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22 September 1936: The FAI World Record of Maurice Claisse

maurice claisse 2The Bréguet Dorand aircraft was an experimental helicopter which was built in the Gyroplane Laboratoire in France.

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Ten Years Ago Today: Steve Fossett set a gliding world record by flying to above 15,000m

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Ten years ago today famous aviator Steve Fossett set a gliding world record that still stands today. Flying with former NASA test pilot Einar Enevoldson the pair hit an absolute altitude of 15,460m while flying in mountain wave above the Andes in Argentina.

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11 August 1986: The FAI World Record of John Trevor Egginton

Westland-Lynx-AH-1-G-LYNX-FAI-World-Absolute-Speed-Record-holder11 August 1986: A modified factory demonstration Westland Lynx AH.1 Helicopter piloted by Chief Test Pilot John Trevor Egginton set an FAI Absolute Record for Speed for helicopters over a straight 15 and 25 km course of 400.87 km/h (249.089 mp/h) near Glastonbury on the Somerset Levels and Moors, Southwest England.

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Peter Sturz

SEIFERT-Wolf-Dieter STURZ-SANDOR-Peter 1971After some years of needing nursing care, long-term DHC member Peter Sturz passed away in Emden (pictured left with his co-pilot Seifert at the World Helicopter Championship in 1971). His passing was also a blessing. But it still leaves his friends and acquaintances as well as our small helicopter family with grief and sadness.

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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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FAI Rotorcraft Commission 2016 Annual Meeting - Main Decisions and Discussions

logo cig_01_cmyk-ptThe 2016 Plenary Meeting of the FAI Rotorcraft Commission (CIG) was held from 10 – 11 March 2016 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The get-together took place in the MSI, the Maison du Sport Internationale, where also the headquarters of the FAI are located.

Please find below the main decisions and discussions during the meeting:

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FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015

WAG 2015 logo sFrom 1 to 12 December, the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 celebrated air sports from around the world.

875 athletes from 55 countries competed in the biggest air sport event ever organised !

FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 - Rotorcraft Bulletin

WAG 2015 logo sThe Rotorcraft Bulletin for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 is now available for download.

The 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship Comes to a Close

WHC 2015.08.16 fot.stanislawmalinowski 15As the 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship came to an end on Saturday at the airport Przylep in Zielona Góra, the Russian domination in this spectacular sport was confirmed. Maxim Sotnikov and Oleg Puajukas finished at the top of the general rankings, while Russia also triumphed in the teams, before Belarus and Ukraine. A great 8th place was obtained by the best Polish crew – brothers Marcin and Michal Szamborski. In the junior rankings, Jędrzej Wiler and Jacek Ciszewski came second.

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The Medalists of the 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship Are Now Known

WHC 2015.08.16 fot.stanislawmalinowski 9 Saturday was the most important day of the 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship. As was expected, Russians took the most valuable trophies. In the overall standings, which consist of the sum of the points obtained in the four Navigation, Precision Competition, Fender Rigging and Parallel Slalom competitions, Maxim Puajukas and Oleg Sotnikov won with 1194,1 points (out of 1200 possible). The next steps on the podium were taken by Viktor Korotaev and Vladimir Ziablikov (1183,6 points) and Aleksei Maiorov and Sergei Kostin (1177,4 points). The highest ranked Polish were brothers Marcin and Michal Szamborski who finished at the 8th place (1150 points).

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15th FAI World Helicopter Championship - Day 2: Felix Baumgartner's Visit and Fender Rigging Event

WHC 2015.08.16 fot.stanislawmalinowski 11In the second day of the 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship, points that counted for the general rankings could be made during the Fender Rigging event. Like the day before, representatives of Russia were the leaders of the event. Today most Polish fans cheered the two brothers Marcin and Michal Szamborski, who rose to the 5th place of the overall rankings. The highlight of the day at the airport Przylep was the visit of Felix Baumgartner, well known for being part of the Red Bull Stratos project.

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