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Red Bull Air Race 2016: ‘Start with gliders first’ – Martin Sonka

2016 10_16_Martin_Sonka1Earlier this year we watched as Martin Šonka won gold in Freestyle at the 20th FAI European Aerobatic Championship, EAC 2016, held in his home country Czech Republic. A Red Bull Air Race pilot for the last three seasons, he explains how the two different disciplines of aerobatics and air racing complement each other – and why as a young pilot learning to fly a glider was one of the best things he ever did…

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Dutchman Frits Brink elected new FAI President

Brink2016 sFrits Brink from the Netherlands was elected yesterday as the new President of FAI at the 110th FAI General Conference in Bali, Indonesia.

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Red Bull Air Race 2016: What Nigel Lamb said to Mika Brageot...

Breitling-Team-Pair-650As one of the longest serving Red Bull Air Race pilots in the sport, Nigel Lamb is something of a legend in air racing circles. A longstanding Breitling Racing Team pilot, the British pilot was Red Bull Air Race World Champion in 2014 – and 2016 was his ninth season competing.

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110th FAI General Conference

GC2016 bannerThe sessions of the 110th FAI General Conference were held at the Westin Nusa Dua Hotel in Bali, Indonesia, on 14 and 15 October 2016.

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Red Bull Air Race 2016: Season Finale hits Las Vegas

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The Red Bull Air Race World Championships 2016 reaches its peak this weekend with an action-packed competition in Las Vegas.

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Prestigious FAI Awards presented for 2016

GC 2016_Awards_Gagarin_Group_picture_smallMen and women from across the world of air sports were honoured tonight with the prestigious FAI medals and diplomas at the 2016 FAI Awards Ceremony in Indonesia.

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NASA’s top man Charles Bolden is still aiming for the stars

bolden portrait_2Charles Bolden, who has been awarded the prestigious FAI Gold Space Medal for 2016, knows about space. Not only has he been in orbit four times, but for the last seven years he has been at the head of NASA.

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1st FAI International Drone Conference and Expo announced for 2017

drones smallFAI will hold an International Conference and Expo on drones in 2017, focusing on three areas: sports, innovation and safety.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel given special award from Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett


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The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, received an official trophy on 30 September 2016 to mark her involvement with this year’s Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett.

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Red Bull Air Race 2016: Matthias Dolderer clinches Championship win

RBAR indianapolis_3Over 62,000 fans witnessed pilot Matthias Dolderer write new motorsport history on 1–2 October 2016, as the German won the Red Bull Air Race  debut at the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway and clinched his first World Championship – and the first for Germany – in the process.

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On this day in history: 110 years of the world’s most prestigious balloon race

29930498596 314ae9ba92_oOne hundred and ten years ago on 30 September 1906 US aviator Lieutenant Frank Purdy Lahm won the first ever Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, a prestigious balloon race that still takes place today.

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