FAI Secretary General Badan to step down from his position - Search for his replacement underway

Jean-Marc_BadanThe FAI has announced that Jean-Marc Badan is to step down as FAI Secretary General, effective 30 November 2013. The FAI Executive Board has created a high priority working group to search for his replacement. Candidates are invited to submit their written application and CV by Wednesday 25 September 2013 (12.00 CET) at the latest by e-mail to sec.gen@fai.org.


Helen Georgeson

In April, pioneering woman pilot Helen Georgeson passed away. A successful pilot, both in partnership with her ex-husband Dick and in her own right, she was an inspiration to friends, family and women pilots who came after her. Her nephew Nigel Ackroyd has put some words together in memory of an extraordinary woman.


Simplifying the Sporting Code for Gliding: Draft Wording

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The Sporting Code Committee have drafted new wording for Section 3 of the Sporting Code.  Please send your comments and suggestions to the Committee at  igc-sporting-code@fai.org.

 Updated: July 6, 2013

Simplifying the Sporting Code for Gliding: Discussion Papers

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The Sporting Code Committee have issued Part 1 (minimum course distances) and Part 2 (single OZ) of the Committee's thoughts on Simplifying the Sporting Code. We appreciate the responses we have been getting, and look forward to further feedback.  Please send your ideas to igc-sporting-code@fai.org.

Updated June 3, 2013: Version 4 of Part 1



New 2012 FAI Annual Report just out !

2012 FAI Annual Report coverThe FAI has released a new publication, the 2012 FAI Annual Report, designed to present the most notable achievements, developments, facts and challenges of the past year. It is meant to be a reference book for all those who are interested in air sports events and the FAI.

It includes an overview of each air sport, lists of competition results, awards and records, photographs and a lot of other useful information.


Simplifying the Sporting Code for Giding: Introduction

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At the 2013 IGC Plenary Meeting in Papendal the Sporting Code Committee put forward a discussion paper suggesting that it was time to make a radical revision of the Sporting Code for Gliding. This was accepted and the Committee has now begun the work to achieve this.

The Committee will publish a series of several papers each dealing with a segment of the Code, to avoid confusion. The papers are not, and should not be taken, as official proposals. It is intended that a number of Year 1 proposals should come from the responses to these papers. Your assistance will be gratefully received by the Subcommittee: igc-sporting-code@fai.org



Agreements signed to promote aviation sports

fame-slideFAME, the marketing arm of FAI, the World Air Sports Federation has signed Memorandums of Understanding with the FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) and the FAI Hang-Gliding and Paragliding Commission (CIVL).


Sporting Code subcommittee requests feedback

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At the IGC Plenary meeting the Sporting Code committee put forward a discussion paper looking for suggestions to radically modernise and simplify the Sporting Code for gliding.

Discussion paper

Galetto awarded with the Lilienthal Gliding Medal

Galetto-2012Giorgio Galetto from Italy was yesterday awarded with the Lilienthal Gliding Medal at the 2012 FAI Awards Ceremony.

When asked about his reaction to the award, Giorgio said:


“Flying start”, British Army Gliding Team!

Three of the British Army Gliding Team’s pilots have made a flying start to the 2012 season in Sisteron, France. Veteran of three tours in Afghanistan, Cpl Lee Davidson, while yet to complete his 50km distance flight towards his FAI Silver Badge, flew a number of 300km and a 500km flight in the French Alps, a steep learning curve as he did up to 50% of the flying in the DG1000, mentored by both Lt. Col. Jamie Sage and Major Allan Tribe.