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20 balloons to participate in the 57th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

Logo GB13Following the call for registration which ended on 15 February, the countries participating in the 57th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett are now known, as well as the number of balloons representing each country. 20 gas balloons from 10 nations will take part in the event which will take place from 22 to 31 August 2013. The start point for the race is in Nancy, France.

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2013 FAI World Championship for Aerobatic Model Aircraft in Coburg, Germany

8317-2013-W-IndAeroAll the pictures of the competition, the pilots, the opening and prize ceremonies, and much more !

Icarus Cup 2013: First ever Human-Powered Aircraft Competition to be sanctioned by FAI

Icarus Cup 2012-Fred ToThe FAI has today announced that the Human Powered Aircraft (HPA) Icarus Cup 2013 has been sanctioned by the FAI as an FAI 2nd Category Event. This is the very first time that this sport has featured in the FAI Events Calendar.

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Baumgartner’s Records Ratified by FAI !

baumgartnerThe FAI has today ratified the 3 world records claimed by Austrian parachutist Felix Baumgartner for Maximum Vertical Speed, Exit Altitude and Vertical Distance of Freefall.

On 14 October 2012 and supported by a team of experts from the Red Bull Stratos Mission, Felix took off from Roswell, USA, aboard a pressurised capsule attached to a helium balloon. Wearing a specially designed suit, Felix was carried high into the sky up to an altitude of 38969.4m, where he exited the capsule and launched himself down towards Earth. Felix achieved a freefall distance of 36402.6 m and reached the speed of 1357.6 km/h before opening his parachute and landing safely on the ground.

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Plenary 2013 - A New Competition Class Is Born!

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The 2012 CIVL Plenary in JiaoXi, Chinese Taipei, had decided that a new Competition Class should be created, implemented in 2014 and included in a “light” EN certification as soon as possible.

The 2013 CIVL Plenary in Lausanne, Switzerland, discussed at length the Paragliding Subcommittee proposals, amended it, and voted almost unanimously (minus 1 voice) for the implementation of a new CIVL-EN Competition Class (CECC).

For the first time, all parties involved in the decision making process agreed in a long term solution that comes as a conclusion to 14 years of debate about Serial vs. Open in Category 1 competitions (see our historical analysis here).

CIVL, EHPU, PWCA, test pilots and PMA worked on a compromise that they agreed is the best long-term solution available.

  • The competition gliders will have a limitation on aspect ratio,
  • This limitation might encourage more manufacturers to produce competition gliders.
  • Using optimum speed, in conjunction with the new End of Speed Section rule, will give more importance in wing design and pilot strategy to best glide performance (instead of maximum speed).
  • The in-flight test will be done in the same configuration as for of competition flying (current harness, pilot reacting).
  • The certification tests are simplified, hence faster and cheaper, opening the way to certification of gliders of all size.
  • The characteristics and procedures can be revised every two years, allowing both stability and development.
  • The reference to EN test (lines, load, in-flight test) will speed up the implementation of a new EN standard that CIVL is ready to be part of.

The implementation date of the new CECC has been pushed back to 2015 so that:

  • Pilots and manufacturers have more time to adapt to the new regulation.
  • The 2013 and 2014 seasons are run with the same gliders: EN certified without additional limitations.

This new regulation concerns only Category 1 competitions. Regarding category 2 events, NACs are responsible for managing the sport in their own territories and are best placed to make judgements on which rules are appropriate for their events.

CIAM Flyer (01-2013) - Flying in an Unbelievably Blue Winter Sky

ciam flyer 01 2013 copyFor many years, model airplanes have been flown in wintertime on the frozen lake in Davos in the Swiss alps. The conditions may be a bit special but are not nearly as nasty as aeromodellers in warmer hemispheres may think.

Thermals when flying in Winter?

"These are less likely in midwinter – but ridge and wave soaring from the bottom of the valley are possible," says a local model pilot, "but the stable weather conditions bring high-altitude winds in which we can sometimes – keeping a safe distance from the mountain – fly to very high altitudes with lift continuously increasing with altitude".

Download the full content of the latest CIAM Flyer (01-2013) - Flying in an Unbelievably Blue Winter Sky in PDF format !

Latest Ranking Lists - Freefall Style & Accuracy Landings

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France and Russia top Parachuting Ranking Lists for Freefall Style and Accuracy Landings

 


The INTERNATIONAL WORLD PARACHUTING RANKING LIST for Freefall Style and Accuracy Landings are updated. The high level of participation in Dubai increased the number of NACs placed in the ranking lists, which is positive.

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Poland bid to host the 15th FAI World Helicopter Championship

aero-club-poland-bid-w-helicopter-chpAero Club of Poland has made a Bid to host the event at Gdynia-Kosakowa, the home base of the Polish SAR Helicopters.

The Bid brings forward the next World Championship by 1 year thus avoiding any conflict with any World Air Games proposals for 2015.

The FAI Rotorcraft Commission meets in March 2013 to consider this offer.

2013 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP - Vitacura, Chile

8590-Q-Sailplane-2013-CHIBrowse the videos and the pictures of the competition!

Mondial 2012 in Dubai, UAE

mondial-2012Have a look at the beautiful pictures of the World Parachuting Championships !

Duvoisin explains his new Eco-Balloon concept to the FAI Executive Board

duvoisin-eco-balloon 2Following their meeting this weekend in Lausanne, the FAI Executive Board members visited Château d'Oex and the annual International Balloon Festival.

During their visit, the Board were fortunate enough to meet Pierrick Duvoisin, a passionate balloon pilot and holder of four FAI World Records. Pierrick explained his latest 'Eco-Balloon' project, which he believes will change the nature of ballooning in the future thanks to the dramatic energy-saving design and performance.

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