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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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FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015

WAG 2015 logo sFrom 1 to 12 December, the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 celebrated air sports from around the world.

875 athletes from 55 countries competed in the biggest air sport event ever organised !

CIAM Flyer (5-2015) - F1E - Fly an FAI Championship Class

ciam-flyer-5-2015Gliding down the slope – human beings had dreamed about it for almost a million of years. Aeromodellers use the lift generated by the wind uphill for hundred years now, but model aircrafts with reliable magnet steering devices for a stable free flight had first been introduced by the German Hans Gremmer in 1951. These steering systems are simple, sturdy and since 1977 the heart of the FAI Free Flight class F1E. Like other free flight classes F1E is very much popular with competitions, but the training is exiting as well, satisfying the age-old desire.

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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.

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