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.


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.


Red Bull Air Race 2016: Nicolas Ivanoff wins 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.


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.


Red Bull Air Race 2016: Daniel Ryfa wins Challenger Class 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.


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.


Australia’s Matt Hall clocks top Qualifying time at Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi

RBAR2016-1-AbuDhabiAustralia’s Matt Hall showed the form that made him the overall runner-up in 2015 by winning Qualifying at the 2016 season opener of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday. But he’ll need to push even harder in the Finals on Saturday.


FAI at the heart of safety at the Red Bull Air Race World Championships

ben ruijs fai safety delegate 2016The Red Bull Air Race World Championship kicked off today with a spectacular race in the sky above Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The race is the first of eight events that will take place this year, making the Red Bull Air Race the pre-eminent international air race circuit in the world.


CIAM Flyer (1-2016) - International classes for free flight scale model flying competitions around the world

CIAM Flyer 1-2016The FAI F4 class links the community of scale aeromodellers in indoor and outdoor classes.

Free flight scale – a Builder class

To some modellers accustomed to using the advancing technology associated with radio controlled flight, the idea of operating a model without these controls may seem puzzling. Even the established free flight classes for which FAI rules have been developed, have become increasing technical in the design of airframes and in the materials used. These classes now seem a long step away from the early free flight classes, in which part of the challenge was in the designing and building of models for local and international competition, as in Wakefield rubber endurance class for example.


Launch of the New FAI World Air Games Website

WAGwebsiteThe FAI has unveiled www.worldairgames.aero, the brand new website for its flagship event, the FAI World Air Games. It is meant to gather in one place all the information and news about the latest and future editions of the Games.

It includes useful content about the last Games that took place in Dubai from 1 to 12 December 2015, such as the results, news, descriptions of the events, press releases and more.

In the future it will also feature updates about the next Games and for example keep visitors up to speed with the bidding process.

“We wish to be able to point all the people interested in our Games to a website which contains comprehensive information and striking visual content” , said FAI President Dr John Grubbström. “We want to use it as a tool to showcase how exciting FAI’s biggest event is.”

Aviation and Space Anniversaries to Celebrate in 2016

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FAI will continue to celebrate aviation and space anniversaries in 2016, with various publications and posts in the social media.