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2015 Australian Masters (F3A) in Sydney, Australia

10064-Australian Masters 2015 Glenn Orchard (AUS) won this world cup event. Check out the pictures !

Solar Impulse Team Still Waiting for Good Weather Conditions to Cross the Pacific Ocean

Solar Impulse Nanjing - PiccardAlthough Swiss pilot André Borschberg was getting ready for a possible take-off tonight from Nanjing, China, to cross the Pacific Ocean and reach Hawaii, the Solar Impulse team finally had to decide against the departure of the solar-powered aircraft.

The video below explains why.

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Bonhomme Wins Japan Debut for Red Bull Air Race

RBAR2015-chiba-2Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship’s first-race ever in Japan on Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd of 60,000 spectators with a thrilling victory in the high-speed, low-altitude race.

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21 May 2000: The Story of Lindsay Muir's Hot Air Balloon World Record

Lindsay Muir Long Dist 1 TakeOff

Balloon World Record not broken since

We are pleased to continue our series of world record celebrations with an exceptional woman in ballooning sports: British Lindsay Muir. She established a female category duration world record for balloons in class AX-10 (Hot-air balloons: 4.000 to 6.000 m³) for a flight of 19h 07min 55sec on 21 May 2000 with the balloon “Lindstrand LBL-210 A” (G-FVBF).

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FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft in Pruszków, Poland

9112-F3P-World-Poland-2015Watch the videos of the competition on Youtube !

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FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Flame Handover Ceremony and Airshow to Take Place on 28 May in Lausanne

torchThe FAI will stage an exceptional ceremony at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday 28 May 2015: the FAI World Air Games Flame will be lit and handed over to the representatives of the Emirates Aerosports Federation by FAI President Dr John Grubbström.

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Do you need a TUE?

therapeutic use exemption tue apply linkThe FAI is continuing its actions to keep air sports clean from doping.

In that frame, we are trying to inssure that all athletes participating in FAI sanctioned events (any event registered in the FAI Calendar) and who may therefore be subject to doping control must request a TUE before taking a prohibited medication.

But ... what is a TUE?

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FAI Announces Winners of the 2015 FAI Young Artists Contest

2.2 SERGEYCHIK RUS lowThe FAI is pleased to announce the list of the winners for the 2015 FAI Young Artists Contest. An international jury selected the three best paintings for each of the categories: Junior (ages 6-9), Intermediate (ages 10-13), Senior (ages 14-17). Their authors will receive FAI gold, silver and bronze medals.

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CIAM Flyer (2-2015) - The Silent Spectacle

ciam flyer 02 2015Heavier than air – but not by much. Flying lightweight model aircraft in large rooms and halls has a long tradition. In the last few years, the use of microelectronics has given indoor flying a new dimension.

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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.  

Piccard's World Records recognised by the FAI

2015-SI2-recordsAfter 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.

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.

 

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