Monday, 03 March 2014 09:50
The 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.
ABU DHABI (UAE) – Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season opener in Abu Dhabi on Saturday with a clutch performance in a pressure-packed finale ahead of his perennial rival Austria’s Hannes Arch in second and Canada’s Pete McLeod in third.
The defending champion had fallen behind both red-hot McLeod, who got a career-first podium, and his old nemesis Arch in the penultimate round of the high-speed, low-altitude racing over the turquoise waters of the Arabian Gulf but managed to fly nearly two seconds faster in the final round with the day’s best time – 56.439 seconds with Arch a blink of an eye behind in 56.776. It was a fittingly thrill-filled start to the 2014 season of the world’s fastest motorsport series.
“There was huge pressure out there and it was so much work to get back here,” said Bonhomme, who won the 2009 and 2010 championship ahead of Arch. But both were worried that rule changes, such as the introduction of standardized engines for all 12 pilots, would make the field more competitive and that is exactly what happened with McLeod, Matt Hall of Australia and Nigel Lamb of Britain, and Martin Sonka of the Czech Republic all flying within a second of each other in Friday’s Qualifying session.
(text & pictures: www.redbullairrace.com)
FAI and Red Bull Air Race
FAI and Red Bull Air Race World Championship signed an agreement including the provision of FAI medals especially designed for the Red Bull Air Race, the inclusion of all races in the FAI Events Calendar, and the official approval by the FAI of the race Rules & Regulations. Furthermore, the FAI provides a delegate who attends all events to supervise safety aspects.
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:07
Following the announcement of the resumption of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2014, the FAI and the Red Bull Air Race management have signed an agreement confirming FAI’s official international recognition of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship as well as detailing the FAI’s support in the form of safety supervision.
Sunday, 15 September 2013 13:57
The 21st FAI World Precision Flying Championships was held in Bautzen, Germany from 07-14 September 2013.
21st FAI World Precision Flying Championship in Bautzen, Germany: entries from 59 pilots and 16 countries so far
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 16:33
Preparations are in full swing and a remarkably large number of preliminary entries has already been received so far. The 21st FAI World Precision Flying Championship will take place at Bautzen Airfield in Saxony, Germany from 7th to 14th September 2013. At its meeting in Larnaca, Cyprus on 3rd November 2012, the General Aviation Commission (GAC) of the FAI had entrusted Deutscher Aero Club (DAeC - German Aero Club) with the organization of the event.
Friday, 11 January 2013 08:54
the lists of the official Jury members and International Judges 2013 concerning Rally and Precision flying have been uploaded in the relevant section of the documents :
www.fai.org > DOCUMENTS > SPORTING CODE & COMPETITION RULES Section 2 Aeroplanes > Competition Rules
the direct links :
Monday, 16 April 2012 10:16
In remembrance of Hans Gutmann, his friends of the Austrian and Luxembourg Aero-Club Karl Brandstetter and Jean Birgen have taken up the organisation of the 1st Memorial flight Rally Hans Gutmann. Departing on 16 June 2012 from Gragnano Trebbiense, Italy, the pilots will stop in France, Spain, Portugal and France before arriving in Bitburg, Germany, on 23/24 June. Pilots can participate in one or several stages of the flight.
Thursday, 10 November 2011 11:18
The 20th World Precision Flying Championships was held in Brits, South Africa from 23-29 October 2011.
The winner of the event was Michal Wieczorek (Poland). He was followed by Boleslaw Radmoski (Poland) in 2nd position and Michal Filip (Czech Republic) in 3rd position.
Monday, 28 September 2009 00:49
The 7th FAI European Rally Flying Championships were held at Castellón (Spain) from 06 to 12 September 2009. Filling the top three positions were: 1st: Julien Cherioux/David Le Gentil - France 2nd: Waclaw Wieczorek/Boleslaw Radomski - Poland 3rd: Janusz Darocha/Zbigniew Chrzaszcz - Poland Full results can be found Here.