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FAI World Air Games


The FAI World Air Games 2015 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 from 1 to 12 December 2015.

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed on 4 June 2014 by Dr. John Grubbström, FAI President, and His Excellency Nasser Al Neyadi, President of the Emirates Aerosports Federation.

FAI officials gathered in Dubai in December to get to know the members of the Organising Committee, the host city and the competition venues of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015. A series of meetings were held where the Executive Board and the FAI World Air Games Experts from the Sports Commissions discussed the key issues pertinent to FAI’s flagship event.

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).

FAI Young Artists Contest

Are you a young artist aged from 6 to 17 ? Would you like to have your share in the greatest and most exciting air sports event - the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015 in Dubai ? No need for you to have a pilot licence or to jump from an airplane. Just let your creativity flow and make your painting talent shine to compete in the 2015 FAI Young Artists Contest whose theme is “Create a poster for the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015”.



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FAI-Breitling Awards

The FAI has announced the creation of two awards bearing the name of Breitling, the Global Sponsor of the FAI since 2012: The Breitling Milestone Trophy and the Breitling Youngster Award. Both awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony of the FAI General Conference..

Breitling Milestone Trophy

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.

Frequency and Number
Only one Breitling Milestone Trophy may be awarded each year. However, as this Trophy should match with Breitling’s spirit of technology and excellence, such milestones might not be available each year. Therefore, if no suitable candidate is nominated for a specific year, then FAI and Breitling reserve their right not to assign this Trophy in this year.

Breitling Youngster Award

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.

Frequency and Number
Only one Breitling Youngster Award may be awarded each year. However, as this Award should match with Breitling’s spirit of technology and excellence, such achievements might not be available each year. Therefore, if no suitable candidate is nominated for a specific year, then FAI and Breitling reserve their right not to assign this Award in this year.

General Principles

1.    Objectives : The purpose of the Breitling Awards is to give public recognition to those who have achieved an outstanding performance or contribution to aeronautics and astronautics.

2.    Eligibility : Any person, group of persons, institution or commercial company is eligible to receive a Breitling Award. A recipient need not have had any previous connection with FAI or Breitling. No Breitling Award may be awarded to the same recipient more than once.

3.    Nomination process :
a.    Nominations for Breitling Awards may be made by Breitling (including Breitling Headquarters, President and Retailers), FAI (including FAI Members, Commission Presidents, Executive Board, President and Secretary General) or other institutions or commercial companies related to Breitling or FAI in the field of aeronautics or astronautics.
b.    In any given year, a nominating authority may propose only one candidate for each Breitling Award.
c.    Nominations for Breitling Awards shall be sent in writing (using the FAI-Breitling Awards Nomination Form available on the FAI and Breitling websites) to the FAI Head Office together with citations not exceeding 250 words, and other supporting information (photos, videos, etc.), to arrive no later than 31 May each year.

4.    Evaluation process : The FAI will evaluate the nominations received and provide a recommendation to the Jury on nominations for Breitling Awards.

5.    Jury : The Jury will be composed of 3 Breitling Representatives appointed by Breitling and 3 FAI Representatives appointed by the FAI President.

6.    Winners : The winners of Breitling Awards will be informed by the FAI and will then be invited and hosted by Breitling to receive their Award at the FAI Awards Ceremony taking place the day before the FAI General Conference in the same year.

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


Breitling Youngster Award Rules  (63.25 kB)02 April 2015
Breitling Milestone Trophy Rules  (58.46 kB)02 April 2015
FAI Breitling Awards Nomination Form 2015  (102.50 kB)02 April 2015



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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FAI Active Members Presidents Meeting registration

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Dear Members,

Please register online for the next FAI Active Members Presidents Meeting to be held on Saturday 7 June 2014 in Stockholm according to this schedule:

  • Saturday all day : meeting
  • Saturday night : closing dinner hosted by the NAC Sweden
  • Sunday all day : tour to Air Museum in Arlanda (registration mandatory before May 1st / Participation cost: 100 SEK-equ. 12€)

The meeting as well as the dinner on Saturday 7 June will take place at the Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport.

Registration fee for the meeting: none / covered by the FAI

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Special prices have been negociated at the Clarion Hotel Arlanda Airport where the meeting will take place. To book your hotel room, download the hotel booking form and send it directly to the Hotel (e-mail address mentionned on the form). No phone reservation will be accepted, only by e-mail.

Room price : 110€ for a single room / 135€ for a double room

IMPORTANT : please note that this online registration (in grey frame) is to register for the meeting, not to book an hotel room. To book your hotel room, you have to send the above-mentionned hotel booking form separately to the hotel directly.


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Registration Confirmation - Commission

Thank you for registering. Your details have been sent to the FAI Members & Services Manager Ségolène Rouillon. Please contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Contact & Links

logo-world-games-2017For more information, contact The World Games Air Sports Competition Manager:

FAI Sports and Marketing Director Markus Haggeney

using the contact form.