FAI News 04/08

World Air Games logo and English website unveiled
Czech & Slovak Aerodrome Database
FAI President attends Steve Fossett Memorial Service
FAI Awards
World Record Claims/Competition Update

World Air Games 2009 logo and English website unveiled
The World Air Games 2009 website has now been published in English. It proudly displays the new logo which was officially launched recently at a ceremony hosted by the World Air Games 2009 organizing committee on the Piazza Castello in Turin. The new logo has been inspired by the Mole Antonelliana building which is a symbol of the city and was named after its designer Alessandro Antonelli. The four elements of the logo can also be interpreted as four wings taking off into the sky.

Czech & Slovak Aerodrome Database

An Aerodrome Database for the Czech and Slovak Republics has been published in English. The publication coincides with the two Republics signing the Schengen agreement, facilitating business and recreational aviation flights from other Schengen area states. Both the Czech and Slovak Republics encourage aviators to visit their beautiful and pilot-friendly countries. The Aerodrome Database is available from the publisher at http://www.aerobaze.cz/pilotshop

FAI President attends Steve Fossett Memorial Service

FAI President Pierre Portmann recently travelled to Chicago (USA) to represent the FAI community at a Memorial Service for the adventurer Steve Fossett. Mr Fossett set over 80 FAI world records, including the shortest time around the world in a balloon (320 hrs 33 min), and the aeroplane world distance record (41,467.53 km). He held no fewer than 8 De La Vaulx Medals, awarded to those who break Absolute World Records. Others attending the Memorial Service included Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Richard Branson.

FAI Awards

The 2008 deadline for nominations for FAI awards is 31 May. Nominations should be sent to the FAI Secretariat together with citations not exceeding 250 words. More details can be found at http://www.fai.org/awards

FAI medals and diplomas give recognition to those who have made outstanding contributions to aeronautics and astronautics, especially in the field of sporting aviation. They are awarded each year at the Opening Ceremony of the annual FAI General Conference.

New world record claims

New world record claims received recently by FAI include: Astronautics, Microlights and Parachuting .

Class P (Astronautics) Claim number : 15004
Absolute records
Course/location : Kennedy Space Center, FL (USA)
Crew : STS-123 and ISS 16 crews members (International)
Date :25.03.2008
Type of record : Assembled mass of spaceships linked in flight
Performance : 367 964 kg
Current record : 342 622.5 kg (22.08.2007 - STS-118 and ISS 13.A.1.
crews members (International)


Claim number : 15010
Type of record : Total duration of flight of spaceships while linked
Performance : 11 days 20 hours 35 minutes
Current record : 10 days 21 h 52 min 15 sec (07.11.2007 - STS-120 and ISS 16 crews members, International)

Class R (Microlights) Claim number : 14942
Sub-class :RPF1 (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown with one person)
Type of record : Distance in a closed circuit with limited fuel
Course/location : Saint Georges de Montaigu (France)
Performance : 102.1 km
Pilot : David ROTUREAU (France)
Paramotor : ITV Pawnee / Top 80 PAP14000
Date :27.01.2008
Previous record : 1.26 km (09.11.2006 - David ROGERS, USA)

Class G (Parachuting) Claim number : 14882
Sub-class :G-2 (Group jumps)
Category: General
Performance / Team records
Type of record : G-2-d1 : Largest Canopy Formation
Course/location : Lake Wales, FL (USA)
Performance : 100 parachutists
Team 100-way (International)
Date :21.11.2007
Previous record : 85 parachutists (26.11.2005 - International team, International)


25-31.05.08 FAI Asian Oceanic Championship for Model Helicopters (PHI)
27.06-06.07.08 FAI World Championship for Soaring Model Aircraft (TUR)
11-20.07.08 FAI World Championships for Scale Model Aircraft (POL)

(Hang Gliding)
07-21.06.08 16th FAI European Hang Gliding Championship (AUT)
19.07-02.08.08 11th FAI Women’s World Hang Gliding Championships (ITA)
19.07-02.08.08 4th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 5 Championship (ITA)
19.07-02.08.08 17th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 2 Championship (ITA)

30.06-12.07.08 10th FAI European Paragliding Championship (SRB)

21-28.06.08 8th FAI World Hot Airship Championship (RUS)

06-20.07.08 30th FAI World Gliding Championship (ITA)

(General Aviation)
13-20.07.08 18th FAI World Precision Flying Championship (AUT)
20-26.07.08 16th FAI World Rally Flying Championship (AUT)