Get the Bug for Air Sports with the new FAI Video

glider-aero landscapeThe FAI has released a new video featuring all air sports activities under the umbrella of the Federation. The 3-minute film succinctly presents the FAI sports and includes footage of FAI international records from Charles Lindbergh to Felix Baumgartner.


Jacques Mangenot

MANGENOT Jacques Deceased2014

Jacques Mangenot (France) a long time leader passed away.

A great loss to Valentina and his son Martin and the Helicopter Family of France.

David Hamilton – CIG President

2014 FAI Young Artists Contest winners - congratulations from CIG President

3.1 KURATA JPNbigThe FAI Rotorcraft Commission (CIG) takes the opportunity of congratulating all the winners of the 2014 FAI Young Artists Contest. Their interpretation, individual skill and imagination is exceptional.

Many of our competing pilots undertake this work and were delighted at the chosen theme.

Many congratulations to you all.

David Hamilton – CIG President.


2013 FAI Annual Report available now !

2013FAI-Annual-Report Capture CoverThe 2013 FAI Annual Report, which gives an overview of last year’s activities and achievements of the Federation, has been released.


Green airsports honoured with new environmental award

Angelo d ArrigoThe FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) has established the Angelo d’Arrigo Diploma, a new FAI environmental award which aims at recognising and promoting major contributions in the field of environmental and sustainable development, in accordance with the development of a philosophy and a vision of sport aviation that increasingly wants to be respectful of the environment that surrounds it.


FAI names Susanne Schödel as new Secretary General

Susanne SchoedelThe FAI is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Schödel as its new Secretary General, starting on 1 March 2014. Schödel, a 41 year old German native, combines experience in airsports, management of non-profit making organisations and political matters.


Help us promote helicopter activities amongst youngsters

searchrescueThe FAI Rotorcraft Commission (CIG) is calling all helicopter pilots and fans to help promote rotorcraft and search and rescue activities amongst the young of the World.


Margarita Afanaskina

Margarita AfanaskinaThe Commission has heard, with very great sadness, the loss of Margarita Afanaskina (Russia) in a flying accident.

Margarita, two weeks ago, won the Belgium Helicopter Championship.

All our thoughts go to her family remembering her wonderful skill, warm smile, her enthusiasm and the help she gave so generously to others.

David Hamilton
CIG President

FAI Secretary General Badan to step down from his position - Search for his replacement underway

Jean-Marc_BadanThe FAI has announced that Jean-Marc Badan is to step down as FAI Secretary General, effective 30 November 2013. The FAI Executive Board has created a high priority working group to search for his replacement. Candidates are invited to submit their written application and CV by Wednesday 25 September 2013 (12.00 CET) at the latest by e-mail to sec.gen@fai.org.


Gerd Luxbauer

Gerd Luxbauer

From David Hamilton – CIG President

"Gerd Luxbauer, a leading Austrian Competitor at many Championships and National Events lost his life whilst with his family on holiday.

I, as will many others of our Helicopter Family, will feel a great loss of a friend and fellow competitor. Gerd was an outstanding pilot, instructor and competitor to the highest standard. He set exceptional standards in all that he did.

I always remember his kindness, contribution to the sport, his encouragement to others and his willingness to help and advise. He was a shining example to us all.

We will miss him. On behalf of all his friends and colleagues in CIG I extend my deepest condolences to Regina, his widow and his two children, to whom I have written personally."