Thursday, 14 July 2016 10:47
On Tuesday, 12 July at 07:30 Local Time (00:30 UTC), Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov, 65, took off in a hot-air balloon in Northam, Western Australia, in a bid to beat the record time for a solo flight around the world. This has only been achieved once before by no other than the late American aviator legend Steve Fossett, who also took off from Northam Airfield in 2002 and is still a current FAI World Record. Konyukhov and his team have been preparing for the challenge for close to a year. He is confident that the balloon’s new technology will help him to break the standing record. He is hoping to fly 33,000km in 13 days or less.
Thursday, 22 September 2016 07:55
The Bréguet Dorand aircraft was an experimental helicopter which was built in the Gyroplane Laboratoire in France.
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 14:46
60 years ago on 7 September 1956, American Test pilot Iven C. Kincheloe Jr. flew at more than 3.200 km/h (2.000 mp/h) and to a height of 38.5 km (126.200 feet), becoming the first human ever to fly above 100.000 feet with the Bell X-2 rocket-powered research airplane.
Wednesday, 06 July 2016 12:37
The Czech Republic is gearing up to host the 20th European Aerobatic Championship at the end of August – and has won some high-level approval from inside the Czech government.
Tuesday, 12 July 2016 07:55
Today we would like to commemorate a female American pioneer and a major figure in aviation who was not only a highly successful Golden Age air racer and holder of various aviation records, but also one of the first female pilots to make aviation her business. On 12 July 1936, exactly 80 years ago, Mrs. Louise Thaden set a FAI World Record in Female Light Plane “Speed over 100km” by reaching a speed of 176,356 km/h (109.582 mp/h) in a 90-horsepower Porterfield at Endless Caverns, Virginia (USA).
Click here to read more: FAI Dossier.
Monday, 27 June 2016 10:58
Does flying make you dream? Yes? Then pick up your pens, pencils or brushes and enter the 2017 FAI Young Artists Contest to reach for the clouds. The aim is to create a picture that illustrates this years’ theme “Beyond the Clouds”, and to show us your vision through your eyes!
Youngsters from three age categories: Junior (6-9), Intermediate (10-13), Senior (14-17) are invited to participate.
Thursday, 23 June 2016 11:07
The FAI has received the following performance notifications from the Solar Impulse team, following Bertrand Piccards’s flight from New York (JFK International Airport), USA, to Seville (International Airport), Spain, with the solar-powered aeroplane “Solar Impulse 2”.
Monday, 20 June 2016 12:02
Swiss adventurer Bertrand Piccard is following Charles Lindbergh’s path as he took off from JFK International Airport in order to cross the Atlantic Ocean – one of the most challenging legs of the circumnavigation!
Friday, 17 June 2016 10:06
The success of the FAI World Air Games spurred us to compile in a book the very best of the competition.
When flicking through the pages, you will easily understand why we titled it “The Sky is Our Stadium”: for twelve days in a row, the sky of Dubai was filled with fantastic competitions and spectacular air shows. Via the impactful pictures we remember all these special moments that marked what was the biggest multi-airsports event ever organised.
Thursday, 16 June 2016 22:11
Ten years ago Toomas Mardna set a world record for aeromodelling that still stands today: a 111km out-and-return flight with a piston-motor seaplane, flying along the banks of Lake Maardu in Estonia.
If you want to bag a distance world record in aeromodelling it can help if you get up early, when the wind is calm and the sky is clear.
For Toomas Mardna exactly ten years ago on Friday 17 June 2006, 'early' meant a pre-dawn start. Together with co-pilot Juri Laidna the pair were aiming to set a world record out-and-return flight with a model Mardna had designed and built himself.
Mardna was well-known in Estonia and the international aeromodelling scene. A member of the Estonian Aerosports Federation his FAI Sporting Licence number was EST0002 – he was in at the very beginning.