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Launch of the New FAI World Air Games Website

The FAI has unveiled www.worldairgames.aero, the brand new website for its flagship event, the FAI W...

Aviation and Space Anniversaries to Celebrate in 2016

FAI will continue to celebrate aviation and space anniversaries in 2016, with various publications...

Red Bull Air Race Returns to the Record-Setting Crowds of Chiba, Japan

Motorsport fans who couldn’t get enough of the Red Bull Air Race when it made its debut in Chiba, Ja...

Female pilot to make history as she joins the Challenger Cup for the 2016 Red Bull Air Race season

The 2016 Challenger Cup promises plenty of surprises for 2016, with three new contenders in the eigh...

CIAM Flyer (6-2015) - Night of Design

Anyone building a model aeroplane usually does this in isolation, i.e. alone and in their own worksh...

Bidding Process for the Next FAI World Air Games Open

Bidding Process for the Next FAI World Air Games Open

The FAI World Air Games is the biggest air sports event in the world. This multi-disciplinary event is the only world competition that brings together the various different air sports and their very b....

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FAI Is Recruiting a Marketing Director

FAI Is Recruiting a Marketing Director

In the course of a revised FAI Sports and Branding Strategy the FAI Head Office will be partially reorganized. The responsibilities for Sports and Marketing will be split into “Sports and Events....

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Launch of the New FAI World Air Games Website

Launch of the New FAI World Air Games Website

The FAI has unveiled www.worldairgames.aero, the brand new website for its flagship event, the FAI World Air Games. It is meant to gather in one place all the information and news about the latest and....

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FAI World Air Games Dubai Organisers Visit the FAI Head Offi....

FAI World Air Games Dubai Organisers Visit the FAI Head Offi....

The FAI Executive Board and the organisers of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015, including Event Director H.E. Youssif Al Hammadi, held a joint meeting on Saturday at the FAI Head Quarters in Lausann....

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Gliding pilot Sebastian Kawa named Athlete of the Month by I....

Gliding pilot Sebastian Kawa named Athlete of the Month by I....

The International World Games Association (IWGA) announced the nomination of Polish pilot Sebastian Kawa as the Athlete of the Month for December 2015.  Kawa has just won the Gliding event of th....

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Olympic ski jumper swaps skis for helicopter skids

Olympic ski jumper swaps skis for helicopter skids

Helicopter pilot Thomas Morgenstern has finished in bronze medal position in the FAI World Air Games Parallel Slalom and Fender competition here in Dubai. The final to decide the gold and silver medal....

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Seven steps to success: an acrobatic paragliding masterclass with FAI ....

Seven steps to success: an acrobatic paragliding masterclass with FAI ....

French paraglider Tim Alongi, 24, is the new FAI World Air Games Paragliding Aerobatics Champion. Alongi also won the silver medal in the Sychronised Paragliding Aerobatics competition, along with hi....

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British air sports legend helicopters in

British air sports legend helicopters in

Even among the large crowds at the FAI World Air Games, it's hard to miss Quentin Smith. The flamboyant British helicopter pilot wears a Union Jack jacket, and has been flying, he says, since the age ....

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Gege is here to win

Gege is here to win

You'd be forgiven for thinking 15-year-old Janejira Chuynoey is here to support a family member in the paramotoring competition. At just 53kg, the petite Thai girl looks like she can barely lift the ....

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Nicole Schmidt sorts the men from the boys

Nicole Schmidt sorts the men from the boys

Nicole Schmidt from Germany, has been flying paragliders for 11 years. For the last six she's been performing aerobatic tricks, or "acro". It's a discipline very few women attempt, and this year Schmi....

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15 February 2016 2016 Open Trujillo Torococco (Venezuela)
17 February 2016 2016 Copa Vientos Open - Valida Circuito Colombiano de Parapente Apia Risaralda (Colombia)
19 February 2016 2016 Cup of Belarus - Category F2 - Control Line Circular Flight Minsk (Belarus)
20 February 2016 2016 NSW State Titles Mt Borah (Australia)
20 February 2016 2016 Bright Open Bright (Australia)
20 February 2016 2016 Concours FAI F3P - Category F3 - Radio Controlled Flight Strasbourg (France)
21 February 2016 7th Koplas Pro Kup - Category F1 - Free Flight Nova Pazova (Serbia)
24 February 2016 3rd FAI European Hot Air Airship Championship Rottach-Egern (Germany)
26 February 2016 2016 Open Germany Championship F3P - Category F3 - Radio Controlled Flight Coburg (Germany)
27 February 2016 2016 New Zealand PG Open Round 2 - Nelson Nelson (New Zealand)
27 February 2016 2016 Pre PWC Nepal Pokhara (Nepal)
28 February 2016 2016 Open Argentino de Parapente Famtina Famatina (Argentina)
28 February 2016 2016 WA State Hang Gliding Championships Westonia (Australia)
01 March 2016 2nd Egyptian International Parachuting Championship Giza (Egypt)
04 March 2016 2016 Gator F3B World Cup - Category F3 - Radio Controlled Flight Cocoa (USA)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

