FAI Confirms that Borschberg’s Solo Flight Is the Longest Ever Achieved in an Airplane

solar-impulse-nagoya-hawaiiFAI confirms that at 22:48 UTC Swiss Pilot André Borschberg superseded Steve Fossett’s 2005 duration performance by flying solo for more than 74 h 56 min 05 s above the Pacific Ocean on an airplane.


8 July 2010: Borschberg Breaks the First Solar-Powered Aeroplane Records Onboard Solar Impulse

NightFlight DominiqueFavre grand format 562Five years ago today, Swiss pilot André Borschberg landed the zero-fuel aircraft Solar Impulse HB-SIA after a 26h 10m 19s flight from and to Payerne, Switzerland. A normal duration for a jet, but an absolutely incredible performance for a plane using only the power of the sun!


Solar Impulse Entered into the Second Night of its Flight across the Pacific Ocean

satphoto 2015-06-30-09-20 UTCThe solar-powered aircraft Solar Impulse, with André Borschberg at the controls, is currently flying through its second night across the Pacific Ocean, using only the energy stocked up during the day by its solar cells. The plane will be slowly losing altitude until dawn, and when the sun will be rising from the sea, the aircraft will again ascend and recharge its batteries until they are full.


Opening Ceremony of the 2nd FAI World Paramotor Slalom Championships

2nd FAI World Paramotor Slalom ChampionshipsThe 2nd FAI World Paramotor Slalom Championships were officially declared open by CIMA Vice President and Jury President Wolfgang Lintl on Saturday in Legnica, Poland, following the speeches held by the President of the City Council of Legnica and the President of the Polish Aeroclub.


28th FAI World Aerobatic Championships in France in August 2015

wac2015From August 20 to August 29, 2015, the 60 best aerobatic pilots in the world will gather in Châteauroux, in the Center region of France, to compete for the most coveted of all aerobatic titles. The partially renewed French team will defend its four titles won in the Individual, Team, Male, and Female categories during the last world championships in Texas in 2013.  The French Aeronautical Federation (FFA) is organizing this sporting event and will also offer the public a number of attractions on the ground to complete the aerobatic performances. The event will end on Saturday August 29 with a giant free-admission airshow.


2015 Andritz Space Cup in Humenne, Slovakia

spacewcup-2015Check out the pictures of this World Cup event on the Flickr photostream !

Solar Impulse Team Cancel Take-Off from Nagoya

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Sadly, the Solar Impulse team had to cancel the take-off from Nagoya due to worsening weather conditions.This happened at the last minute, when pilot André Borscherg was already in the cockpit, ready to go.

Let's hope that a good weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to reach Hawaii !


23 June 2005: The Paramotoring Journey of Alexander Bogdanov through Russia

Bogdanov-2005With an outstanding pilot in paramotoring, we would like to carry on with the series of FAI World Record anniversaries: Ten years ago on 23 June 2005, the three Russian pilots Vladimir Makurin, Nikolay Karabchouk and Alexander Bogdanov each broke an FAI World Record with a project named “Troika Air”.


FAI Captures the Trend of Drones and Opens its Doors to this New Booming Activity

drone-model-aircraftFirst ever FAI-sanctioned drone sporting activity coming soon!

From a rare object accessible only to a few to a widely distributed product affordable by many, drones have become incredibly popular in the space of a few years thanks to the miniaturisation of on-board electronic devices and advanced flight systems.

In this context, it was logical that the FAI, and particularly its Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM), actively contribute to their development, and even more natural to include them in its activities given their huge potential in terms of participants and types of event. This has now happened and drone model aircraft are officially part of CIAM following the publication of a CIAM draft rule document for sportive and recreational activities with drones and especially multi-rotors (rotorcraft with more than two rotors).


Solar Impulse Begins the Crossing of the Pacific Ocean in Attempt to Break World Records

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Technical hurdles have been overcome and a favourable weather window has finally been found. At 18:03 UTC last night (03:03 local time), Solar Impulse co-founder André Borschberg took off from Nagoya, Japan, onboard zero-fuel aircraft SI2.


2015 FAI Active Members’ Presidents Meeting in Alicante

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The representatives of 18 FAI Members, the Executive Board and Head Office staff members gathered in Alicante, Spain, on Saturday for the 2015 FAI Active Members’ Presidents Meeting.