FAI News 02/06

IPC Plenary Meeting / FAI President Portmann in Philippines /
FAI Young Artists Contest 2006 / New World Record Claims

IPC Plenary Meeting

The FAI Parachuting Commission (IPC) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 28 and 29 January 2006 in Stockholm (SWE).

Sport Parachuting at the IWGA World Games : In view of the positive results achieved at the World Games 2005 in Duisburg (GER), particularly in terms of public attendance and media exposure, IPC Delegates unanimously approved continuing support for the inclusion of sport parachuting in the World Games. The 8th World Games will take place in 2009 in Kaoshiung (TPE).

Awards : The Leonardo da Vinci Diploma was awarded for the year 2005 to Mr Marco Pflüger (GER) in recognition of his outstanding athletic achievements in competitive parachuting nationally and internationally.

Elections : Mr Patrice GIRARDIN (FRA) was re-elected IPC President. All IPC Officers were re-elected (see the List of IPC Officers and Delegates).

Next Plenary Meeting : 27 and 28 January 2007, Florence (ITA)

FAI President Portmann in Philippines

Air Sports are growing rapidly throughout Asia, and FAI is focusing on ways of promoting this growth. On 1 February 2006, the FAI President, on a private visit, met Mr. John Paul Reyes, President of the "3D Air Sports And Hobbies Association" in Manila, Philippines, for discussions on the future of air sports in that large and populous island country.

FAI Young Artists Contest 2006

Shosuke TAKEUCHI (JPN), 1st Prize winner in the Intermediate Category of the 2005 FAI Young Artists Contest, came to Paris with his parents on 12 October 2005 to receive his medal and diploma from FAI President, Pierre Portmann. 

Shosuke Takeuchi

Shosuke Takeuchi with FAI President Portmann
(c) Aéro-Club de France

We remind all involved in aviation & space education that the 2006 FAI Young Artists Contest is still open for entries :

Theme : Air Sports and Nature in Harmony
Deadline for submitting paintings to FAI : 18 April 2006
Click here to consult the Rules & Interpretation of the 2006 theme.

New World Record Claim

The following new World Record Claim was recently received by FAI :

Class A - Free Balloons / Claim number : 12938
Size category : AX-02 (Hot-air balloons: 250 to 400 m³)
General Category
Type of record : Duration
Course/location : Le Locle (SWI)
Performance : 7 h 09 min 40 sec
Pilot : Pierrick DUVOISIN (SWI)
Balloon : Homebuilt Duvoisin DUV 001
Date: 13.01.2006
Current record : 4h 39 min (11.02.2004 - Steven Wayne GRIFFIN, AUS)

The details shown above are provisional. When all the evidence required has been received and checked, the exact figures will be established and the record ratified (if appropriate).

For further information on World Records, please consult the latest news, including all claims pending ratification, at FAI World Records.