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Winners of the 2016 FAI Young Artists Contest Revealed

2016art2.2 KIM USAbigThe FAI international jury selected the winning paintings of the 2016 FAI Young Artists Contest, a competition which every year honours the best paintings from youngsters in three age categories from 7 to 16 years old.

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Germany's Dolderer wins Red Bull Air Race in Spielberg, Austria

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Germany’s Matthias Dolderer beat the elements, the obstacles and 13 of the world’s best pilots to become the first German ever to win a Red Bull Air Race event at the second stop of the 2016 season in Spielberg, Austria.

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Solar Impulse 2 took off to continue world circumnavigation and breaking records!

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Swiss pioneers and ambassadors for clean technology, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, left the Kakaeloa Airport in Hawaii at 6:15am Hawaiian time to continue their spectacular journey of the first ever solar flight around-the-world. The next days will see the completion of the pioneering adventure as the Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) heads back to its starting point to Abu Dhabi.

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Fribourg ready to welcome the famous Gordon Bennett Cup

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The Canton of Fribourg will have the honour of organising the prestigious Aeronautical Cup for Gas Balloons, the ‘Gordon Bennett’ (FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship) in 2017. In Spain last weekend, the FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) (which runs the FAI’s ballooning activities) confirmed the choice of Fribourg. It adopted the proposal made by the National Ballooning Commission (FSA) back in November 2015. This international competition, which brings together the world’s best balloonists, will take place near the airstrip in Epagny, just below the Château de Gruyères and amongst the foothills of the Alps. The event will run from 7 to 16 September 2017. For ‘four cornerstones of the Fribourg economy’ a dream will come true.

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6 months until the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett in Gladbeck, Germany!

06-DSC 6060 copy180 days to go until the 60th edition of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. This year the individual stories of the pilots full of adventure, skill, courage, survival and luck will continue in Gladbeck (GER) from 15 – 24 September 2016.

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Swiss Pilot Jacques-Antoine Besnard wins 3rd FAI European Hot Air Airship Championship

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Swiss pilot Jacques-Antoine Besnard wins the 3rd FAI European Hot Air Airship Championship in Rottach-Egern (GER) before the two Germans Andreas Merk and Ralph Kremer. The European Championship took place from 24 - 29 February 2016 in the beautiful Tegernseer Valley in Bavaria, Germany.

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FAI at the Red Bull Air Race

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FAI President Dr. John Grubbström was in Abu Dhabi at the Red Bull Air Race on Saturday 12 March 2016 – and met up with the General Manager of the Red Bull Air Race Erich Wolf.

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Nicolas Ivanoff of France wins wild season opener in Abu Dhabi

RBAR2016-AbuDhabi-Podium sThe first race of the 2016 Red Bull Air Race World Championship was even hotter than expected in sizzling Abu Dhabi on Saturday, as Nicolas Ivanoff of France blazed through the pylons to victory in a close and frequently astonishing competition.

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Red Bull Air Race 2016: Erich Wolf

Erich-Wolf-credit-Joerg-Mitter sWe speak to Erich Wolf, General Manager of the Red Bull Air Race. As General Manager he’s responsible for the whole event across eight countries. He’s been in charge since 2011, and brought the Red Bull Air Race back in 2014 after a three year hiatus.

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Sweden’s Daniel Ryfa claims Challenger Class season opener in Abu Dhabi

RBAR2016-AbuDhabi-Daniel-Ryfa-SWE-credit-Balazs-Gardi sThe ninth season of Red Bull Air Race action at Abu Dhabi’s Corniche took off with a win for Challenger Class pilot Daniel Ryfa of Sweden. The most experienced contender in the six-man Abu Dhabi field, Ryfa clocked a sizzling time of 1:06.308.

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Polish pilot Czepiela blazes into Challenger Class season with top Qualifying time

RBARAbuDhabi ChallengersWith less than 24 hours to go before the ninth consecutive season opener of the Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi, pilot Luke Czepiela of Poland got a fast start to the season with a top Qualifying time of 1:07.241 seconds in the Challenger Class.

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