Login

On this day: First anniversary of Solar Impulse 2’s historic three-day solar-powered flight across the Atlantic

On this day in history, 23 June: Solar Impulse 2 successfully completed the world’s first solar-powe...

Registration opens for the 1st FAI International Drones Conference and Expo promoting Innovation, Safety and Sports

FAI has issued an invitation to attend the 1st FAI International Drones Conference in Lausanne, Swit...

Red Bull Air Race 2017: Yoshihide Muroya is the home race hero

Yoshihide Muroya wowed his 55,000 fans with the perfect flight when it mattered most in Chiba over...

100 days before the launch of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2017

 In 100 days, the 61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Ballo...

50 days to go to The World Games in Poland!

Today marks the 50 days to go to the World Games 2017!The city of Wrocław in Poland was awarded to h...

Registration opens  for the 1st FAI International Drones Con....

Registration opens for the 1st FAI International Drones Con....

FAI has issued an invitation to attend the 1st FAI International Drones Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, from 1 - 3 September 2017 about Innovation, Safety and Sports.

Read more...
Drones: Opportunities and Challenges for Air Sports

Drones: Opportunities and Challenges for Air Sports

On 19 - 20 May 2017 the FAI Executive Board and the FAI Active Member in Germany, the Deutscher Aero Club (DAeC), met in Frankfurt. The main topic during the meetings: What does the fast development o....

Read more...
Bidding opens for the 1st FAI World Drone Racing Championshi....

Bidding opens for the 1st FAI World Drone Racing Championshi....

 FAI has issued a call for bids for the first FAI World Drone Racing Championships, to be held in late 2017 or early 2018.

Read more...
FAI Young Artists Contest 2018: 'Flight into the Future'

FAI Young Artists Contest 2018: 'Flight into the Future'

The theme for the 2018 FAI Young Artists Contest is ‘Flight into the Future’ – and entries are open. The FAI has announced the theme for its popular annual FAI Young Artists Contest for 2018. Y....

Read more...
1st FAI Drone Events Organiser Meeting held in Lausanne

1st FAI Drone Events Organiser Meeting held in Lausanne

The 1st FAI Drone Events Organiser Meeting was held on 29 and 30 April 2017 at the Maison du Sport International in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Read more...
More news
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....

Read more...
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.

Read more...
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 ....

Read more...
 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…

Read more...
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....

Read more...
More Personality

Current Events

F3A World Cup - GBR -

Event ID

: 11558    

Bid:

309

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F3A (Aerobatic Power Model Aircraft)

Place

: Ashford, Kent (United Kingdom)

Date(s)

: 23 Jun to 25 Jun 2017

Alternate dates

: 02 Jun to 04 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.gbrcaa.org/WorldCup/


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="11558" ]

Maketarsky mitink s RCM -

Event ID

: 11579    

Bid:

259

Event classification

: Open International - Non World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F4C (Radio Controlled Flying Scale Model Aircraft)
F4H (Scale Model Aircraft - Stand-off scale weight)

Place

: Prague (Czech Rep.)

Date(s)

: 23 Jun to 25 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.rcmodely.cz


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="11579" ]

West Siberia Cup -

Event ID

: 11703    

Bid:

612

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F2D (Combat Model Aircraft)

Place

: Tyumen (Russia)

Date(s)

: 23 Jun to 26 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.fasr.ru


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="11703" ]

Paragliding World Cup - Serbia -

Event ID

: 11890    

Bid:

792

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Siveco, Nish (Serbia)

Date(s)

: 17 Jun to 24 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.pwca.org/node/33662


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="11890" ]

Iceland PG Open -

Event ID

: 11916    

Bid:

271

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Mt Burfell (Iceland)

Date(s)

: 21 Jun to 24 Jun 2017

Alternate dates

: 25 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.livetrack24.com/events/iceland2017


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="11916" ]

Dinosaur -

Event ID

: 11938    

Bid:

310

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country
class 5 Cross country
class 1 - sport class Cross Country

Place

: Rangely (USA)

Date(s)

: 18 Jun to 24 Jun 2017


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="11938" ]

Rat Race USA Paragliding Nationals -

Event ID

: 11983    

Bid:

310

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Woodrat Mountain (USA)

Date(s)

: 18 Jun to 24 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.mphsports.com


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="11983" ]

PRe PWC 2 Alpes -

Event ID

: 12100    

Bid:

265

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Les 2 Alpes (France)

Date(s)

