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Winners of the 2014 FAI Awards and FAI-Breitling Award Announced

The FAI has announced the winners of the 2014 FAI Awards and FAI-Breitling Award, celebrating the outstanding dedication and contribution to air sports.Ryan-CampbellAerobatics pilot Aude Lemordant,
Breitling Youngster Award recipient Ryan Campbell and Dr. John Grubbström

The ceremony took place last night in Pattaya, Thailand, as part of the 108th FAI General Conference which is held today and tomorrow, and hosted by the Royal Aeronautic Sports Association of Thailand (RASAT).

For the first time, live streaming allowed people from all around the world to be in the heart of the event. Judging from the amount of views and comments, this new feature was a complete success. For those who missed it, the replay of the whole ceremony can be watched on the FAI Youtube Channel.

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Ivanoff wins Texas, Bonhomme new championship leader

RBAR9608-dallas-2014Frenchman Nicolas Ivanoff had a flawless run in the Final Four on a hot and humid Texas afternoon and won the race with a time of 54.118 seconds with Britain’s Nigel Lamb taking second in 54.253 and Canada’s Pete McLeod finishing third in 54.666.

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Brits storm to double victory in Ascot Racecourse

RBAR-Ascot-2014 3Britain’s Paul Bonhomme and Nigel Lamb won first and second place at the Red Bull Air Race at the Ascot Racecourse on Sunday, sending a sell-out home crowd of 29,000 spectators into a frenzy with thrilling performances in challenging windy conditions. It was the 15th career victory for Bonhomme in his 55th race and also second win of the season worth 12 championship points that helped him cut the world championship lead of Hannes Arch from 13 to just two points. There are three races left in the eight-stop season. The Austrian finished a distant eighth on Sunday. Nicolas Ivanoff of France got his first podium since 2009 by taking third place with a time of 1:11.884.

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Get the Bug for Air Sports with the new FAI Video

glider-aero landscapeThe FAI has released a new video featuring all air sports activities under the umbrella of the Federation. The 3-minute film succinctly presents the FAI sports and includes footage of FAI international records from Charles Lindbergh to Felix Baumgartner.

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Duel continues: Arch blasts Bonhomme in Rovinj

RBAR2014-RovinjAustria’s Hannes Arch came from behind to beat defending champion Paul Bonhomme in a riveting final in the second stop of the eight-leg Red Bull Air Race World Championship on Sunday in Rovinj, Croatia. Arch was trailing Bonhomme at the midway point of the final round by 0.23 seconds but opened the throttle with a blistering second lap on the obstacle course set up on the Adriatic Sea to get his eighth career victory. Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya got the first podium of his career, taking third place on a challenging course in the bay off Rovinj that was made even more difficult when the winds coming from the south shifted to from the west.

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2013 FAI Annual Report available now !

2013FAI-Annual-Report Capture CoverThe 2013 FAI Annual Report, which gives an overview of last year’s activities and achievements of the Federation, has been released.

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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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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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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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Main decisions taken at the FAI General Aviation Commission 2013 Annual Meeting

logo gac 01 cmyk-ptThe 2013 Annual Meeting of the FAI General Aviation Commission (GAC) was held on 1 and 2 November 2013 in Cordoba, Spain.

Here are the main decisions that were taken during the meeting:

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Centenary of first flight across Mediterranean Sea by Roland Garros

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The world of aviation is today celebrating the 100 jubilee of an event which became a milestone in the history of aviation: the first non-stop flight across the Mediterranean Sea by Frenchman Roland Garros.

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