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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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Kotuku Cup of New Zealand -

Event ID

: 13149    

Bid:

291

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F1A (FF Gliders)
F1B (FF Wakefield)
F1C (FF Aircraft with Piston Engines)
F1E (FF Slope Soaring Gliders)
F1P (FF Introduction Aircraft with piston Motor)
F1Q (FF Electric Power Aircraft)

Place

: Lost Hills, California (USA)

Date(s)

: 10 Oct to 24 Oct 2019

Website

:http://sen.faifreeflight.org


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Ljubljana Cup -

Event ID

: 13329    

Bid:

301

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

S4A (Boost Glider Duration - 0 to 2.5 Ns)
S6A (Streamer Duration - 0 to 2.5 Ns)
S7 (Scale)
S8E/P (RC Rocket Glider Duration and Duration Landing)
S9A (Gyrocopter Duration - 0 to 2.5 Ns)

Place

: Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Date(s)

: 11 Oct to 13 Nov 2019

Alternate dates

: 04 Oct to 06 Oct 2019

Website

:http://www.komarov.vesolje.net


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PRE WORLD CUP Y CAMPEONATO ARGENTINO 2019 FAI 2 -

Event ID

: 13915    

Bid:

243

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: La Rioja (Argentina)

Date(s)

: 13 Oct to 19 Oct 2019

Alternate dates

: 13 Oct to 19 Oct 2019

Website

:https://www.facebook.com/lariojanuncafalla/


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Upcoming Events

17 October 2019 2019 FAI F1ABC World Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft - Lost Hills, California (USA)
17 October 2019 2019 Mallorca Balloons Trophy - Mallorca (Spain)
18 October 2019 43rd CISM World Military Parachuting Championship - Wuhan City, Hubei Province (China (People's Republic of))
19 October 2019 2019 Vrsac Open, Serbian League 3rd round - Vrsac (Serbia)
19 October 2019 2019 Pre-PWC La Réunion - St Leu - La Réunion (France)
19 October 2019 2019 Canungra Cup - Canungra (Australia)
19 October 2019 2nd COPA VISTA AL CIELO - Campeonato Ecuatoriano y Liga Nacional 2019 - Bototillo, Guayaquil (Ecuador)
22 October 2019 21st FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship - Mallorca (Spain)
22 October 2019 1st West Java Paragliding Championship ( Pre-PWC ) 2019 - Situmekar (Indonesia)
22 October 2019 1st West Java Championship ( Pre-PGAWC )2019 - Situmekar (Indonesia)
24 October 2019 2019 Typhoon Race - Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
25 October 2019 2019 Sevilla Drone World Cup - Sevilla (Spain)
25 October 2019 PARAGLIDING ACCURACY KKB OPEN 2019 - Selangor (Malaysia)
25 October 2019 9th PGAEC - PRILEP OPEN 2019 - Prilep (North Macedonia)
26 October 2019 2019 Troféu Artur Sereno F3K - Mendoes (Portugal)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

12 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 552,4 km Yael Margelisch (SUI)
12 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance : 531,8 km Yael Margelisch (SUI)
11 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 556,00 km Michael Küffer (SUI)
11 October 2019 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 915,00 km/h
11 October 2019 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 615,00 km/h
10 October 2019 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 1 010 km/h
10 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 616,00 km Glauco Pinto (BRA)
10 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 631,72 km Glauco Pinto (BRA)
10 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance : 621,00 km Glauco Pinto (BRA)
10 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance : 582,00 km Marcelo Prieto (BRA)
10 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 588,5 km Marcelo Prieto (BRA)
10 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance : 582,00 km Rafael de Moraes Barros (BRA)
10 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 588,5 km Rafael de Moraes Barros (BRA)
10 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance : 582,00 km Rafael Monteiro Saladini (BRA)
10 October 2019 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 588,5 km Rafael Monteiro Saladini (BRA)
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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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