Annick Hauser starts as new FAI Assistant Sports Manager

Annick Hauser The FAI Head Office is pleased to announce that the vacant position of Assistant Sports Manager has been filled by Annick Hauser. She began with the FAI on 3 September 2012.

Annick is the first point of contact with the ASCs (Air Sports Commissions) for administrative matters. She deals with the administration of ASCs meetings as well as logistics and the publication of documents. Furthermore, she assists the FAI Senior Sports Manager Rob Hughes with his tasks and works in coordination with Secretary General Jean-Marc Badan and FAI Event Organisers.


SINERGI to partner the FAI in FAME’s venture

BobHenderson GiancarloSergiThe Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation, has announced today the appointment of Giancarlo Sergi as CEO of FAME, its recently formed marketing and events company. Mr Sergi is the President of SINERGI Ltd, a management consultancy firm based in Switzerland and active in the sports industry.


Strategic improvements at the FAI

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In line with its new strategy, the FAI has recently created two new management tools aiming at improving its efficiency.


2013 FAI Young Artists Contest: "My Favourite Airsports"

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Like every year, the 2013 Young Artists Contest gives the opportunity for budding artists to express themselves artistically about a subject related to aviation. The contest is divided in three age categories (6-9, 10-13, 14-17 years old).

This year, the theme for the contest is "My Favourite Airsports".


Cyclist stops in Lausanne FAI Head Office on his way to visit all the gliding sites in the world

Tolson visitThe FAI had the pleasure of welcoming to its head office in Lausanne, Switzerland, Paul Tolson, a 50-year-old Englishman planning to cycle around the globe. Paul's aim is to visit every gliding site in the world to promote this sport and of raising funds for charities such as Aerobility.


3rd Asian Beach Games

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Read all the news about the paramotor events that took place at the Asian Beach Games in Haiyang, China.

FAI to boost air sports promotion and events with new marketing and events company

plane wagThe FAI has announced today the creation of FAI Air Sports Marketing and Events SA (FAME), a shareholder company based in Switzerland, with the aim of promoting air sports and creating economic value for FAI and its events by actively exploring the sports market and developing new and more attractive events.


The FAI takes off with Breitling

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The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation, has unveiled today the signing of a long term partnership with the prestigious Swiss watch company Breitling.

Breitling, a renowned brand whose headquarters are in Grenchen, Switzerland, will become the first ever Global Partner of the FAI and will carry the status of the Official Watch of the federation.


London 2012 Airspace restrictions

2012Logo LondonOlympicsAs part of the security programme for the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games, the airspace over London and other Games venues will be subject to restrictions this summer.

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has full details of the restrictions on its website:


You can download the leaflet ‘London 2012 Airspace Guide’ which contains all the necessary information to adhere to the restrictions or to avoid the zone for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


The UK Government has declared repeatedly that it takes the threat of a rogue aircraft very seriously and will take measures to counter unauthorised flights within the restricted zones. The CAA leaflet is easy to understand and will help you adhere to the temporary rules during the Olympics this year.

Winners of the 2012 FAI Young Artists Contest named

D-YAKOVLEV-2012art3-1bigBudding artists once again shone at the FAI Young Artists Contest, a painting competition where youngsters have the opportunity to express their talent and passion for flight.

This year’s theme “Silent Flight” proved to be particularly inspiring with 111 artists competing from 14 FAI Members countries. Although almost all air sports were featured on the paintings, ballooning and hang gliding, with the ocean as a background, were the most represented subjects. Among all the entries, many of them immediately caught the eyes of the jury, which made it a difficult task to decide on the final rankings for all of the three age categories.


What’s new in the FAI Anti-Doping Plan?

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Here is an update on our progress towards the creation of an updated and appropriate FAI Anti-Doping Plan. The last few weeks have been dedicated to collecting information. We are now ready to start developing our risk profile and our FAI Anti-Doping Plan.


Call for nominations for the Prince Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon Grant

1156284 39977081-innovationThe FAI is pleased to launch a call for nominations for the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant.


Does Anti-Doping affect me? Yes it does!

anti-doping-bubblesAs a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code, the FAI is committed to a programme of anti-doping that concerns all of our international level athletes. In that context, we would like to draw your attention to an important matter : Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE).


Leinikki joins FAI Head Office as IT Manager

Visa-Matti LeinikkiThe FAI Head Office has pleasure in announcing that Mr. Visa-Matti Leinikki has been appointed as the new FAI IT Manager. He will start in his new position on 1 May 2012.

Visa-Matti Leinikki, 45, from Finland, comes to the FAI with a 25-year experience in software development, including more than 16 in several positions related to internet solutions. A gliding pilot since 1982, he flew over the years in more than 30 national and international gliding competitions, and held several positions within the FAI as an Alternate Delegate, Delegate and Vice President of the FAI Gliding Commission (IGC). He also attended several FAI gliding competitions as an official and is active in aeromodelling as well as in motorgliding and microlights.