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Baumgartner breaks the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record

Felix Baumgartner has been recognised today by the FAI for breaking the Maximum Vertical Speed World Record without a drogue or stabilization device.

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The 43 year old Austrian Baumgartner was carried high up in the sky by a pressurised capsule attached to a helium balloon. Wearing a specially designed suit, he exited the capsule at an altitude of 21’818 meters (71'581 feet) and achieved a jump during which he reached the staggering record speed of 587 km per hour.

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3rd FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Championship - Ohrid, MKD

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The 3rd FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Championship came to an end last July the 8th. Were crowned...

Overall: 1- Dimitar Ralev, Bulgaria; 2- Goran Gjurkovic, Serbia; 3- Matjaz Sluga, Slovenia.

Women: Milica Marinkovic, Serbia; 2- Jolanta Romanenko, Lithuania; Barbora Smutna, Czech Republic.

Nations: 1- Slovenia; 2- Czech Republic; 3- Serbia.

Check the competition website here. 

See here all the pictures of the competition, including the prize-giving ceremony !

2012 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy - Echternach, Luxemburg

8256-2012 LUXGSM-World Balloon TrophyCheck out the pictures of the competition on Flickr !

Maxim Sotnikov (RUS): Helicopter Pilot

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Although Maxim Sotnikov learned to fly helicopters only 6 years ago, he is already one of the world’s best pilots and will be one to watch at the 14th FAI World Helicopter Championship that will take place at Drakino Airfield, Russia, from 22 to 26 August 2012.

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Strategic improvements at the FAI

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In line with its new strategy, the FAI has recently created two new management tools aiming at improving its efficiency.

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World YAK52 Aerobatic Championships Results Final

The 3rd FAI World Yak-52 Aerobatic Championships concluded in Russia yesterday, the 28th of June, with the completion of the last 2nd Free Unknown flight. The competition was held at Airfield Finam (Bolshoe Gryzlovo), Serpukhov region. Twenty-three pilots competed in the Championships.

The new World Yak-52 Aerobatic Champion is Vladimir Kotelnikov of Russia. In recent years, he has been very active in judging FAI Aerobatic Championships at both the Continental and World level. But he is equally skilled as a pilot and put those skills to good use against a wide variety of Yak pilots.

Russia also captured the Team prize with Belarus in second and Lithuania in third place.

Closing ceremonies and awards-givings will be on Saturday, the 30th of June. Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to our friends in Russia for an outstanding organization.

Detailed results can be found at www.civa-results.com.

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World Gliding Championships Return to the United States!

5964 - UvaldeThis summer in southwest Texas, from the 28th of July to the 19th of August, the sky will be full of sailplanes, and the airwaves filled with the languages of more than 23 different countries, as 120 pilots from around the world compete at the 32nd FAI World Gliding Championships.

Hosted by the Soaring Society of America and sanctioned by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the Championships will be held at Garner Field, a city owned public airport located three miles east of the central business district of Uvalde, Texas. The facility is named for John Nance Garner, the 32nd Vice president of the United States.

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CIAM Flyer 03-2012: Foam is followed by Fabric

ciam flyer 03 2012Flying with model paragliders and motorised kites Flying with model paragliders or RC paragliders and motorised kites is not a complete novelty in the world of aeromodelling. However, small and lightweight electronic radio control systems as well as the use of today's very lightweight batteries have given these attractive aeromodelling categories a new boost.

Download the full content of the latest CIAM Flyer (03-2012) - Foam is followed by Fabric in PDF format !

Asian Beach Games 2012 - Medal Ceremony and Results

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The final duty of the Haiyang Asian Beach Games organisers is the distribution of medals to the worthy winners. As expected, the ceremony was carried out with great precision; medal winners were led to the podium by beautifully dressed women and then given the coveted Asian Beach Games medal by a number of dignitaries. FAI President John Grubbström gave the medals for the Combined class and CIMA President Richard Meredith-Hardy was given the responsibility for team medals.

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The respective flags were raised and the anthems were sung. It was a fitting end to a highly successful event and eyes now turn to 2014 for the 4th Asian Beach Games in Phuket, Thailand. See you there !

Results

Precision results
1 MACAK Jiri George THA 215
2 PHROMMAT Kittiphop THA 206
3 MUENPHUKHIAO Kroekrit THA 169
Economy results
1 SHENG Guangqiang CHN 85
2 MACAK Jiri George THA 80
3 PHROMMAT Kittiphop THA 64
Combined (overall) results
1 MACAK Jiri George THA 295
2 PHROMMAT Kittiphop THA 270
3 SHENG Guangqiang CHN 239
Team results
1 Thailand 802
2 China 641
3 Indonesia 495
4 Republic of Korea 490
5 Malaysia 337
6 Saudi Arabia 304
7 Qatar 92

 

2012 Provence Glide

2012 Provence Glide, preparation event for the 2013 European Gliding Championships, was held recently, concurrently with France’s 15m National Championship at Vinon-sur-Verdon in south east France. As well as French contenders and foreign pilots hoping to be selected next year, there were a number of well-known names getting in some practice before setting off for next month’s World Gliding Championships, in Uvalde, Texas, USA.

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IPETA

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Announcing the formation of the International Parachute Event and Tours Association following agreement at the FAI/IPC 63rd Plenary Meeting in Argentina.

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