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After winning the overall at the F3A World Cup 2015, Lassi Nurila from Finland won the following F3A...

The 61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2017 to take off from Gruyères, Switzerland

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FAI takes the lead in the rise of the drone sports

The FAI, World Air Sports Federation, is putting itself at the centre of the international discussions about drones and drone sports as they happen around the world.

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FAI takes important steps for global drone sports

As the world governing body for all air sports recognised by the International Olympic Committee, FAI is responsible for world drone sports. As part of its work in this area, the Federation has now es....

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Background Model flying is an activity which is as old as manned aviation itself. Many of the aviation pioneers developed their designs on the basis of tests conducted using models and model aircraft....

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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 ....

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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…

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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

11 August 1986: A modified factory demonstration Westland Lynx AH.1 Helicopter piloted by Chief Test Pilot John Trevor Egginton set an FAI Absolute Record for Speed for helicopters over a straight 15 ....

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The Crete2Cape Vintage Air Rally

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: 10789    

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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: Crete (Greece) to Cape Town (South Africa) (-)

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: 13 Nov to 17 Dec 2016

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:http://www.crete2cape.com


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Open PArapente Santiago -

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: 11493    

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Cross Country

Place

: Santiago (Chile)

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: 08 Dec to 11 Dec 2016

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:http://www.opensantiago.cl


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Open de Canarias de Ala Delta -

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: 11559    

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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class 1 Cross country
class 1 - sport class Cross Country

Place

: Lanzarote, Gran Canaria (Spain)

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: 04 Dec to 10 Dec 2016

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:http://www.airtribune.com/xx-open-de-canarias


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Open Placivel -

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: 11605    

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: Second Category Event

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: Other

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Cross Country

Place

: Placivel (Venezuela)

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: 07 Dec to 11 Dec 2016

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:http://www.volarparapente.com.ve


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11 December 2016 2016 Western Cape Open Porterville (South Africa)
29 December 2016 2016 Otzma Open - Osrael Free Flight Competition - Category F1 - Free Flight Orim (Israel)
30 December 2016 2016 Hanukkah Open - Israel Free Flight Competition - Category F1 - Free Flight Orim (Israel)
30 December 2016 2017 Forbes Flatlands Hang Gliding Championships - Forbes (Australia)
08 January 2017 34th FAI World Gliding Championships - Benalla (Australia)
09 January 2017 2017 Final CNM de Parapente Escuela Aventura Valle A.C. - Akwawit Balloon Cup Valle de Bravo (Mexico)
14 January 2017 2017 Bright Open - Bright (Australia)
14 January 2017 2017 Colombia - 1a Valida - Open - Valle del Cauca (Colombia)
15 January 2017 2017 Monarca Paragliding Open - Valle de Bravo (Mexico)
17 January 2017 _n/a World Cup Superfinal - Valadares (Brazil)
20 January 2017 2017 Paraski World Cup Series - bad Leonfelden (Austria)
21 January 2017 2017 Hombres Pajaro Colombia - Santa Elena (Colombia)
22 January 2017 2017 Corryong PG Open - Corryong (Australia)
27 January 2017 2nd Open Roldanillo Colombia - Roldanillo (Colombia)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

06 December 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 725,00 km/h Daniel G. Raffaelli (USA)
06 December 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 840,00 km/h Daniel G. Raffaelli (USA)
02 December 2016 Experimental / New Technologies : Duration : 55 h 56 min Jeremy Novara (USA)
27 November 2016 Parachuting : - : 65 skydivers
25 November 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Time to climb to a height of 3 000 m : 4 min 22 s Walter Extra (GER)
24 November 2016 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 100 km : 140,50 km/h Stefano Ghiorzo (ITA)
21 November 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 1'040.00 km/h Brian D. Erickson (USA)
21 November 2016 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 300 km : 119,52 km/h Stefano Ghiorzo (ITA)
20 November 2016 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 500 km : 112,52 km/h Stefano Ghiorzo (ITA)
18 November 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 830.00 km/h Erik A. Kauber (USA)
11 November 2016 Parachuting : - : 40 skydivers
06 November 2016 Parachuting : Highest Time : 95,7 sec Chris Geiler (USA)
06 November 2016 Parachuting : Highest Time : 95,7 sec Chris Geiler (USA)
06 November 2016 Parachuting : Highest Time : 93,6 sec Espen Fadnes (NOR)
06 November 2016 Parachuting : Highest Time : 84,7 sec Andrew de Jonge (RSA)
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12th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett - Brussels (BEL) 1923

Start: Brussels, September 23rd, 4 p.m.        

