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FAI Secretary General Badan to step down from his position - Search for his replacement underway

Jean-Marc_BadanThe FAI has announced that Jean-Marc Badan is to step down as FAI Secretary General, effective 30 November 2013. The FAI Executive Board has created a high priority working group to search for his replacement. Candidates are invited to submit their written application and CV by Wednesday 25 September 2013 (12.00 CET) at the latest by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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CIAM Flyer (03-2013) - Electric jets – an interesting contradiction

ciam flyer 03 2013Aeromodellers have long ago implemented a concept that is – at least to date – not possible in people-carrying aviation: faithful reproductions of jet aeroplanes with electric ducted fan, EDF.

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Technical Notices Effective 01-June-13 Issue 3

urgent technical noticesSporting Code amendments generated at the 2013 Plenary Meeting for ABR, F2, F3N & F5D and effective 1st June 2013  may be downloaded ...

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Corrected F3N Optional Manoeuvre B.1

urgent technical noticesThere is a correction to the F3N Optional Manoeuvre B.1 in the 2013 Sporting Code. 

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Agreement signed to promote Aeromodelling

FAME-CIAM-signature-MoU-2013FAME, the marketing arm of the FAI, the World Air Sports Federation has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with the FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM), during the 2013 CIAM Annual Meeting held Friday, April, 20th.

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Main decisions taken at the 2013 CIAM Annual Meeting

CIAM logoThe 2013 Annual Meeting of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) was held on 19 and 20 April 2013 in Lausanne, Switzerland. This year saw a particularly high number of delegates and a total attendance of around 90 people.

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New 2012 FAI Annual Report just out !

2012 FAI Annual Report coverThe FAI has released a new publication, the 2012 FAI Annual Report, designed to present the most notable achievements, developments, facts and challenges of the past year. It is meant to be a reference book for all those who are interested in air sports events and the FAI.

It includes an overview of each air sport, lists of competition results, awards and records, photographs and a lot of other useful information.

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Corrected F3N Optional Manoeuvre

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The diagram of F3N optional manoeuvre B.7 Vertical Tic-Tac Eight was drawn incorrectly in the 2013 Edition.  The corrected diagram is available on the Documents Page and scroll down to F3 Radio Control Helicopters, Other Documents.

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CIAM Flyer (02-2013) - Airshows – Sport with no Limits

ciam flyer picture 02.2013It is often thought that aeromodelling only ever involves seconds, metres and performing geometrically precise aerobatics manoeuvres as accurately as possible. In our modern society, this limited perception of the term "sport" is no longer relevant. On the contrary – in this day and age, the sport of "aeromodelling" has to be understood much more broadly. It can involve anything from aerobatics with a simple and cheap ready-built model to the creation of the most imaginative and elaborate aircraft designs.

Airshows attract spectators

Every year, there are numerous shows with aircraft controlled from the ground. At these events, pilots control their machines with the same professional skill as their colleagues sitting in real cockpits. These airshows provide excellent insights into the variety and unlimited scope for imagination of aeromodelling. Unlike official World Championships and other competitions, such shows are able to attract tens of thousands of spectators who are not only interested in flying but always show great enthusiasm for the creativity and tremendous spectacle being displayed.

Download the full content of the latest CIAM Flyer (02-2013) - Airshows – Sport with no Limits  in PDF format !

2012 F5D World Championship Revised Results

 

ciam-logoThe official results of the 2012 World Championships for Electric Model Aircraft have been revised. 

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CIAM Flyer (01-2013) - Flying in an Unbelievably Blue Winter Sky

ciam flyer 01 2013 copyFor many years, model airplanes have been flown in wintertime on the frozen lake in Davos in the Swiss alps. The conditions may be a bit special but are not nearly as nasty as aeromodellers in warmer hemispheres may think.

Thermals when flying in Winter?

"These are less likely in midwinter – but ridge and wave soaring from the bottom of the valley are possible," says a local model pilot, "but the stable weather conditions bring high-altitude winds in which we can sometimes – keeping a safe distance from the mountain – fly to very high altitudes with lift continuously increasing with altitude".

Download the full content of the latest CIAM Flyer (01-2013) - Flying in an Unbelievably Blue Winter Sky in PDF format !