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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 European Gliding Championships -

Event ID

: 11316    

Bid:

294

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Continental Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

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18 meter Class
Open Class
20 meter Multi-seat Class

Place

: Turbia (Poland)

Date(s)

: 11 May to 25 May 2019

Alternate dates

: 08 Jun to 22 Jun 2019

Website

:http://www.egc2019.pl


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FAI World Cup of Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing -

Event ID

: 11984    

Bid:

243

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Freefall Style
Accuracy Landing
Freefall Style
Accuracy Landing
Team Accuracy Landing

Place

: Cordoba (Argentina)

Date(s)

: 19 May to 25 May 2019


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Copa Pirineos -

Event ID

: 13589    

Bid:

669

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

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Place

: La Cerdanya (Spain)

Date(s)

: 19 May to 25 May 2019

Website

:http://www.soaringspot.com/en_gb/copa-pirineos-la-cerdanya-2019/


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Brasov cup -

Event ID

: 13645    

Bid:

296

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Gliding

Place

: Brasov (Romania)

Date(s)

: 16 May to 26 May 2019


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Open Belgian Gliding Nationals -

Event ID

: 13705    

Bid:

248

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
18 meter Class
Open Class
Standard Class
15 meter Class
20 meter Multi-seat Class

Place

: Saint Hubert (Belgium)

Date(s)

: 18 May to 26 May 2019

Website

:http://obgn.cnvv.be/


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German Open -

Event ID

: 13722    

Bid:

266

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Levico Terme, Panarotta (Italy)

Date(s)

: 18 May to 24 May 2019

Website

:http://www.dhv.de/piloteninfos/wettbewerb-sport/gleitschirm-szene/live-berichte/german-open-levico-terme-2019/


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Upcoming Events

24 May 2019 2019 Almaty Cup - Samara (Russian Federation)
24 May 2019 2019 Almaty Cup - Samara (Russian Federation)
24 May 2019 9th Open Internacional - Control Line Portugal - Quinta do Conde (Portugal)
24 May 2019 2019 Eurotour - Almenlandrace - Sommeralm (Austria)
24 May 2019 2019 Austrian Open - Internationale Österreichische Staatmeisterschaft - Turnau, Styria (Austria)
24 May 2019 2019 Hahnweide - Hahnweide (Germany)
24 May 2019 219 Finnish Open XC League, round 1 - Kiikala (Finland)
24 May 2019 2019 Valida Del Campeonato Nacional de Parapente Accuracy Santa Rosa de Viterbo - Santa Rosa de Viterbo (Boyaçá) (Colombia)
25 May 2019 2019 F3A World Cup - Klaipeda (Lithuania)
25 May 2019 2019 F3A Leiria World Cup - Leiria (Portugal)
25 May 2019 2019 Eurotour - FAI World Cup - Sazava u Lanskrouna (Czech Republic)
25 May 2019 2019 Paragliding World Cup - France - Cœur de Savoie (France)
25 May 2019 2nd F3K Kup Broda - Slavonski Brod (Croatia)
25 May 2019 2019 Canadian Nationals - Kamloops (Canada)
25 May 2019 29th open int. AlpenrosenCup for Paragliders and Tyrolean Championship - Westendorf (Austria)
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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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