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Air Sports Set to Shine at The World Games

The World Games 2017 opened in spectacular style in the city of Wroclaw, Poland on Thursday night, 2...

Sixty-six athletes from three air sports to take part in The World Games 2017, 20-23 July

Sixty-six international air sports athletes will compete in three different air sports at the World ...

15th FAI World Paragliding Championship Monte Avena 2017 – superb organization and flying!

New World Champions in Paragliding – Seiko Fukuoka (FRA), Pierre Remy (FRA) and First National Tea...

9 July 2012: Akihiro Danjo flew his model aircraft for almost 20 minutes

Five years ago today, on 9 July 2012, Japanese pilot Akihiro Danjo flew his model aircraft with exte...

'Hackathon' engineers target new e-markers for balloon competitions

Hot air balloon competitions look set to be revolutionised if three science teams from the Ukraine g...

The World Games 2017, 20-23 July - Follow us !

The World Games 2017, 20-23 July - Follow us !

Sixty-six international air sports athletes compete in three different air sports at the World Games in Poland. Parachuting Canopy Piloting, Glider Aerobatics and Paramotoring all feature over four da....

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Helmut Schlecht awarded FAI Bronze Medal at CISM Military Wo....

Helmut Schlecht awarded FAI Bronze Medal at CISM Military Wo....

Respected parachutist Helmut Schlecht was awarded the FAI Bronze Medal at the 41st CISM Military World Parachuting Championship in Bad Sassendorf, Germany in July.

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'Hackathon' engineers target new e-markers for balloon compe....

'Hackathon' engineers target new e-markers for balloon compe....

Hot air balloon competitions look set to be revolutionised if three science teams from the Ukraine get their way.

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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.

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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....

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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....

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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.

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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 ....

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 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…

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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....

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FAI European Gliding Championships -

Event ID

: 9747    

Bid:

259

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Continental Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
Standard Class
20 meter Multi-seat Class

Place

: Moravská Třebová (Czech Rep.)

Date(s)

: 20 Jul to 06 Aug 2017


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The World Games - The World Games

Event ID

: 9933    

Bid:

1631

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: The World Games

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Canopy Piloting

Place

: Wroclaw (Poland)

Date(s)

: 20 Jul to 30 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.theworldgames2017.com/


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The World Games - The World Games

Event ID

: 9934    

Bid:

1631

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: The World Games

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Unlimited Aerobatics (Glider)

Place

: Wroclaw (Poland)

Date(s)

: 20 Jul to 30 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.wroclaw.pl/the-world-games-2017


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The World Games - The World Games

Event ID

: 9935    

Bid:

1631

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: The World Games

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Paramotor classes

Place

: Wroclaw (Poland)

Date(s)

: 20 Jul to 30 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.theworldgames2017.com/


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FAI F3J European Championship for Model Gliders -

Event ID

: 11407    

Bid:

300

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Continental Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F3J (Thermal Duration Gliders) - seniors
F3J (Thermal Duration Gliders) - juniors

Place

: Martin (Slovakia)

Date(s)

: 16 Jul to 22 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.rcmklub.sk


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EUROTOUR Vladimir's Model Cup -

Event ID

: 11719    

Bid:

308

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F3K (Hand Launch Gliders)

Place

: Lviv (Ukraine)

Date(s)

: 21 Jul to 22 Jul 2017

Website

:http://f3j.in.ua


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UB Cup -

Event ID

: 11739    

Bid:

780

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F2A (Speed Model Aircraft)
F2B (Aerobatic Model Aircraft)
F2C (Team Racing Model Aircraft)
F2D (Combat Model Aircraft)

Place

: Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia)

Date(s)

: 20 Jul to 22 Jul 2017

Alternate dates

: 27 Jul 2017

Website

:http://masa.mn


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Vitoria Open -

Event ID

: 11752    

Bid:

669

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F3F (Slope Soaring Gliders)

Place

: Pico del Fraile (Spain)

Date(s)

: 21 Jul to 23 Jul 2017

Website

:http://vitoriaf3f.com


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Bulgaria Cup -

Event ID

: 11825    

Bid:

731

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

S4A (Boost Glider Duration Models 0 to 2.5 NS)
S6A (Streamer Duration Models - 0 to 2.5 NS)
S7 (Scale)
S8E/P (Rocket Glider Duration and Precision Landing Models)
S9A (Gyrocopter Duration Models - 0 to 2.5 NS)

Place

: Dupnitsa (Bulgaria)

Date(s)

: 21 Jul to 23 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.f1abc.com


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Paragliding Accuracy World Cup – PGAWC Canada -

Event ID

: 11965    

Bid:

