FAI News 04/07

FAI & Red Bull Air Race : A Place in History / FAI Aeromodelling Commission Annual Meeting FAI eSHOP : New Articles / New World Record Claims / Competition Update


In recent years, Red Bull Air Races have attracted impressive numbers of spectators and television viewers all around the world. From now on, the races will be conducted under the supervision of the FAI.

FAI – Fédération Aéronautique Internationale – the prestigious international body founded over 100 years ago supervised the exploits of aviators such as Blériot, Lindbergh and Gagarin. Starting with the race in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) on 6 April, FAI’s experienced safety expert Roger Schad will supervise the preparation and conduct of each of the 12 races in the 2007 series.

FAI President Pierre Portmann commented : "Red Bull Air Race have done a great job to recreate the excitement generated by the early aviation pioneers, and to inspire youngsters to take to the air. We are proud to help Red Bull take this work forward and create even more fans."

For Red Bull Air Race too, this collaboration with FAI is an important step forward. In the words of Aviation Manager Heinz Möller, "This shows that Red Bull Air Races are a true sporting challenge, part of a long historical air racing tradition, and showing the way to the future".

For further information on Red Bull Air Race : http://www.redbullairrace.com/


The FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 23 and 24 March 2007 in Lausanne (SUI).

Competitions : Several World and Continental Championships were awarded in the various disciplines of Aeromodelling for the years 2008 and 2009. Click here to see the updated FAI Sporting Calendar for Aeromodelling.

Elections : CIAM President Mr Sandy PIMENOFF was duly re-elected, and now starts a record 40th year in that role. He announced that he would retire in 2008. Messrs. David BROWN (USA), Bob SKINNER (RSA) and Gerhard WÖBBEKING (GER) were elected Vice Presidents. Click here to see the current List of CIAM Officers and Delegates.

Awards : In recognition of their outstanding sporting performances or eminent services rendered to the sport of aeromodelling, the following diplomas and medals have been awarded for the year 2006 :

The Alphone Penaud Aeromodelling Diploma : Pavel FENCL (CZE)

The Antonov Aeromodelling Diploma : Daniel PETCU (ROU)

The Frank Ehling Diploma : Otto HINTS (ROU)

The Andrei Tupolev Aeromodelling Medal : Popa AUREL (ROU)

The FAI Aeromodelling Gold Medal : Antonis PAPADOPOULOS (GRE)

Next Plenary Meeting : 28 and 29 March 2008, Lausanne (SUI)


We have pleasure in informing you that the following new FAI Articles are now available for sale :

Dark red woven tie with logo and gold stripes; FAI logos woven in lighter red between gold stripes. 100% Silk.

FAI Shirt
White or sky blue shirt made of 100% cotton with short sleeves, side pocket and embroidered FAI logo.

To view and order these new articles, please consult the FAI eSHOP.


New World Record Claims recently received by FAI include claims for Aeroplanes and Microlights :

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claim number : 14501
Sub-class : C-1b (Landplanes – Take-off weight 500 to 1000 kg)
Group 1 : piston engine
Type of record : Speed over a recognised course
Course/location : Pretoria (RSA) - Bloemfontein (RSA)
Performance : 309.54 km/h
Pilot : Jan HANEKOM (RSA)
Aircraft : Van's RV-7A
Date :08.03.2007
Actual record : 211.18 km/h (08.12.2006 - Ronald STIRK, RSA)

Class R (Microlights) / Claims number : 14499 and 14500
Sub-class : RAL2 (Microlights : Movable Aerodynamic Control / Landplane /
Flown with two persons)
Pilot : Jiri UNZEITIG (CZE)
Date :11.03.2007

Claim #14499
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km without landing
Course/location : Ramenskoye (RUS)
Performance : 262.0 km/h
Actual record : 186 km/h (13.04.2002 - Julian HARRIS, GBR)

Claim #14500
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without landing
Course/location : Vysoke Myto (CZE)
Performance : 268.4 km/h
Actual record : 187 km/h (14.04.2002 - Julian HARRIS, GBR)

The details shown above are provisional. When all the evidence required has been received and checked, the exact figures will be established and the record ratified (if appropriate).

For further information on World Records, please consult the latest news, including all claims pending ratification, at FAI World Records.

COMPETITION UPDATE (1st Category Events)

Next Championships :

24.06.-04.07.07 : 24th FAI World Aerobatic Championships (ESP)

23.-28.06.07 : 12th FAI World Radio Controlled F3D Aeromodelling Championship (USA)
24.06.-01.07.07 : 2007 FAI World Free Flight Aeromodelling Championships (UKR)