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New FAI Anti-Doping Rules to Come into Force on 1 January 2015

The World Anti-Doping Agency approved a new version of its World Anti-Doping Code during their las...

Executive Board and Liaison Officers in Dubai to Discuss the FAI World Air Games

FAI officials gathered in Dubai this week to get to know the members of the Organising Committee, th...

Air Sports to Open Up The World Games 2017

The Air Sports events have been scheduled at the very beginning of The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw, ...

2014 Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship

American pilot Joe Heartsill won the event, followed Yudai Jukita (JPN) and Rhett Heartsill (USA)

Red Bull Air Race Announces 2015 Race Calendar

After a very successful 2014 season which saw the victory of British pilot Nigel Lamb, the Red Bull ...

Eric Bertin Hired to Support FAI Sports Team ahead of the FA....

Eric Bertin Hired to Support FAI Sports Team ahead of the FA....

The FAI is pleased to announce that Eric Bertin has joined the Federation as Sports and Events Manager on 15 December 2014. His focus is on the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 and he is the prime conta....

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Strategic Roadmap for the Future of the Olympic Movement Mad....

Strategic Roadmap for the Future of the Olympic Movement Mad....

The IOC has unveiled the final draft recommendations for Olympic Agenda 2020, which is the strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement. The FAI, which bears the status of IOC-Recognised ....

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UN Recognises the Autonomy of IOC and Sport

UN Recognises the Autonomy of IOC and Sport

The United Nations General Assembly recently adopted a Resolution on sport entitled "Sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace”. It is the first time in its history that t....

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New Mission and Vision for FAI

New Mission and Vision for FAI

After extensive consultation with the Federation’s stakeholders, FAI adopted new Mission and Vision statements to help prioritise strategies and move steadily towards its objectives and goals. The ....

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Winners of the 2014 FAI Awards and FAI-Breitling Award Annou....

Winners of the 2014 FAI Awards and FAI-Breitling Award Annou....

The FAI has announced the winners of the 2014 FAI Awards and FAI-Breitling Award, celebrating the outstanding dedication and contribution to air sports.Aerobatics pilot Aude Lemordant, Breitling Young....

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Interview with Pierre Duval, President of the FAI Environmental Commis....

Interview with Pierre Duval, President of the FAI Environmental Commis....

Frenchman Pierre Duval, 50, is the new President of the FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) since his election by the Delegates during the last annual meeting of the Commission in February 2013. He ....

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Tony Iberler, youngest pilot ever to participate in a world helicopter....

Tony Iberler, youngest pilot ever to participate in a world helicopter....

Tony Iberler qualified as an Helicopter Pilot in Germany on his 17th birthday, one year before he can legally drive a car. In 2012, still aged 17, he was selected as a member of the German National T....

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Interview with John Dickenson, recipient of the FAI Gold Air Medal

Interview with John Dickenson, recipient of the FAI Gold Air Medal

At the 2012 FAI Awards Ceremony held yesterday in Antalya, Turkey, John Dickenson was presented with the FAI Gold Air Medal by FAI President John Grubbström for his great contribution to the developm....

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Maxim Sotnikov (RUS): Helicopter Pilot

Maxim Sotnikov (RUS): Helicopter Pilot

Although Maxim Sotnikov learned to fly helicopters only 6 years ago, he is already one of the world’s best pilots and will be one to watch at the 14th FAI World Helicopter Championship that will t....

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Pál Tákats (HUN): Paragliding Aerobatics Champion

Pál Tákats (HUN): Paragliding Aerobatics Champion

At 16 years old, Pál knew that paragliding was going to be more than just the next new hobby sport for him. Dedicating his time to flying from the day he left school, he and his young and talented Hu....

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03 January 2015 2015 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP Worcester (South Africa)
05 January 2015 2015 Final CNM de Parapente 2014 Escuela Aventura Valle A.C. Valle de Bravo (Mexico)
09 January 2015 2015 Paraski World Cup Series, 39th Austrian Nationals Paraski & 3rd ÖHSV Championship St. Johann (Austria)
10 January 2015 14th FAI World Paragliding Championship Roldanillo (Colombia)
24 January 2015 2015 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP Vitacura (Chile)
24 January 2015 2015 Hombres Pajaro Colombia Santa Elena (Colombia)
24 January 2015 2015 Skydive Dubai - DISL Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
27 January 2015 2015 Open FAI II Roldanillo Colombia Roldanillo (Colombia)
30 January 2015 2015 New Zealand Paragliding Championship - PG Open - Wanaka Wanaka (New Zealand)
07 February 2015 2015 Bright Open Mystic, Bright (Australia)
09 February 2015 2015 Open Trujillo Torococco (Venezuela)
13 February 2015 2015 Abu Dhabi - Red Bull Air Race World Championship Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

