It is with great sadness and deep regret that I have been informed that Richard was involved in an aviation accident on 14th July 2008 (French National Holiday). Richard was President of the Commission and an organiser of helicopter events including the World Championship in Chantilly, France. Richard was a highly experienced pilot not only of helicopters but fixed wing and microlights.


Historic First Flight

One Hundred years ago on 13th November 1907 Paul Cornu of France completed the first free flight in a helicopter. He built his helicopter using two counter rotating 6m rotors driven by a 24hp Antoinette engine. Paul reached an altitude of 0.3m and remained airborne for 20 seconds. Congratulations to our French predecessors.

Speed over both earth's poles world record ratified !

CIG President David Hamilton congratulates Jennifer Murray and Colin Bodill both of the UK for the ratification of their Speed over both earth's poles world record. The crew are to be heartily congratulated on this record.

Annual Report to FAI General Conference 2006-2007

2007 saw the completion of the revision of Championship Rules and the final adoption of Media Events within those Rules. Proposals to further improve slalom and postman events, running them as parallel events, was further refined and tested during the German Open Championship at Eisenach.


FAI / CIG Media day took place at Open German Helicopter Championships in Eisenach

The local press in Germany followed an invitation of CIG president Mr. David Hamilton and the German Helicopter Club to visit the event of the Open German Helicopter Championships in Eisenach, Germany. The German Helicopter Club, represented by Mr. Pit Schöffler, held a presentation about the upcoming event and gave an overview about the competition. After that, the reporters had the opportunity to ask questions about the event. Mainly they were interested in the special tasks like Fender Rigging, Slalom, Postman, Hover and Navigation flights.


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.


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.

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