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.


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.


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.

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2012 F5D World Championship Revised Results


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


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".

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CIAM Flyer (06-2012) - Model Airplane Flight at its Highest Level

aeromodelling-ciam-flyer-06-2012Before anyone would be objecting of the title, I hasten to define, that the expression does not designate the quality but the location. Certainly, those who are touched by the enterprise to be introduced in the following, are (yet) far from the level of technical expertise that is required for competing at the highest level, however, even beginners are found among them. The highest level in this case refers to: the highest level of education. That specific location is the University of Obuda Banki Donat Mechanical – and Safety Technology Engineering Department, formerly the Technical College of Budapest, where since 2010 – to the best of our knowledge in Hungary (perhaps even in Europe) it is first - that the curriculum of airplane modeling is introduced.

But how did the boot get on the table?

The expression of airplane modeling conjures up the image, in the mind of the general public, of some bright faced children running after their little models, and in some cases – with some level of understanding – view this as the hobbys of some grown men who have too much free time on their hands; and only the dedicated few claim that it is a sport, competitive; and morover if it were to be judged by the olympic standards, it would be realized that airplane modeling, perhaps, is one of our most accomplished sports.

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Urgent Technical Notices

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Seven urgent Technical Notices have been published covering FAI Licences, a new CIAM Judging Initiative, early implementation of rule amendments for classes F2D & F3C and corrections to manoeuvres in classes F3M &  F3N.   Download the files below.

Techncial Notice B.3.2 Sporting Licences

Technical Notice F2D 4.4.15 Cancellation of a Flight

Technical Notice F3C Annex 5D Manoeuvre Guide & Descriptions

Technical Notice F3C Annex 5D Manoeuvre Guide & Descriptions

Technical Notice F3M Manoeuvre Diagram

Technical Notice F3N Manoeuvre Optional B8

Technical Notice CIAM Judging Initiative


CIAM Flyer (05-2012) - Flying with Solar Power

solar impulseWhen the days in the Northern hemisphere shorten and the sun becomes more elusive, we like to remember the wonderful light and warmth of the sun. Solar energy is one of the foundations of life and humankind's most important energy source - both in the past and in future.

Flying with solar power – it’s not new

Even the wind that makes leaves swirl through the air, lets birds circle above us and helps gliders achieve rapid climbs is produced through the sun's heat. When viewed this way, flying with solar power goes back to the beginnings of flying. First attempts to supply electrically powered aircraft using photovoltaics date back to the mid-1970s. Today, flight pioneer Bertrand Piccard is even planning a circumnavigation of the world with his manned aircraft "Solar IMPULSE".

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(photo: www.solarimpulse.com)

CIAM Flyer (04-2012) - Quiet Flights over Land

F7-airship-model-whiteAEROSTATS are lighter than air models. We have two main types of aerostats: Hot air balloons and Airships. Airships obtain their sustentation from gas (or from hot air), have propulsion units and can be directed.

Next, we have three types of airships:

  1. Blimps have an inflatable envelope and their shape is obtain by the pressure of the gas inside the envelope. Blimps are the most common airship models and the easiest to build
  2. Hot air airships obtain their lift from hot air produced in an inflatable envelope
  3. Rigid airships have a covered rigid structure and contain inflatable gas balloons.

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Main decisions taken at the FAI Aeromodelling Commission 2012 Annual Meeting

CIAM logoThe 2012 Annual Meeting of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) was held on 20 and 21 April 2012 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Antonis Papadopoulos

Antonis Papadopoulos from Greece was elected President of the CIAM. "Aero and Space Modelling are very fascinating air sports which attract a lot of people, especially youngsters. As the President of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission, I will strive together with the Bureau members and the concerned National Airsport Controls to do all that is possible to promote our sport all over the world," Mr. Papadopoulos said after his election.

Here are the main decisions that were taken during the meeting:


50th Anniversary of spacemodelling in the FAI - Special Awards Ceremony

In celebration of the 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SPACEMODELLING IN THE FAI, organisations and individuals that have greatly contributed to the development of this activity have been awarded the "50th Anniversary of Spacemodelling in the FAI Diploma".

The Awards Ceremony took place on Friday 20 April 2012 in Lausanne, Switzerland, in the presence of FAI President John Grubbström who had the pleasure of distributing the diplomas to the recipients, together with CIAM Space Modelling Sub-committee Chairman Srdjan Pelagic.