Thursday, 23 April 2015 16:48
Bertrand 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.
Piccard's World Records recognised by the FAI
After landing in Nanjing, Bertrand Piccard received the Diplomas for his World Records achieved onboard Solar Impulse during the leg from Muscat (Oman) to Ahmedabad (India) from the hands of FAI Observer Jakob Burkard.
(Photo credit: Solar Impulse; FAI)
Wednesday, 15 April 2015 15:01
The 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.
Thursday, 02 April 2015 08:47
We are now calling for nominations for the FAI-Breitling Awards for 2015: the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award. Both awards will be presented in September at the Awards Ceremony of the FAI General Conference in Rotterdam (Netherlands), where the winners will be invited and hosted by Breitling.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 09:09
Bertrand 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.
Monday, 30 March 2015 11:08
On Sunday 29 March, Solar Impulse took off for its fifth flight from Mandalay, Myanmar, at 21:06 UTC. The zero-fuel aircraft is now on its way to Chongqing, China, and is piloted by Bertrand Piccard. The flight will last for about 19 hours and will cover a distance of 1,375 kilometers.
Monday, 23 March 2015 10:32
2015 FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft took place in Pruszków, Poland. 54 pilots participated, coming from 17 countries.
Thursday, 19 March 2015 09:32
On 18 March 1965, FAI celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first space-walk. Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov achieved this feat during the Voshkod 2 mission. He stayed out in space for 12 min 9 sec, a performance that the FAI recognised as a world record in the “Extravehicular duration in space”. Born on 30 May 1934, he still lives in Russia.
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 09:31
Today is a special day in the history of space exploration. It is the day, 50 years ago, that Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space.
Sunday, 15 March 2015 18:35
The 20th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 championship came to an end with Italia taking both individual (Christian Ciech) and team Gold. France is in Silver (Antoine Boisselier and team). Christian Voiblet (Switzerland) and Australia are in Bronze.
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 10:27
Bertrand Piccard successfully landed in Ahmedabad, India. It is the first time that Solar Impulse lands on the Asian continent. He piloted Solar Impulse 2 from Muscat, flying across the Arabian Sea over a distance of 1468 km. The FAI will review the distance record claim dossier, and if it is ratified it will supersede the record previously set by André Borschberg onboard Solar Impulse in 2013.