: 22 Jun to 25 Jun 2017

Website

:http://parapente.ffvl.fr/compet/3030


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="12100" ]

Ferrara Cup -

Event ID

: 12158    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

15 meter Class
Open Class

Place

: Ferrara (Italy)

Date(s)

: 23 Jun to 02 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.voloavelaferrara.com


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="12158" ]

Spanish Paragliding Open Pedro BErnardo -

Event ID

: 12162    

Bid:

669

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Pedro Bernardo (Spain)

Date(s)

: 17 Jun to 24 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.parapentectnp.com/


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="12162" ]

German Gliding Championships -

Event ID

: 12205    

Bid:

266

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

20 meter Multi-seat Class
Standard Class

Place

: Zwickau (Germany)

Date(s)

: 20 Jun to 30 Jun 2017

Website

:http://dm2017.acz.de/


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="12205" ]

Open National Championship - Murska Sobota -

Event ID

: 12210    

Bid:

301

Event classification

: CIA Sporting Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Hot Air Balloons

Place

: Murska Sobota (Slovenia)

Date(s)

: 21 Jun to 25 Jun 2017

Website

:http://events.baloncenter.com


Event Organiser


FAI Member of the Hosting Country

[flickr user=me tag="12210" ]

Upcoming Events

24 June 2017 2017 Eurocontest Ptuj cup - Moskanjci (Slovenia)
24 June 2017 2017 Trofeu Ricardo Lima F5J - Oporto Cup - Mendoes (Portugal)
24 June 2017 2017 F5J open Greek Cup - Stefanovikio Volos (Greece)
24 June 2017 2017 Zepsus Cup Silkeborg - Silkeborg (Denmark)
24 June 2017 2017 Jura's cup - Doucier (France)
25 June 2017 2017 EUROTOUR Barcs Interglide - Maidstone - Kent (United Kingdom)
25 June 2017 2017 British Nationals and Monte Cucco Open - Monte Cucco (Italy)
25 June 2017 2017 Carpathian Cup Open - Pylypets (Ukraine)
25 June 2017 2017 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP - Buno (France)
25 June 2017 2017 Czech Gliding Championship - Pribram (Czech Rep.)
25 June 2017 2017 Acro Vertigo Voss APWT - Voss, Bergen (Norway)
29 June 2017 2nd FAI World 13.5m Class Gliding Championship - Szatymas (Hungary)
29 June 2017 2017 Swedish Cup - Alvaret, Öland Island (Sweden)
29 June 2017 2017 Black cat Cup - Adazi (Latvia)
30 June 2017 2017 Danish Cup - Alvaret, Öland Island (Sweden)
More events

 

Latest FAI World Record Claims

19 June 2017 Microlights and paramotors : Altitude : 5 700 m Julien Barbier (FRA)
11 June 2017 Microlights and paramotors : Distance over a closed circuit without landing : 222,4 km Paulo Sergio Seabra (BRA)
11 June 2017 Microlights and paramotors : Distance over a closed circuit without landing : 222,4 km Cesar dos Santos Medeiros (BRA)
09 June 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a closed circuit of 2 000 km without payload : 480,00 km/h John S. Brush (USA)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Speed : 324,4 km/h Dawid Winczewski (POL)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Speed : 324,4 km/h Dawid Winczewski (POL)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Distance : 5, 137 km Alexey Galda (USA)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Distance : 5,192 km Anastasis Polykarpou (CYP)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Distance : 5,192 km Anastasis Polykarpou (CYP)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Distance : 4,359 km Jackie Harper (GBR)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Distance : 4,359 km Jackie Harper (GBR)
27 May 2017 Parachuting : Greatest Distance : 5,137 km Alexey Galda (USA)
26 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 870,00 km/h
24 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 453,7 km/h Michael Finbow (GBR)
24 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 850,00 km/h Mark Ranz (USA)
More records

1st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett - Paris (FRA) 1906

Start: Paris, Jardin des Tuileries, September 30th, 4 p.m.         

In Paris, public interest for the first Gordon-Bennett-Race was great. About 250.000 spectators may have been on the launch-field. Also among the aeronauts of the different countries, this new competition caught a lot of interest. Seven different nations entered balloons and with tension everybody waited for the launch of this new-developed competition. The only aeronauts in those days were balloon-pilots. Exactly 2 1/2 week before this launch, a Danish inventor named Jakob Ellehammer performed the first European fixed-wing-motor-flight, but with his home-made construction he covered only 42 meters at an altitude of 3 to 4 meters.

