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12 June 1936: The FAI World Record of Louise Thaden

Mrs. Louise_Thaden_on_the_day_of_setting_the_record_1Today we would like to commemorate a female American pioneer and a major figure in aviation who was not only a highly successful Golden Age air racer and holder of various aviation records, but also one of the first female pilots to make aviation her business. On 12 July 1936, exactly 80 years ago, Mrs. Louise Thaden set a FAI World Record in Female Light Plane “Speed over 100km” by reaching a speed of 176,356 km/h (109.582 mp/h) in a 90-horsepower Porterfield at Endless Caverns, Virginia (USA).

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Enter the 2017 FAI Young Artist Contest and Show Us Your Vision of Flying!

YAC2016 copyDoes flying make you dream? Yes? Then pick up your pens, pencils or brushes and enter the 2017 FAI Young Artists Contest to reach for the clouds. The aim is to create a picture that illustrates this years’ theme “Beyond the Clouds”, and to show us your vision through your eyes!

Youngsters from three age categories: Junior (6-9), Intermediate (10-13), Senior (14-17) are invited to participate.

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Bertrand Piccard’s New York - Seville Flight: Performance Notifications Received by FAI

2016 06_23_Solar_Impulse_ATLANTIC_Landing_in_Sevilla_Bertrand_Piccard_and_Andr_Borschberg_Revillard__1398_thumb_2The FAI has received the following performance notifications from the Solar Impulse team, following Bertrand Piccards’s flight from New York (JFK International Airport), USA, to Seville (International Airport), Spain, with the solar-powered aeroplane “Solar Impulse 2”. 

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Photo book of the FAI World Air Games 2015 Now Available !

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The success of the FAI World Air Games spurred us to compile in a book the very best of the competition.

When flicking through the pages, you will easily understand why we titled it “The Sky is Our Stadium”: for twelve days in a row, the sky of Dubai was filled with fantastic competitions and spectacular air shows. Via the impactful pictures we remember all these special moments that marked what was the biggest multi-airsports event ever organised.

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Ten Years Ago: Mardna's 111km model seaplane world record

DSC01216Ten years ago Toomas Mardna set a world record for aeromodelling that still stands today: a 111km out-and-return flight with a piston-motor seaplane, flying along the banks of Lake Maardu in Estonia.

If you want to bag a distance world record in aeromodelling it can help if you get up early, when the wind is calm and the sky is clear.

For Toomas Mardna exactly ten years ago on Friday 17 June 2006, 'early' meant a pre-dawn start. Together with co-pilot Juri Laidna the pair were aiming to set a world record out-and-return flight with a model Mardna had designed and built himself.

Mardna was well-known in Estonia and the international aeromodelling scene. A member of the Estonian Aerosports Federation his FAI Sporting Licence number was EST0002 – he was in at the very beginning.

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Second FAI European Paramotor Slalom Championships kicks off in Spain

IMG 9930_1The second FAI European Paramotor Slalom Championships opened with a short ceremony on 11 June in Bornos, Andalusia, Spain where the competition is being held from 9-19 June 2016.

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Real-life ‘Daedalus’ unveils plaque to historic human-powered flight

Daedalus-Arrives-SantoriniKanellos Kanellopoulos, a Greek cycling champion who became a record-breaking aviator, has unveiled a plaque to the historic 1988 human-powered Daedalus project in Greece.

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Yoshi Muroya wins Red Bull Air Race, Japan

P-20160605-00941 News-600Japan's Yoshihide Muroya took a decisive victory in front of 50,000 fans at his home race in Chiba, Japan at the third leg of the Red Bull Air Race 2016 on 5 June 2016.

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CIAM Flyer (3-2016) - FAI Scale Space Models

space-models-ciam-flyerWe fly two Scale classes – S7 Scale; a ‘Super-Scale’ event and S5-Scale Altitude; a performance class, where the judges’ score in the judging hall is added to the achieved altitude in the qualification flight. So how does it all work?

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Congratulations from Space for the FAI Komarov Diploma!

2016 05_23_Live_conversation_from_Space_Tim_Peake_copy“I am absolutely delighted for Scott and Mikhail to receive that very well deserved honour.” Live from the International Space Station (ISS), the British Astronaut Tim Peake congratulated Scott Kelly (USA) and Mikhail Kornienko (RUS) on being awarded the FAI Komarov Diploma. Certainly a unique occasion to acknowledge his fellow crewmates! Peake’s congratulations came right after FAI’s Astronautic Records Commission (ICARE) President, Anu Ojha OBE, announced the attribution of the award during a live call with the astronaut from UK’s National Space Centre.

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12 May 2011: First Human-Powered Rotorcraft Record Celebrates 5 Years Anniversary!

Judy WexlerOn 12 May 2011, biology student and female pilot Judith Wexler flew the human-powered helicopter “Gamera I” for 4.2 seconds in College Park, MD (USA), thus setting the first ever FAI world record in this type of aircraft.

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