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FAI F3A Asian-Oceanic Championship for Aerobatic Model Aircraft

Event ID

: 9889    

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: Continental Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F3A (Aerobatic Power Model Aircraft) - seniors
F3A (Aerobatic Power Model Aircraft) - juniors

Place

: Taichung (Chinese Taipei)

Date(s)

: 01 Oct to 08 Oct 2016

Website

:http://www.f3a2016taiwan.com


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Paragliding World Cup

Event ID

: 10797    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

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Cross Country

Place

: ST Leu - La Réunion (France)

Date(s)

: 01 Oct to 08 Oct 2016

Website

:http://www.pwca.org/node/24494


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Carpatian Cup - Golden Autumn - World Cup - Category F2 - Control Line Circular Flight

Event ID

: 10897    

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F2D (Combat Model Aircraft)

Place

: Mizhhirya (Ukraine)

Date(s)

: 30 Sep to 03 Oct 2016

Website

:http://www.ikar-f2d.in.ua


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Beograd Kup - Category S - Space Models

Event ID

: 10952    

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

S3A (Parachute Duration Models - 0 to 2.5 NS)
S4A (Boost Glider Duration Models 0 to 2.5 NS)
S6A (Streamer Duration Models - 0 to 2.5 NS)
S7 (Scale)
S8E/P (Rocket Glider Duration and Precision Landing Models)
S9A (Gyrocopter Duration Models - 0 to 2.5 NS)

Place

: Aradac - Zrenjanin (Serbia)

Date(s)

: 01 Oct to 02 Oct 2016

Alternate dates

: 08 Oct to 09 Oct 2016


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Kotuku Cup of New Zealand - Category F1 - Free Flight

Event ID

: 11120    

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F1A (Gliders)
F1B (Model Aircraft with Extensible Motors Wakefield)
F1C (Power Model Aircraft)
F1Q (Electric Power Model Aircraft)
F1P (Power Model Aircraft)

Place

: Lost Hills, California (USA)

Date(s)

: 01 Oct to 02 Oct 2016

Alternate dates

: 04 Oct 2016


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Open Internacional World Cup Ciudad de Valladolid - Category F2 - Control Line Circular Flight

Event ID

: 11126    

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F2A (Speed Model Aircraft)
F2B (Aerobatic Model Aircraft)
F2C (Team Racing Model Aircraft)
F2D (Combat Model Aircraft)

Place

: Valladolid (Spain)

Date(s)

: 01 Oct to 02 Oct 2016

Website

:http://www.facebook.com/aerovall/´fref=ts


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Indianapolis - Red Bull Air Race World Championship

Event ID

: 11157    

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

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:

Air Racing

Place

: Indianapolis (USA)

Date(s)

: 01 Oct to 02 Oct 2016

Website

:http://www.redbullairrace.com/en_INT/tour-stops


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"Nis Open", 1.round Serbian ACC league

Event ID

: 11184    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: Niska Banja (Serbia)

Date(s)

: 01 Oct to 02 Oct 2016

Alternate dates

: 08 Oct to 09 Oct 2016

Website

:http://www.acc2016.vss.rs


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FPV Bulgaria Cup -

Event ID

: 11496    

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

F3U (RC Multi-Rotor FPV Racing)

Place

: Plovdiv (Bulgaria)

Date(s)

: 01 Oct to 02 Oct 2016

Website

:http://www.pamcup.com


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French National Canopy Piloting Championship -

Event ID

: 11503    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Canopy Piloting

Place

: Saint Denis de l'Hotel, Orléans (France)

Date(s)

: 30 Sep to 02 Oct 2016

Website

:http://parachutisme-orleans.net/


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Kazakhstan PAragliding Accuracy Championship -

Event ID

: 11537    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Paragliding Accuracy

Place

: ekpendi, Taldykorgan, Almaty Region (Kazakhstan)

Date(s)

: 01 Oct to 02 Oct 2016

Alternate dates

: 08 Oct to 09 Oct 2016

Website

:http://wings.kz


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Upcoming Events

02 October 2016 2016 FAI F3 World Championship for Model Gliders Hanstholm (Denmark)
02 October 2016 2016 Sierra Cup - Category F1 - Free Flight Lost Hills, California (USA)
02 October 2016 2016 Niksic Cup - Category F1 - Free Flight Prilep (Former Yugoslav Rep. of Macedonia)
07 October 2016 38th Ljubijana Cup - Category S - Space Models Ljubljana (Slovenia)
07 October 2016 38th Ljubljana Cup - Category S - Space Models Ljubljana (Slovenia)
07 October 2016 2016 Romanian Paragliding Accuracy League CUP. Tusnad PG.Ed: XI Baile Tusnad (Romania)
08 October 2016 2016 Anatolian Free Flight Cup - Category F1 - Free Flight Gölbasi / Ankara (Turkey)
08 October 2016 10th Trofeo Citta di Capannori 2016 - Category F1 - Free Flight Padule di Bientina (Italy)
08 October 2016 2016 Cap La Rioja La Rioja (Argentina)
09 October 2016 2016 Memorijalni kup “Slavko Scekic” – Berane Open - Berane (Montenegro)
11 October 2016 2nd FAI World Cup of Indoor Skydiving Warsaw (Poland)
14 October 2016 2016 Bulgaria Cup F1E - Category F1 - Free Flight Polski Trambesh region (Bulgaria)
14 October 2016 4th Korea Open League Round - Mungyeong (Korea)
14 October 2016 2016 Paragliding Trip of Indonesia (TROI) 4th Series - Megasari, East Java (Indonesia)
14 October 2016 2016 Belarusian Open Accuracy Championship«Polesskiy Desant - Zyabrovka (Belarus)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Time to climb to a height of 3 000 m : 6 min 36 sec Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Greatest mass carried to height of 2 000 m : 100.00 kg Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Time to climb to a height of 3 000 m : 9 min 43 sec Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Altitude with 200 kg payload : 4,115 m Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Altitude with 100 kg payload : 4,295 m Paul A Salmon (USA)
28 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Greatest mass carried to height of 2 000 m : 258.00 kg Paul A Salmon (USA)
27 September 2016 Rotorcraft : Altitude with 100 kg payload : 4'580.00 m Paul A Salmon (USA)
23 September 2016 Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling : Duration (ceiling 15m - 30m): 117-c : 22 min 41 sec Akihiro Danjo (JPN)
20 September 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 435.00 km/h Travis P. Holland (USA)
19 September 2016 Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling : Duration: 192 : 12 h 46 min 29 sec Andre Mellin (USA)
19 September 2016 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 730.00 km/h Jonathan N. Headley (USA)
17 September 2016 Parachuting : Lowest Score after 5 rounds : 36.00 sec Olga Lepezina (RUS)
17 September 2016 Parachuting : Lowest Score after 5 rounds : 36.00 sec Olga Lepezina (RUS)
17 September 2016 Parachuting : Lowest Single Round Score : 7,07 sec Olga Lepezina (RUS)
16 September 2016 Aeromodelling and Spacemodelling : Speed: 203 : 288,538 km/h Robert Sixt (GER)
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13th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett - Brussels (BEL) 1924

