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1985-2014 : The Two Stories of the Exceptional Pilots Who Flew Over Himalaya on a Glider

The Himalaya and its vast territories, gigantic mountains, spiritual people and wild beauty have lon...

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The Himalaya and its vast territories, gigantic mountains, spiritual people and wild beauty have long exerted extraordinary fascination - which is far from fading. Ever since the 19th century when Eu....

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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....

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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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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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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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

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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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30 January 2015 2015 F1N Indoor Open Ceminac - Category F1 - Free Flight Ceminac (Croatia)
07 February 2015 2015 Bright Open Mystic, Bright (Australia)
07 February 2015 2015 Kiwi World Cup - Category F1 - Free Flight Lost Hills, California (USA)
09 February 2015 2015 Open Trujillo Torococco (Venezuela)
10 February 2015 2015 North American cup - Category F1 - Free Flight Lost Hills, California (USA)
12 February 2015 2015 MaxMen International - Category F1 - Free Flight Lost Hills, California (USA)
12 February 2015 2015 MaxMen International - Category F1 - Free Flight Lost Hills, California (USA)
13 February 2015 2015 Abu Dhabi - Red Bull Air Race World Championship Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
15 February 2015 2015 The Corryong Open Corryong (Australia)
16 February 2015 2015 NSW State Titles Manilla, NSW (Australia)
17 February 2015 15th FAI World Para-Ski Championships Unterammergau (Germany)
20 February 2015 2015 Cup of Belarus - Category F2 - Control Line Circular Flight Minsk (Belarus)
21 February 2015 2015 Auckland Regional Paragliding competition Auckland (New Zealand)
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Latest FAI World Record Claims

15 November 2015 Parachuting : Longest sequence : 23 formations
13 January 2015 Ballooning : Duration : 7h 24min 35 sec Sandra Rolfe (CAN)
08 January 2015 Gliding : Out-and-return distance : 1101 km Max H.S. Leenders (NED)
08 January 2015 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 100 km : 187.3 km/h Jan Ritsma (NED)
08 January 2015 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 100 km : 187.3 km/h Jan Ritsma (NED)
08 January 2015 Gliding : Free out-and-return distance : 1106 km Max H.S. Leenders (NED)
07 January 2015 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 750 km : 156.66 km/h Johan Luyckx (BEL)
06 January 2015 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 100 km : 205.89 km/h Tiji Schmelzer (BEL)
02 January 2015 Gliding : Free Distance : 1308 km David Graham Jansen (AUS)
02 January 2015 Gliding : Free triangle distance : 1095.79 km Peter Rudi Temple (AUS)
22 December 2014 Powered Aeroplanes : Speed over a Commercial Airline Route : 940.00 km/h Rock Barchfeld (USA)
21 December 2014 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 100 km : 192.69 km/h Laszlo Hegedüs (HUN)
20 December 2014 Gliding : Speed over a triangular course of 100 km : 175.78 km/h Mauro Brunazzo (ITA)
18 December 2014 Gliding : Free distance using up to 3 turn points : 1349.4 km Bostjan Pristavec (SLO)
18 December 2014 Gliding : Free triangle distance : 1342.8 km Bostjan Pristavec (SLO)
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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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