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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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Liga Nacional Tenerife - PG Open FAI 2 -

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: 14698    

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669

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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Cross Country

Place

: Tenerife (Spain)

Date(s)

: 05 Dec to 08 Dec 2020

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:http://www.parapentectnp.com/competiciones/detalle/207/liga-nacional-taucho-open-fai2


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Snowkites master Alpe d'Huez Accuracy -

Event ID

: 14723    

Bid:

374

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: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: ALPE D'HUEZ (France)

Date(s)

: 05 Dec to 06 Dec 2020

Website

:https://parapente.ffvl.fr/compet/3742


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Primera Copa Accuracy Riobamba - Edmundo Merino - FAI 2 -

Event ID

: 14732    

Bid:

1807

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: Riobamba (Ecuador)

Date(s)

: 05 Dec to 06 Dec 2020

Alternate dates

: 12 Dec to 13 Dec 2020

Website

:https://parapenteazuair.com/


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Upcoming Events

06 December 2020 24th 24th Open de Canarias de Ala Delta - Lanzarote (Spain)
10 December 2020 Korca Open Air 2020 - Provisional - Korca City (Albania)
11 December 2020 2020 Hanukha Open - Urim (Israel)
12 December 2020 Auckland Regional Paragliding Competition 2020 (Round 2) - Auckland (New Zealand)
13 December 2020 2020 Negev Open - Urim (Israel)
14 December 2020 1st Open Yaracuy 2020 - Provisional - fedevip.com (Venezuela)
19 December 2020 Alga sports club championship - Taldykorgan (Kazakhstan)
25 December 2020 2020 Putaleng XC Open - Tam Duong (Vietnam)
27 December 2020 3rd Southern Fun NZ 2020 - Wanaka (New Zealand)
02 January 2021 2021 Australian State Competition (SA) - Waikerie (Australia)
07 January 2021 Hawkes Bay Regional Paragliding 2021 - Havelock North (New Zealand)
07 January 2021 2021 Australian Junior Nationals - Leeton (Australia)
19 January 2021 1st Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championship 2021 - Forbes (Australia)
30 January 2021 Bright Open 2021 - Bright (Australia)
30 January 2021 43rd 43rd New Zealand Hang Gliding Open Championship - FAI CAT2 - Murchison (New Zealand)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

29 November 2020 Parachuting : 3 formations : 25 skydivers
27 November 2020 Parachuting : 2 formations : 25 skydivers
26 November 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 980,00 km/h Gregory S. Sheldon (USA)
20 November 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 510,00 km/h Robert C. Johnson (USA)
12 November 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 839,57 km/h Pankul Mathur (IND)
09 November 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 715,00 km/h Pierce Brooks (USA)
30 October 2020 Microlights and paramotors : Distance in a closed circuit with limited fuel : 180,84 km Lauri Kadakas (EST)
24 October 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 910,00 km/h
24 October 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 885,00 km/h Patrick E. Arter (USA)
21 October 2020 Gliding : Speed over an out-and-return course of 500 km : 194,9 km/h
16 October 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 995,00 km/h Patrick E. Arter (USA)
15 October 2020 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 530,00 km Rafael Monteiro Saladini (BRA)
15 October 2020 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 530,00 km Rafael Monteiro Saladini (BRA)
12 October 2020 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 850,00 km/h Patrick E. Arter (USA)
10 October 2020 Microlights and paramotors : Distance in a closed circuit without landing : 1 036,073 km Krisztian Dolhai (HUN)
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WAC Blog #2 - 21 August 2009

As I said earlier, we got a break in the weather and we are flying now. We plan to fly no further down on the Order of Flight list than pilot #31 – this has just been announced by the Flight Director. We are operating with an optional break as the ceiling is running at about 3,000 feet but it is going well. Below is a photo of the weather situation – this morning and then again, this afternoon. The British tell me that if you think the weather is bad, just wait. It will change. How true this is.

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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