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Interview with John Dickenson, recipient of the FAI Gold Air Medal

JohnDickensonAt the 2012 FAI Awards Ceremony held yesterday in Antalya, Turkey, John Dickenson was presented with the FAI Gold Air Medal by FAI President John Grubbström for his great contribution to the development of aeronautics by inventing the modern hang glider.

The FAI Gold Air Medal is the one of the two most prestigious FAI Awards together with the Gold Space Medal. It is reserved for those who have contributed greatly to the development of aeronautics by their activities, work, achievements, initiative or devotion to the cause of Aviation.

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Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant awarded to Reichert for the "Atlas" Human-Powered Helicopter project

Todd Reichert-Cameron RobertsonDuring yesterday's Awards Ceremony of the 106th FAI General Conference in Antalya, Turkey, Todd Reichert was announced to be selected as the winner of the prize of the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant for the project called "Atlas" Human-Powered Helicopter.

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2012 FAI Awards Ceremony

GC-antalya-awards-ceremonyComing from all around the world, contributors to aviation were celebrated at the annual FAI Awards Ceremony that took place last night in Antalya, Turkey, as part of the 106th FAI General Conference.

Ten awardees joined together in Antalya to be presented on stage with their prestigious FAI medals and diplomas by FAI President John Grubbström.

During the ceremony, the winner of the prize of the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant was revealed to be Todd Reichert for the "Atlas" human-powered helicoter project.

Two new awards were also announced by Breitling, the official partner of the FAI:

  • the Breitling Youngster Award
  • the Breitling Milestone Trophy

The attending recipients included: 

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Felix Baumgartner's preliminary World Records claim received

FelixBaumgartnerThe FAI has just received the prelimary claim for Felix Baumgartner's World Records.

The following figures must be ratified before the FAI can officially approve the World Records.

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57th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett: FAI flag handed over to Organiser

President hands over FAI flag 2During the closing ceremony of the 56th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett in Ebnat-Kappel (Switzerland), FAI President John Grubbström (right) handed over the FAI flag to Didier Sartelet, town mayor of Heillecourt and Vice President of the urban community of Greater Nancy (France), where the next edition of the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett will be held next year from 22 to 31 August 2013.

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2nd FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship in Frankenthal, Germany

2466-2-w-euro-2A selection of pictures can be viewed on Flickr !

18th FAI European Aerobatic Championships in Dubnica, Slovakia

7628-euro-aero-podium-2012The pictures of winners and many other are available on Flickr

18th FAI World Rally Flying Championship in Castellon, Spain

7973-w-rally-flying-2012-castellonHave a look at the pictures of the competition !

2012 FAI World Championships for Scale Model Aircraft in Santa Cilia, Spain

6102-W-scale-santa-ciliaA. Lüthi won the Gold Medal (F4C) - see the picture of his Bücker Jungmeister and many others!

2012 FAI World Championships for Space Models in Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia

6307-W Space Models SVKCheck out the pictures on Flickr !

Galetto awarded with the Lilienthal Gliding Medal

Galetto-2012Giorgio Galetto from Italy was yesterday awarded with the Lilienthal Gliding Medal at the 2012 FAI Awards Ceremony.

When asked about his reaction to the award, Giorgio said:

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