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Open German Helicopter Championship 2007

The Open German Helicopter Championship 2007, will be held on August 30th to 2nd of September at Eisenach-Kindel Airport (EDGE) in Germany. The championship is organized by the German Helicopter Club. Please find more information obout the Open German Helicopter Championships 2007 at www.deutscher-hubschrauberlcub.de

Italian Helicopter Championship 2007

The Italian Helicopter Championship 2007, organized by Aero Club Torino and North West Service, will take place at Turin Aeritalia Airport (LIMA) in June 29th and 30th. Please have a also a closer look to the FAI Sporting Calendar

Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill reach South Pole

Jennifer Murray (UK) and Colin Bodill have achieved the South Pole in the first stage of their ‘Round the World Pole to Pole’ flight and as at 7th January 2007 are shortly to cross back into South America. You can follow their progress at http://www.polarfirst.com/

Round-the-World flight via the Poles.

FAI-CIG President David Hamilton, the Bureau and Delegates extend their best wishes and greetings to Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill who left on 5th December for an attempt to fly Around the World Pole to Pole.

Annual Report to FAI General Conference 2005-2006

During the Third Quarter of 2005, FAI Centenary Year, the last World Championship was held in Rouen, France. Consequent from that event together with input from a number of participating teams the Commission instructed its Rules Committee to continue its work. A number of trials have been held at National Championships and training camps. The result is that the use of Data loggers becomes mandatory with effect from the next Plenary Meeting. Thanks are given to individual technical experts from other Commissions for providing input and guidance. The Commission took on board, on an ongoing basis, a detailed assessment as to how to improve upon media events. This brought forward new ideas to make helicopter flying attractive both to the media and to the public. The results of this will be demonstrated during the General Conference.

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Max Bishop elected IWGA Senior Vice-President

CIG President David Hamilton supported by the entire Commission congratulates the FAI Secretary General, Max Bishop, on being elected Senior Vice President of the International World Games Association. CIG looks forward to hearing more of the contribution that Max will undoubtedly make to IWGA.

World Helicopter Championship 2008

The FAI Rotorcraft Commission is pleased to announce the unanimous approval of the bid by Germany to host the World Championship in 2008.

Ratification of the 'Everest' altitude flight

Mr. David Hamilton, President of the FAI Rotorcraft Commission (CIG) congratulates Didier Delsalle of France on the ratification of his 'Highest Take-off' world record achieved on Mount Everest. The commission at the March Plenary Meeting added their congratulations.

Rotor Rally 2006

The Rotor Rally 2006 flight demonstrations will be incorporated in this year's Rotorfest which is the USA's premiere all-helicopter air show. It will be held on October 14th and 15th at the Brandywine Municipal Airport in West Chester, PA. For more information on Rotorfest 2006, please visit www.helicoptermuseum.org. For more information on Rotor Rally 2006, please go to www.iROTOR.org . A brochure can also be downloaded as a PDF file.

Annual Report to FAI General Conference 2004-2005

The last year has been one of mixed fortunes for the Commission. In some respects we have not been able to achieve the targets which we set ourselves. 2005 is the year in which our World Championship series falls. Previously we accepted a bid from the United Kingdom subject to the verification of several important matters, particularly the final entry fee, insurance and the signing of the Organisers Agreement. This resulted nine months before the scheduled date in a revised offer to Host the event, behind closed doors, with no insurance cover. This was unacceptable to the Commission. The French Helicopter Federation stepped in and offered to Host the 2005 Championship at very short notice for which they should be complimented upon particularly as they had a little under six months to complete their arrangements.

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Class E (Rotorcraft) Record Ratified.

The following Class E (Rotorcraft) record was ratified by the FAI This week: Claim number : 8286 Sub-class E-1d (Helicopters: take off weight 1750 to 3000 kg) Group 2 : turbine General Category Type of record : Speed over a recognised course Course/location : New York, NY (USA) - South Pole Performance : 11 km/h Pilot : Jennifer MURRAY (UK) Crew : Colin BODILL Helicopter : Bell 406 (1 x Rolls Royce, 675) Date : 16.12.2003 Previous record : new The FAI congratulates the pilots on their splendid achievement. The CIG President, David Hamilton, congratulates Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill on the ratification of their record from New York to the South Pole.

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