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Aviation and Space: Diary-notifications and anniversaries for 2017

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Throughout 2017 the FAI will mark some important anniversaries in aviation and space flight.

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Drone pilot Vincent Delcommene outraces the competition to win the first ever FPV Racing World Cup

Vincent DelcommeneCongratulations Vincent Delcommene (also known as VINCBEE): the first FPV Racing World Cup champion.

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Air Sports Join Olympic Channel

FAI Olympic_ChannelFAI and the Olympic Channel have reached a cooperation agreement to collaborate on content for the Olympic Channel.

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CIAM Flyer (6-2016) - Short Climb, Long Glide

CIAM Flyer_6-2016_sIn recent years, electric flying has seen the totally unspectacular emergence of a new electric glider class (F5J). It is characterised by its large (maximum span of 4 m) but very lightweight RC glider models (800 to 1500 g) equipped with relatively small electric motors (approx. 500 W).

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Red Bull Air Race 2017: Season kicks off in Abu Dhabi with landmark 75th race

RBAR2017 AbuDhabi_NewsThe first race of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race calendar in February will be a celebration of milestones for the official World Championship: the tenth season of competition, the tenth consecutive opener in Abu Dhabi and the diamond 75th race for the coveted title.

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Lassi Nurila from Finland wins the F3A World Cup 2016!

From Facebook_rszAfter winning the overall at the F3A World Cup 2015, Lassi Nurila from Finland won the following F3A World Cup 2016 again!

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The 61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett 2017 to take off from Gruyères, Switzerland

2016 12_08_GordonBennett2017_AfficheCollector-724x1024_copyFrom 7 to 16 September 2017, Gruyères will host the 61st Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the oldest and most prestigious gas balloon race in the world.

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Electric-flight record heralds new era of aviation

IM2016060880CO 300dpi_rszWalter Extra, the famous aerobatics pilot behind the Extra series of aerobatic planes, has set a FAI world record in the new field of Electric-powered planes. Launching from Schwarze Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany, on 25 November 2016 he flew a unique, battery-powered plane and climbed to 3,000m in a time of 4mins 22 seconds.

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20 Years Ago: NASA’s Space Shuttle breaks a world record for the longest time in Space

sts-80 post_rzsTwenty years ago on 7 December 1996 the US Space Shuttle Columbia spent a record 17 days in space – the longest ever Shuttle mission.

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FAI takes important steps for global drone sports

drone pilotAs the world governing body for all air sports recognised by the International Olympic Committee, FAI is responsible for world drone sports. As part of its work in this area, the Federation has now established a Working Group on matters related to drones, comprised of members of the FAI Executive Board and the Executive of the Aeromodelling Commission as well as senior FAI officials.

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Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov awarded FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year 2016 Award

IMG 0228-3_RSZA Russian priest who circumnavigated the world in a balloon in record time has been presented the inaugural FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year Award at a ceremony in Switzerland yesterday, Thursday 17 November 2016.

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