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33rd FAI World Gliding Championships in Räyskälä, Finland

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2014 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP in Varese - Race report

9635-2014 FAI Qualifying Sailplane GP-VareseITA 2The Italy Qualifying Sailplane Grand Prix took place in Varese from 14 to 21 June with 18 the competitors from 6 countries : Argentina, Austria, Chech Republic, Germany, Italy, Slovenia.

The opening ceremony was held in the wonderful location of Villa Recalcati , headquarter of the Province of Varese, where thecompetitors enjoyed a nice party at the end of the official briefing.

After a beginning with difficult weather conditions, the meteo has turned to be very good, I would say exceptional for the month of June , and pilots were able to fly even quite long tasks and always at very high speed average.

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Get the Bug for Air Sports with the new FAI Video

glider-aero landscapeThe FAI has released a new video featuring all air sports activities under the umbrella of the Federation. The 3-minute film succinctly presents the FAI sports and includes footage of FAI international records from Charles Lindbergh to Felix Baumgartner.

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FAI World Air Games 2015 to be Staged in Dubai

FAI-UAE-Signature-WAG 04 June 2014 9The FAI announced today that the 2015 edition of the FAI World Air Games has been awarded to the United Arab Emirates and will be held in Dubai. This multi-discipline event will be organised by the Emirates Aerosports Federation and will take place over a period of 12 days in December 2015. It is the only world competition that brings together the various different air sports.

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Victory for Didier Hauss at the 5th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship

FAI-SGP-Sisteron-2014The first-ever final of a Sailplane Grand Prix was held at Saint Auban in the southern Alps in 2005 so it was satisfying to see the final of the 5th series of the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix run nearby at Sisteron. This edition ended on Friday 16th May and was heralded a great success with 8 fiercely-contested competition days, a record number for a GP final.

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5th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship

5th-GP-final-sisteronThe World final of the FAI Sailplane Grand Prix to be held at Sisteron in the south of France will start with a warm up race and opening ceremony on the 8th of May and the first race will follow on the 9th.

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2014 FAI Young Artists Contest winners revealed

2.1 OTGONBAYAN MGL 1Youngsters from China, Japan, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and USA are among the winners of the 2014 FAI Young Artists Contest, which every year awards FAI Medals and Diplomas to artists in three age categories from 6 to 17 years old.

Competition was fierce, not only because of the quality of the artworks, but also due to the significant rise in participation: the number of FAI Members taking part in the contest soared from 14 in 2013 to 21 in 2014 with the involvement Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Finland, India, Italy, Japan, Libya, Lithuania, Mongolia, Nepal, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and USA.

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2013 FAI Annual Report available now !

2013FAI-Annual-Report Capture CoverThe 2013 FAI Annual Report, which gives an overview of last year’s activities and achievements of the Federation, has been released.

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Gliding in The World Games

gliding picturesThe Aero Club of Poland is very active in promoting the idea of "olympic gliding". The Polish foundation "Smyki na start" whose main goal is promoting engineering and technology among youngsters together with Aero Club of Poland and Warsaw University of Technology are co-operting in order to convince the organisers of the IWG in Wroclaw to include gliding in the World games.

They are collecting words of support from all around the world on dedicated webpage: http://www.smykinastart.pl/in-english/41.html

If you can spread this info among gliding enthusiasts in your countries it will surely help the idea.

Don't delay send your support today.

Green airsports honoured with new environmental award

Angelo d ArrigoThe FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) has established the Angelo d’Arrigo Diploma, a new FAI environmental award which aims at recognising and promoting major contributions in the field of environmental and sustainable development, in accordance with the development of a philosophy and a vision of sport aviation that increasingly wants to be respectful of the environment that surrounds it.

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Final list of venues for 6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix series

6th-FAI-sgp-seriesThe period for acceptance of bids to hold a qualifying FAI Sailplane Grand Prix expired on the 31st of December 2013. The last qualifying event to be approved is in the Czech Republic at Frydland which will be held in May 2015 in the Club class.

The list of qualifying events is now complete and can be found at http://www.sgp.aero/

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