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Electric-flight record heralds new era of aviation

IM2016060880CO 300dpi_rszWalter Extra, the famous aerobatics pilot behind the Extra series of aerobatic planes, has set a FAI world record in the new field of Electric-powered planes. Launching from Schwarze Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany, on 25 November 2016 he flew a unique, battery-powered plane and climbed to 3,000m in a time of 4mins 22 seconds.

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20 Years Ago: NASA’s Space Shuttle breaks a world record for the longest time in Space

sts-80 post_rzsTwenty years ago on 7 December 1996 the US Space Shuttle Columbia spent a record 17 days in space – the longest ever Shuttle mission.

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FAI takes important steps for global drone sports

drone pilotAs the world governing body for all air sports recognised by the International Olympic Committee, FAI is responsible for world drone sports. As part of its work in this area, the Federation has now established a Working Group on matters related to drones, comprised of members of the FAI Executive Board and the Executive of the Aeromodelling Commission as well as senior FAI officials.

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Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov awarded FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year 2016 Award

IMG 0228-3_RSZA Russian priest who circumnavigated the world in a balloon in record time has been presented the inaugural FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year Award at a ceremony in Switzerland yesterday, Thursday 17 November 2016.

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German Holger Karow wins 7th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Finale in South Africa!

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Until the last race it was very close at the top and any of the top five pilots still had a chance to win the contest.

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FAI Meet NAA and AMA modellers in Muncie, USA

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A delegation of FAI officials were in Muncie, Indianapolis, USA over the weekend of 10-12 November 2016 to meet with the Academy of Model Aeronautics, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of model aviation in the USA.

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Crete to Cape Town Vintage Air Rally launched from Greece

C2C-19 rszA flying rally across Africa, from Crete to Cape Town, for aircraft built before the 31st December 1939.

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And the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Champion is...

DSC03366 rszRhett Heartsill (USA) is the 2016 World Hot Air Balloon Champion!

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PILOT PROFILE: 60 seconds with hang gliding champion Christian Ciech

Christian-Ciech-Favio-Tebaldi rszChristian Ciech is one of the most successful pilots in competition hang gliding, and was FAI European and World Champion at the same time in 2016. We spoke to him…

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The best of FAI 2016 competitions video is here!

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The best of FAI 2016 competitions video is here!

Have a look at FAI's compilation video of the main competitions of the season 2016:

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Matthias Dolderer wins Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2016


2016 10_17_Matthias_Dolderer1_2Matthias Dolderer won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship on Sunday 16 October 2016.

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