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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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Leys and Rolland win the 53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

At 12:00 today the 53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the famous international FAI aeronautical gas balloon race named after the US Media tycoon James Gordon Bennett, came to a fantastic close with the final landing of the 16th competitor in Portelas / Portugal, barely 20 km from the most western tip of the European Continent, and only about 4 km from the Atlantic ocean.

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53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

The “53rd Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett”, the famous international FAI aeronautical race, was launched Saturday evening from the Vessy Sports Center in Geneva (Switzerland).

16 gas-balloon teams from 8 nations participate in this race which started with a dramatic night-launch in perfect weather conditions.

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The 25th FAI World Aerobatic Championship live on Internet

This will be the first time that live broadcast of the FAI World Aerobatic Championship will be available online.

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The 25th FAI World Aerobatic Championship live on Internet

FAI media partner Flying Aces Ltd today confirmed that the Internet sports TV channel airsports.tv would host exclusive live online coverage of the 25th FAI World Aerobatic Championship on 28 and 29 August 2009.

This will be the first time that live broadcast of the FAI World Aerobatic Championship will be available online.

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The World Games Kaohsiung 2009 is open

On 16 July, The World Games have been formally declared open by Mr. Ma Ying-jeou, President of Chinese Taipei, after a spectacular ceremony in the brand new Kaohsiung stadium.

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100th Anniversary of the Aero Club of the Czech Republic

The original Aero Club of the Czech Republic was founded in the autumn of 1909, but it was after the First World War, in March 1919, that the renamed Czechoslovak Aviation Club first became a member of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), again changing its name after the Second World War to Aero Club of Czechoslovakia. The Aero Club of the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic then broke up after the Velvet Revolution in November 1989.

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Summary of the World Air Games parachuting events

Susan Dixon offers a round-up of the parachuting events of the FAI World Air Games 2009 on the homepage of the FAI Parachuting Commission.


Recruitment process for new FAI Secretary General

The process of recruiting a new FAI Secretary General for the beginning of 2010 is now under way.


The Candidate Brief for the post can be found here (.pdf 90Kb).


Applications for the job and any questions relating to the recruitment process should be addressed to Odgers Berndtson as indicated in the Candidate Brief, and should not be sent to the FAI.


Mission completed - Helicopter flying at its very best

The weather Gods looked kindly upon us for the spectacular final day of the helicopter events. There was great tension among the local crowd who had come to watch; would the Italian crew maintain its position in the midst of the more highly experienced and medal-winning Russian crews? In short, yes; the Italians were able to celebrate great success and managed to secure themselves a podium place.

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Paramotoring has a new World Air Games champion

At last the Paramotor pilots have their gold medal winner of the World Air Games: Michel Rouanet from France, who overcame the Canadian Laurent Salinas in a nail-biting final. In third place was Alexandre Mateos from France. Rouanet flew a very quick time and is able to put in a claim for a new championship record for the Clover Leaf Slalom - 38,596 seconds from first to last pole. The battle for third and fourth place was quickly decided when the Polish pilot Piotr Trzinsky touched a pylon and was forced to land.

Paragliding accuracy draws to a close

It’s really hotting up in Avigliana, and not only because of the weather! Thanks to superb organisation of logistics, the Paragliding Accuracy competition completed two rounds on Friday, bringing it back on schedule for a final, sixth round on Saturday. And what a day! The results so far are showing some surprises in that neither the current World and European Champion, nor the world ranking points leader in the top 4.

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