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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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Swiss Control Line Scale & Semi-Scale Cup -

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305

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F4B (Control Line Flying Scale Model Aircraft)

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: Untersiggenthal (Switzerland)

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: 18 Aug to 19 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.fesselflug.ch


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CISM World Military Parachuting Championship -

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: 12696    

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1631

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: First Category Event

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: World Championship

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Accuracy Landing
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Place

: Szolnok (Hungary)

Date(s)

: 10 Aug to 21 Aug 2018

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:http://www.milsport.one/sports/parachuting


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Paragliding World Cup - Bulgaria -

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: 12732    

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731

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Cross Country

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: Sopot (Bulgaria)

Date(s)

: 18 Aug to 25 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.pwca.org/node/37920


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Open Championship Kazakhstan Hang Gliding -

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: 13050    

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279

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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class 1 Cross country
class 1 - sport class Cross Country

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: Ushkonyr (Kazakhstan)

Date(s)

: 18 Aug to 26 Aug 2018

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:http://deltaplan.kz/news


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Russian Para-Cross Open Championships -

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: 13074    

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612

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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n/a

Place

: Vladimir (Russian Federation)

Date(s)

: 25 Jul to 07 Sep 2018


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Southern ALPS Big Task -

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: 12725    

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265

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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class 1 Cross country
class 5 Cross country
class 2 Cross country

Place

: Aspres sur Buech (France)

Date(s)

: 11 Aug to 19 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.ultralight-glider.com


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Summer Open Cup of Kazakhstan -

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: 13030    

Bid:

279

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: Taldykorgan (Kazakhstan)

Date(s)

: 18 Aug to 19 Aug 2018

Alternate dates

: 25 Aug to 26 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.algaclub.kz/


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FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship -

Event ID

: 11367    

Bid:

246

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Hot Air Balloons

Place

: Gross-Siegharts (Austria)

Date(s)

: 18 Aug to 26 Aug 2018

Website

:http://www.balloonworlds2018.at


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FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships -

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: 11933    

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296

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

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:

Advanced Aerobatics (Power)

Place

: Strejnic (Romania)

Date(s)

: 16 Aug to 26 Aug 2018

Website

:https://waac2018.ro


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Zarasai Lake Cup -

Event ID

: 13070    

Bid:

284

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: Zarasai (Lithuania)

Date(s)

: 18 Aug to 19 Aug 2018

Website

:http://lspsf.lt/lt/varzybos.php


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Upcoming Events

19 August 2018 2018 FAI F5 European Championships for Electric Model Aircraft - Dupnitsa (Bulgaria)
19 August 2018 2018 Championnat de France Feminin - Pont sur Yonne (France)
19 August 2018 2018 The Friendship cup of Ukraine - Gliwice (Poland)
19 August 2018 6th Open Internacional Vila d'Áger - Ager (Spain)
19 August 2018 2018 Dutch Open - Laragne-Monteglin (France)
20 August 2018 2018 UB Cup - Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
21 August 2018 2018 Open CIS Cup - Ushkonyr (Kazakhstan)
23 August 2018 2018 Kazakhstan Free Flight Cup - Uralsk (Kazakhstan)
24 August 2018 49th Eifelpokal - Zülpich (Germany)
24 August 2018 2018 FF Kup Slavonije i Baranje - Krbava (Croatia)
24 August 2018 2018 Asturias F3F Open - Gijon - Asturias (Spain)
24 August 2018 12th Copa Principado Kia F3M World Cup - La Morgal (Spain)
24 August 2018 2018 FAI Swoop Freestyle World Championships - Copenhagen (Denmark)
24 August 2018 2018 Z-Accuracy Cup, Paragliding Accuracy Latvia Cup, 3rd stage - Vaivari Beach, Jurmala (Latvia)
24 August 2018 2018 Acro World Tour Finals - Villeneuve (Switzerland)
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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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