Hempleman-Adams, Arpagaus and Meertens honoured at the FAI General Conference

The closing ceremony of the 105th FAI General Conference saw three personalities recognised for their achievements and dedication to air sports, with the awarding of the FAI Gold Air Medal by FAI President John Grubbström to British balloonist David Hempleman-Adams and the appointments as FAI Companions of Honour of Willy Arpagaus and Henk Meertens. On this occasion, well-known aviation figure Odette Balesi-Rousseau gave a remarkable speech on the role of the FAI Companions of Honour for which she has a coordinating role.


New FAI website launch

Capture backgroundThe FAI is pleased to announce the launch of its new, much improved website.

Besides a better design, the new FAI website now includes several additional features such as the display of event results, awards, records and badges, search functions for athletes and records, and a clearer navigation structure.

The development of the FAI website doesn’t stop with this launch – it is an on-going process and we therefore encourage you to let us know of any comments that you have for the continued improvement or inform us of any broken link that you may find by using the contact form.

FAI awards presented at the 105th FAI General Conference in Belgrade

Aviation personalities were honoured yesterday night at the 2011 FAI Awards Ceremony held in Belgrade, Serbia, as part of the Opening Ceremony of the 105th FAI General Conference.

Coming from all around the world, more than 20 recipients of FAI diplomas and medals were presented their awards by FAI President John Grubbström.


S.J. René de Monchy

It is with great sadness that we announce the death on 31 August 2011 of S.J.René de Monchy (NED).

Many have made enormous contributions to the development of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), but few have done so whilst retaining the trust, respect, admiration, and affection of all those they served. Rene De Monchy, who died peacefully in Rotterdam last Wednesday, after a long illness bravely borne, was such a person.


Jean-Marc Badan appointed new FAI Secretary General

Jean-Marc_BadanJean-Marc Badan, the previous FAI Sports Director and Deputy to the Secretary General, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the International Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st October 2011.


NAC Presidents meeting in Rome : An opportunity to share experiences and ideas

19 NAC (National Air Sport Control) Presidents or their representatives attended the 2011 Meeting of FAI Active Members' Presidents that took place in Rome (ITA) on 25 and 26 August.


FAI News article

6024906479_6e07fd80bc_bThe FAI’s Air Sports Channel on Youtube has been re-designed to provide one channel per sport, plus a channel for the World Air Games, and one for v..

The FAI’s Air Sports Channel on Youtube has been re-designed to provide one channel per sport, plus a channel for the World Air Games, and one for videos relating to the FAI and the history of aviation.

The FAI’s Air Sports Channel on Youtube has been re-designed to provide one channel per sport, plus a channel for the World Air Games, and one for videos relating to the FAI and the history of aviation.



Video makeover

The FAI’s Air Sports Channel on Youtube has been re-designed to provide one channel per sport, plus a channel for the World Air Games, and one for videos relating to the FAI and the history of aviation.


Brazilian students and their professor build a World Record breaking aircraft

16134_cea-308-halboth_1.previewStudents and professor from the Brazilian University UFMG (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – Federal University of Minas Gerais State) joined forces to design and build an aircraft that broke no less than four World Records!


2012 FAI Young Artist Contest’s theme unveiled: “Silent Flight”

The theme of 2012 FAI Young Artist Contest, an international art contest for youngsters between the ages of 6 and 17, will be “Silent Flight”.

Discover below the interpretation of this year’s theme “Silent Flight” and give free rein to your imagination – you might earn one of the Gold, Silver or Bronze Medals !


2011 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy

The first flight took place in the afternoon of 28th with JDG and HWZ at the 2011 LUXGSM - World Balloon Trophy. The ANG was also expected to be flown but it was cancelled as the pilots had to wait a long time for the unstable atmosphere to disappear from the flight area. The results for these tasks are already on the results web page.

This morning 29 July, the sky was covered with fog and mist. However, 5 tasks (FIN, PDG, LRN, FON and ANG) could be flown - some of them will be scored to the physical markers and some others will be scored with flight trucks. Launch period was extended till 9 AM. All the tasks could be flown in any order and all the tasks had to be finished by 10:30.

At the target, the sound of the burners could be heard but it was impossible to see the balloons themselves because of the mist! Very slowly many pilots arrived at the target. Stefan Zeberli, last year's Champion, was very patient at the target to approach. It seemed that he passed away but he read the wind to go back and to come back to the target, and his result was 0.36 meters!

Around the landing time the fog and mist were gone and the pilots landed safely.

Increase in international participation at the 4th International Meeting of Disabled Pilots

No less than 40 disabled pilots gathered from 17 to 24 July at the Aérodrome de la Gruyère on the occasion of the 4th International Meeting of Disabled Pilots, also called Handiflight, a project which was awarded the “FAI Honorary Group Diploma” in 2010, and which was initiated by Sarah and Daniel Ramseier back in 2007.

Coming from all around the world (New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada, USA, Sweden, Scotland, England, Belgium, France, Germany Poland and Italy), the pilots shared their experiences and received instruction in glider and power flights.

Personalities such as Brian Jones, Honorary President of the event and co-pilot of Bertrand Piccard in the first non-stop balloon flight around the world, Yves "Jetman" Rossi, famous Swiss aviation pioneer, and Stéphane Desprez, FAI Secretary General, attended the event.

On Friday, a workshop was organised with the participation of Stéphane Desprez, FAI Secretary General, with the aim of discussing the internationalisation of the movement through Handiflight. The outcome of the meeting was very positive, as all participants from the the different international associations of disabled pilots are eager to share their passion, and would be favourable to a rapprochement with the FAI.

“I have met exceptional people here who all stand out by their strong will. Aviation is for them not only a passion but also an activity that has given them renewed hope, and I think that we have a lot to learn from them”, said Stéphane.

More pictures on the FAI Flickr account.

80th Birthday of Dr Jerry Gregorek a Space Models Pioneer

Dr GERALD MICHAEL GREGOREK (U.S.A), much better known as JERRY, one of the real pioneers in space modelling shall celebrate soon his 80th birthday. During his 40 years career in space modelling Jerry was a NAC team member, NAC team manager and he holds many important positions at domestic and international level.


FAI Secretary General, Stéphane Desprez, to join the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme)

As stated in the FAI President’s letter of July 1, the FAI Secretary General, Stéphane DESPREZ, has resigned from his position and will be leaving the FAI on October 2011.

Stephane will join the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) as their new CEO in replacement of Guy Maître who is retiring. It’s a great opportunity for him, and we wish him all the best in his new assignment.

The FAI Executive Board has immediately started a recruitment process, and will screen applications during the month of August. The final decision is planned to be taken at the end of August during the FAI Executive Board meeting, if not before.