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.


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.


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.


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.


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.