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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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Open Roldanillo 2023 Clasificación Mundial de Francia -

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: 15703    

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255

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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Cross Country

Place

: Roldanillo (Colombia)

Date(s)

: 21 Jan to 28 Jan 2023

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:https://airtribune.com/roldanillo2023/info


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Open Chiquimula 2023 -

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: 15733    

Bid:

268

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Cross Country

Place

: Chiquimula (Guatemala)

Date(s)

: 21 Jan to 28 Jan 2023

Alternate dates

: 21 Jan to 28 Jan 2023

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:https://airtribune.com/open-chiquimula-2023/info


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I Campeonato de Parapente de Precisión “Licanray 2023" -

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: 15987    

Bid:

252

Event classification

: Second Category Event

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: Other

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:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: licanray (Chile)

Date(s)

: 25 Jan to 28 Jan 2023

Alternate dates

: 01 Feb to 04 Feb 2023

Website

:https://civlcomps.org/event/i-campeonato-de-parapente-de-precision-licanray-2023


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Upcoming Events

28 January 2023 1st Flow Corryong PG Open 2023 - Corryong (Australia)
28 January 2023 1st 1ª ETAPA CAMPEONATO GAÚCHO DE PARAPENTE ETAPA ENCANTADO/ROCA SALES - Encantado (Brazil)
29 January 2023 2023 Roldanillo 2023 Open de las Américas - Roldanillo (Colombia)
02 February 2023 45th 45th New Zealand Hang Gliding Open Championship - FAI CAT2 - Murchison (New Zealand)
03 February 2023 1st Kontum Open - Vietnam League 2023 Round 1 - Kontum (Vietnam)
03 February 2023 1st 2023 BRAZIL RIO BONITO OPEN PG - 1ST COPA RIO - rio bonito (Brazil)
10 February 2023 7th Thailand Paragliding Accuracy ASEAN Friendships Open (FAI CAT II) - AFA Asian League 2023 - sangkom (Thailand)
11 February 2023 Bright Open 2023 - Bright (Australia)
11 February 2023 2023 SOIM, Swiss Open Indoor Masters - Siggenthal- Station (Switzerland)
11 February 2023 10th PGA Mongolia National Championship 2022 - Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)
11 February 2023 2023 Kiwi World Cup of New Zealand - Lost Hills, California (USA)
11 February 2023 11th Open Trujillo 2023 - Torococo – Trujillo (Venezuela)
15 February 2023 2023 North American Cup - Lost Hills, California (USA)
16 February 2023 2023 Bob White Memorial Max Men International - Lost Hills, California (USA)
16 February 2023 Paragliding Accuracy World Cup Nongkhai, Thailand - sangkom (Thailand)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

22 January 2023 Microlights and paramotors : Speed over a straight course : 428,18 km/h Alberto Rodolfo Porto (ITA)
15 January 2023 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Speed over a triangular course of 200 km : 29,9 km/h Federico Rodríguez (ARG)
10 January 2023 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Speed over a triangular course of 200 km : 32,5 km/h Federico Rodríguez (ARG)
29 December 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 892,00 km/h Stefan V. Eling (USA)
28 December 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 324 km/h David H. Troyer (USA)
15 December 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 974 km/h David E. Smith (USA)
15 December 2022 Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling : Duration in competition, two flights: F120 : 57 min 10 sec Brett Sanborn (USA)
14 December 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 922 km/h Nicholas Freeman (USA)
11 December 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 926,00 km/h David E. Smith (USA)
02 December 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 920,00 km/h Stefan V. Eling (USA)
29 November 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 948,00 km/h Nicholas A. Rose (USA)
28 November 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 916,0 km/h Stefan V. Eling (USA)
25 November 2022 Parachuting : - : 72 skydivers
25 November 2022 Parachuting : - : 80 skydivers
22 November 2022 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 963,00 km/h Erik A. Kauber (USA)
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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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