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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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ARIZONA CUP -

Event ID

: 16503    

Bid:

460

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

: tucson, az (USA)

Date(s)

: 01 Mar to 03 Mar 2024

Website

:https://www.nar.org/


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Championnat de France classes 18mètre et Libre -

Event ID

: 16515    

Bid:

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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2024 Brazil Monjolo Open PG - 1th Capixaba -

Event ID

: 16783    

Bid:

806

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Baixo Guandú (Brazil)

Date(s)

: 01 Mar to 03 Mar 2024

Website

:https://eventos.cbvl.esp.br/evento/primeira-etapa-campeonato-capixaba-de-voo-livre/inscricao


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Upcoming Events

05 March 2024 13th 13th Paragliding World Cup SUPERFINAL 2023 - Brazil, Baixo Guandu - Baixo Guandú (Brazil)
08 March 2024 2024 F3A Masters World Cup - Albury (Australia)
08 March 2024 2024 Moose Cup - Säkylä, Pori (Finland)
09 March 2024 2024 F1N Kutina Open International - Kutina (Croatia)
09 March 2024 2024 Bear Cup - Säkylä, Pori (Finland)
15 March 2024 2024 Parachute-Ski World Cup Series - St. Johann (Austria)
15 March 2024 Berati Open Air - Berat (Albania)
16 March 2024 2024 SPZG Cup, Antoon van Eldik Memorial - Kietrz (Poland)
16 March 2024 1st BAPO 2024 - Grand Coo (Belgium)
16 March 2024 1st 2024 KOREA HANG GLIDING LEAGUE 1st ROUND ( 2024 KHL 1R ) - Hadong-gun (Korea)
17 March 2024 2024 Jasna 31 - Cup Pieter de Boer Memorial - Kietrz (Poland)
19 March 2024 12th Aeros Winter Race 2024 - Vipava (Slovenia)
19 March 2024 Campeonato Binacional de Parapente 2024 - Táchira, San Joaquin de Navay (Venezuela)
20 March 2024 2024 Itajiki Spring Flight - Ishioka City,Ibaraki Prefecture (Japan)
21 March 2024 2024 World Cup Memorial OTTO HINTS F1D - Slanic Prahova (Romania)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

26 February 2024 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 926,00 km/h Stefan V. Eling (USA)
15 February 2024 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 1 005,00 km/h Brian D. Dickerson (USA)
14 February 2024 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 976,00 km/h Brian D. Dickerson (USA)
03 February 2024 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Speed over an out-and-return course of 100 km : 34,9 km/h Michel Macquet (FRA)
14 January 2024 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 946,00 km/h Henry Ross Perot Jr. (USA)
10 January 2024 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 848,3 km/h James Pyne (GBR)
28 December 2023 Microlights and paramotors : Distance over a closed circuit without landing : 333,00 km Martin Carpio Garcia (ESP)
27 December 2023 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 890,00 km/h Christopher M. Nevins (USA)
23 December 2023 Microlights and paramotors : Altitude : 7 186 m Ramón Morillas Salmerón (ESP)
23 December 2023 Microlights and paramotors : Time to climb to a height of 6 000 m : 1 h 40 min 20 sec Ramón Morillas Salmerón (ESP)
23 December 2023 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free out-and-return distance : 315,00 km Raúl Espejo (CHI)
23 December 2023 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free Distance around a triangle course : 323,00 km Raúl Espejo (CHI)
21 December 2023 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 1 083,00 km/h Brian D. Dickerson (USA)
16 December 2023 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free out-and-return distance : 303,00 km Benjamin Sepúlveda (CHI)
16 December 2023 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free Distance around a triangle course : 308,00 km Benjamin Sepúlveda (CHI)
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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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