Belgium finally wins the Coupe

Start: Bruxelles-Solbosch, Sunday, June 15th         

From the Book: Die Gordon Bennett Ballon Rennen
(The Gordon Bennett Races) by Ulrich Hohmann Sr

Not only superstitious people looked forward to the race with the number 13 with sorrows. After the incidents the year before everybody hoped for better conditions, but some more wind could have been sent by the weather god.

Launch had been brought forward to June, obviously not to share the public interest with the VIII. Olympic Games, opened 20 days later in Paris an lasting until July 27th. (It became the games of Paavo Nurmi, winning five gold-medals and of Johnny Weissmüller, being successful twice in swimming.) Of both events German and Austrian competitors were still excluded, but at the 24 hours car racing of Monza one day before the launch of the Gordon Bennett Race, the only German participant, Hans Berthold won in a NAG racing- car with a new record distance of 2583 km.

The banning because of the incidents in the war 1914 to 1918 started to break up. One contribution to this may have been the close completion and afterwards the flight of LZ 126. With this Zeppelin Hugo Eckener started on October 12th 1924 for an Atlantic crossing to America. At the arrival at Lakehurst on October 15th the New Yorkers come in crowds to cheer this technical achievement. The newspapers in Berlin even told, that this transfer flight of the Zeppelin had helped Germany more that ten ambassadors. President of the USA, Coolidge writes in a message: "For me and the American people it is a great satisfaction, that peaceful relationships between Germany and America are fully restored and that this big airship has successfully completed the first direct flight between Germany and America." LZ 126 got the American registration ZRIII and later the name LOS ANGELES.

In the Gordon Bennett Race it would take another three years until German balloons were allowed to participate again. Among the 17 teams that had come to Bruxelles, Ernest Demuyter was considered to be the outstanding favourite, especially, because his sponsor, the newspaper ETOILE BELGE, or better its readers, had organised a brand new balloon for him by a fund raising. The envelope made from silk weighed 215 kg, the basket only 30 kg, that meant about 100 kg more ballast than the other competitors and therefore a much longer flight duration. Who would be able to keep up with this? Belgium was at the doorstep to the third victory in a series and finally winning the silver table top of James Gordon Bennett from the year 1906.

All of Bruxelles cheered its hero. 200.000 spectators had come to the launch field. They crossed fingers for Demuyter, and if he would not win (because a soldier again would not release the handling rope), there was still Veenstra/Quersin, who came second the year before. Labrousse/Dewandre were more outsiders, as pilot in command Labrousse had not reached more than the fourth rank till then.

Demuyter had chosen again his co-pilot from the year before, L. Coeckelbergh. This was a perfect crew, they flew together in a total of six races, and Coeckelbergh always kept in the second row.

The race turned out to be a slow motion flight. Not much could happen at this wind speed. One only had to choose the right direction, but the selection was wide. The Americans Peek/Gray tried it to the east, the Englishmen Baldwin/Grosvenor preferred south-south-east, four (Cormier, Labrousse, Grassi and Casas) flew to the south, and a van Orman tried to win distance to the north. Except Demuyter and the French Laporte all the others flew to southwest or west, where they gave up at the coast of the Channel after 21 to 35 hours. Veenstra/Quersin flew for more than 33 hours and covered 112 km, an average speed of 3,36 km/h! They landed at Oostende, which they could have reached by walking in the same time.

Gordon Bennett had fixed in his rules from 1905, that the directors of the race may order a duration flight instead of a distance flight before launch due to the weather situation. In 1924 this situation could have been given. But no Gordon Bennett Race had been flown according to this possible arrangement, always the distance flight was kept. It would not have changed anything for the Demuyters victory, only Veenstra could have reached 4th place.

French Laporte and Demuyter risked the jump across the Channel. Laporte landed after 33 hours and 18 minutes in the English bath Brighton, Demuyter flew for 10 hours longer. Now the lighter balloon allowing 100 kilograms more of ballast paid off. Demuyter tells about the flight in his book "Randonnées Victorieuses du Belgica".

Report Demuyter

So far the report of the winner of this flight Ernest Demuyter, with 714 km he had covered more than double the distance of the one on the second place. An impressing success! So Belgium got possession of the desirable trophy, the first nation with three victories in a row. The royal aero-club at once sponsored a new cup, so the Gordon Bennett Races could continue.

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