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FAI Young Artists Contest 2018: 'Flight into the Future'

FAI Young Artists Contest 2018: 'Flight into the Future'

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Five years ago on this day: A Microlight and Paramotor World Record st....

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Two years ago: Father and son set African Record

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FAI Women's World Gliding Championship -

Event ID

: 9748    

Bid:

259

Event classification

: First Category Event

Type of event

: World Championship

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
Standard Class
18 meter Class

Place

: Zbraslavice (Czech Rep.)

Date(s)

: 17 May to 04 Jun 2017


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Belarus Cup -

Event ID

: 11674    

Bid:

247

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

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

: Yaropolets (Russia)

Date(s)

: 29 May to 31 May 2017

Alternate dates

: 26 May to 28 May 2017


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Trofeo VST F5B-F5F -

Event ID

: 11817    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: Open International - World Cup Event

Type of event

: Other

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:

F5B (Motor Gliders)
F5F (4 Cell Motor Gliders)

Place

: Rivalta Torinese (Italy)

Date(s)

: 06 May to 07 Jun 2017

Alternate dates

: 13 May to 14 May 2017

Website

:http://www.asdvoli.it


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Swiss Open Engelberg -

Event ID

: 11930    

Bid:

305

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

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:

Cross Country

Place

: Engelberg (Switzerland)

Date(s)

: 30 May to 05 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.gssm.ch


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Dannstadter Vergleichsfliegen -

Event ID

: 11956    

Bid:

266

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
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Place

: Ludwigshafen - Dannstadt (Germany)

Date(s)

: 25 May to 05 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.vergleichsfliegen.de


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Slovenian Gliding Championship -

Event ID

: 12061    

Bid:

301

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

Club Class
Open Class

Place

: Prievidza (Slovakia)

Date(s)

: 27 May to 04 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.gremovluft.si/en


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Trofeo dell'Oltrepo -

Event ID

: 12081    

Bid:

277

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

handicapped

Place

: Rivanazzano (Italy)

Date(s)

: 26 May to 04 Jun 2017

Website

:http://www.avm.it/trofeo_oltrepo.html


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Belgian Hang Gliding Open -

Event ID

: 12144    

Bid:

265

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

class 1 Cross country
class 1 - sport class Cross Country

Place

: Laragne-Monteglin (France)

Date(s)

: 29 May to 03 Jun 2017

Website

:http://airtribune.com/belgianopen


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FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP -

Event ID

: 12146    

Bid:

294

Event classification

: Second Category Event

Type of event

: Other

Disciplines / Task Styles

:

18 meter Class

Place

: Wroclaw, Szymanow (Poland)

Date(s)

: 27 May to 03 Jun 2017


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Upcoming Events

31 May 2017 2017 Skytribe XC - Clopotiva (Romania)
01 June 2017 2017 International Erzgebirge Cup for Rigids - Hartenstein (Germany)
01 June 2017 2017 Heli UK Expo Cup and World Cup Stage 2 - Marlow (United Kingdom)
02 June 2017 40th Grand Prix CR - Olomouc (Czech Rep.)
02 June 2017 2017 Istanbul Free Flight Cup - Vize - Kirklareli (Turkey)
02 June 2017 25th Valerio Albrizio Trophy - Laveno (Italy)
02 June 2017 20th Int. Schmittenpokal, Austrian Championship - Piesendorf - Zell am See (Austria)
02 June 2017 2017 Ludesch Open - Ludesch (Austria)
02 June 2017 2017 Pernik Open - Pernik (Bulgaria)
02 June 2017 2017 Korea Open Paragliding Accuracy Cup - GagokMyeon, DanyangEub, DanyangGun (Korea)
02 June 2017 1st Subcarpatian Paragliding Accuracy Championships in Krosno - Krosno (Poland)
03 June 2017 2017 Danish World Cup - Herning (Denmark)
03 June 2017 2017 Jutland Heath Cup - Viborg (Denmark)
03 June 2017 2017 Kraków Cup - Krakow (Poland)
03 June 2017 21st Backa Cup - Sombor (Serbia)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

24 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 453,7 km/h Michael Finbow (GBR)
22 May 2017 Parachuting : Exit altitude : 10'823 m Fraser Corsan (GBR)
22 May 2017 Parachuting : Distance of Fall without a Drogue : 9'741 m Fraser Corsan (GBR)
19 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 518,6 km/h Michael Finbow (GBR)
17 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 905,00 km/h
17 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 920,00 km/h
07 May 2017 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Number of consecutive accuracy landing with a score of 0 : 4 rounds Anton Svoljšak (SLO)
07 May 2017 Hang Gliding and Paragliding : Number of consecutive accuracy landing with a score of 0 : 4 rounds Anton Svoljšak (SLO)
04 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 545,0 km/h John DeLawyer (USA)
04 May 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 590.0 km/h Raymond Lewallen (USA)
28 April 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 795,00 km/h Jason Baird (USA)
26 April 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 26.04.2017
19 April 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course : 960.00 km/h Thomas E. Maurer (USA)
17 April 2017 Rotorcraft : Speed over a recognised course : 227,9 km/h Maxim Sotnikov (RUS)
12 April 2017 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a recognised course, round trip : 140.00 km/h Patrick R. Lahiff (USA)
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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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