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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 Open Teba -

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: 16440    

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669

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: Teba (Spain)

Date(s)

: 12 Apr to 14 Apr 2024

Alternate dates

: 19 Apr to 21 Apr 2024

Website

:https://civlcomps.org/event/liga-nacional-open


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Championnat de France classes 18mètre et Libre -

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: 16515    

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265

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

18 meter Class
Open Class

Place

: Beynes (France)

Date(s)

: 26 May to 01 Jun 2024

Website

:http://www.soaringspot.com/cdf2024-beynes/results


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Swiss Cup Biel -

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: 16744    

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305

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Cross Country

Place

: Biel (Switzerland)

Date(s)

: 13 Apr to 14 Apr 2024

Website

:https://www.swissleague.ch/comp-league/2024-04-13


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Dobrča Open 2024 -

Event ID

: 16770    

Bid:

301

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Begunje na Gorenjskem (Slovenia)

Date(s)

: 11 Apr to 14 Apr 2024

Alternate dates

: 18 Apr to 21 Apr 2024

Website

:https://civlcomps.org/event/dobrca-open-2024


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Schöckl Pokal, Styrian Championship 2024 -

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: 16785    

Bid:

246

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Sankt Radegund Bei Graz (Austria)

Date(s)

: 13 Apr to 14 Apr 2024

Alternate dates

: 30 May to 02 Jun 2024

Website

:https://civlcomps.org/event/schockl-pokal-steirische-meisterschaft-2024


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2024 Brazilian Nationals 1st - Castelo - Pre PWC -

Event ID

: 16788    

Bid:

806

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Castelo (Brazil)

Date(s)

: 13 Apr to 20 Apr 2024

Website

:https://eventos.cbvl.esp.br/evento/primeira-etapa-do-campeonato-brasileiro-de-parapente-2024-em-castelo/info


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Transcapixaba Hike and Fly -

Event ID

: 16985    

Bid:

806

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Hike & Fly

Place

: Pancas (Brazil)

Date(s)

: 09 Apr to 14 Apr 2024

Alternate dates

: 25 Jun to 30 Jun 2024

Website

:https://eventos.cbvl.esp.br/evento/wwwtranscapixabahfcombr/info


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FAI World Cup of Canopy Piloting -

Event ID

: 17020    

Bid:

310

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Distance
Speed
Accuracy

Place

: Eloy, Arizona (USA)

Date(s)

: 09 Apr to 14 Sep 2025


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Upcoming Events

14 April 2024 2024 Föhrlberg-Cup - Oberkotzau (Germany)
16 April 2024 5th FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving - Macau (Macau, China)
16 April 2024 1st FAI Asian Indoor Skydiving Championships - Macau (Macau, China)
16 April 2024 3rd FAI European Indoor Skydiving Championships - Macau (Macau, China)
18 April 2024 Staufen Cup 2024 BaWü Open und Vorarlberger Landesmeisterschaft 2024 im Gleitschirmfliegen - Bezau (Austria)
18 April 2024 2024 Norma Race 2024 - Norma (Italy)
18 April 2024 Vrsac Open 2024 - Vrsac (Serbia)
19 April 2024 2024 Slovenia F3F CUP - Vipava (Slovenia)
19 April 2024 Acc Rana League 2024 - Rana near Louny (Czech Republic)
19 April 2024 akdeniz bölgesi hedef yarışması - Alanya, Antalya (Türkiye)
19 April 2024 1st Event Name: 2024 Korea Sports Class League 1st – Hapcheon - Hapcheon-gun (Korea)
20 April 2024 2024 Coppa VOLI F5J - Rivalta Torinese (TO) (Italy)
20 April 2024 4th IV Open Internacional Mudejar 2024 - El Pobo (Spain)
20 April 2024 2024 United States Canopy Piloting Association Meet #2 - Sebastian, FL (USA)
20 April 2024 5th Freedom Open 2024 - bordano (Italy)
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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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