FAI News 07/07

Annual Meetings of FAI Commissions : CIACA, CIEA, ICARE "Wave-Riders of the Andes" : TV report on wave-flying Prize awarded to the "FLARM" Team : Technical innovation rewarded New World Record Claims / Competition Update


The FAI Amateur Built & Experimental Commission (CIACA) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 20 April 2007 in Rome (ITA).

The Phoenix Group Diploma was awarded to Messrs Hansruedi DUBLER, Max VOGELSANG and Peter ZWEIFEL (SUI) for the restoration of a Morane-Saulnier MS-406 which, after over 10’000 hours of work, is the only one flying in the world.

Participation in the World Air Games 2009
CIACA confirmed its intention to play a significant role in the success of the World Air Games 2009. The program of CIACA activities will be adapted to the level of knowledge and experience available in the host country, but one of the most attractive projects will be the public construction of a (kit) plane : An international construction team will start working at the beginning of the Games, and the aircraft should make its first flight on the last day of the event.

Mr Pierluigi DURANTI (ITA) was re-elected as CIACA President, Mme Catherine DARTOIS (FRA) and Mr Karl RÖNN (SWE) as 1st and 2nd Vice Presidents and Mrs Elaine FECHER (GER) as Secretary. (Click here for the full List of CIACA Officers and Delegates).

Next Plenary Meeting
18 April 2008, Lausanne (SUI)


A 52-minute TV report entitled "Wave-Riders of the Andes" ("Die Windreiter der Anden" / " Les Enragés du vol à voile") will be broadcast on the Franco-German channel Arte-TV on Saturday, 12 May 2007 at 21:35 CET.

This programme tells the story of the wave exploration project in Argentina, sponsored by FAI affiliate member organisation OSTIV and featuring among others the multiple FAI world record breaking glider pilot, Klaus OHLMANN (GER). Details of this project are at www.mountain-wave-project.de.


The FAI Aviation & Space Education Commission (CIEA) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 27 and 28 April 2007 in Limerick (IRL).

New Generations

One of the main topics of the Meeting was the "Generations Issue", or how to attract young people to aviation and air sports in today’s complex and fast developing “virtual world”. On the basis of the interesting presentations and exchanges of experience held during the Meeting, CIEA Officers will work out a list of recommendations that will help our aero clubs to involve youngsters more in their activities.

FAI Young Artists Contest
The International Jury met in Limerick to determine the Winners of the 2007 Contest, whose theme was "Airfield". The theme of the 2008 Contest is "Design an Aviation Stamp"; updated rules and interpretation of the theme will be published on CIEA Webpages as soon as available.

Mr Michiel KASTELEIJN (NED) was re-elected as CIEA President and Mr Gordon HOFF (USA) as 1st Vice President, while Mr Michael MAHON (IRL) and Charles-Henri THEODOLOZ (SUI) were newly elected 2nd Vice President and Secretary (Click here for the full List of CIEA Officers and Delegates). In recognition for the many years she has dedicated to CIEA, Comtessa Maria Fede CAPRONI (ITA) was awarded the honorary title of Vice President of Honour.

Next Plenary Meeting
24 to 26 April 2008, Moscow (RUS)


At the recent Friedrichshafen AERO sport aviation fair, the team that developed the "FLARM" anti-collision device, now installed on many gliders and light aircraft, received the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Prize for technical innovation in air sports.

The members of the team from Switzerland that developed FLARM, Urban MÄDER, Urs ROTHACHER and Andrea SCHLAPBACH, were recognised by the Trustees of the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Prize Fund as having made "a great contribution to the improvement of safety in air sport".

The USD 20'000 prize was presented to the team by Mr Alvaro de ORLEANS-BORBON, FAI Executive Director and son of the benefactor whose widow kindly created the Fund, in the presence of the three Trustees of the Fund, Mr. Wolfgang WEINREICH (President of Honour of FAI), Prof. Loek BOERMANS, renowned aerodynamicist from Delft University and OSTIV President, and Mr. Pierre PORTMANN, FAI President.


