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FAI and Red Bull Air Race

FAI and Red Bull Air Race World Championship signed an agreement including the provision of FAI medals especially designed for the Red Bull Air Race, the inclusion of all races in the FAI Events Calendar, and the official approval by the FAI of the race Rules & Regulations. Furthermore, the FAI provides a safety delegate who attends all events to supervise safety aspects.

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FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 - Registration VIP Programme


Dear All,  

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the World Air Sports Federation, is delighted to welcome you as one of our Personal Guests at the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015.

This multi-discipline event showcases the best of air sports, all in one location, Dubai. 9 air sports – 22 disciplines – 36 competitions - over 1.000 athletes, the biggest World Air Games ever!

In order to provide you with the best insight and access to FAI World Air Games, we would like to kindly ask for some further information.

Please fill in the online registration 

We are looking forward to have you on board on this journey together with us. We will provide you with a high-profile and very exclusive access throughout these two days.


Please keep in mind to carry your passport at all times with you.

Access to Dubai, UAE is usually easy and fast. The visa can be issued upon arrival at Dubai (DXB) airport.
However, please make sure to check any visa requirements beforehand at (or similar pages):
Contact FAI if you need a personal invitation for visa purposes.

Rooms are booked at Hotel Ritz Carlton by the FAI. This hotel is located close to the main competition venue.
A private transfer from Dubai airport to the hotel (and from the hotel back to the airport) is arranged.

Pictures will be taken throughout the programme.
FAI guarantees that they will not be used for commercial purposes. They will be used internally only and not shared with a third party for commercial use.
If for personal reasons, you wish not to be on these pictures, kindly inform us so we can brief our media team.

The average temperature in Dubai in December during the day is expected to be 25° Celsius or around 80° Fahrenheit.
Mornings and evenings can be chilly.
Formal dress code is expected for the Opening Ceremony on 3 December 2015.
For women, please make sure to cover especially shoulders and knees in order to respect the Arabian habits.

In order to get to know each other before and to provide you with an overview, we have created an application.
We will send you a link to your profile and we would like to kindly ask if you could update the most important information.
This app will allow you to see with whom you will spend exclusive time in Dubai, feel also free to contact persons beforehands.
This app will also allow us to provide you with real time updates and further information and messages.
We will send you the link where you can download the app in the next days.

Sports & Disciplines

AEROBATICS Glider Aerobatics
Powered Aerobatics
AEROMODELLING F2 - Control Line Model Aircraft F2D - Combat Model Aircraft
F3 - Radio Control Model Helicopters F3N – RC Helicopters Freestyle
F3 - Radio Control Aerobatics F3P - Indoor R/C Aerobatic Powered Model Aircraft
F3 - Radio Control Pylon Racing Model Aircraft F3T – Semi-Scale Pylon Racing Model Aircraft With Controlled Technology
Aircraft Flying
BALLOONING Hot Air Airships
Hot Air Balloons
GENERAL AVIATION Air Navigation Race Accuracy Landing
Air Navigation Race
GLIDING Gliding Efficiency Challenge
MICROLIGHTS & PARAMOTORS Weight-Shift Controlled
PARACHUTING Accuracy Landing Male Team Accuracy
Female Team Accuracy
Junior Male Accuracy
Junior Female Accuracy
Artistic Events Freeflying
Freestyle Skydiving
Canopy Formation 2-Way Sequential
4-Way Rotation
Canopy Piloting Accuracy
Formation Skydiving 4-Way Open
4-Way Female
Speed Skydiving 
Aerobatics  Solo
ROTORCRAFT Helicopters  Parallel Slalom
Parallel Fender Rigging

FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015

The FAI World Air Games 2015 was held in Dubai from 1 to 12 December. This multi-discipline event was organised by the Emirates Aerosports Federation. 875 athletes from 55 countries competed in the Games.

It was the biggest air sports event ever organised !

About the FAI World Air Games

The FAI World Air Games, conducted under the rules of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is the premier international multi-discipline air sports event fielding the world’s top Air Sports athletes.

The FAI’s primary goals for this event are to determine “FAI World Air Games Champions”; to showcase air sports to the general public and promote public participation in air sports by attracting new participants to air sports disciplines; to promote FAI events to other sports organisations and create an attractive platform for TV, media and other external stakeholders.

The past editions of the Games took place in Turkey (1997), Spain (2001) and Italy (2009).

2015 FAI Young Artists Contest: ""Create a poster for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015"

The theme for the 2015 FAI Young Artists Contest was "Create a poster for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015.

An international jury selected the three best paintings for each of the categories: Junior (ages 6-9), Intermediate (ages 10-13), Senior (ages 14-17). Their authors received FAI gold, silver and bronze medals.

Junior Category:

  1. Xinyun ZHOU (USA)
  2. ex aequo:
    Sakuya WATANABE (Japan)
    Xinyi ZHANG (USA)

Intermediate Category:

  1. Jasmin YOON (USA)
  2. Yana SERGEYCHIK (Russia)
  3. Ozan MERCAN (Turkey)

Senior Category:

  1. Xiao HU (China)
  2. Xincheng ZHOU (USA)
  3. Juria HIROSE (Japan)

“When choosing the FAI World Air Games as this year’s theme we hoped to make thousands of young people aware of this fantastic competition. We also saw it as a great opportunity for them to learn more about the sports featuring in the event programme and the exciting city of Dubai. Looking at the wonderful paintings we received, I am delighted to see that this objective has fully been reached!” said FAI Young Artists Contest Coordinator Suzie Gebb.

