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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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CIAM Flyer (3-2016) - FAI Scale Space Models

space-models-ciam-flyerWe fly two Scale classes – S7 Scale; a ‘Super-Scale’ event and S5-Scale Altitude; a performance class, where the judges’ score in the judging hall is added to the achieved altitude in the qualification flight. So how does it all work?

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2015 FAI Annual Report released

2015FAIAnnualReportThe 2015 FAI Annual Report provides an overview of all our activities with plenty of pictures. More compact than the previous editions, it includes the competitions, records, awards, our sponsor Breitling, our partner Red Bull Air Race, and much more!

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Winners of the 2016 FAI Young Artists Contest Revealed

2016art2.2 KIM USAbigThe FAI international jury selected the winning paintings of the 2016 FAI Young Artists Contest, a competition which every year honours the best paintings from youngsters in three age categories from 7 to 16 years old.

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New rules for FPV racing - World Cup coming soon

drone-model-aircraftThe decision was taken at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission to adopt rules for FPV (First Person View) racing and to start a World cup as from now. FAI looks at this challenge as one of the millstones in developing the sport of FPV racing.

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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.

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Aerobatic F3N Model Helicopter contest hots up

23282838349 9807ae8e3f_kIt's a tight race for first in the F3N Helicopter Freestyle/Music Style competition, as the field of nine aeromodellers battle it out with aerobatic manoeuvres that fling their 700mm rotor-span model helicopters around in the air.

The championship is made up of two freestyle rounds and three rounds set to music.

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Aeromodelling victory for Australia

22976934763 65808ab8b9_k"This is the peak," declared Bruce de Chastel as he fought back tears after clinching the FAI World Air Games title in the Aeromodelling F3T, or Semi Scale Pylon Racing, final. "I didn't even dare to dream about this. It's too much."

De Chastel, partnered by his wife Linda, who helped at take off and called out turn times through the race, said he was surprised to have made the final. He had planned to fly a steady race hoping for third place.

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CIAM World Cups

WCslideWorld Cups are a series of international competitions held during the competition flying season