The FAI Astronautic Records Commission (ICARE) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 27 April 2007 in Lausanne (SUI).


The Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal was awarded to the crews of Space Shuttle Mission STS-121 and International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 13 for the successful completion of their mission consisting of testing new equipment and procedures, restoring the ISS to a three-person crew, and focusing on assembly preparations, maintenance and microgravity science.

The V.M. Komarov Diploma was awarded to the crew of ISS Expedition 12 for the successful completion of U.S. and Russian Extravehicular Activities (EVAs), and for docking their Soyuz to all ports of the ISS. The crew of STS-115 Space Shuttle mission, which resumed assembly of the ISS after a hiatus of four years, was also awarded The Komarov Diploma.

The Korolev Diploma was awarded to the crews of ISS Expedition 10 and STS-116 Space Shuttle mission for the successful installation of the P5 truss segment, critical rewiring of the ISS, and configuring the solar arrays allowing for future assembly operations.

Dr Sanz Fernandez de CORDOBA was re-elected as ICARE President and Mr John MILES (GBR) as Vice President, as well as ICARE representative to the FAI Aviation & Space Education Commission. (Click here for the full List of ICARE Officers and Delegates).

Next Plenary Meeting
4 April 2008, Lausanne (SUI)


New World Record Claims recently received by FAI include claims for Hang Gliders, Microlights and Aeroplanes.

Class O (Hang Gliders) / Claim number : 14609
Sub-class : O-3 (Paragliders) / Feminine Category
Type of record : Speed over a triangular course of 25 km
Course/location : Plaine Joux (FRA)
Performance : 24.12 km/h
Pilot : Fiona McASKILL (GBR)
Paraglider : Advance Omega 6
Date :17.04.2007
Current record : no record set yet

Class R (Microlights) / Claim number : 14613
Sub-class : RPF1 (Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown with one person)
Type of record : Distance in a straight line without landing
Course/location : Jerez, Cadix (ESP) - Lanzarote, Canaries (ESP)
Performance : 1 105.0 km
Paramotor : Advance Omega 7
Date : 23.04.2007
Current record : 951 km (08.06.2006 - Ramon MORILLAS SALMERON, ESP)

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claim number : 14614
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 : Melbourne, VIC (AUS) - Townsville (AUS)
Performance : 321.1 km/h
Pilot : Sean Peter TANNER (AUS)
Aircraft : Van's RV-8
Date :20.04.2007
Current record : no record set yet

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)
20.-28.07.07 : 5th FAI European Advanced Aerobatic Championship (FIN)

23.-28.06.07 : 12th FAI World Radio Controlled F3D Aeromodelling Champ. (USA)
24.06.-01.07.07 : 2007 FAI World Free Flight Aeromodelling Champ. (UKR)
06.-14.07.07 : 2007 FAI European Control Line Aeromodelling Champ. (SRB)
08.-14.07.07 : 16th FAI World Radio Controlled F3B Aeromodelling Champ. (SUI)
18.-25.07.07 : 2007 FAI European Flying Scale Models Aeromodelling Champ. (UKR)
27.07.-05.08.07 : 12th FAI World Radio Controlled F3C Aeromodelling Champ. (POL)

25.-29.07.07 : 2007 World Balloon Trophy & Honda Cup (LUX)

10.-22.07.07 : 4th FAI Women's World Gliding Championship (FRA)
28.07.-11.08.07 : 5th FAI Junior World Gliding Championship (ITA)
28.07.-12.08.07 : 14th FAI European Gliding Championship (LTU)

02.-08.07.07 : 6th FAI A. Malevsky Memorial Int. Cup in Formation Skydiving (RUS)
02.-08.07.07 : 5th FAI A. Malevsky Memorial Int. Cup in Accuracy Landing (RUS)