Monday, 27 July 2015 11:51
FAI invites you to visit the new event website for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. Managed by the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) as the host of the event, it offers quick and easy access to essential information about the Games.
Friday, 22 May 2015 16:01
New aeromodelling activities are possible with opportunities offered by current technology, miniaturisation of on-board electronic devices (gyro sensors, altimeter, telemetry, GPS, video camera, ...) and associated flight systems (flight stabilisation, automatic flight control,...), whether or not they are combined with new types of model aircraft such as multi-rotors.
As an illustration, First Person View (FPV) activities are rapidly developing in some counties with the established performance of on-board video cameras transmitting to a pilot’s headset or to a screen on the ground.
In this context, CIAM has produced a draft rules document to help the organisation of recreational or sporting events for "drone model aircraft". This document must be clearly considered only as a guideline document and definitively not as an official FAI set of rules.
Two types of events are covered in the draft rules document:
Such events can be organised on a national basis, but also on an international one if a country is interested in organising an international event. In the case of an international event, publishing it on the FAI Sporting Calendar is recommended.
Note: For aeromodelling activities, use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) must be avoided. Indeed, those terms relate directly to FAI class U which corresponds to professional activities (scientific research, commercial, governmental or military purposes) done with an aerodyne that does not carry a human being. It is important to avoid any confusion between those professional activities and aeromodelling activities (competition, sport or recreational purposes) corresponding to class F.
Model aircraft: An aircraft of limited dimensions, with or without a propulsion device, not able to carry a human being and to be used for competition, sport or recreational purposes.
Important note: For the whole flight, a radio-controlled model aircraft must be within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the person who directly assumes its control or who is in a situation to take the direct control at any moment, including if the model is being flown automatically to a selected location.
Drone model aircraftf: A model aircraft equipped with on-board electronic devices (video camera, gyro sensors, altimeter, telemetry, GPS, , ...) for the main purpose of video or still photography and/or to assist automatic flight.
Self-guided drone (model aircraft): A drone equipped with a programmable autopilot system which can automatically stabilize the drone and/or initiate a programmed flight path. Such a drone is mission-orientated and computer controlled nearly its entire flight, but it must be possible for the flight operator to instantly de-activate the autopilot system.
Note: it is strongly recommended that the system includes a "Return To Home" (RTH) function so that the drone may automatically return to a selected location in case the radio link is lost.
Flight operator: The pilot who flies the drone and makes flight decisions based on received information. The flight operator is permitted a helper who can feed information from a video link.
Visual line of sight (VLOS) of the drone model aircraft must be maintained for the entire flight.
Similarly, a self-guided drone model aircraft must be maintained within VSOL for the whole flight.
If the flight operator is unsure about the VLOS of his model aircraft at any time during the flight, he must have a helper situated to maintain permanent direct unaided visual contact with the model aircraft and if necessary to take direct control or to inform the flight operator immediately of any danger.FPV flight requires such a helper (other than the FPV flight operator) situated to guarantee the VSOL of the drone model aircraft during the entire flight.
First Person View (FPV): A video view of the model aircraft's camera transmitted to a pilot headset or to a screen on he ground.
Note: it is strongly recommended that the system is configured to initiate a failsafe procedure that cuts off themotor(s) when losing the radio link.
Impact of National Regulations
Each country regulations take precedence. The organiser may define any local rule that he considers appropriate, especially to ensure the airworthiness of the activity and for airspace regulations applicable in the organising country.
Such local rules may especially concern:
General characteristics of a drone model aircraft
For a model aircraft event for drones, it is recommended to limit the maximum flying weight to 5 kg. In any case, the flying weight must be under 25 kg which corresponds to the general characteristic of a model aircraft (see Volume ABR Section 4C 1.2).
A noise limit of 96 dB(A) at 3 metres is also strongly recommended.
Other specifications may be defined for the event such as a maximum span for a fixed wing or swept area of the lifting rotor(s) for a rotary-wing.
The Event Director, the Flight Director and other judges must always take safety into consideration and ensure that participants, helpers and officials involved at the flying site comply with the safety rules defined by the organiser.
Any participant who infringes or ignores the safety rules may be disqualified, without right of appeal. Any other person who deliberately infringes or ignores the safety rules may be excluded from the flying site.
(Photo credit: Rodolphe Jobard)
Monday, 04 May 2015 13:46
As the 200-day mark to the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 approaches, everyone, from the Event Organisers to the Executive Board, the FAI Head Office, the Air Sports Commissions and experts, is in full action to make the event a huge success. A series of meetings took place recently which brought together key personalities from the FAI community and the Event Organising Committee.
Monday, 23 March 2015 10:32
2015 FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft took place in Pruszków, Poland. 54 pilots participated, coming from 17 countries.
Monday, 09 March 2015 15:14
The FAI has today announced the list of the 11 sports and 24 disciplines selected for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. More than 1000 athletes, crews and officials will be involved in the multi air sports event. It will be the biggest FAI World Air Games ever organised.
Thursday, 04 December 2014 14:12
FAI officials gathered in Dubai this week to get to know the members of the Organising Committee, the host city and the competition venues of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. A series of meetings were held where the Executive Board and the FAI World Air Games Experts from the Sports Commissions discussed the key issues pertinent to FAI’s flagship event.
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:49
The Spacemodelling Sport Federation of Ukraine and their sponsor, Noosphere Ventures USA inc, have presented the new logo of the 2015 FAI European Championships for Space Models which will take place in Ukraine.
Friday, 06 June 2014 14:26
The FAI announced today that the 2015 edition of the FAI World Air Games has been awarded to the United Arab Emirates and will be held in Dubai. This multi-discipline event will be organised by the Emirates Aerosports Federation and will take place over a period of 12 days in December 2015. It is the only world competition that brings together the various different air sports.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 16:18
The FAI and Breitling are pleased to announce the FAI World Championships events selected for full Breitling branding and support for 2014.
This year the focus is on a smaller number of events and an increased emphasis on supporting the events and creating a great image of these events which will benefit the events themselves, the FAI and Breitling.
Friday, 26 July 2013 09:38
The World Games 2013 are officially underway in Cali, Colombia, after yesterday’s Opening Ceremony at the Pascual Guerrero stadium in front of more than 35.000 spectators. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos opened the event in the presence of FAI President John Grubbström, IOC President Jacques Rogge and International World Games Association President Ron Froehlich.