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The 2nd FAI World Paragliding Aerobatic Championship is in full swing in Montmin!

The 2nd FAI World Paragliding Aerobatic Championship is taking place from 26 August to 4 Sept...

The 2016 FAI World Championships for Space Models in Lviv (UKR) were a full success!

The 2016 FAI World Championships for Space Models in Lviv, Ukraine, concluded on Sunday with Jan Seb...

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On This Day in History: Otto Lilienthal’s legacy lives on

On This Day in History: Otto Lilienthal’s legacy lives on

Otto Lilienthal, the 'Glider King' who was an inspirational 19th-century aviation pioneer died 120-years ago on 10 August 1896. We remember his legacy today…

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FAI to develop innovative IT solutions for Air Sport Discipl....

The FAI Commissions and Head Office have started working on the development of new IT solutions to support the management of the three disciplines taking part in the The World Games 2017 as well as fo....

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They did it! After over 12 years of research and design, Swiss pioneers Dr. Bertrand Piccard (Initiator, Chairman and Pilot) and André Borschberg (Co-founder and CEO and Pilot) finished the first rou....

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Join the celebrations for the 125th Anniversary of Otto Lili....

Join the celebrations for the 125th Anniversary of Otto Lili....

It was spring time in 1891 when aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal finally made it and took off with his self constructed "Derwitzer" glider. His flight attempts at the "Mühlenberg" area, near Derwitz ....

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11 August 1986: The FAI World Record of John Trevor Egginton

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11 August 1986: A modified factory demonstration Westland Lynx AH.1 Helicopter piloted by Chief Test Pilot John Trevor Egginton set an FAI Absolute Record for Speed for helicopters over a straight 15 ....

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Profile of a world champion: Ferenc Toth

Profile of a world champion: Ferenc Toth

Ferenc Toth has been at the top of his game since the turn of the century. The FAI Glider Aerobatics World Champion won his first major competition in 2000, aged 32. That was the FAI European Aerobati....

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It’s a family affair: Jerzy and Jan Makula

It’s a family affair: Jerzy and Jan Makula

“I have four sons, Jan is the youngest. But you know, when he was very little he was afraid of flying, he would not even touch the glider.” Jerzy Makula is a legend in glider aerobatics, often cal....

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The FAI received the following records claims from the Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov, 64, who completed his circumnavigation on Saturday 23 July 2016 by landing near Bonnie Rock (AUS) in a Rozier....

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Eldon Joersz: Meet the fastest man in the air

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FAI World Paragliding Aerobatic Championship

Event ID

: 10519    

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Solo Aerobatics
Synchro Aerobatics

Place

: Montmin - La Forclaz / Doussard (France)

Date(s)

: 26 Aug to 04 Sep 2016

Website

:http://www.chamoisvolants.fr


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Brasilia Hang Gliding Pre-Worlds

Event ID

: 10761    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country
class 1 Cross country (Women)

Place

: Brasilia (Brazil)

Date(s)

: 27 Aug to 03 Sep 2016

Website

:http://www.brasilia2017.com


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Campeonato de España Open Algodonales

Event ID

: 11434    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Algodanales (Spain)

Date(s)

: 28 Aug to 03 Sep 2016

Website

:http://www.parapentectnp.com


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Open CIS Cup -

Event ID

: 11512    

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Cross Country

Place

: Ushkonyr (Kazakhstan)

Date(s)

: 29 Aug to 03 Sep 2016

Website

:http://www.livetrack24.com/events/OpenCIS2016


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Upcoming Events

01 September 2016 2016 Paragliding Trip of Indonesia (TRoI) 3rd Series Desa Mantar, West of Sumbawa (Indonesia)
01 September 2016 2016 Copa EquinoXio - 24 de Mayo, Portoviejo (Ecuador)
01 September 2016 2016 Cup of Pyatigoriya - Yutsa (Russia)
02 September 2016 2016 MAI Cup Memory P.Grushin - Category F2 - Control Line Circular Flight Khimki (Russia)
02 September 2016 2016 Santomeri - Greek League (PG) Santomeri (Greece)
02 September 2016 2016 Pernik Open - Pernik (Bulgaria)
03 September 2016 2016 Coupe des Alpes - 43 Internationales F3A - Freundschaftsfliegen - Category F3 - Radio Controlled Flight Eglisau, Zürich (Switzerland)
03 September 2016 2016 EUROTOUR - Israel Open - Israel F3K Championship - Category F3 - Radio Controlled Flight Rishon le zion (Israel)
03 September 2016 4th MB Cup F3B - Category F3 - Radio Controlled Flight Mlada Boleslav (Czech Rep.)
03 September 2016 2016 Kietrz Cup - Category F1 - Free Flight Kietrz (Poland)
03 September 2016 2016 Litteam F3J - Category F3 - Radio Controlled Flight Tekovsky Hradok (Slovakia)
03 September 2016 3rd Int.Pannonia Cup (Sonnenlandcup) - Category F5 - Radio Controlled Electric Powered Flight Oberpullendorf (Austria)
03 September 2016 53rd Coppa d'Oro - Category F2 - Control Line Circular Flight Lugo (Ravenna) (Italy)
03 September 2016 2016 Lausitzring - Red Bull Air Race World Championship Lausitz (Germany)
03 September 2016 2016 Paragliding World Cup - France Saint Andre Les Alpes (France)
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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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