15 November 2015 Parachuting : Longest sequence : 23 formations
17 December 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 950.00 km/h Robert S. Mckenney (USA)
13 December 2014 Gliding : Speed over an out-and-return course of 500 km : 185.00 km/h Guy Bechtold (LUX)
13 December 2014 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 750 km : 167.12 km/h Bostjan Pristavec (SLO)
13 December 2014 Rotorcraft : Speed over a recognised course : 240.52 km/h Raymond Pearson (AUS)
12 December 2014 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 100 km : 167.7 km/h Margherita Acquaderni (ITA)
11 December 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 880.00 km/h John A. McGrath (USA)
11 December 2014 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance : 378.00 km Garth Simon Camac (AUS)
11 December 2014 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 391 km Garth Simon Camac (AUS)
11 December 2014 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 581.00 km Scott Barrett (AUS)
11 December 2014 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Straight distance to a declared goal : 581 km Scott Barrett (AUS)
08 December 2014 Experimental / New Technologies : Duration : 80h 2min 28 sec Peter LeHew (USA)
05 December 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 680.00 km/h Earl T. Leonard III (USA)
03 December 2014 Parachuting : Exit altitude : 10'650 m
03 December 2014 Parachuting : Freefall distance : 9'480 m
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18th Coupe Aéronautiqe Gordon Bennett - St.Louis (USA) 1929

Start in St.Louis, Manion Park, September 28th      

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

One had returned to the place of launch of 1907 and 1910, mostly to commemorate John Wise, who had met death exactly 50 years ago, on September 29th, 1897, on a balloon flight across Lake Michigan. John Wise was the most outstanding pioneer of early aeronautics in the United States. He became famous, when he set a world record flying 803 miles in 20 hours and 40 minutes from St. Louis to Henderson (NY) on July 1st, 1859. It was a pity, that only nine balloons took part in a race to honour him. One reason for this were the high expenses, European teams had to pay for the long journey and their stay in the US, the other reason was the more and more pressing superiority of the American balloons. The GOODYEAR company had ordered their best engineers and research scientists to develop new and lighter fabrics and all three balloons of the US teams took their profit of this development. Also, the team van Orman/McCracken was equipped with the most modern navigation aids of their time and so were considered as favourites before the launch. Under these circumstances, it is astonishing, that Germany took part in the race with two balloons, other European nations had sent, if they did, just one. With Great Britain, Italy and Spain, three nations, taking part in almost every race since the beginning, were no longer present. Italy and Spain took part in one race each some years later, Great Britain did not return to the races till 1983, their interest had almost come to an end.

Public interest was also reduced. Other events seized the headlines of the newspapers. LZ 127 GRAF ZEPPELIN had opened civil aviation between Germany and America when this airship flew from Friedrichshafen in Germany to Lakehurst in 111.5 hours under captain Hugo Eckener on October 11th, 1928. And it was just one month ago (August 28th, 1929) when the same ship had successfully finished a round the world-flight in 21 days. One day after the launch of the Gordon Bennett Race Fritz von Opel made the first successful flight with a plane, powered by rockets. That was more interesting than a gas balloons! The spectacular flights with a balloon to the stratosphere happened several years later.

One pilot in this race was the Argentinean Eduardo Bradley. He took part in the race for the second and unfortunately last time. His grand parents had lived in Boston/USA but then emigrated to Buenos Aires. Eduardo Bradley was the best known balloon pilot of South America. In 1909 he had been the first man to cross the Andes by air in a balloon, now he was the Secretary of the civil aviation authority of Argentina.

He began his trip to the race as passenger of the first airmail flight from Buenos Aires to Miami, which lasted 56 hours. The following railroad travel from Miami to St. Louis took him 54 hours. The race was unfortunately for him. Very bad weather forced him to land after about 18 hours south of Terre Haute (Indiana). A tree was in his way, both pilots were thrown overboard. His co-pilot, lieutenant Francisco J. Cadavan caught some bruses, but Bradley got a complicated break of his knee and had to stay in the Union Hospital of Terre Haute for one month.

After take-off at 4 p.m. the balloons crossed the home town of Lindbergh at low speed, heading north east. It rained without interruption and forced the competitors to dump a lot of ballast. The next day brought thunderstorms, that had to be over flown in high altitudes. Experienced Gordon Bennett pilots agreed after the flight, that this race was the most difficult since then.

Ward T. van Orman won the second time (after 1926), short but clear ahead of his fellow citizen W. E. Kepner, who had won the previous year. The fact, that the third rank was also covered by an American is unique in the history of the races an demonstrates the superiority of the American balloons. Demuyter had to be satisfied with rank 4, the two German balloons had a disappointing rank 7 and 8.

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