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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...

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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Spanish Paragliding Championship FAI 2 Yelmo 2022 -

Event ID

: 15424    

Bid:

669

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

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Cross Country

Place

: Segura de la Sierra (Spain)

Date(s)

: 28 May to 04 Jun 2022

Website

:https://civlcomps.org/event/campeonato-de-espana-cross-fai-ii-yelmo-2022


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Pre-Worlds 2022 : Test Event of the 18th FAI World Paragliding Championship 2023 -

Event ID

: 15447    

Bid:

374

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Chamoux-sur-Gelon (France)

Date(s)

: 28 May to 04 Jun 2022

Website

:https://civlcomps.org/event/18th-pgworlds-test-event


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Championnat Régional Hauts-de-France -

Event ID

: 15481    

Bid:

265

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Open Class

Place

: Cambrai (France)

Date(s)

: 26 May to 07 Jun 2022

Website

:http://www.ffvp.fr/agenda-des-competitions


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Rallye Toulouse Tarfaya / Cap Juby -

Event ID

: 15501    

Bid:

265

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Rally Flying

Place

: Toulouse - Palma de Mayorque - Toulouse (France)

Date(s)

: 26 May to 04 Jun 2022


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Canadian Hang Gliding Nationals 2022 -

Event ID

: 15529    

Bid:

467

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country
Sport Class Cross Country

Place

: Kamloops (Canada)

Date(s)

: 29 May to 04 Jun 2022

Website

:https://civlcomps.org/event/canadian-hang-gliding-nationals-2022


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US Nationals -

Event ID

: 15532    

Bid:

310

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Open Class

Place

: Reedsville, PA (USA)

Date(s)

: 22 May to 31 May 2022


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Çameli Spring Cup 2022 -

Event ID

: 15582    

Bid:

307

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Denizli/Cameli/Turkey (Turkey)

Date(s)

: 29 May to 03 Jun 2022

Website

:https://www.thsf.org.tr/tr/faaliyet-takvimi/cameli-bahar-mesafe-yarismasi-CAMELIBHR22


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Upcoming Events

31 May 2022 2022 International Air - Romorantin (France)
02 June 2022 3rd British PG National Championships and British Accuracy Cup (Round 3) - Caterham (United Kingdom)
02 June 2022 XXXIV Valerio Albrizio Trophy 2022 - Provisional - Laveno (Italy)
02 June 2022 Vrsac Open - Vrsac (Serbia)
02 June 2022 BAC Hang Gliding Classics - South Cerney (United Kingdom)
03 June 2022 2022 Nockalmpokal F3F - 9543 Arriach (Austria)
03 June 2022 2022 XXIX World Cup F3A City of Zamora - Zamora (Spain)
03 June 2022 2022 Drone World Cup El Yelmo - Jaen (Spain)
03 June 2022 2022 THK ISMAIL SARIOGLU FREE FLIGHT CUP - KIRKLARELI (Turkey)
03 June 2022 LUDESCH OPEN - Austrian Championship Flex1 2022 - Ludesch (Austria)
03 June 2022 Paragliding Accuracy Mongolian Cup 2022 - Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
03 June 2022 2022 Trofeo dell Oltrepo' - Voghera Rivanazzo (Italy)
03 June 2022 2. Vitlo open Virovitica - Virovitica (Croatia)
04 June 2022 2022 Jutland Heath Cup - Viborg (Denmark)
04 June 2022 2022 Danish World Cup Herning - Herning (Denmark)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

20 May 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 926,00 km/h Stefan V. Eling (USA)
20 May 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 983,00 km/h Eric L. Henman (USA)
30 April 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 924,00 km/h Raymond A. Wellington (USA)
29 April 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 890,00 km/h Raymond A. Wellington (USA)
27 April 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 892,00 km/h Raymond A. Wellington (USA)
21 April 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Distance over a closed course : 1 003,6 km Klaus Ohlmann (GER)
20 April 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Distance over a closed course : 516,8 km Klaus Ohlmann (GER)
20 April 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a closed circuit of 500 km : 207,65 km/h Klaus Ohlmann (GER)
18 April 2022 Microlights and paramotors : Speed over a straight course : 413,00 km/h Niklas Anderberg (SWE)
18 April 2022 Microlights and paramotors : Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km : 398,00 km/h Niklas Anderberg (SWE)
09 April 2022 Parachuting : 4-way - highest average for ten rounds : 23,40 points
09 April 2022 Parachuting : Dynamic 4-way fastest time achieved in any speed : 59,962 sec
09 April 2022 Parachuting : Dynamic 4-way fastest time achieved in any speed : 59,962 sec
09 April 2022 Parachuting : Dynamic 4-way fastest time achieved in any speed : 60,493 sec
09 April 2022 Parachuting : Dynamic 2-way fastest time achieved in any speed : 55,122 sec
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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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