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.


Solar Impulse On Its Way To Chongqing, China


On Sunday 29 March, Solar Impulse took off for its fifth flight from Mandalay, Myanmar, at 21:06 UTC. The zero-fuel aircraft is now on its way to Chongqing, China, and is piloted by Bertrand Piccard. The flight will last for about 19 hours and will cover a distance of 1,375 kilometers.


FAI Annual Report: 2014 Edition Is Out!

2014 FAI Annual ReportWe are thrilled to share the new 2014 FAI Annual Report.

In these pages you will be taken on a journey through the various events and activities of the Federation.


Interview with Alexey Leonov, the First Man to Walk in Outer Space

Leonov-9336-8On 18 March 1965, FAI celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first space-walk. Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov achieved this feat during the Voshkod 2 mission. He stayed out in space for 12 min 9 sec, a performance that the FAI recognised as a world record in the “Extravehicular duration in space”. Born on 30 May 1934, he still lives in Russia.


18 March 1965: Leonov Successfully Made the First Spacewalk

9336-2Today is a special day in the history of space exploration. It is the day, 50 years ago, that Russian cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first person to walk in space.


Forza Italia!


The 20th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 championship came to an end with Italia taking both individual (Christian Ciech) and team Gold. France is in Silver (Antoine Boisselier and team). Christian Voiblet (Switzerland) and Australia are in Bronze.


Piccard lands successfully in Ahmedabad

2015 03 10 Solar Impulse 2 RTW 2nd Flight Muscat to Ahmedabad Landing Revillard-0864Bertrand Piccard successfully landed in Ahmedabad, India. It is the first time that Solar Impulse lands on the Asian continent. He piloted Solar Impulse 2 from Muscat, flying across the Arabian Sea over a distance of 1468 km. The FAI will review the distance record claim dossier, and if it is ratified it will supersede the record previously set by André Borschberg onboard Solar Impulse in 2013.


Piccard's Record Attempt in the Second Leg of the Around the World in a Solar Aircraft Mission

2015-Solar-Impulse-leg2 1Bertrand Piccard took off this morning at 6:35 UTC+4 from Muscat, Oman, onboard Solar Impulse 2. Before starting his journey to Ahmedabad, India, he revealed that he would attempt to break the FAI world record of Distance in the Experimental / New Technologies, Solar-Powered Aeroplane category.


FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Roll Out New Logo

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The Event Organising Committee of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 unveiled the new logo for the multi air sports event during a ceremony that was held at the Skydive Marina in Dubai on Sunday night.


Sports and Disciplines Selected for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 Revealed

Dubai Air Sports 2 2The FAI has today announced the list of the 11 sports and 24 disciplines selected for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. More than 1000 athletes, crews and officials will be involved in the multi air sports event. It will be the biggest FAI World Air Games ever organised.


3 March 2005 : Steve Fossett, the First Man to Fly Solo Around the World, Unrefuelled

Fossett-Global-Flyer-2005 3With whom else than Steve Fossett could we open our series of world record celebrations? From 1995 to 2007, the FAI ratified 93 of his performances, which makes him the holder of the largest number of world records. These figures are unequalled, and they are all the more impressive given that they are linked to achievements in four different air sports, namely Ballooning, Airships, Gliding and General Aviation.