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6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series

The FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) is pleased to announce the venues for the 6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix (SGP) series. The seven venues for the Qualifying Grand Prix events, which will be held in 2014 and 2015, are :

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Another first for Dubai

IMG 0477 Jarrett Martin copyJarrett 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:

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Ratification of Solar Impulse's Across America Mission records

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The FAI has today ratified the three world records claimed by Solar Impulse pilot André Borschberg from Switzerland, following a performance flight achieved on 23 May 2013 from Phoenix to Dallas (USA).

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7th Trofeo Città di Capannori

8502-capannori-trofeo-2013Free Flights aeromodellers competed in the province of Lucca, Italia - see the pictures !

Le Vot is the new aerobatic world champion !

Francois Le Vot

French pilot François Le Vot stole the gold at the 27th FAI World Aerobatic Championships that took place at the North Texas Regional Airport (Texas, USA) from 9 to 20 October 2013.

The 3 first ranked pilots are:

  1. François Le Vot FRA - Extra 330 SC
  2. Mikhail Mamistov RUS - Sukhoi 31
  3. Gerald Cooper GBR - XtremAir

 See all the results on civa-news.com and the news on the competition website.

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Red Bull Air Race back on stage in 2014 - FAI to collaborate to the race

red bull air raceThe resumption of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship was announced on Tuesday in Malaysia during a press conference attended by FAI President John Grubbström and FAI Secretary General Jean-Marc Badan. The FAI will partner the Red Bull Air Race management and provide safety specialists for the Championship which will start in February 2014.

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Duval appointed FAME board member

DUVAL Pierre 2John Grubbström today announced the appointment of Pierre Duval as an additional board member of the FAI’s marketing company FAME.

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107th FAI General Conference

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The sessions of the 107th FAI General Conference were held in Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 4 and 5 October 2013.

More than 150 delegates from 39 Active, 1 Associate, 1 Temporary Member Countries and 2 Affiliated Members were present, as well as FAI elected Officers, Presidents of Honour, Companions of Honour and delegates appointed by Presidents of Commissions and Observers.

The General Conference was officially opened on Thursday 3 October during a ceremony where FAI Awards and FAI Breitling Awards were presented.

For the first time, an electronic voting system was used during the sessions of the FAI General Conference. This new technology allowed a considerable gain of time during votes and will be re-used in the future.

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1st FAI World Paramotor Slalom Championships in Aspres-sur-Buëch, France

1st FAI WParamotor Slalom ChampionshipsCheck out all the pictures of the competition !

CIAM Flyer (04-2013) - How aeromodelling can boost a career

ciam flyer 4-2013The realisation that hobby and career can benefit each other is not new. Aeromodelling as a highly technical hobby and demanding sport presents a particularly large number of synergies with career and work. Many remarkable examples can be found in the technical trades and professions, one of which is CNC operator, Rogers.

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2013 FAI European Championships for Control Line Model Aircraft in Bekescsaba, Hungary

 

2013 E control lineAll the pictures of the competition are available on Flickr