Solar Impulse Lands in Nanjing After Flight Across China - World Records Ratified by FAI

2015-SI2-Nanjing-leg6Bertrand Piccard landed the fuel-free aircraft Solar Impulse in Nanjing, East of China, on Tuesday at 23:28 local time (15:28 UTC). The Swiss pilot took off from Chongqing, China, at 6:06 am local time on the same day (10:06 pm GMT on 20 April 2015) and flew for 17:22 hours, covering a distance of 1,241 km. The 6th leg of the Round-The-World Solar Impulse mission is thus completed, and the plane has finished its journey in Asia.

The Solar Impulse team is now getting ready for the challenge of crossing the Pacific Ocean. It will be achieved in two stages, first flying to Hawaii, USA, which is some 8,000 km away from Nanjing. This means five consecutive days and nights in the air, a particularly great mental and physical challenge for Solar Impulse co-founder André Borschberg, who will be at the controls of the aircraft.

The take-off will take place after giving Solar Impulse a thorough servicing and finding a favourable weather window.  

Solar Impulse World Record recognised by the FAI

2015-SI2-recordsAfter landing in Nanjing, Bertrand Piccard received the Diplomas for his World Records achieved during the leg from Muscat (Oman) to Ahmedabad (India) from the hands of FAI Observer Jakob Burkard.

CS Straight Distance - Free flight 1468 km 2015-03-10 Bertrand Piccard (SUI) ratified - current record 17430
CS Straight distance, pre-declared waypoints 1468 km 2015-03-10 Bertrand Piccard (SUI) ratified - current record 17429

(Photo credit: Solar Impulse; FAI)

FAI Environmental Commission Newsletter - April 2015

envc-newsletterThe FAI Environmental Commission has been acting quietly for years, considering and preparing advice for all sporting and recreational aviators. The original challenge was to provide the basics for establishing a code, a presence on the FAI website and setting up standards for air sports environmentally friendly activities.

When these tasks were completed, one might think that EnvC just has to wait for some opportunities to arise to speak of birds and flowers alongside our beautiful flying sites. It may not be the case.

Discover what's new in terms of environmental issues in the first newsletter of the FAI Envrionmental Commission.

 

FAI Invites Nominations for the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award

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Solar Impulse Reaches Chongqing, China

2015-Solar-Impulse-ChongqingBertrand Piccard, who was at the controls of Solar Impulse, successfully landed at the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, China, on Tuesday 31 March. He took off from Mandalay, Myanmar, on Monday 30 March at 3:36am local time (9:06pm GMT, 29 March) and landed in China 20 hours and 29  minutes later, thus having flown 1,459 km. It is the first time that a single-seater solar airplane enters China.

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FAI Annual Report: 2014 Edition Is Out!

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In these pages you will be taken on a journey through the various events and activities of the Federation.

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Winners of the 2014 FAI Awards and FAI-Breitling Award Announced

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Breitling Youngster Award recipient Ryan Campbell and Dr. John Grubbström

The ceremony took place last night in Pattaya, Thailand, as part of the 108th FAI General Conference which is held today and tomorrow, and hosted by the Royal Aeronautic Sports Association of Thailand (RASAT).

For the first time, live streaming allowed people from all around the world to be in the heart of the event. Judging from the amount of views and comments, this new feature was a complete success. For those who missed it, the replay of the whole ceremony can be watched on the FAI Youtube Channel.

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Get the Bug for Air Sports with the new FAI Video

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FAI World Air Games 2015 to be Staged in Dubai

FAI-UAE-Signature-WAG 04 June 2014 9The FAI announced today that the 2015 edition of the FAI World Air Games has been awarded to the United Arab Emirates and will be held in Dubai. This multi-discipline event will be organised by the Emirates Aerosports Federation and will take place over a period of 12 days in December 2015. It is the only world competition that brings together the various different air sports.

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2014 FAI Young Artists Contest winners revealed

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Competition was fierce, not only because of the quality of the artworks, but also due to the significant rise in participation: the number of FAI Members taking part in the contest soared from 14 in 2013 to 21 in 2014 with the involvement Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Finland, India, Italy, Japan, Libya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Nepal, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.

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Solar Impulse 2 to fly around the world without fuel

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2013 FAI Annual Report available now !

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