17th FAI European Aerobatic Championships

Held in Touzim, Czech Republic, the 17th FAI European Aerobatic Championships kicked off last Thursday and will come to an end on Sunday.

11 countries are participating (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom), as well as some independent pilots from USA and Spain.


Guenter Zimmer

In a tragic accident on the 8th August in Minsk, Belarus, Guenter Zimmer, a world class and leading helicopter pilot was killed shortly after his wife Iryna had been successful in one of the events, coming third overall. Guenter participated in World Championships spanning 18 years representing Germany at the highest level. Guenter was one of the most kind hearted and humorous individual one could wish to meet. He had friends spanning many countries. He was a wonderful person to talk to, very humorous and willing to help, advise and share information.


Photogenic Hot Air Airships in the French Skies

The 9th FAI World Hot Air Airship Championship was held from 13 to 18 July 2010 in Dole (FRA).

Eleven pilots representing 9 nations gathered at the Dole-Tavaux Airport last week to compete at the controls of their surprisingly maneuverable airships.


Success for the 1st FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship

The 1st FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship held from 15 to 20 June 2010 has been successfully achieved and allowed 27 female balloon pilots from 11 countries to measure their flying skills in the skies of Alytus (LTU).


The Father of the FAI Environmental Code of Conduct was buried today.

It was with great sadness that we learned that Dr. Michael GOTH, President of the FAI Environmental Commission, had been killed in a tragic Gliding accident while flying recreationally on Saturday 29 May. The funeral ceremony took place today, Thursday 17 June 2010 in Reutlingen, Germany.


The Sports Hub - New Video Channel for Air Sports

At its recent Annual Convention in Dubai, SportAccord launched The Sports Hub, a new multi-sports video platform hosted by YouTube. Aiming at bringing new audiences to the world of Air Sports, we are proud to announce that FAI was one of the launching International Federations of The Sports Hub.


CIEA Plenary Meeting & FAI Young Artists Contest

The FAI Aviation & Space Education Commission (CIEA) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 23 and 24 April 2010 in Naples (ITA).


CIACA Plenary Meeting 2010

The FAI Amateur-Built & Experimental Commission (CIACA) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 12 April 2010 in Friedrichshafen (GER).


Solar-Powered Plane Set for Take-Off

Solar Impulse 2010PAYERNE, 10 MARCH 2010 – FAI Secretary-General Stéphane Desprez was among 250 official guests to attend the arrival of Solar Impulse, the revolutionary solar-powered aeroplane pioneered by FAI’s Honorary Patron Bertrand Piccard, at its new hangar in Payerne, Switzerland.


Türk Hava Kurumu: Investment & Ambition for Turkish Aviation

The recent visit to Turkey of FAI President Pierre Portmann and Secretary-General Stéphane Desprez offered the chance to learn more about Türk Hava Kurumu (THK), the Turkish Aeronautical Association, which celebrated its 85th anniversary on February 16. THK counts as one of the FAI's biggest and most ambitious National AirSport Controls – active in everything from staging competitions and training pilots, parachutists and aeromodellers to fire-fighting and purchasing matériel for nearly 500 aviation clubs nationwide.


Gliding Commission 2010 Annual Meeting

Lausanne 05/06.03.2010

Future Competitions
were attributed as follows:


16th FAI European Gliding Championships:
World/ Club/ Standard/ 20m Two-Seat classes


Turkish Aviation Turns 85

ANKARA 16.02.2010 – FAI President Pierre Portmann and new Secretary-General Stéphane Desprez were the guests of Türk Hava Kurumu (Turkish Aeronautical Association) in Ankara on February 16, at a ceremony marking the association's 85th anniversary.


ASF Receive FAI Outstanding Airmanship Diploma

PARIS 11.02.2010Aviation Sans Frontières (Aviation Without Borders) received their 2009 Outstanding Airmanship Diploma at a ceremony held at the AéroClub de France in Paris on February 11.


Max Bishop Awarded FAI Centenary Medal

LAUSANNE 22.01.2010 – Retiring FAI Secretary-General Max Bishop was presented with the FAI's Centenary Medal, to mark his 17 years of distinguished service, at a dinner in Chexbres, near Lausanne, on January 22 attended by Mrs Angela Bishop, members of the FAI Executive Board, incoming Secretary General Stéphane Desprez and Sports & Development Director Jean-Marc Badan.