Friday, 17 January 2014 13:56
The FAI is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Schödel as its new Secretary General, starting on 1 March 2014. Schödel, a 41 year old German native, combines experience in airsports, management of non-profit making organisations and political matters.
Thursday, 16 January 2014 14:11
The period for acceptance of bids to hold a qualifying FAI Sailplane Grand Prix expired on the 31st of December 2013. The last qualifying event to be approved is in the Czech Republic at Frydland which will be held in May 2015 in the Club class.
The list of qualifying events is now complete and can be found at http://www.sgp.aero/
Thursday, 16 January 2014 11:18
2013 was a very active year for paragliding accuracy in Asia. In addition to numerous FAI Cat 2 sanctioned events, towards the end of 2013 two significant test competitions were organized: the first for 2nd FAI Asian Paragliding Accuracy Championship in Malaysia and the second, for the air sports events within the Asian Beach Games.
Thursday, 19 December 2013 16:18
The FAI and Breitling are pleased to announce the FAI World Championships events selected for full Breitling branding and support for 2014.
This year the focus is on a smaller number of events and an increased emphasis on supporting the events and creating a great image of these events which will benefit the events themselves, the FAI and Breitling.
Friday, 29 November 2013 13:11
There are few surprises as those Nations that have dominated in different disciplines continue to do so, however in one or two cases the failure to enter every possible First Category Event has had an impact.
Freefall Style and Precision Accuracy:
In the Male event the first position is spread between countries, for Accuracy : Slovenia, Style : the Czech Republic and Overall : Russia. Russia however wipes the board in the Female events taking first position in Accuracy, Style and Overall.
The dominance of Belgium (first place) continues in the 4-Way Open event; however despite France’s dominance of the 4-way Female event, first position goes to USA because they competed in all 5 of the FCE’s in the 4 years that count. France continued their dominance of the 8-way and VFS events, but UAE are now in second place in VFS which could make 2014 interesting.
Great Britain take first place in Freestyle despite France’s dominance, due to consistence of entry but France retains their first position in Freefly.
Continues with the dominance of the USA taking first place in all 4 elements of this discipline.
Friday, 15 November 2013 09:48
Electric Pylon Racing is a discipline involving some of the highest speeds in areomodelling. These days, times of around 60 seconds for ten circuits around a triangular course of 400 m, corresponding to speeds of 300 km/h and more, are not unusual.
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 15:01
Jarrett Martin, a Junior member of the USA Freefall Style & Accuracy Team qualified to compete at the 4th DIPC (Dubai International Parachuting Championships) – however Jarrett is different from other competitors in that he is paraplegic. So USPA sought the agreement of the organisation in Dubai for Jarrett to enter.
The response was an emphatic yes “We should do everything in our power to support such a young man’s athletic desire and ideals”
This is Jarrett’s story – his refusal to allow the results of his accident to alter his drive and determination to follow his sport and achieve his goals is truly inspiring: