Monday, 29 August 2016 09:26
Ten years ago today famous aviator Steve Fossett set a gliding world record that still stands today. Flying with former NASA test pilot Einar Enevoldson the pair hit an absolute altitude of 15,460m while flying in mountain wave above the Andes in Argentina.
Sunday, 28 August 2016 19:42
Jan Sebesta from the Czech Republic (CZE) has won the scale (S7) model competition in the 2016 FAI S World Championship for Space Models. Sebesta’s model of the Saturn V not only impressed the judges with it’s lifelike accuracy, but during the confirmation flight it preformed flawlessly, separating into five on cue, and returning to the ground with streamers and parachutes slowing it’s descent.
Sunday, 28 August 2016 11:04
How to build a winning S3A rocket
The S3A category tests rocket’s ability to stay in the air for as long as possible. With a fixed amount of power from the solid fuel engine, lightness is key to get the highest altitude. Most rockets weigh just a few grams.
Saturday, 27 August 2016 21:12
It was close contest at the 2016 FAI S World Championship for Space Models as the under 18s went head to head in the scale altitude (S5B) rocket category. Michal Bobrowski from Poland flew the highest flight with his 1:4.5 scale replica of the American Arcas rocket reaching 361m. Bobrowski said “I chose it for it’s simplicity. It’s a single stage rocket and the design is very aerodynamic.”
Saturday, 27 August 2016 14:23
“Yesterday was stressful,” says 11 year old Ashley Van Milligan. “My engine wasn’t lighting and you only have a limited amount of time.” Van Milligan is one of six under 18s competing with the American team, and one of 65 from 11 countries.
Saturday, 27 August 2016 11:10
Although this years World Championship for Space Models is being held in Lviv, Ukraine, anyone with an internet connection can follow the event.
Friday, 26 August 2016 11:18
France is dominating the FAI World Paramotor Championships, with a huge score of 16,200 after five tasks – 4,000 points more than their closest rival, the Czech Republic. Behind the Czech Republic by only 331 points in third is Poland.
Friday, 26 August 2016 09:11
How do pilots know what aerobatic manoeuvres they have to fly when they compete?
The answer lies in understanding what are called Aresti figures.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016 11:44
The 2016 FAI World Microlight and Paramotor Championships in the UK shook off the weekend’s rain showers yesterday and got stuck into the competition.
In the paramotoring, pilots completed a navigation task with precision landing. In the navigation part of the task, worth 1,000 points, France’s Alex Mateos took pole position.