Monday, 04 February 2013 10:51
Following 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.
Kiessling and reigning champions are playing their game well at the 32nd FAI World Gliding Championships
Monday, 14 January 2013 13:24
The 32nd FAI World Gliding Championships have been characterised so far by the selective and demanding weather conditions of very strong wind and blue thermals.
Monday, 07 January 2013 10:36
The 32th FAI World Gliding Championships started yesterday in the beautiful and historical airfield of Otto Ballot in Adolfo Gonzales Chaves, Argentina.
The representatives of 24 Countries are enjoying the warm Argentinian hospitality. A nice Opening Ceremony was held in town on Saturday and the competition started yesterday.
Friday, 28 December 2012 11:26
Before anyone would be objecting of the title, I hasten to define, that the expression does not designate the quality but the location. Certainly, those who are touched by the enterprise to be introduced in the following, are (yet) far from the level of technical expertise that is required for competing at the highest level, however, even beginners are found among them. The highest level in this case refers to: the highest level of education. That specific location is the University of Obuda Banki Donat Mechanical – and Safety Technology Engineering Department, formerly the Technical College of Budapest, where since 2010 – to the best of our knowledge in Hungary (perhaps even in Europe) it is first - that the curriculum of airplane modeling is introduced.
But how did the boot get on the table?
The expression of airplane modeling conjures up the image, in the mind of the general public, of some bright faced children running after their little models, and in some cases – with some level of understanding – view this as the hobbys of some grown men who have too much free time on their hands; and only the dedicated few claim that it is a sport, competitive; and morover if it were to be judged by the olympic standards, it would be realized that airplane modeling, perhaps, is one of our most accomplished sports.
Download the full content of the latest CIAM Flyer (06-2012) - Model Airplane Flight at its Highest Level in PDF format !
Thursday, 20 December 2012 09:53
Tony Iberler qualified as an Helicopter Pilot in Germany on his 17th birthday, one year before he can legally drive a car.
In 2012, still aged 17, he was selected as a member of the German National Team participating in the 14th FAI World Helicopter Championship, Moscow. The youngest ever pilot to participate at that high level. He won second place in his class.