The order for take-off was defined by article 12 of the rules, by a drawing. At first the Italian balloon ELFE took off, the others followed in the drawn series within a period of a few minutes between them. Number 12 was the American Frank P. Lahm.

The most applause was gathered by Santos Dumont, flying for the USA. This eccentric and elegant pioneer of aviation had developed 14 aircraft in the years before, mostly one person mini-airships. . At this race, he flew with a 6 h.p. motor in the basket of the DEUX AMERIQUES. The flight ended painful for him. After covering 134 km, his jacket was caught in the propeller and his arm was hurt. He landed at Evreaux, and his balloon escaped, when he went out looking for a doctor in the night. This was the first and the last effort ever, to try to win this race by a motor-driven balloon. (The injuries may not have been too severe, for 1 1/2 month later, on November 12th, Alberto Santos-Dumont managed to make some good flights in Brazil with his self-developed biplane. (For his best performance he flew 70 meters in 21 seconds.)

Let’s go back to the race: The wind came from southeast and drove the balloons to the channel, urging the pilots to make the decision to land, or to risk the dangerous jump across the water in the hope, to reach the English coast. 16 balloons have launched, 7 left the continent and landed safe in England.

The first Gordon-Bennett-winners became the Americans Lt. Frank P.Lahm with his co-pilot Major Hersey in the balloon UNITED STATES, a coal-gas balloon of 2080 cu m. They landed after 22 hours and 15 minutes in Fyling-Dales, Yorkshire-county in north-England, directly in front of the North-Sea-coast. The balloon, that took off first, ELFE (1850 cu m), with Alfred Vonwiller and Lt. Ettore Cianetti came in second with only 54 kilometres back and a landing close to the town named Hull.

Among the others, Mr. Charles Rolls ("Rolls Royce") created excitement. He got lost. After he landed south of Hull in the night, he found no open telegraph-office, to sent his landing-report, and in his hurry, to travel back to London, he and his co-pilot totally forgot to report. Something else happened already in those times: A very angry English farmer sent a telegram to the FAI, complaining that the trace of a trail-rope of an unidentifiable balloon had spoiled his meadow. But in general, comments from the citizens were positive: The Lord of Flyingdale, on which properties the winner landed, commented: "An earthquake will not raise more attention than a landing of a balloon".

Let’s now have a look to the winner of this first competition: Frank P. Lahm, Lieutenant in the signal-corps of the US-army, born November 17th 1877 in Mansfield (Ohio). Lahm joined Westpoint military academy in June 1897, and was promoted Lieutenant of cavalry in the year 1901. He took part in the Philippine-war for two years and became teacher at Westpoint in 1903. From there, for further education he was commanded to attend the riding-school of Saumur (France) and later ordered to develop an air-force for the United States. Until the Gordon-Bennett-Race 1906 he had only done 14 flights in a balloon.

After his victory he was interviewed by the reporters of the New-York-Herald, and here is the report, that was printed in this paper on October 3rd 1906:

(this is the place, where the original interview Lahm/New York Herald should be shown)

Notes from the log-book of the UNITED STATES:

4:55p.m.

Depart

11:17 p.m.

Reached the sea near Caen

2:35 a.m.

Flashlight in the north

3:10 a.m.

Lights of the English coast in sight

3:30 a.m.

Reached the coast at the Isle of Wright

10:30 a.m.

Over flown Nottingham

3:10 p.m.

Landing one mile from the sea at Flying-Dales (Yorkshire) near Whitby, strong wind at the landing.

In the United States there was much cheering about this victory, especially among the members of the American aero club. But now the representatives of this club had to face big problems: they had to host the next race. Their organization was quite young, and only two pilots in the whole country held the required international licences and had some experience. (Santos Dumont had flown for the USA, but he was a Brazilian citizen). How could this end up well?

Articles In This Category
Category Articles

2018 FAI Young Artists Contest

Y-TOROPOVA-2011art1-1big
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!

Read more...

111th FAI General Conference

logoGC2017 frontpage
The next Conference will take place from 25 to 27 October 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Read more...

FAI Awards

awards
Browse the list of the FAI Awards recipients.

Read more...

Global partners

 

 

 

events calendar

Gallery

frontpage_logos

IOC Recognised

olympic_channel_logo

Did you know...?

3h 54m 59s = World Record manpowered aircraft

Did you know...?

Glenn was the first American to orbit the Earth

Did you know...?

There are 150 pilots in Paragliding Worlds

Red Bull Air Race
The Game