Monday, 08 June 2009 21:38
Many of the air sports at the World Air Games are based at Torino Aeritalia airfield in Turin, Italy; finally, after years of preparations, test events and rehearsals, the airfield has come alive with activity. A large crowd watched displays from powered aerobatic and experimental pilots before the start of the first competitive rounds.
Sunday, 07 June 2009 17:40
Torino Aeritalia airfield buzzes with activity as 300 of the world’s elite air sport competitors prepare for the start of the competition. Many are old friends who have previously met around the world, either in preparation for these Games or at other FAI world and continental championships.
Sunday, 07 June 2009 17:23
The FAI World Air Games 2009 have been officially declared open at a grand ceremony in the Piazza San Carlo in Turin city centre. In front of a crowd of several thousand locals, the Mayor of Turin Mr. Sergio CHIAMPARINO opened the Games and wished all competitors a fair competition and the best of luck in the week to come.
Tuesday, 02 June 2009 23:56
With less than a week before the start of the World Air Games 2009, a ceremony was held on the Greek island of Icarus to light a torch for the World Air Games 2009 in Turin, Italy. This flame is now on its way to Italy in order to be presented at the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, 6th June.
Tuesday, 02 June 2009 21:33
The FAI World Air Games 2009
The Opening Ceremony of the FAI World Air Games 2009 is on 6th June 2009 in Turin, Italy.
Friday, 29 May 2009 22:02
The FAI President Pierre Portmann had an audience last week with His Royal Highness the Grand Duke Henri of Luxemburg on the occasion of the centenary of aviation in that country.
Key personalities in the Luxemburg air sports community were also present including FAI Ballooning Commission President Jean-Claude Weber and the President of the Luxemburg NAC, FAI Gliding Commission delegate Carlo Lecuit.
The audience was followed by a prestigious "Academic Session" attended by ministers, high officials and the Mayor of Luxemburg city.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009 23:34
World Records and Record Claims received recently by FAI include:
World Record Claim - Claim number : 15270
Wednesday, 20 May 2009 19:07
On 21st May 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew from Long Island, New York (USA) to Le Bourget, Paris (FRA) in his aeroplane 'Spirit of St. Louis'. Lindbergh was at the time a US Air Mail pilot but this epic non-stop solo flight shot him to fame and was to be the start of a long and highly distinguised career promoting aviation.
Tuesday, 05 May 2009 21:51
99 years after the first crossing of the Alps in an aeroplane by Geo Chávez flying a Blériot XI, on 14th April 2009 Eric Raymond completed the same journey in the solar-powered Sunseeker II, thereby becoming the first solar-powered aeroplane to make the journey.
Friday, 24 April 2009 22:22
FAI IPC, the International Parachuting Commission, has announced the creation of the VFS Web Challenge. This competition in Vertical Formation Skydiving enables competitors to train and perform in their own time before submitting video evidence of their jump to the competition judging panel.
The entry period is from 1st May to 31st July 2009 with prizes for the top three entrants. Read more about the competition here.
Wednesday, 08 April 2009 18:50
The 2009 Plenary meeting of the FAI Amateur Built and Experimental Aircraft Commission was held on 6th April at the Graf Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
The subjects under discussion included: electrically and solar powered aeroplanes, preparations for the World Air Games in Turin, Italy starting on 6th June and CIACA awards for 2009. Pierluigi DURANTI (ITA) was returned as CIACA President for 2009/10.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009 18:12
Rolex, the world's leading exclusive watch manufacturer, has announced that it has become the main sponsor of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the world air sports federation.
Founded in 1905, the FAI is the international governing body for all forms of sporting aviation, including ballooning, gliding, aerobatics and model aircraft flying.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009 17:56
On 18th March 1965, Russian cosmonaut Alexei LEONOV (RUS) stepped out of the spacecraft Voskhod-2 to become the first person to walk in space. He spent a total of 12 minutes and 9 seconds outside of the vehicle attached by a tether, thereby gaining an FAI World Record for extravehicular (EV) duration in space.
Pilot Pavel BELYAYEV (RUS) and co-pilot Leonov launched at 07:00 GMT on 18th March 1965 from Baikonur cosmodrome in the former USSR. At 08:28:13 GMT Alexei Leonov initiated his spacewalk by decompressing the spacecraft airlock; at 08:34:51 he stepped out of the vehicle, returning at 08:47:00. Telemetering data shows that his heart rate rose to 143 beats/min and breathing rate to 31 breaths/min as he first left the inside of the spacecraft.
During the EV activity, Leonov was attached to the spacecraft by a tether measuring 5.35m in length. Cinematographic evidence was used in the post-flight analysis to show that, at times, the tether was taught, thereby recording the maximum distance the cosmonaut floated from the vehicle.
The flight lasted for 26 hours and two minutes, covering some 717,262km and reaching an altitude of 497.7km. The spacecraft returned safely to Earth, landing near Perm at 09:02 GMT on 19th March.
In a post flight report, Leonov stated "Leaving the spacecraft in outer space is quite possible and is no longer mysterious to man".
This information and the images reproduced here are sourced from the official dossier submitted to FAI for world record homologation.
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 00:53
On 1st March 1999 Bertrand Piccard set off in Breitling Orbiter 3 to become the first balloon to circumnavigate the globe non-stop. Accompanied by his co-pilot Brian Jones, Piccard took off from the Swiss village of Chateau d’Oex and landed 19 days, 21 hours and 55 minutes later in the Egyptian desert.