The FAI Young Artists Contest was first organised at a national level in 18 member countries of the FAI: China, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lithuania, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and USA. The national winning paintings were then sent to the FAI Head Office, where the jury selected the international winners.


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Media contact

Faustine Carrera
FAI Communication Manager
+41 21 345 10 70

FAI-Breitling Awards

FAI-Breitling Pilot of the Year

The FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year Award is a new award launched by the FAI and Breitling in 2016. It is designed to recognise outstanding achievements in the world of air sports.

Link to the first FAI-Breitling Pilot of the year, Fedor Konyukhov (RUS).


Breitling Milestone Trophy [retired]

This award was established in 2012 by the FAI and Breitling, a Global Sponsor of the FAI since 2012, to associate Breitling with a significant milestone in aeronautics or astronautics, and was first awarded in 2013. The Breitling Milestone Trophy is reserved for an individual or a group of individuals having achieved a significant milestone, technological step or invention in aeronautics or astronautics (first flight, new technology, etc.) during the previous year and that might contribute to future developments, especially for the practice of air sports.

Breitling Youngster Award [retired]

This award was established in 2012 by the FAI and Breitling, a Global Sponsor of the FAI since 2012, to associate Breitling with an outstanding sporting performance or contribution to aeronautics or astronautics achieved by a youngster, and was first awarded in 2013. The Breitling Youngster Award is reserved for a youngster who, during the previous 12 months and before the date of his 26th birthday :
•    Achieved an outstanding sporting performance. This means a performance which is considered by the nominating authority as beyond the normal level of performance compared to what can usually be done, or
•    Excelled in a certain area of his sport and is considered as a reference, or
•    Significantly contributed to the development and promotion of aeronautics or astronautics.


Winners visible on http://www.fai.org/awards/fai-general-awards




At the start of the 20th Century, the pioneering flights of pilots such as Clement Ader, the Wright Brothers and Santos-Dumont, the proliferation of aeronautical competitions, and increasingly rapid technological advances marked the real birth of the modern aviation era.

A small group of men recognized the growing need for an international federation to coordinate and give direction to the rapidly growing aeronautical activity.

On 10 June 1905, Count Henri de la Vaulx, Vice President of the Aero Club of France, Major Moedebeck of the German Airship League and Fernand Jacobs, President of the Aero Club of Belgium, gave a presentation to the Olympic Congress of Brussels on their proposal for a "Fédération Aéronautique Internationale". The delegates received the idea warmly, and in token of its support the Olympic Congress adopted thefollowing resolution:"This Congress, recognizing the special importance of aeronautics, expresses the desire that in each country, there be created an Association for regulating the sport of flying and that thereafter there be formed a Universal Aeronautical Federation to regulate the various aviation meetings and advance the science and sport of Aeronautics."

On 12 October 1905, an international aeronautical conference was convened in Paris. After two days of debate, the representatives of Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the USA adopted the entire package of proposed Statutes. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale was founded on 14 October 1905. From its inception, the FAI defined its principal aims as being to"methodically catalogue the best performances achieved, so that they be known to everybody; to identify their distinguishing features so as to permit comparisons to be made; and to verify evidence and thus ensure that record-holders have undisputed claims to their titles." The statutes also specified that each body holding sporting powers (i.e. the national members of FAI) should retain full and autonomous control over its own affairs.

More than 100 years old, faithful to the decisions of its founding fathers, but also because the principles then established remain valid, the FAI's Statutes still reflect the objectives defined in 1905.

However, the appearance of new technologies and modern equipment, and the birth of entirely new air sport disciplines have meant that the FAI's sphere of involvement has broadened - and continues to expand. New objectives are adopted to reflect developments in society and in the aspirations of those who practice air sports.

An international, non-profit-making, non-governmental organisation, the FAI's main aim is the development throughout the world of sport aviation and astronautical activities.

The current Statutes describe in detail its specific objectives:

  • to make evident the essentially international spirit of aeronautics as a powerful instrument for bringing all people closer in mutual understanding and friendship regardless of political, racial or religious considerations, thereby helping to create international good will and thus build a better and more peaceful world;
  • to bring together the air sports men and women of the world in international competition;
  • to educate young people through sport in a spirit of mutual understanding and friendship;
  • to coordinate its Members' separate efforts to further aeronautics and astronautics throughout the world;
  • to protect and safeguard the interests of its Members in the use of air space;
  • to provide a forum for the exchange of information and discussion of mutual problems with other elements of civil aeronautics.

To fulfill these objectives and meet the needs of each air sport and area of activity, the organisational structure of FAI continues to evolve. From time to time, new Commissions are created.

At present, the FAI comprises these elements:

  • The General Conference, the supreme policy-making body, which adopts FAI Statutes and By-Laws - the foundation stones of the FAI;
  • The Executive Board, principal executive body of FAI, responsible for implementing the decisions of General Conference and directing the day-to-day operation of the FAI;
  • Eleven Air Sport Commissions representing, in addition to the General Commission, all 10 air sport disciplines under FAI control: ballooning, general aviation, gliding, rotorcraft, parachuting, aeromodelling, aerobatics, astronautics records, hang-gliding and microlights;
  • Four Technical Commissions which control non-sporting activities: aerospace education, amateur-built aircraft; medico-physiological and environmental matters.

ASC Presidents - Sporting Licences questionnaire

ASC Presidents - Sporting Licences questionnaire
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