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The 2016 FAI World Championships for Space Models in Lviv (UKR) were a full success!

Jan sebesta_croppedThe 2016 FAI World Championships for Space Models in Lviv, Ukraine, concluded on Sunday with Jan Sebesta from the Czech Republic winning the scale (S7) model competition. Sebesta’s model of the Saturn V not only impressed the judges with its lifelike accuracy, but during the confirmation flight it performed flawlessly, separating into five parts on cue, and returning to the ground with streamers and parachutes slowing its descent.

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Final results of the 2016 FAI S World Championship for Space Models

JudgeJan Sebesta from the Czech Republic (CZE) has won the scale (S7) model competition in the 2016  FAI S World Championship for Space Models. Sebesta’s model of the Saturn V not only impressed the judges with it’s lifelike accuracy, but during the confirmation flight it preformed flawlessly, separating into five on cue, and returning to the ground with streamers and parachutes slowing it’s descent.

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How to build a winning S3A rocket

DSC 8268How to build a winning S3A rocket

The S3A category tests rocket’s ability to stay in the air for as long as possible. With a fixed amount of power from the solid fuel engine, lightness is key to get the highest altitude. Most rockets weigh just a few grams.

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Saturday results at the 2016 FAI S World Championships for Space Models in Lviv, Ukraine

Saturday results_It was close contest at the 2016 FAI S World Championship for Space Models as the under 18s went head to head in the scale altitude (S5B) rocket category. Michal Bobrowski from Poland flew the highest flight with his 1:4.5 scale replica of the American Arcas rocket reaching 361m. Bobrowski said “I chose it for it’s simplicity. It’s a single stage rocket and the design is very aerodynamic.”

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The Juniors at the 2016 FAI S World Championships for Space Models in Lviv, Ukraine

learning to_make_rockets“Yesterday was stressful,” says 11 year old Ashley Van Milligan. “My engine wasn’t lighting and you only have a limited amount of time.” Van Milligan is one of six under 18s competing with the American team, and one of 65 from 11 countries.

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First results at the 2016 FAI S World Championships for Space Models

kreutzDSC 8069Results of today - Friday, 26 August 2016

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Technology at the 2016 FAI S World Championship for Space Models

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Although this years World Championship for Space Models is being held in Lviv, Ukraine, anyone with an internet connection can follow the event.

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CIAM Flyer (4-2016) - Innovation starts at an early age

CIAM-Flyer-4-2016Everyone is talking about innovation. In politics and for the economy, innovation is seen as a
vital driving force for growth. Sadly, we often forget that innovation starts at an early age. The
prerequisites for this are good schooling and, where possible, practical education. Aeromodelling combines the two.

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Common FAI strategy for Drones

dronesAt the recent FAI meetings of the FAI Executive Board, Commission Presidents and representatives from NACs, at Heraklion Crete, a proposal from CIAM, the FAI Aeromodelling Commission, was presented and discussed. This proposal was to establish and implement a common FAI strategy for the drones.

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Ten Years Ago: Mardna's 111km model seaplane world record

DSC01216Ten years ago Toomas Mardna set a world record for aeromodelling that still stands today: a 111km out-and-return flight with a piston-motor seaplane, flying along the banks of Lake Maardu in Estonia.

If you want to bag a distance world record in aeromodelling it can help if you get up early, when the wind is calm and the sky is clear.

For Toomas Mardna exactly ten years ago on Friday 17 June 2006, 'early' meant a pre-dawn start. Together with co-pilot Juri Laidna the pair were aiming to set a world record out-and-return flight with a model Mardna had designed and built himself.

Mardna was well-known in Estonia and the international aeromodelling scene. A member of the Estonian Aerosports Federation his FAI Sporting Licence number was EST0002 – he was in at the very beginning.

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