FAI News 08/07

World Air Games - 7 Days to go !

FAI Young Artists Contest 2008
: Rules and Interpretation of the theme

FAI General Conference 2007 : Information and Registration Form

80 Year later ... : From Lindbergh to SolarImpulse

New World Record Claims / Competition Update


In exactly one week, the name of the city hosting the FAI World Air Games 2009 will be known.

On Friday 1st June 2007 from 12.00 to 13.30 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne (SUI), the Candidate Cities of Moscow, Odense and Turin will present their bids to the FAI Selection Committee (see FAI News 06/07).

Following the presentations, the FAI Selection Committee will vote, and the host city for 2009 will be officially announced at 14.00.

Presentations are open to the public.

Media representatives wishing to attend the event are invited to contact immediately TSE Consulting, Mrs Caroline Anderson, at phone number +41 (0)21 313 23 00 (info@tseconsulting.com).


The Rules and Interpretation of the theme “Design an Aviation Stamp” for the 2008 FAI Young Artists Contest have been made available on the Webpages of the FAI Aviation & Space Education Commission (CIEA).

FAI Member organisations are responsible for making arrangements in their respective countries for a national competition, for young people resident in their countries. Each country may submit to FAI a maximum of 9 paintings (3 in each years of birth category).

Participants have to send their paintings to the organising authority in their country, and not to the FAI. Only entries sent by FAI Members arriving at FAI Headquarters in Lausanne by the closing date of 11th April 2008, will be considered by the International Jury.

FAI General Conference 2007FAI GENERAL CONFERENCE 2007

The 101st FAI General Conference will be held on the Island of Rhodos (Greece) from 11 to 14 October 2007.

FAI Members are invited to visit the official Webpage of the 101st FAI General Conference, to download the Information Bulletin and register according to the instructions published by the Hellenic Aeronautical & Airsports Federation.

For further information :

On-line registration for the 101st FAI General Conference

Previous FAI General Conferences

Solar Impulse - Virtual Flight 2007Solar Impulse - Virtual Flight 200780 YEARS LATER ...

On 21st May 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh landed the “Spirit of St-Louis” at Le Bourget (Paris), completing the first solo, non-stop flight across the North Atlantic Ocean. Exactly 80 years after this great achievement, the Solar Impulse Team took off from Hawaii for a virtual flight to Florida on-board a solar-powered virtual airplane.

The construction of the Solar Impulse prototype has just begun

(www.solarimpulse.com). To realise the challenging idea of flying a solar-powered aircraft around the world, many innovative technologies have to be applied and thoroughly tested. The main objectives of this year’s virtual flight are, using completely new simulation tools, to verify the ability of the airplane to store enough energy during the day to continue flying throughout the night; to optimize in-flight energy management; and to train the Mission Team in complex decision-making and procedures.

The progress of the flight, which ends on 25 May, may be followed on Internet at www.solarimpulsevirtualflight.com.


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

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claims number : 14627 and 14628

Sub-class : C-1b (Landplanes – Take-off weight 500 to 1000 kg)

Group 1 : piston engine

Type of record : Speed over a recognised course

Pilot : Sean Peter TANNER (AUS)

Aircraft : Van's RV-8

Current record : no record set yet

Claim #14627

Course/location : Melbourne, VIC (AUS) - Bundaberg, QLD (AUS)

Performance : 334.9 km/h

Date :04.05.2007

Claim #14628

Course/location : Bundaberg, QLD (AUS) - Melbourne, VIC (AUS)

Performance : 297.7 km/h

Date :06.05.2007

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)

16.-28.08.07 : 12th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championship (AUT)

24.-26.08.07 : 25th FAI World Grand Prix (RUS)


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)

27.07.-05.08.07 : 12th FAI World Radio Controlled F3C Aeromodelling Champ. (POL)

03.-08.08.07 : 2007 FAI Junior European Free Flight Aeromodelling Champ. (SRB)

19.-26.08.07 : 6th FAI European Radio Controlled F3J Aeromodelling Champ. (SVK)

27.08.-01.09.07 : 10th FAI World Free Flight F1E Aeromodelling Champ. (ROU)

27.08.-01.09.07 : 2007 FAI European Free Flight F1D Aeromodelling Champ. (SRB)


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

02.-05.08.07 : 15th Coupe d’Europe & 19th Ladies World Cup M. Kakuda Trophy (FRA)

16.-23.08.07 : 15th FAI European Hot Air Balloon Championship (GER)


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.-19.08.07 : 14th FAI European Gliding Championship (FRA)

Hang Gliding

07.-19.08.07 : 16th FAI World Hang Gliding Championships (USA)


18.-25.08.07 : 11th FAI World Classic Classes Microlight Championships (CZE)


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)

04.-12.08.07 : 2007 FAI European Formation Skydiving Championship (RUS)

04.-12.08.07 : 2007 World Cup in Formation Skydiving (RUS)

04.-12.08.07 : 2007 FAI European Artistic Skydiving Championships (RUS)

04.-12.08.07 : 2007 World Cup of Artistic Events (RUS)