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Otto Lilienthal, the 'Glider King' who was an inspirational 19th-century aviation pioneer died 120-years ago on 10 August 1896. We remember his legacy today…

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The Olympic movement and Space exploration may not seem an obvious mix – but in fact the two came together in a sporting union in the heart of Moscow earlier this year.

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They did it! After over 12 years of research and design, Swiss pioneers Dr. Bertrand Piccard (Initiator, Chairman and Pilot) and André Borschberg (Co-founder and CEO and Pilot) finished the first rou....

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A life in aerobatics: Mikhail Mamistov

A life in aerobatics: Mikhail Mamistov

From learning to fly in 1983 in the then Soviet Union, Mikhail Mamistov has become one of the most decorated pilots in the history of Aerobatics competition. We meet the legend…

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11 August 1986: The FAI World Record of John Trevor Egginton

11 August 1986: The FAI World Record of John Trevor Egginton

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Profile of a world champion: Ferenc Toth

Profile of a world champion: Ferenc Toth

Ferenc Toth has been at the top of his game since the turn of the century. The FAI Glider Aerobatics World Champion won his first major competition in 2000, aged 32. That was the FAI European Aerobati....

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It’s a family affair: Jerzy and Jan Makula

It’s a family affair: Jerzy and Jan Makula

“I have four sons, Jan is the youngest. But you know, when he was very little he was afraid of flying, he would not even touch the glider.” Jerzy Makula is a legend in glider aerobatics, often cal....

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The FAI received the following records claims from the Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov, 64, who completed his circumnavigation on Saturday 23 July 2016 by landing near Bonnie Rock (AUS) in a Rozier....

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Carpatian Cup - Golden Autumn - World Cup - Category F2 - Control Line Circular Flight

Event ID

: 10897    

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: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

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F2D (Combat Model Aircraft)

Place

: Mizhhirya (Ukraine)

Date(s)

: 30 Sep to 03 Oct 2016

Website

:http://www.ikar-f2d.in.ua


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French National Canopy Piloting Championship -

Event ID

: 11503    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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Canopy Piloting

Place

: Saint Denis de l'Hotel, Orléans (France)

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: 30 Sep to 02 Oct 2016

Website

:http://parachutisme-orleans.net/


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Upcoming Events

01 October 2016 2016 FAI F3A Asian-Oceanic Championship for Aerobatic Model Aircraft Taichung (Chinese Taipei)
01 October 2016 2016 Paragliding World Cup ST Leu - La Réunion (France)
01 October 2016 2016 Jihocesky pohar - Category F1 - Free Flight Vsechov (Czech Rep.)
01 October 2016 2016 Beograd Kup - Category S - Space Models Aradac - Zrenjanin (Serbia)
01 October 2016 2016 Macedonia Cup - Category F1 - Free Flight Prilep (Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia)
01 October 2016 2016 Kotuku Cup of New Zealand - Category F1 - Free Flight Lost Hills, California (USA)
01 October 2016 25th Open Internacional World Cup Ciudad de Valladolid - Category F2 - Control Line Circular Flight Valladolid (Spain)
01 October 2016 2016 Indianapolis - Red Bull Air Race World Championship Indianapolis (USA)
01 October 2016 2016 "Nis Open", 1.round Serbian ACC league Niska Banja (Serbia)
01 October 2016 2016 FPV Bulgaria Cup - Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
01 October 2016 2016 Kazakhstan PAragliding Accuracy Championship - ekpendi, Taldykorgan, Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)
02 October 2016 2016 FAI F3 World Championship for Model Gliders Hanstholm (Denmark)
02 October 2016 2016 Sierra Cup - Category F1 - Free Flight Lost Hills, California (USA)
02 October 2016 2016 Niksic Cup - Category F1 - Free Flight Prilep (Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia)
07 October 2016 38th Ljubijana Cup - Category S - Space Models Ljubljana (Slovenia)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Time to climb to a height of 3 000 m : 6 min 36 sec Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Greatest mass carried to height of 2 000 m : 100.00 kg Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Time to climb to a height of 3 000 m : 9 min 43 sec Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Altitude with 200 kg payload : 4,115 m Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Altitude with 100 kg payload : 4,295 m Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Greatest mass carried to height of 2 000 m : 258.00 kg Paul A Salmon (USA)
27 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Altitude with 100 kg payload : 4'580.00 m Paul A Salmon (USA)
23 September 2016 Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling : Duration (ceiling 15m - 30m): 117-c : 22 min 41 sec Akihiro Danjo (JPN)
20 September 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 435.00 km/h Travis P. Holland (USA)
19 September 2016 Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling : Duration: 192 : 12 h 46 min 29 sec Andre Mellin (USA)
19 September 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 730.00 km/h Jonathan N. Headley (USA)
17 September 2016 Parachuting : Lowest Score after 5 rounds : 36.00 sec Olga Lepezina (RUS)
17 September 2016 Parachuting : Lowest Score after 5 rounds : 36.00 sec Olga Lepezina (RUS)
17 September 2016 Parachuting : Lowest Single Round Score : 7,07 sec Olga Lepezina (RUS)
16 September 2016 Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling : Speed: 203 : 288,538 km/h Robert Sixt (GER)
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5th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett - St. Louis (USA) 1910

