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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...

French pair win world’s most prestigious gas-balloon race

French balloon pilots Vincent Leys and Christophe Houver won the 61st Gordon Bennett Cup over the we...

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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Natural Games Millau -

Event ID

: 14940    

Bid:

374

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Millau (France)

Date(s)

: 23 Jun to 26 Jun 2021

Website

:https://parapente.ffvl.fr/compet/3762


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Vågå Open Hanggliding Competition 2021 -

Event ID

: 14861    

Bid:

292

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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:

class 1 Cross country
Sport Class Cross Country

Place

: Vågå (Norway)

Date(s)

: 19 Jun to 26 Jun 2021

Alternate dates

: 26 Jun to 03 Jul 2021

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:https://airtribune.com/vaga-open-hanggliding-competition/info


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URAL OPEN 2021 -

Event ID

: 14829    

Bid:

612

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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:

Cross Country

Place

: Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

Date(s)

: 19 Jun to 25 Jun 2021

Alternate dates

: 26 Jun to 02 Jul 2021

Website

:https://airtribune.com/cufd2021


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Paragliding World Cup Italy 2021 ::: Gemona del Friuli -

Event ID

: 14910    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Gemona del Friuli (Italy)

Date(s)

: 19 Jun to 26 Jun 2021

Website

:www.pwca.org


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PROMACHIA OPEN 2021 - GREEK CHAMPIONSHIP -

Event ID

: 14998    

Bid:

267

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Promachi (Greece)

Date(s)

: 23 Jun to 27 Jun 2021

Website

:https://www.livetrack24.com/events/PRO2021/en


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Championnat de France classes 18 mètres et Libre -

Event ID

: 14708    

Bid:

265

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

18 meter Class
Open Class

Place

: Buno - Bonnevaux (France)

Date(s)

: 20 Jun to 26 Jun 2021

Website

:http://www.soaringspot.com/cdf2021-buno/


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Applegate Open 2021 -

Event ID

: 14939    

Bid:

461

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Jacksonville, oregon (USA)

Date(s)

: 19 Jun to 26 Jun 2021

Alternate dates

: 28 Aug to 04 Sep 2021

Website

:https://wingsoverapplegate.org/


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Dutch Open 2021 -

Event ID

: 15006    

Bid:

290

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country
class 5 Cross country
Sport Class Cross Country

Place

: Samerberg (Netherlands)

Date(s)

: 19 Jun to 26 Jun 2021

Website

:https://airtribune.com/dutch-open-2021-hochries-germany/


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Upcoming Events

24 June 2021 12th IVANEC OPEN 2021 - Ivanec (Croatia)
24 June 2021 1st Kruticha-open 2021 - Ekaterinbourg (Russian Federation)
25 June 2021 2021 South of England Open World Cup (EUROTOUR) - Eastbourne (United Kingdom)
25 June 2021 2020 Yangel Cup 2019 POSTPONED - Dnipro (Ukraine)
25 June 2021 2021 Free Flight Latvia Cup - Blagodatnoe, Kharkov (Ukraine)
25 June 2021 2021 CanAm Cup POSTPONED - Muskegon, Michigan (USA)
26 June 2021 2021 UK F5B Eurotour - Woodchurch, Kent (United Kingdom)
26 June 2021 2021 Black Stork Cup of Latvia - Blagodatnoe, Kharkov (Ukraine)
26 June 2021 2021 18 F3K Fizir Cup - Ludbreg (Croatia)
26 June 2021 2021 Eurotour F5J Toldijk - Toldijk (Netherlands)
26 June 2021 2021 2. F5J Kup Broda - Slavonski Brod (Croatia)
26 June 2021 2021 13 Sonnewendpokal - Nardt (Germany)
26 June 2021 2021 Nakotne Cup - Adazi (Latvia)
26 June 2021 Grand Prix of St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg (Russian Federation)
26 June 2021 3rd Krkonose Open Accuracy 2021 - Vrchlabi (Czech Republic)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

20 June 2021 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 800,00 km/h Gregory E. Madonna (USA)
20 June 2021 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 610,00 km Sebastien Kayrouz (USA)
20 June 2021 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 610,00 km Sebastien Kayrouz (USA)
20 June 2021 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 555,00 km Sebastien Kayrouz (USA)
20 June 2021 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 555,00 km Sebastien Kayrouz (USA)
20 June 2021 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free Distance : 610,00 km Sebastien Kayrouz (USA)
20 June 2021 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free Distance : 610,00 km Sebastien Kayrouz (USA)
18 June 2021 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 900,00 km/h Gregory E. Madonna (USA)
11 June 2021 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance : 500,86 km Jouni Makkonen (FIN)
07 June 2021 Parachuting : 4 formations : 25 skydivers
07 June 2021 Parachuting : 3 formations : 25 skydivers
07 June 2021 Parachuting : 4 formations : 25 skydivers
07 June 2021 Parachuting : 2 formations : 25 skydivers
06 June 2021 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Number of consecutive accuracy landing with a score = or < then 5cm : 18 rounds with a score of 34 cm Matjaž Sluga (SLO)
06 June 2021 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Number of consecutive accuracy landing with a score = or < then 5cm : 18 rounds with a score of 34 cm Matjaž Sluga (SLO)
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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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FAI Awards

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