

: 13155    

Bid:

310

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Continental Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country

Place

: Big Spring, Texas (USA)

Date(s)

: 03 Aug to 14 Aug 2020


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FAI World Paragliding Aerobatic Championship -

Event ID

: 13643    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Solo Aerobatics
Synchro Aerobatics

Place

: Trasaghis, Udine (Italy)

Date(s)

: 06 Aug to 14 Aug 2020

Website

:http://www.vololiberofriuli.it


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FAI World Microlight Championships -

Event ID

: 14035    

Bid:

259

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

RAL 1 T (Movable Aerodynamic Control / Landplane / Flown solo)
RAL 2 T (Movable Aerodynamic Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)
RWL 1 T (Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown solo)
RWL 2 T (Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)
RGL 1 T (Autogyro / Landplane / Flown solo)
RGL 2 T (Autogyro / Landplane / Flown with two persons)

Place

: Hosín (Czech Republic)

Date(s)

: 08 Aug to 15 Aug 2020

Website

:http://www.wmc2020.net


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Russian national Сhampionship XC 2020 -

Event ID

: 14046    

Bid:

612

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)

Date(s)

: 07 Aug to 16 Aug 2020

Website

:https://airtribune.com/white-nights-cup-2020/registration


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Championnat de France Delta - Open – St André 2020 -

Event ID

: 14433    

Bid:

374

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country
class 5 Cross country
Sport Class Cross Country

Place

: Saint Andre Les Alpes (France)

Date(s)

: 09 Aug to 15 Aug 2020

Website

:https://delta.ffvl.fr/compet/97


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Pre PWC Serbia 2020 (Serbian, Hungarian, B&H National Championships), 16th Kopaonik XCup -

Event ID

: 14521    

Bid:

792

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Kopaonik Mountain (Serbia)

Date(s)

: 08 Aug to 13 Aug 2020

Website

:https://airtribune.com/pre-pwc-serbia-open-2020-16th-kopaonik-xcup/registration


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XVI Copa Piedechinche Atmoxfera Open FAI 2 2020 -

Event ID

: 14568    

Bid:

255

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Santa Elena, el Cerrito Valle (Colombia)

Date(s)

: 07 Aug to 15 Aug 2020

Alternate dates

: 15 Aug to 22 Aug 2020

Website

:https://www.parapentecali.co/


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Flymaster Open -

Event ID

: 14581    

Bid:

1814

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Krushevo (North Macedonia)

Date(s)

: 09 Aug to 15 Aug 2020

Website

:www.flymasteropen.com


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Liga Nacional Ager FAI 2 -

Event ID

: 14588    

Bid:

669

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Ager (Spain)

Date(s)

: 08 Aug to 11 Aug 2020

Website

:www.parapentectnp.com


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2020 Russian Open Championship (Kuray) -

Event ID

: 14600    

Bid:

612

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Kuray (Russian Federation)

Date(s)

: 08 Aug to 16 Aug 2020

Website

:https://airtribune.com/ruschamp2020


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Lithuanian Open 2020 -

Event ID

: 14661    

Bid:

284

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Genėtiniai (Lithuania)

Date(s)

: 08 Aug to 16 Aug 2020

Website

:https://airtribune.com/


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Carpathian Cup - "BORZHAVA FOREVER" -

Event ID

: 14663    

Bid:

308

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Lviv (Ukraine)

Date(s)

: 09 Aug to 15 Aug 2020

Website

:https://airtribune.com/2020-carpathian-cup/info


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2020 Hungarian Open - Eged Kupa - Provisional -

Event ID

: 14669    

Bid:

1825

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Eger (Hungary)

Date(s)

: 08 Aug to 16 Aug 2020

Website

:https://airtribune.com/hungarian-open/info


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Upcoming Events

10 August 2020 2020 Coupe Europeenne F3Q - Nottonville (France)
11 August 2020 Victoria CUP 2020 paragliding - Donovaly (Slovakia)
12 August 2020 34th Pohár Nízkych Tatier 2020 / Low Tatras Cup FAI 2 - Polomka (Slovakia)
12 August 2020 2020 BenFly Shumen XC Open 2020 - Provisional - Shumen (Bulgaria)
13 August 2020 Portuguese Paragliding League / Liga Nacional Parapente – Linhares - Linhares da Beira (Portugal)
13 August 2020 2020 East Japan Championship Summer Meeting - Ishioka (Japan)
14 August 2020 2020 Bergslagsträffen HDI - Örebro (Sweden)
14 August 2020 3rd 3. Ikarus Open 2020 - Werfenweng (Austria)
15 August 2020 2020 F3K Porvoo Cup - Porvoo (Finland)
15 August 2020 2020 Holland Glide 2020 - Arnhem (Netherlands)
15 August 2020 2020 Litteam Cup 2020 - Tekovsky Hradok (Slovakia)
15 August 2020 2020 Paragliding World Cup - Switzerland ::: Disentis - Disentis (Switzerland)
15 August 2020 PGA Czech Open 2020 - Celadná (Czech Republic)
16 August 2020 2020 Championnat de France Féminines - La Roche sur Yon (France)
16 August 2020 2020 Championnat de France Juniors - La Roche sur Yon (France)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

01 August 2020 Parachuting : 3 formations : 19 skydivers
31 July 2020 Parachuting : 3 formations : 19 skydivers
30 July 2020 Parachuting : - : 19 skydivers
26 July 2020 Parachuting : 3 formations : 8 skydivers
19 July 2020 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Speed over a triangular course of 25 km : 65,00 km/h Jochen Zeischka (BEL)
19 July 2020 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Speed over a triangular course of 25 km : 65,00 km/h Jochen Zeischka (BEL)
19 July 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 840,00 km/h Gregory E. Madonna (USA)
19 July 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 895,00 km/h Thomas A. Emmolo (USA)
19 July 2020 Rotorcraft : Speed over a recognised course : 270,00 km/h Gary L. Maddux (USA)
19 July 2020 Microlights and paramotors : Distance over a closed circuit without landing : 303,3 km Daniel Tydecks (GER)
18 July 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 985,00 km/h Thomas A. Emmolo (USA)
18 July 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 910,00 km/h Gary E. Peterson (USA)
17 July 2020 Gliding : Triangle Distance : 570,00 km Philippe N. Rose (USA)
17 July 2020 Gliding : Triangle Distance : 570,00 km Philippe N. Rose (USA)
12 July 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 725 km Gregory E. Madonna (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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