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Solar-Powered Plane Set for Take-Off

Solar Impulse 2010PAYERNE, 10 MARCH 2010 – FAI Secretary-General Stéphane Desprez was among 250 official guests to attend the arrival of Solar Impulse, the revolutionary solar-powered aeroplane pioneered by FAI’s Honorary Patron Bertrand Piccard, at its new hangar in Payerne, Switzerland.

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Türk Hava Kurumu: Investment & Ambition for Turkish Aviation

The recent visit to Turkey of FAI President Pierre Portmann and Secretary-General Stéphane Desprez offered the chance to learn more about Türk Hava Kurumu (THK), the Turkish Aeronautical Association, which celebrated its 85th anniversary on February 16. THK counts as one of the FAI's biggest and most ambitious National AirSport Controls – active in everything from staging competitions and training pilots, parachutists and aeromodellers to fire-fighting and purchasing matériel for nearly 500 aviation clubs nationwide.

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Gliding Commission 2010 Annual Meeting

Lausanne 05/06.03.2010
http://www.fai.org/gliding/system/files/IGC_Plenum_2010_Decisions.pdf

Future Competitions
were attributed as follows:

2011

16th FAI European Gliding Championships:
World/ Club/ Standard/ 20m Two-Seat classes

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Turkish Aviation Turns 85

ANKARA 16.02.2010 – FAI President Pierre Portmann and new Secretary-General Stéphane Desprez were the guests of Türk Hava Kurumu (Turkish Aeronautical Association) in Ankara on February 16, at a ceremony marking the association's 85th anniversary.

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ASF Receive FAI Outstanding Airmanship Diploma

PARIS 11.02.2010Aviation Sans Frontières (Aviation Without Borders) received their 2009 Outstanding Airmanship Diploma at a ceremony held at the AéroClub de France in Paris on February 11.

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Max Bishop Awarded FAI Centenary Medal

LAUSANNE 22.01.2010 – Retiring FAI Secretary-General Max Bishop was presented with the FAI's Centenary Medal, to mark his 17 years of distinguished service, at a dinner in Chexbres, near Lausanne, on January 22 attended by Mrs Angela Bishop, members of the FAI Executive Board, incoming Secretary General Stéphane Desprez and Sports & Development Director Jean-Marc Badan.

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Rotorcraft Commission 2010 Annual Meeting

LAUSANNE 25/26.02.2010

Future Competitions were attributed as follows:

2012

14th FAI World Helicopter Championship
Drakino (near Serpukhov), Russia: 21.08-26.08.2012
http://events.fai.org/event?i=4308&f=1


Technology

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Hang-Gliding & Paragliding Commission 2010 Annual Meeting

LAUSANNE 20/21.02.2010


Future Competitions
were attributed as follows:

2012

18th FAI European Hang-Gliding Class 1 Championship
Kayseri, Turkey: 19.08-09.01.2012
http://events.fai.org/calendar?id=70

3rd FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Championship
Ohrid, FYR Macedonia: 01.07-08.07.2012

12th FAI European Paragliding Championship
St-André-les-Alpes (near Digne), France: 31.08-15.09.201

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Inernational Parachuting Commission 2010 Plenary Meeting

LAUSANNE 30/31.01.2010


Future Competitions were attributed as follows:

2010

3rd FAI World Canopy Piloting Parachuting Championship
Kolomna (Moscow Region), Russia: 31.07-06.08.2010

2011

13th FAI World Paraski Championships
Gosau (near Salzburg), Austria: 28.02-05.03.2011

17th FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving
8th FAI World Cup of Artistic Events
10th FAI European Formation Skydiving Championship
7th FAI European Artistic Events Parachuting Championships

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Bidding Underway for the FAI Parachuting Mondial 2012

Lausanne, 5 February 2010 The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI - The World Air Sports Federation, announced today that bidding has opened to host the FAI Parachuting Mondial in 2012.
The week-long World Championships are staged every two years by the FAI Parachuting Commission (IPC). In 2012 the Championships will take the prestigious form of a Mondial, featuring every type of parachute sport (except Paraski and Canopy Piloting) – a total of four exciting, spectacular parachuting events in all, for both teams and individuals.

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New FAI Secretary General Appointed

Stéphane DesprezStéphane DesprezStéphane Desprez, former Competition Director of the 2008 Rugby World Cup in France, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the World Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st February 2010.

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Airsports World 2008 TV Series Now Available on DVD

The much anticipated second series of the Breitling Airsports World TV series is now available to order from the airsports.tv website.

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Asia and the FAI

The 103rd FAI General Conference held this month in Incheon, Korea, was a landmark event at a time when the geopolitical and economic centre-of-gravity of the world is moving steadily to the East.

The Conference, held in a brand-new Conference Centre on land claimed from the sea close to the dramatic architecture of the new Incheon Bridge) was the first to be held in Asia for almost a quarter of a century (previously in 1985 - New Delhi).

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FAI Young Artists on Display at Embry-Riddle University, USA

A series of over 40 winning paintings from the FAI Young Artists Contest is currently on public display on the campus of the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. The exhibition organised by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) shows how young people around the world conceive of aviation and space in their imaginations. It is open to all visitors to the University, as well as to around 1 500 students resident on Prescott Campus.

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