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Solar Impulse 2 to fly around the world without fuel

Solar-impulse-presentation-2014The new solar-powered airplane Solar Impulse 2 was presented yesterday in Payerne, Switzerland, by Swiss pilots and cofounders of the project Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg. The plane is set to attempt to fly around the world without a drop a fuel in 2015.

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2013 FAI Annual Report available now !

2013FAI-Annual-Report Capture CoverThe 2013 FAI Annual Report, which gives an overview of last year’s activities and achievements of the Federation, has been released.

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Green airsports honoured with new environmental award

Angelo d ArrigoThe FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) has established the Angelo d’Arrigo Diploma, a new FAI environmental award which aims at recognising and promoting major contributions in the field of environmental and sustainable development, in accordance with the development of a philosophy and a vision of sport aviation that increasingly wants to be respectful of the environment that surrounds it.

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FAI names Susanne Schödel as new Secretary General

Susanne SchoedelThe FAI is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Schödel as its new Secretary General, starting on 1 March 2014. Schödel, a 41 year old German native, combines experience in airsports, management of non-profit making organisations and political matters.

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Centenary of first flight across Mediterranean Sea by Roland Garros

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The world of aviation is today celebrating the 100 jubilee of an event which became a milestone in the history of aviation: the first non-stop flight across the Mediterranean Sea by Frenchman Roland Garros.

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FAI Secretary General Badan to step down from his position - Search for his replacement underway

Jean-Marc_BadanThe FAI has announced that Jean-Marc Badan is to step down as FAI Secretary General, effective 30 November 2013. The FAI Executive Board has created a high priority working group to search for his replacement. Candidates are invited to submit their written application and CV by Wednesday 25 September 2013 (12.00 CET) at the latest by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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Main decisions taken at the 2013 CIACA Annual Meeting

logo ciaca 01 cmyk-ptOn Saturday 13 April 2013 the members of the FAI Amateur-Built and Experimental Aircraft Commission (CIACA) gathered in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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New 2012 FAI Annual Report just out !

2012 FAI Annual Report coverThe FAI has released a new publication, the 2012 FAI Annual Report, designed to present the most notable achievements, developments, facts and challenges of the past year. It is meant to be a reference book for all those who are interested in air sports events and the FAI.

It includes an overview of each air sport, lists of competition results, awards and records, photographs and a lot of other useful information.

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Icarus Cup 2013: First ever Human-Powered Aircraft Competition to be sanctioned by FAI

Icarus Cup 2012-Fred ToThe FAI has today announced that the Human Powered Aircraft (HPA) Icarus Cup 2013 has been sanctioned by the FAI as an FAI 2nd Category Event. This is the very first time that this sport has featured in the FAI Events Calendar.

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Main decisions taken at the FAI Amateur-Built and Experimental Aircraft Commission 2012 Annual Meeting

logo ciaca 01 cmyk-ptOn Sunday 22 April 2012 the members of the FAI Amateur-Built and Experimental Aircraft Commission (CIACA) gathered in Friedrichshafen, Germany, for the first annual meeting of the CIACA since it was converted from a Technical to an Air Sports Commission.

CIACA President Alfons Hubmann presented what had happened in the past year. He gave a review of his presentation to the full audience of the FAI General Conference in October 2011 in Belgrade, showing the origin of amateur aircraft building from Daedalus and Icarus, Leonardo da Vinci, Father Gusmão, the Wright Brothers, Santos-Dumont and many more – all heroes and inventors in the evolution of aircraft. He reminded the CIACA Delegates that even today all those associations and aircraft builders connected with CIACA are still contributing worldwide to the development of new technologies and new power sources; therefore he proposed to support all these visions and creative efforts by creating CIACA task forces and working groups for “new technologies”, “new and sustainable power sources” and others. Furthermore, the newly acquired “Air Sports Commission” status brings with it the obligation to create a sporting code and call for competitions!

FAI Secretary General Jean-Marc Badan, also present at the meeting, wished the "new" CIACA a successful start and explained the rights and duties of Air Sports Commissions. He also reminded CIACA's specific scope of activities as defined in the FAI By-Laws (3.6) :

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CIACA Experts and Solar Impulse

On 25 May 2012 Solar Impulse took off from Payerne, Switzerland, and landed in Madrid, Spain, after a 17 hour flight.

The FAI Amateur-Built and Experimental Aircraft Commission (CIACA)  Experts were present in Payerne Airport to make sure that  the solar energy management was in accordance with the FAI rules.

After several successful flights in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Solar Impulse has demonstrated that a solar-powered airplane can fly day and night using no fuel. The next challenge is to fly around the world and prove that progress is possible using clean forms of energy.

All the CIACA Members around the world are constructing and building individual aircraft with the aim to develop new technologies and help to use new powers for a cleaner aviation in the future.

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