Monday, 03 March 2014 16:17
We are now calling for nominations for the FAI-Breitling Awards for 2014: the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award. Both awards will be presented this October at the Awards Ceremony of the FAI General Conference in Thailand, where the winners will be invited and hosted by Breitling.
Monday, 03 March 2014 09:50
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship returned from a three-year break with a spectacular three-way battle for the victory in the bright blue skies over Abu Dhabi with Britain’s Paul Bonhomme prevailing.
ABU DHABI (UAE) – Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season opener in Abu Dhabi on Saturday with a clutch performance in a pressure-packed finale ahead of his perennial rival Austria’s Hannes Arch in second and Canada’s Pete McLeod in third.
The defending champion had fallen behind both red-hot McLeod, who got a career-first podium, and his old nemesis Arch in the penultimate round of the high-speed, low-altitude racing over the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf but managed to fly nearly two seconds faster in the final round with the day’s best time – 56.439 seconds with Arch a blink of an eye behind in 56.776. It was a fittingly thrill-filled start to the 2014 season of the world’s fastest motorsport series.
“There was huge pressure out there and it was so much work to get back here,” said Bonhomme, who won the 2009 and 2010 championship ahead of Arch. But both were worried that rule changes, such as the introduction of standardized engines for all 12 pilots, would make the field more competitive and that is exactly what happened with McLeod, Matt Hall of Australia and Nigel Lamb of Britain, and Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic all flying within a second of each other in Friday’s Qualifying session.
(text & pictures: www.redbullairrace.com)
FAI and Red Bull Air Race
FAI and Red Bull Air Race World Championship signed an agreement including the provision of FAI medals especially designed for the Red Bull Air Race, the inclusion of all races in the FAI Events Calendar, and the official approval by the FAI of the race Rules & Regulations. Furthermore, the FAI provides a delegate who attends all events to supervise safety aspects.
Friday, 28 February 2014 16:28
The Aero Club of Poland is very active in promoting the idea of "olympic gliding". The Polish foundation "Smyki na start" whose main goal is promoting engineering and technology among youngsters together with Aero Club of Poland and Warsaw University of Technology are co-operting in order to convince the organisers of the IWG in Wroclaw to include gliding in the World games.
They are collecting words of support from all around the world on dedicated webpage: http://www.smykinastart.pl/in-english/41.html
If you can spread this info among gliding enthusiasts in your countries it will surely help the idea.
Don't delay send your support today.
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 11:51
The FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) has established the Angelo d’Arrigo Diploma, a new FAI environmental award which aims at recognising and promoting major contributions in the field of environmental and sustainable development, in accordance with the development of a philosophy and a vision of sport aviation that increasingly wants to be respectful of the environment that surrounds it.
Thursday, 06 February 2014 16:47
Around the era of 1950 some single engine fighter planes were fitted with two contra-rotating coaxial propellers in order to compensate the serious troubles caused by the assymetrical forces of their extremely powerful piston engines, normally swinging just one huge propeller. Mostly the late production Spitfires, determined to operate from aircraft carriers, were powered that way and are a nice example for this development.
Monday, 27 January 2014 13:38
The FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) and CONTEST, the German company organising the CONTEST-Eurotour series of aeromodelling events, have agreed to closely work together for the good of aeromodelling by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.
Saturday, 18 January 2014 19:09
The Paragliding Pre-Worlds in Roldanillo, Colombia, came to a successful conclusion last week. Four tasks were flown in 6 days and 147 pilots had the opportunity to try out CIVL’s experimental ‘Final Glide Decelerator’ techniques, the conical end of speed section (CESS) and the arrival altitude time bonus (AATB).
Friday, 17 January 2014 13:56
The FAI is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Schödel as its new Secretary General, starting on 1 March 2014. Schödel, a 41 year old German native, combines experience in airsports, management of non-profit making organisations and political matters.
Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:11
The period for acceptance of bids to hold a qualifying FAI Sailplane Grand Prix expired on the 31st of December 2013. The last qualifying event to be approved is in the Czech Republic at Frydland which will be held in May 2015 in the Club class.
The list of qualifying events is now complete and can be found at http://www.sgp.aero/