6 September 1970: Maynard Hill, the Lindbergh of Model Planes, Boosts his “Catbird” to 8’205m

2430 - L to R standing - Dr John Symborski John Spalding Jack Spalding - George Pickerel and Wayne Simpson - Larry Pierson - Ernest Combs. Kneeling - Maynard Hill - William WatsonLet us look back 45 years on the 6 September 1970 and recall an FAI World Record in Gain in Altitude for Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling (Class F) that has not been broken since. On that day, the American Maynard Luther Hill set the record in Gain in Altitude for Radio Control Flight Aeroplane, with a record altitude of 8.205m (26.920 feet). Hill’s “Catbird” launched at 5:24pm, when the sun was low in the sky and a remarkable improvement in visibility, from the former Naval Weapons Laboratory Airfield, Dahlgren, Virginia in the United States.


CIAM Flyer (4-2015) - Aerobatics with Remote Controlled Model Aircraft

CIAM-Flyer-4-2015The desire to freely move around in the third dimension of the airspace around us is probably as old as mankind itself. Every day, we see the birds doing it. Once the first humans conquered the art of flying, they soon wanted to make the most of this new freedom and began to experiment with aerobatics.


Event Website for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Now Up and Running

WAG2015-websiteFAI 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.


FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 - Aeromodelling Bulletin

WAG 2015 logo sThe Aeromodelling Bulletin for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 is now available for download.

FAI Captures the Trend of Drones and Opens its Doors to this New Booming Activity

drone-model-aircraftFirst ever FAI-sanctioned drone sporting activity coming soon!

From a rare object accessible only to a few to a widely distributed product affordable by many, drones have become incredibly popular in the space of a few years thanks to the miniaturisation of on-board electronic devices and advanced flight systems.

In this context, it was logical that the FAI, and particularly its Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM), actively contribute to their development, and even more natural to include them in its activities given their huge potential in terms of participants and types of event. This has now happened and drone model aircraft are officially part of CIAM following the publication of a CIAM draft rule document for sportive and recreational activities with drones and especially multi-rotors (rotorcraft with more than two rotors).


CIAM Flyer (3-2015) - Flying down under!

CIAM Flyer 3-2015-2Aeromodelling is increasingly popular in Australia. The growing number of participants in the sport recently received a boost when the Model Aeronautical Association of Australia secured sporting status.


Handover of FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Flame Marks Starts to Global Event Promotion

WAG2015 flameIn a symbolic gesture, today the torch of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 was lit and handed over today by FAI to the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) as the Games Organising Committee. The ceremony took place at the Olympic Museum located in the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, where FAI has its headquarters. It featured distinguished guests from the air sports community and beyond.


Main decisions taken at the 2015 CIAM Annual Meeting

CIAM logoThe 2015 Annual Meeting of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) was held on 24 and 25 April 2015 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The CIAM Bureau Members met a day earlier at the same location.


Technical Notices - Rules Effective 1st May 2015

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Technical Notice – Rules Effective 1st May 2015

The 2015 CIAM Plenary Meeting approved the early implementation of rules contained in the following Sporting Code Volumes: F2 Control Line, F3 Aerobatic, F3 Soaring and F3 Helicopter. These rules have been published and can be downloaded from the Technical Notices on the Documents Page.


A Series of Fruitful Meetings Ahead of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015

2015 04 UAE Dubai ED meeting 094As 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.


CIAM Flyer (2-2015) - The Silent Spectacle

ciam flyer 02 2015Heavier than air – but not by much. Flying lightweight model aircraft in large rooms and halls has a long tradition. In the last few years, the use of microelectronics has given indoor flying a new dimension.


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