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Common FAI strategy for Drones

dronesAt the recent FAI meetings of the FAI Executive Board, Commission Presidents and representatives from NACs, at Heraklion Crete, a proposal from CIAM, the FAI Aeromodelling Commission, was presented and discussed. This proposal was to establish and implement a common FAI strategy for the drones.

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Technical Notices - Rules Effective 1st May 2016 - F4 Scale

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Technical Notice – Rules Effective 1st May 2016

The 2016 CIAM Plenary Meeting approved the early implementation of rules contained in the following Sporting Code Volume: F4 Scale. These rules have been amended with the addition of Rule 6.9.5 (F4H Static Judging). The amended rules can be downloaded from the Technical Notices on the Documents Page.

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Ten Years Ago: Mardna's 111km model seaplane world record

DSC01216Ten years ago Toomas Mardna set a world record for aeromodelling that still stands today: a 111km out-and-return flight with a piston-motor seaplane, flying along the banks of Lake Maardu in Estonia.

If you want to bag a distance world record in aeromodelling it can help if you get up early, when the wind is calm and the sky is clear.

For Toomas Mardna exactly ten years ago on Friday 17 June 2006, 'early' meant a pre-dawn start. Together with co-pilot Juri Laidna the pair were aiming to set a world record out-and-return flight with a model Mardna had designed and built himself.

Mardna was well-known in Estonia and the international aeromodelling scene. A member of the Estonian Aerosports Federation his FAI Sporting Licence number was EST0002 – he was in at the very beginning.

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FAI and European Rotor Sports Association Join Forces to Promote Radio Control Drone Flying

drone fai ersaFAI and ERSA (European Rotor Sports Association) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to work closely on the promotion of radio control drone flying, also called FPV racing.

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CIAM Flyer (3-2016) - FAI Scale Space Models

space-models-ciam-flyerWe fly two Scale classes – S7 Scale; a ‘Super-Scale’ event and S5-Scale Altitude; a performance class, where the judges’ score in the judging hall is added to the achieved altitude in the qualification flight. So how does it all work?

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2015 FAI Annual Report released

2015FAIAnnualReportThe 2015 FAI Annual Report provides an overview of all our activities with plenty of pictures. More compact than the previous editions, it includes the competitions, records, awards, our sponsor Breitling, our partner Red Bull Air Race, and much more!

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New rules for FPV racing - World Cup coming soon

drone-model-aircraftThe decision was taken at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission to adopt rules for FPV (First Person View) racing and to start a World cup as from now. FAI looks at this challenge as one of the millstones in developing the sport of FPV racing.

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FAI Aeromodelling Commission 2016 Annual Meeting - Main Decisions and Discussions

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The 2016 Plenary Meeting of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) was held from 08 – 09 April 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The meeting took place in the Hotel Mövenpick in Ouchy.

41 Members were represented at this meeting.

Please find below the main decisions and discussions during the meeting:

 

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Technical Notices - Rules Effective 1st May 2016

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Technical Notice – Rules Effective 1st May 2016

The 2016 CIAM Plenary Meeting approved the early implementation of rules contained in the following Sporting Code Volumes: F3 Helicopter, F4 Scale and F5 Electric. These rules have been published and can be downloaded from the Technical Notices on the Documents Page.

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CIAM Flyer (1-2016) - International classes for free flight scale model flying competitions around the world

CIAM Flyer 1-2016The FAI F4 class links the community of scale aeromodellers in indoor and outdoor classes.

Free flight scale – a Builder class

To some modellers accustomed to using the advancing technology associated with radio controlled flight, the idea of operating a model without these controls may seem puzzling. Even the established free flight classes for which FAI rules have been developed, have become increasing technical in the design of airframes and in the materials used. These classes now seem a long step away from the early free flight classes, in which part of the challenge was in the designing and building of models for local and international competition, as in Wakefield rubber endurance class for example.

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CIAM Flyer (6-2015) - Night of Design

CIAM Flyer 06-2015Anyone building a model aeroplane usually does this in isolation, i.e. alone and in their own workshop. This means that exchanges of experience directly on the object and encouragement from role models are rare.

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