24 January 2016 Ballooning : Duration : 32h 12min 47 sec Ivan Menyaylo (RUS)
24 January 2016 Parachuting : 2 formations : 25 skydivers
24 January 2016 Parachuting : 2 formations : 25 skydivers
24 January 2016 Parachuting : 2 formations : 25 skydivers
10 January 2016 Ballooning : Duration : 9h 26 min Gregory J. Winker (USA)
07 January 2016 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 500 km : 147.9 km/h Anja Kohlrausch (GER)
07 January 2016 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 367,6 km Yoko Isomoto (JPN)
04 January 2016 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 500 km : 176.34 km/h Shaun Lapworth (GBR)
04 January 2016 Gliding : Out-and-return distance : 1251.00 km Max H.S. Leenders (NED)
04 January 2016 Gliding : Free out-and-return distance : 1251.00 km Max H.S. Leenders (NED)
03 January 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 700.00 km/h Shonin Casey Davis (USA)
03 January 2016 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Gain of height : 4359m Anton Raumauf (AUT)
28 December 2015 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Number of Esfera rotations - airborne launch : 9 Esferas Ondrej Prochazka (CZE)
20 December 2015 Gliding : Out-and-return distance : 1123,6 km Bostjan Pristavec (SLO)
20 December 2015 Gliding : Free out-and-return distance : 1126.34 km Bostjan Pristavec (SLO)
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Paint brushes at the ready: the 2014 FAI Young Artists Contest is now open !

painting sThe FAI invites all youngsters from the age of 6 to 17 to take part in the 2014 FAI Young Artists Contest, a painting competition that gives an opportunity to young artists to express themselves artistically according to a given theme. The 2014 theme is “Flying to save lives”.

Gold, Silver and Bronze FAI Medals will be awarded to the winners for the 3 age categories (6-9, 10-13, 14-17 years old) following a Jury decision in April 2014.

To enter the contest, young people must first contact the FAI Member in their country and check with them the deadline to submit their drawing. They must then send their artworks to their FAI Member.

The participating FAI Members will each make a selection of the three best artworks in each category and send the chosen artworks to the FAI by 1 April 2014.

More information about the FAI Young Artist Contest rules and guidelines can be found on the FAI website.

Interpretation of the 2014 theme - "Flying to save lives"

On any given day, hikers head out on mountain trails, fishing captains take their boats out to sea, and park rangers climb towers to survey the lands they are entrusted to protect. People have always headed out into the wilderness, away from home and searching for adventure and food. Going into the unknown always has a risk, but today’s explorers have great allies in today’s aircraft.

When bad weather turns a mountaintop dangerous, helicopters are a climber’s best friend. Search and rescue helicopters can find them and take them off the mountain to safety.  When hikers get lost in the trails, planes are crucial in the search, often using high-tech gear like infrared technology to find them by their body heat, even when they can’t be seen by the naked eye.

When ocean storms begin to build, it’s brave pilots and in specially designed weather planes that fly around and through the storms to gather information about how big the storm is and where it is going – giving people in the path of the storm warning to get to safety. When ships are caught in the storms, it’s those amazing helicopters again that can find the ship, hover over it, and take up the crew if the ship is danger of sinking.

Sometimes, it’s not what an aircraft picks up, but what it leaves behind. When fires rage and firefighters need help battling them in remote areas, it’s firefighting helicopters and planes to the rescue. Helicopters carry massive buckets of water to the fire while specially designed planes carry the water inside, dropping it or other fire-retardant chemicals on the fire to put it out in areas fire trucks can’t approach.

In all these ways and more, aircraft and the brave men and women who fly them look out for us over land and sea. Now it’s time to grab your favorite art supplies, have fun, and create an artwork that celebrates how Flying Saves Lives.

2016 FAI Young Artists Contest

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This year's theme is "Air Sports in Harmony with Nature". Give free rein to your imagination – you might earn one of the Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals!

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Find out more about the FAI Anti-Doping Programme.

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