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Markus Haggeney hired as FAI Sports and Marketing Director

Haggeney MarkusThe FAI has the pleasure to announce the appointment of Markus Haggeney as the new Sports and Marketing Director of the Federation, after Rob Hughes stepped down from his role as Sports Director. He has started in his new position on 15 March 2014.

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FAI-Breitling Awards 2014 - Call for nominations

FAI-Breitling-AwardsWe are now calling for nominations for the FAI-Breitling Awards for 2014: the Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award. Both awards will be presented this October at the Awards Ceremony of the FAI General Conference in Thailand, where the winners will be invited and hosted by Breitling.

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Air Race returns: Bonhomme beats old rival

RBAR2014-Abu-Dhabi 2The Red Bull Air Race World Championship returned from a three-year break with a spectacular three-way battle for the victory in the bright blue skies over Abu Dhabi with Britain’s Paul Bonhomme prevailing.

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Gliding in The World Games

gliding picturesThe Aero Club of Poland is very active in promoting the idea of "olympic gliding". The Polish foundation "Smyki na start" whose main goal is promoting engineering and technology among youngsters together with Aero Club of Poland and Warsaw University of Technology are co-operting in order to convince the organisers of the IWG in Wroclaw to include gliding in the World games.

They are collecting words of support from all around the world on dedicated webpage: http://www.smykinastart.pl/in-english/41.html

If you can spread this info among gliding enthusiasts in your countries it will surely help the idea.

Don't delay send your support today.

Green airsports honoured with new environmental award

Angelo d ArrigoThe FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) has established the Angelo d’Arrigo Diploma, a new FAI environmental award which aims at recognising and promoting major contributions in the field of environmental and sustainable development, in accordance with the development of a philosophy and a vision of sport aviation that increasingly wants to be respectful of the environment that surrounds it.

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CIAM Flyer (01-2014) - To compensate the assymetrical forces

ciam flyer 01 2014Around the era of 1950 some single engine fighter planes were fitted with two contra-rotating coaxial propellers in order to compensate the serious troubles caused by the assymetrical forces of their extremely powerful piston engines, normally swinging just one huge propeller. Mostly the late production Spitfires, determined to operate from aircraft carriers, were powered that way and are a nice example for this development.

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2014 Roldanillo Pre Worlds and Colombian Open

Roldanillo COL 2014 9121See in pictures what happened in Roldanillo, Colombia

2013 Belgian Open Helicopter Championship in Saint Hubert, Belgium

2013 Belgian Open Helicopter Chp

All the pictures of this event are on Flickr !

CIAM and CONTEST team up to promote aeromodelling

CONTESTThe FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) and CONTEST, the German company organising the CONTEST-Eurotour series of aeromodelling events, have agreed to closely work together for the good of aeromodelling by signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

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Paragliding Pre-worlds concludes successfully in Colombia

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The Paragliding Pre-Worlds in Roldanillo, Colombia, came to a successful conclusion last week.  Four tasks were flown in 6 days and 147 pilots had the opportunity to try out CIVL’s experimental ‘Final Glide Decelerator’ techniques, the conical end of speed section (CESS) and the arrival altitude time bonus (AATB).

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FAI names Susanne Schödel as new Secretary General

Susanne SchoedelThe FAI is pleased to announce the appointment of Susanne Schödel as its new Secretary General, starting on 1 March 2014. Schödel, a 41 year old German native, combines experience in airsports, management of non-profit making organisations and political matters.

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