251

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: Mont-Saint-Pierre (Canada)

Date(s)

: 21 Jul to 23 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.pgawc.org


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Campionato Italiano di Parapendio (Italian Open Gemona) -

Event ID

: 12021    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Gemona del Friuli (Italy)

Date(s)

: 16 Jul to 22 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.vololiberofriuli.it


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Ager Open -

Event ID

: 12064    

Bid:

669

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

: Ager (Spain)

Date(s)

: 16 Jul to 22 Jul 2017

Alternate dates

: 15 Jul 2017

Website

:http://airtribune.com/ageropen


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Junior Qualification Competition -

Event ID

: 12199    

Bid:

266

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class

Place

: Leverkusen (Germany)

Date(s)

: 15 Jul to 22 Jul 2017


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Junior Qualification Competition -

Event ID

: 12200    

Bid:

266

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
Standard Class

Place

: Achmer (Germany)

Date(s)

: 17 Jul to 23 Jul 2017

Website

:http:/ /www.junioren-quali-achmer.de/


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MAntar XC Open - Exhibition Event of ACPA -

Event ID

: 12212    

Bid:

273

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Sumbawa Barat (Indonesia)

Date(s)

: 18 Jul to 24 Jul 2017

Alternate dates

: 17 Jul 2017

Website

:http://www.mantar-xcopen2017.com


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Peñon Summertime -

Event ID

: 12224    

Bid:

286

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 - sport class Cross Country

Place

: El Peñon, Valle de Bravo (Mexico)

Date(s)

: 19 Jul to 27 Jul 2017

Website

:https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=pe%C3%B1on%20summertime%202017


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Upcoming Events

22 July 2017 2017 FAI F3 World Championships for Model Helicopters - Wloclawek (Poland)
22 July 2017 6th EUROTOUR - South Moravia Cup - Boretice - Kravi Hora (Czech Rep.)
22 July 2017 10th World Cup F3A Cerceda 2017 - Cerceda (Spain)
22 July 2017 11th OPen F5J Principado de Asturias - Gijon - Asturias (Spain)
22 July 2017 2017 Prilep Cup - Trophy of Prilep - Prilep (Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia)
22 July 2017 2017 F5B Burgkunstadt - Burgkundstadt (Germany)
22 July 2017 2017 In memory of Jozef Gabris - Zarnovica (Slovakia)
22 July 2017 2017 International German Open - Altes Lager (Germany)
22 July 2017 2017 Pré-European 2018 / Portuguese National Championship - Montalegre (Portugal)
22 July 2017 2017 ltalian Hang Gliding Open Championship - Sigillo (Italy)
22 July 2017 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Championship - Kazan (Russia)
22 July 2017 2017 Kaiser Trophy - Ellmau (Austria)
23 July 2017 2017 FAI F3K World Championship for Model Gliders - Lviv (Ukraine)
23 July 2017 2017 Hungarian, Lithuanian & Slovenian Open - Zelezniki (Slovenia)
23 July 2017 2017 British Open UK - Malverns (United Kingdom)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

16 July 2017 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 1 000 km : 157,00 km/h Keith Essex (NZL)
14 July 2017 Gliding : Out-and-return distance : 1 149,6 km Gilles Navas (FRA)
14 July 2017 Gliding : Free out-and-return distance : 1 149,6 km Gilles Navas (FRA)
03 July 2017 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 750 km : 156,00 km/h Sibylle Andresen (GER)
03 July 2017 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 750 km : 156,00 km/h Sibylle Andresen (GER)
01 July 2017 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 300 km : 162 km/h Marek Malolepszy (POL)
23 June 2017 Parachuting : - : 43 skydivers
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)
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Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

The Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett is the most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for the balloon pilots and their equipment. The goal is simple: to fly the furthest distance from the launch site.

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The international balloon competition was initiated by adventurer and newspaper tycoon Gordon Bennett in 1906, when 16 balloons launched from the Tuileries Gardens in Paris, France. Little did the crowd of 200,000 spectators know that this race was to continue throughout the 20th century.

These web pages are dedicated to the courageous men and women who have and continue to challenge the skies in this incredible event. Within these pages is the history of this great event, from a list of all race participants and winners to the narrative supplied from a book by Ulrich Hohmann Sr. of Germany. Please feel free to read this material, use it for educational event promotional purposes but pleas respect the copyrights associated with this material for publication and distribution.

It is a story full of adventure, skill, courage survival and luck.

It is the story of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett.

 

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2018 FAI Young Artists Contest

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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!

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111th FAI General Conference

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

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FAI International Drones Conference and Expo

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The event will take place from 1 to 3 September 2017 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Register now !

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