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Aviation and Space World Records Anniversaries to Celebrate in 2015

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The first space-walk by Alexey Leonov in 1965, the first solo flight across the Pacific Ocean by Steve Fossett in 1995, the highest ballooning flight by Vijaypat Singhania in 2005, to name only a few. These are the outstanding records whose anniversaries will be celebrated by FAI in 2015 with a series of articles and social media messages. Dug out of the Federation’s archives, the most valuable, interesting and exclusive documents and pictures will be made available to the public and the media on these occasions.

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Bonhomme triumphs in Abu Dhabi at Red Bull Air Race season opener

RBAR Abu Dhabi-2015 2Hitting top speeds of 370 km/h while flying just above the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf, Bonhomme mastered the scorching temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius and the changing winds to take top honors with a time of 57.787 seconds in the first of eight races in 2015 of the world's fastest motorsport series.

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World XC Online Contest: the 2014 winners

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Since 2010, the CIVL/FAI World XC Online Contest has hang-gliding and paragliding pilots of the world participating.

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CIAM Flyer (1-2015) - They can’t stop enjoy flying

Finished-glidersCatapult Gliders is a brilliant class to start a flying career with and the class can also give the expert flyer lots of fun. Simple, cheap and quick models to build and flying is spectacular.

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Two Eagles Balloon Lands in Mexico After Crossing the Pacific Ocean in a Record Time

Two Eagles Pilots Landing 1Two Eagles Balloon landed on Saturday just off the Baja coast near La Poza Grande in Mexico, at six days, 16 hours and 37 minutes into the mission after taking off from Saga, Japan, on Sunday 25 January. The pilots Troy Bradley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev made a controlled descent to a gentle water landing about four miles off the Baja coast.  They have been picked up by a fishing boat and taken to shore.

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Roldanillo Paragliding World: It's been a blast!

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« Good morning from Roldanillo for the final time of these Worlds. It's been a blast. » reports Ed Ewing, editor of XC Magazine, in his daily report on the championship website.The winners of the blast and new World Champions: Honorin Hamard and Seiko Fukuoka-Naville from France, and the German team.

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Birmingham, USA, wins the bid to host The World Games 2021

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The International World Games Association (IWGA) awarded the organisation of The World Games 2021 to Birmingham, Alabama, USA. This decision was announced this morning by IWGA President José Perurena at a press conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, in the presence of FAI representatives.

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Colombia welcomes the Paragliding World Championship

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The 14th FAI World Paragliding Championship has started on January 10th in Roldanillo, Colombia, with 148 pilots and 38 nations.

Sunday, the opening ceremony turned into a town festival with a Carneval floats parade and thousands of spectators.

Monday was a practice task day, neccesary for organization and pilots to iron out small issues that can ruin a good task day.

Tuesday and Task 1 saw 138 pilots at goal, 86km away.

Task 2 was set at 106km and 85 pilots made goal.

The championship is on a roll and can be followed in many ways, like…

FAI Sailplane Grand Prix news January 2015

FAI-Sailplane-Grand-Prix-2015-RSAThe first FAI Sailplane Grand Prix event of 2015 at Worcester in the Cape Mountains of South Africa produced some spectacular races. The fastest race speed was 189.9 Kilometres per hour by Laurens Goudriaan of South Africa during race 4 with a fantastic flight around 475 kilometres, even the slowest winning race speed was 138 kilometres per hour. The contest was a close match with a battle for first place between Laurens and Uli Schwenck of Germany but Laurens last two day wins clinched the first place and this top pair blew away the opposition with their consistent and very fast flying. The race location at Worcester has proved itself to have a great potential as a Grand Prix site and I am sure there are many pilots who will be keen to fly the next event there. See all the results and event videos at http://www.sgp.aero/southafrica2015

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CIAM Flyer (6-2014) - Creating Aeromodelling Exhibitions

CIAM-flyer-6-2014Whenever aeromodellers appear in public, they encounter an appreciative audience. Air shows outdoors, in a stadium or an indoor arena, are among the most important communication instruments. While championships are more likely to be of interest to insiders, the variety presented at an air show can inspire a broader audience. During the colder seasons, during extended periods of strong winds, rain or snow, exhibitions of model aircraft in large indoor spaces will always draw crowds.

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1985-2014 : The Two Stories of the Exceptional Pilots Who Flew Over Himalaya on a Glider

Testflug Jona Keimer Rene Heise Annapurna IIIThe Himalaya and its vast territories, gigantic mountains, spiritual people and wild beauty have long exerted extraordinary fascination - which is far from fading.

Ever since the 19th century when Europeans were increasingly present in the region, adventurers coming from all around the world strived to understand its culture and conquer its vast lands and high summits. The tops of Kamet, Minya Konka, Kabru and Annapurna were the first to be reached in the 30s and early 50s, and in 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa Tensing Norgay ascended the tallest of them all, the Everest. The immense worldwide impact of their successful expedition, which instantly made of Hillary and Tensing Norgay living legends, contributed to fuel the myth of the Everest and of the whole of Himalaya. Since then, all the mountains of the Himalaya chain have been climbed and thousands of hikers and trekkers come to Nepal every year in search for adventures and challenges.

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