Thursday, 18 June 2015 14:56
First 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).
Monday, 29 June 2015 08:00
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.
Thursday, 11 June 2015 10:42
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.
Friday, 12 June 2015 13:30
Following the invitation from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organising Committee to 35 International Federations, the FAI has selected Paragliding as a potential additional sport. FAI, the FAI Hang Gliding and Paragliding Commission (CIVL), the Japan Aeronautic Association and the Japan Hang and Paragliding Federation have worked on a proposal which features Paragliding Accuracy and Paragliding Cross Country.
Monday, 01 June 2015 17:11
What a day for Borschberg and the Solar Impulse team ! After taking off from Nanjing, China, on Saturday, the weather conditions turned out to be not as favourable as expected, which made the team change their initial plan to fly directly to Hawaii, USA.
André Borschberg, the pilot of the zero-fuel aircraft, was thus forced to land in Nagoya, Japan, at 23:49 local time (14:49 UTC) - after more than 40 hours of flight.
Let us hope that a weather window will soon be found to allow Borschberg to take off again and complete Solar Impulse's plan to cross the Pacific Ocean and to land in Hawaii.
More information at www.solar-impulse.com.
Monday, 01 June 2015 11:16
The weather conditions toward Hawaii have unfortunately deteriorated, and the Solar Impulse team have decided that the zero-fuel airplane, which has taken off on Saturday from Nanjing, China, will have to land in Nagoya, Japan.
Thursday, 28 May 2015 22:58
In a symbolic gesture, today the torch of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 was lit and handed over today by FAI to the Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) as the Games Organising Committee. The ceremony took place at the Olympic Museum located in the city of Lausanne, Switzerland, where FAI has its headquarters. It featured distinguished guests from the air sports community and beyond.
Monday, 25 May 2015 16:19
Although Swiss pilot André Borschberg was getting ready for a possible take-off tonight from Nanjing, China, to cross the Pacific Ocean and reach Hawaii, the Solar Impulse team finally had to decide against the departure of the solar-powered aircraft.
The video below explains why.