Start: St.Louis, "Forest Park", October 17th , 4.30 p.m.         

From the Book: Die Gordon Bennett Ballon Rennen
(The Gordon Bennett Races) by Ulrich Hohmann Sr

For the second time in America, for the second time at the same place, but what a difference from the race three years before! Dear reader, go back once again and read, what Erbslöh stated about the preparations then. Also a comparison of the organization is recommended. When the pilots and their material arrived at St.Louis in 1910, one had really forgotten, that the race should take place there. Nowhere could they obtain any information, nobody could be found, who knew anything about the race. It seemed as if they had gone to a wrong St. Louis.

Finally on Sunday, October 16th, the pilots discovered a notice in the office of the organisators, telling that on Monday morning, 4 a.m. inflation should begin, launch was scheduled for the afternoon, 4:30 p.m., also the order of the launch and that every balloon will get seven negroes for help.

The wind came from the south southwest, a huge wide open space lay ahead of the balloons, but also the Great lakes and the Canadian wilderness with deserted areas and gigantic jungles. Seven of ten balloons risked to jump across the Great Lakes and flew to Canada. It needed a lot of energy and love for competition to extend the flight up to these inhospitably areas. The German balloon HARBURG III (Lieutenant Vogt and W. F. Assmann) fell into Lake Nipising, when the crew reached the shore by swimming, where they were welcomed by Indians. Messner and Givaudan landed their AZUREA in the middle of the jungle and it took them three days to find an inhabitant area. Hugo von Abercron and August Blankertz were lost in the jungle for not less than 10 days. They had to leave their balloon back at the landing spot, were it was found three month later by Inuits.

Still before the race, big hopes had been set in America on Allan R. Hawley and Augustus Post. They had a superior win in the preselection flight from Indianapolis in September. Now exhaustion was even bigger, when after a message, dropped 24 hours after launch, no news came in the following days. The American aero club as well as the local club of St. Louis sent representatives to Ottawa and Toronto, to organize saving expeditions from there. Finally, after 10 days, a telegram came in. Sent from St. Ambroise it contained the following message: "Landed one week ago in the wilderness on the Peribonka River 50 miles north of Chicoutimi. Are both well and on the way back. Hawley and Post."

The landing-place was on a hillslope in 500m altitude. Augustus Post had hunted moose in this area some time before and so had a little knowledge about the Canadian forests. Their four-days-walk to the tent of a woodcutter was extremely arduous, for they had to carry with them all their food and blankets and Hawley suffered from a pulled tendon, he got from a fall.

Both pilots already had been together in the basket at the Gordon Bennett Race 1907. Augustus Post also was the co-pilot at the race in Berlin, who climbed through the skylight in Berlin-Friedenau after the 5-minute flight. With the 1910 flight they crowned their ballooning career and flew just for fun from then on. Instead, we meet Harry E. Honeywell from St.Louis for the first time this year, who will take part in totally seven races until 1924, but could never win.

Also other famous names can be discovered in the competitors list for the first time. Hugo von Abercron was present every year since the beginning. Oberst Schaeck and now Hauptmann Messner, winner of 1908 tried once again to gain victory for Switzerland in two balloons. Theodor Schaeck dies soon later. For this race, he had selected a co-pilot, who became one of the great Gordon Bennett pilots some years later: Paul Armbruster. For the first time Hans Gericke appears, he manages at once to reach the second place. We will hear from him in the following year.

Original report from Hawley about his flight to victory

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