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

This will be the race, in which the attendant circumstances were to be more reported than about the flight itself. If this would have been the third victory in a series for Belgium (without the interruption by Switzerland in 1921), the 1923 Gordon Bennett Race could have been the last one. Who would have tried to set it up again, if five competitors had met death in the previous race?

Until 1998 no Gordon-Bennett-Race was cancelled or even postponed because of weather conditions. Snowstorms and rain often have struck the pilots with a lot of stress. It also often took days, until the first signs of life reached the championship organisation after landing and, let's remember 1908, sometimes it was believed, that some competitors had not survived the flight. But it had always ended well. 1923 became the most tragic of all competitions.

21 balloons were inflated in bright sunshine on the already known Solbosch plain near Bruxelles. The stands and places for spectators were well crowded, it is told, more than 100.000 people had been there. The wind wasn't very strong in the beginning, but quite gusty. Launch preparations were on the run, when the sky darkened and a heavy thunderstorm came up. Lightening flashed through the clouds, soon rain clattered down in heavy drops, followed by hail. Three teams from Italy and one from Poland (entered for the first time) declared, not to launch under these circumstances. Looking back, they made the right decision.

At about 4 p.m. PICARDIE launched first, flown by the Belgium Veenstra, who had been the second man in the basket of Demuyter the year before. It was the same balloon that had won the race for France with Bienaime in 1912. The Spanish balloon DURO followed with Guillen/Sierra. At the take-off of the third balloon, the first misfortune happened. U.S. ARMY S.6 was not exactly balanced, did not get enough altitude at the right time and hit VILLE DE BRUXELLES with its basket. The basket got caught in the net and tore it from the equator up to the vent. So the Belgium Labrousse also stayed on the ground, the year before he had been fourth. But that was not all of the mishaps at the launch. The balloon of the "eternal second" Honeywell, US ARMY was obviously filled too full. At about 5 p.m., a gust of wind shook the balloon so strongly, that it burst still on the ground. Honeywell, already in the basket, said afterwards: "This should have been my sixth Gordon Bennett Race, but fate said no".

With this wind it might have been very difficult for the launch crews to level out the balloons. Overall, all lifted only slowly and then had to dump a lot of ballast immediately to prevent them from crashing against the nearby houses. In the rush, whole sandbags flew overboard. It is a miracle, that no spectator, who stayed there in spite of the thunderstorm, got hurt. They did not see anything from the disasters that followed now for the balloons had already gone out of sight. First it met the Spanish balloon POLAR. After half an hour of flight he was above Heist op den Berg, when a flash of lightening struck its envelope, set the gas on fire and sent him burning back to earth. Co-pilot Penaranda did not survive the fall, Gomez was lucky, he survived, both legs broken. 40 minutes later a flash of lightening struck the Swiss balloon GENF with the pilots von Grüningen and Wehren. Both met death when the burning balloon sank to earth at Moll. The same happened to the Americans Olmstead and Choptaw, killed by lightening near Moerdyck.

There was no radio on board in those days. The other competitors got no news of the tragic occurrences if they had not seen them by themselves. They had to deal with the awful weather alone and landed very soon after short flights between 50 and 300 kilometres, mostly in the Netherlands, where the Spanish Magdalena/Baselga destroyed a high tension power line, but stood unhurt. Only four balloons reached longer distances. The Englishmen Spencer and Berry with their balloon MARGARET were pulled out of the sea 20 miles north of Skagen/Denmark. Swiss Armbruster with Dr.Bachmann in the basket of HELVETIA landed at Flensburg, close to the Baltic Sea. The Belgian balloons PICARDIE and BELGICA crossed the Sund flew deep into Sweden. Demuyter and his co-pilot Coeckelbergh still 150 kilometres more than Veenstra and Quersin. Demuyter had gained his third victory! Let us read his report:

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