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.


CIAM Flyer 01-2012: The World of Indoor Flying

Indoor aeromodelling

At those latitudes where winter is cold and the days are shorter, the indoor season is in full swing. Indoor flying is a relatively new area of aero modelling which has, nevertheless, already found a firm place in the world of model flying. Take, for example, Michel, an experienced indoor aerobatics pilot. Lets have a look over his shoulder

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CIAM Flyer 06-2011: One Ranking for Model Flying Competitions Around the World

CIAM-Flyer 6-11N-1The FAI World Cup links the community of aeromodellers

The FAI World Cup is made up of a series of international competitions held during one season. The International World Air Sports Federation, FAI based in Lausanne, Switzerland awards medals and diplomas for the highest rankings achieved each year.

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2012 edition of the Sporting Code

Postit Sporting Code CIAMAll the volumes of the 2012 Aeromodelling Sporting Code have now been published.

CIAM Flyer 05-2011: Aeromodelling – How to Stay Safe

CIAM-Flyer 5-2011-SafetyAll beginnings are easy – but nevertheless potentially risky.

The new generation of ready-built model aeroplanes and helicopters – mostly made from foam materials – make aeromodelling easily accessible for everyone. While getting started is easy, a few safety issues must nevertheless be considered. These include insurance, legal regulations, handling of technology and flying itself.

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CIAM Flyer 04-2011: Quiet Emotions at the FAI European Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft F1D

F1D CIAM Flyer 04-2011This year, the European Championships in indoor flying were once more held in Belgrade. While flights in many model flying competition categories are getting increasingly faster, longer and higher, indoor free-flight is dominated by a real slow-down culture.

This does not at all mean that these models' competition flights are any less thrilling and attractive. On the contrary – the silently circling small aeroplanes with their slowly rotating propellers fascinate everyone.

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Jean-Marc Badan appointed new FAI Secretary General

Jean-Marc_BadanJean-Marc Badan, the previous FAI Sports Director and Deputy to the Secretary General, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the International Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st October 2011.


F5 World Cup Results 2011

The F5 World Cup results appear here.

Emil Giezendanner F5 World Cup Co-ordinator Email: ebi.giezendanner@bluewin.ch