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Solar Impulse Has Started Its Extraordinary Journey Across the Pacific Ocean

solar-impulse-nanjing-departure-2015Solar Impulse took to the air today at 2.39am local time (6.39pm UTC) from Nanjing, China, and started its fantastic bid to cross the Pacific Ocean without using any fuel. If André Borschberg, the pilot of the aircraft, successfully lands in Hawaii, he will have achieved the longest flight in distance and duration by a solar-powered aircraft.

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Bonhomme Wins Japan Debut for Red Bull Air Race

RBAR2015-chiba-2Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship’s first-race ever in Japan on Sunday in front of a sold-out crowd of 60,000 spectators with a thrilling victory in the high-speed, low-altitude race.

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21 May 2000: The Story of Lindsay Muir's Hot Air Balloon World Record

Lindsay Muir Long Dist 1 TakeOff

Balloon World Record not broken since

We are pleased to continue our series of world record celebrations with an exceptional woman in ballooning sports: British Lindsay Muir. She established a female category duration world record for balloons in class AX-10 (Hot-air balloons: 4.000 to 6.000 m³) for a flight of 19h 07min 55sec on 21 May 2000 with the balloon “Lindstrand LBL-210 A” (G-FVBF).

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FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft in Pruszków, Poland

9112-F3P-World-Poland-2015Watch the videos of the competition on Youtube !

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FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Flame Handover Ceremony and Airshow to Take Place on 28 May in Lausanne

torchThe FAI will stage an exceptional ceremony at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday 28 May 2015: the FAI World Air Games Flame will be lit and handed over to the representatives of the Emirates Aerosports Federation by FAI President Dr John Grubbström.

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Do you need a TUE?

therapeutic use exemption tue apply linkThe FAI is continuing its actions to keep air sports clean from doping.

In that frame, we are trying to inssure that all athletes participating in FAI sanctioned events (any event registered in the FAI Calendar) and who may therefore be subject to doping control must request a TUE before taking a prohibited medication.

But ... what is a TUE?

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FAI Announces Winners of the 2015 FAI Young Artists Contest

2.2 SERGEYCHIK RUS lowThe FAI is pleased to announce the list of the winners for the 2015 FAI Young Artists Contest. An international jury selected the three best paintings for each of the categories: Junior (ages 6-9), Intermediate (ages 10-13), Senior (ages 14-17). Their authors will receive FAI gold, silver and bronze medals.

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CIAM Flyer (2-2015) - The Silent Spectacle

ciam flyer 02 2015Heavier than air – but not by much. Flying lightweight model aircraft in large rooms and halls has a long tradition. In the last few years, the use of microelectronics has given indoor flying a new dimension.

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FAI Environmental Commission Newsletter - April 2015

envc-newsletterThe FAI Environmental Commission has been acting quietly for years, considering and preparing advice for all sporting and recreational aviators. The original challenge was to provide the basics for establishing a code, a presence on the FAI website and setting up standards for air sports environmentally friendly activities.

When these tasks were completed, one might think that EnvC just has to wait for some opportunities to arise to speak of birds and flowers alongside our beautiful flying sites. It may not be the case.

Discover what's new in terms of environmental issues in the first newsletter of the FAI Envrionmental Commission.

 

FAI Invites Nominations for the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award

FAI-Breitling-Awards-2We are now calling for nominations for the FAI-Breitling Awards for 2015: the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award. Both awards will be presented in September at the Awards Ceremony of the FAI General Conference in Rotterdam (Netherlands), where the winners will be invited and hosted by Breitling.

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Solar Impulse Reaches Chongqing, China

2015-Solar-Impulse-ChongqingBertrand Piccard, who was at the controls of Solar Impulse, successfully landed at the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, China, on Tuesday 31 March. He took off from Mandalay, Myanmar, on Monday 30 March at 3:36am local time (9:06pm GMT, 29 March) and landed in China 20 hours and 29  minutes later, thus having flown 1,459 km. It is the first time that a single-seater solar airplane enters China.

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