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49th Internationales Freundschaftsfliegen Bendern, Liechtenstein

 10080-2015 49th Internationales FreundschaftsfliegenStefan Kaiser from Liechtenstein won this 2015 F3A World Cup event.

The 2nd FAI World Paramotor Slalom Championships Come to an End

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The 2nd FAI World Paramotor Slalom Championships in Legnica, Poland, ended on Saturday 4 July 2015 with the handover of the medals and trophies to the winners.  Gold, Silver and Bronze were awarded to the teams of Poland, France and Spain.

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Arch Grabs Second Straight Win with Thrilling Victory in Budapest

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FAI Confirms that Borschberg’s Solo Flight Is the Longest Ever Achieved in an Airplane

solar-impulse-nagoya-hawaiiFAI confirms that at 22:48 UTC Swiss Pilot André Borschberg superseded Steve Fossett’s 2005 duration performance by flying solo for more than 74 h 56 min 05 s above the Pacific Ocean on an airplane.

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Solar Impulse Entered into the Second Night of its Flight across the Pacific Ocean

satphoto 2015-06-30-09-20 UTCThe solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, with André Borschberg at the controls, is currently flying through its second night across the Pacific Ocean, using only the energy stocked up during the day by its solar cells. The plane will be slowly losing altitude until dawn, and when the sun will be rising from the sea, the aircraft will again ascend and recharge its batteries until they are full.

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Opening Ceremony of the 2nd FAI World Paramotor Slalom Championships

2nd FAI World Paramotor Slalom ChampionshipsThe 2nd FAI World Paramotor Slalom Championships were officially declared open by CIMA Vice President and Jury President Wolfgang Lintl on Saturday in Legnica, Poland, following the speeches held by the President of the City Council of Legnica and the President of the Polish Aeroclub.

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28th FAI World Aerobatic Championships in France in August 2015

wac2015From August 20 to August 29, 2015, the 60 best aerobatic pilots in the world will gather in Châteauroux, in the Center region of France, to compete for the most coveted of all aerobatic titles. The partially renewed French team will defend its four titles won in the Individual, Team, Male, and Female categories during the last world championships in Texas in 2013.  The French Aeronautical Federation (FFA) is organizing this sporting event and will also offer the public a number of attractions on the ground to complete the aerobatic performances. The event will end on Saturday August 29 with a giant free-admission airshow.

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2015 Andritz Space Cup in Humenne, Slovakia

spacewcup-2015Check out the pictures of this World Cup event on the Flickr photostream !

Solar Impulse Team Cancel Take-Off from Nagoya

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Sadly, the Solar Impulse team had to cancel the take-off from Nagoya due to worsening weather conditions.This happened at the last minute, when pilot André Borscherg was already in the cockpit, ready to go.

Let's hope that a good weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to reach Hawaii !

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23 June 2005: The Paramotoring Journey of Alexander Bogdanov through Russia

Bogdanov-2005With an outstanding pilot in paramotoring, we would like to carry on with the series of FAI World Record anniversaries: Ten years ago on 23 June 2005, the three Russian pilots Vladimir Makurin, Nikolay Karabchouk and Alexander Bogdanov each broke an FAI World Record with a project named “Troika Air”.

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FAI Captures the Trend of Drones and Opens its Doors to this New Booming Activity

drone-model-aircraftFirst ever FAI-sanctioned drone sporting activity coming soon!

From a rare object accessible only to a few to a widely distributed product affordable by many, drones have become incredibly popular in the space of a few years thanks to the miniaturisation of on-board electronic devices and advanced flight systems.

In this context, it was logical that the FAI, and particularly its Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM), actively contribute to their development, and even more natural to include them in its activities given their huge potential in terms of participants and types of event. This has now happened and drone model aircraft are officially part of CIAM following the publication of a CIAM draft rule document for sportive and recreational activities with drones and especially multi-rotors (rotorcraft with more than two rotors).

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