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FAI Head Office closed on Monday 1 August 2016

ClosedSignThe FAI Head Office will be closed on Monday 1 August 2016 for a public holiday. The office will reopen on Tuesday 2 August.

Done! Solar Impulse 2 completes First Round-The-World Solar Flight and writes Aviation History!

2016 07_26_Si2_completedThey did it! After over 12 years of research and design, Swiss pioneers Dr. Bertrand Piccard (Initiator, Chairman and Pilot) and André Borschberg (Co-founder and CEO and Pilot) finished the first round-the-world solar flight, powered only by the sun with no fuel or polluting emissions. After 17 months since the first departure in March 2015 in Abu Dhabi (UAE), they landed at its original take-off point at this morning, 26 July at 02:05 CET (00:05 UTC, 04:05 Local Time). Since the beginning of the adventure, FAI has received 19 world record claims from the Solar Impulse Team.

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Gearing up for the 20th FAI European Aerobatic Championships 2016

EAC2016 bannerThe Czech Republic is gearing up to host the 20th European Aerobatic Championship at the end of August – and has won some high-level approval from inside the Czech government.

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Join the celebrations for the 125th Anniversary of Otto Lilienthal's flight!

MuehlenbergDerwitzIt was spring time in 1891 when aviation pioneer Otto Lilienthal finally made it and took off with his self constructed "Derwitzer" glider. His flight attempts at the "Mühlenberg" area, near Derwitz in Germany, are considered to be the first unpowered human flights following the principle of heavier than air flight.

With a so called "Sternflug", meaning different aircrafts take off from different starting points and fly to the same finish point or goal - Stölln/Rhinow in this case - the "Bundeskommission Segelflug" would like to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Lilienthal's first human flight.

All gliders from the German Aeroclub/Deutscher Aeroclub e.V. (DAeC) and pilots from abroad with a valid FAI sporting licence are most welcome to join the celebrations.

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Workshop and Test Events Ahead of The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw

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A three day workshop took place this week in Wroclaw, Poland, as part of the preparation for the World Games 2017. The attendees included the Event Directors and Officials of the three disciplines selected to the World Games 2017, FAI Member Representatives from France and Hungary, the Director of the Wroclaw Aeroclub and FAI Head Office staff. 

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Enter the 2017 FAI Young Artist Contest and Show Us Your Vision of Flying!

YAC2016 copyDoes flying make you dream? Yes? Then pick up your pens, pencils or brushes and enter the 2017 FAI Young Artists Contest to reach for the clouds. The aim is to create a picture that illustrates this years’ theme “Beyond the Clouds”, and to show us your vision through your eyes!

Youngsters from three age categories: Junior (6-9), Intermediate (10-13), Senior (14-17) are invited to participate.

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Bertrand Piccard’s New York - Seville Flight: Performance Notifications Received by FAI

2016 06_23_Solar_Impulse_ATLANTIC_Landing_in_Sevilla_Bertrand_Piccard_and_Andr_Borschberg_Revillard__1398_thumb_2The FAI has received the following performance notifications from the Solar Impulse team, following Bertrand Piccards’s flight from New York (JFK International Airport), USA, to Seville (International Airport), Spain, with the solar-powered aeroplane “Solar Impulse 2”. 

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Common FAI strategy for Drones

dronesAt the recent FAI meetings of the FAI Executive Board, Commission Presidents and representatives from NACs, at Heraklion Crete, a proposal from CIAM, the FAI Aeromodelling Commission, was presented and discussed. This proposal was to establish and implement a common FAI strategy for the drones.

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Meetings of FAI Active Members, Air Sport Commissions and Executive Board in Crete

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Three different meetings took place in Heraklion, on the Greek island of Crete, from Thursday to Saturday:  Air Sport Commission Presidents, Active Member Presidents and Executive Board meeting.

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FAI Environmental Policy and Code Updated

photo gliding environmentThe FAI Environmental Commission has recently reviewed the FAI Environmental Policy and Code and brought both sections of this up to date.

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FAI and European Rotor Sports Association Join Forces to Promote Radio Control Drone Flying

drone fai ersaFAI and ERSA (European Rotor Sports Association) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement to work closely on the promotion of radio control drone flying, also called FPV racing.

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New FAI Retro-Look Items and FAI World Air Games Photo Book at Your Fingertips

FAI-eshopFAI has launched its new official e-shop that includes an exciting new range of retro-styled items for men and women and the photo book of the FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015.

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FAI at the International Military Sports Council

CISM 2FAI President Dr. John Grubbström and FAI Secretary General Susanne Schödel attended the 2016 CISM (International Military Sports Council) Annual Congress in Tartu, Estonia, to further develop the links between both organisations.

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2015 FAI Annual Report released

2015FAIAnnualReportThe 2015 FAI Annual Report provides an overview of all our activities with plenty of pictures. More compact than the previous editions, it includes the competitions, records, awards, our sponsor Breitling, our partner Red Bull Air Race, and much more!

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