The sessions of the 107th FAI General Conference were held in Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 4 and 5 October 2013.
More than 150 delegates from 39 Active, 1 Associate, 1 Temporary Member Countries and 2 Affiliated Members were present, as well as FAI elected Officers, Presidents of Honour, Companions of Honour and delegates appointed by Presidents of Commissions and Observers.
The General Conference was officially opened on Thursday 3 October during a ceremony where FAI Awards and FAI Breitling Awards were presented.
For the first time, an electronic voting system was used during the sessions of the FAI General Conference. This new technology allowed a considerable gain of time during votes and will be re-used in the future.
Mike Heuer from USA was appointed FAI Companion of Honour.
Mike Heuer is a founding member of IAC (the American Aerobatic Organization) and officiated as USA Delegate to the FAI Aerobatics Commission. He became President of the same Commission in 1986 and stayed in place for 26 years. During his administration, power and glider aerobatics have matured and different categories exist with more pilots participating in FAI Aerobatic Championships than ever before. He is a former member of the FAI Executive Board and the NAA and EAA Boards of Directors, he has received many awards including the FAI Silver Medal.
Reports on different projects were made during the General Conference. They included:
The participants at the FAI General Conference voted in favour of the bid by Royal Netherlands Aeronautical Association (KNVvL) to host the 109th FAI General Conference in Rotterdam in 2015.
The next FAI General Conference will take place in from 17 to 18 October 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand.
There were no elections this year, except for the Statutes Working Group and CASI Active Members Representatives.
The next elections for the FAI Executive Board, including the Presidency, will take place in 2014.
The FAI Aviation and Space Education Commission and the FAI Environmental Commission remain technical commissions and the question of their conversion into Expert Groups will be discussed at the next FAI General Conference.
The Minutes of the General Conference will be released at the beginning of 2014.