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4 August 1985: Larry Tudor, the “Part Bird”, who Flew a Record of a 4’343 Meters Gain in Altitude with a Hang Glider

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of an FAI Word Record made by an American pilot described as both “Part Bird” and “Skygod” and who is perhaps the “World’s finest Hang Glider pilot” for tandem or solo flights: Larry Tudor. A fidgety Californian, he has been pushing the edges of how far hang gliders can go since the air sport's early days in the 1970s. During his long career, Tudor set a total of ten FAI World Records and the one we are commemorating today has not yet been broken.

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Competitors for 6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix World Final

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The countdown to one of the most exciting and competitive sporting events this fall has started. On the 5th of September, 20 of the best pilots in the world will be coming to Varese, Italy, where they will compete for the title of FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Champion.

The pilots for the 6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix World Final have qualified for their place by competing in one of the 6th FAI/SGP series qualifying events. There is also a wild card entry from the host country.

To read more and to see the list of cometitors, click here.

 

Event Website for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Now Up and Running

WAG2015-websiteFAI invites you to visit the new event website for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. Managed by the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) as the host of the event, it offers quick and easy access to essential information about the Games.

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Winners rewarded at the Prize Giving Ceremony of the 22nd FAI World Precision Flying Championship

22WPFC-skive-denThe 22nd FAI World Precision Flying Championship competition ended on Thursday in Skive, Denmark, but there was a ‘final stage’ on Friday - the official Prize-Giving Ceremony scheduled in the evening at 6 pm.

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Solar Impulse to Continue its Round-The-World Mission in April 2016 Due to Damage to the Aircraft

2015 07 03 Solar Impulse 2 RTW 7th Flight Nagoya to Hawaii landing revillard 05828The Solar Impulse team has today announced that irreversible damage to the batteries of the experimental aircraft will not allow pilots André Borschberg and Bertrand Piccard to complete the circumnavigation of the globe this year. The next flight is not planned before April 2016.

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Two Eagles Balloon's Duration and Distance World Records Ratified by FAI

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FAI has ratified two world records following the Two Eagle Balloon's fantastic flight across the Pacific Ocean in January.

It took Leonid Tyukhtyaev from Russia and Troy Bradley from USA (above holding the Mexican flag after being taken to shore by a fishing boat in Baja) an incredible 160 hours 34 minutes to reach Baja, Mexico, from Saga, Japan !

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15th Memorial William Terenzi in Torraccia, San Marino

 F3A WORLD CUP SAN MARINO 2015 2 2Sebastian Silvestri from San Marino 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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8 July 2010: Borschberg Breaks the First Solar-Powered Aeroplane Records Onboard Solar Impulse

NightFlight DominiqueFavre grand format 562Five years ago today, Swiss pilot André Borschberg landed the zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse HB-SIA after a 26h 10m 19s flight from and to Payerne, Switzerland. A normal duration for a jet, but an absolutely incredible performance for a plane using only the power of the sun!

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