WXC – Fly locally, compete globally

The Worldwide XC online Contest (WXC) now has official FAI status following a successful 2 year trial.

Taking advantage of its unique position, CIVL has created the ‘official’ global online contest, allowing all hang glider and paraglider pilots worldwide to see their flights scored and ranked in a single online contest. The contest (http://wxc.fai.org) opened formally on 1st October 2010.


Polar fleeces have arrived in the FAI official shop !

Nice colours, warm material, smooth touch. These are just some of the features of the new Polar fleece FAI is adding to its e-shop !


FAI Gliding Commission 2011 Annual Meeting

Here are the main decisions that have been taken during the IGC 2011 Annual Meeting held on 4 and 5 March 2011:

Future competitions
17th FAI European Gliding Championships
15 meter Class - 18 meter Class - Open Class Awarded to : Vinon sur Verdon (FRA)
Date : 2013

17th FAI European Gliding Championships
20 meter Two-Seater Class - Club Class - Standard Class Awarded to : Ostrow Wielkopolski (POL)
Date : 30 June to 21 July 2013


FAI Rotorcraft Commission 2011 Annual Meeting

Here are the main decisions that have been taken during the CIG 2011 Annual Meeting held on 3 and 4 March 2011:

The FAI Gold Rotorcraft Medal has been awarded to Irina GRUSHINA (RUS)

The project of the future Internet competition has been approved. It will be presented on the FAI/CIG website once it is finalised.

Bureau Elections
None (2-year terms) – Next elections in 2012

Technical Representatives & Special Duties
World Games Liaison Officer : Wolfgang PERPLIES


FAI Hang Gliding & Paragliding Commission 2011 Annual Meeting

Here are the main decisions that have been taken during the CIVL 2011 Annual Meeting held on 26 and 27 February 2011:

Future competitions
19th FAI World Hang Gliding Class 1 Championship
Awarded to : Forbes (AUS)
Date : January 2013

2013 FAI World Paragliding Championship
Awarded to : Sopot (BUL)
Date : July 2013

2013 FAI World Paragliding Accuracy Championship
Awarded to : Sarajevo (BIH)
Date : August 2013


Keith Negal

Keith NegalKeith Negal, the FAI Vice President for the UK, passed away peacefully on Friday 4th February, with his wife Shirley at his side. Keith had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in December 2009. He bore his illness, which he was told at an early stage he would be unlikley to survive, with typical fortitude, bravery and typical good humour.


Don’t miss the deadline to enter the 2011 Young Artists Contest!

Calling all young artists, it is time to reach for your pens and brushes and show us your creative spirit ! There isn’t much time left to enter the 2011 Young Artists contest !


Extending the Paragliding competition season

You would have thought that the FAI calendar of paragliding competitions scheduled in February and March would be dominated by events taking place elsewhere than the wintry Northern hemisphere. But not so! Paragliding Accuracy seems to be growing in popularity, and especially as a way of extending the competition season.


International Parachuting Championships & Gulf Cup, Dubai, Emirates - Closing Ceremony

We were treated to a dramatic Closing Ceremony last night which commenced with a flag jump of great precision by members of the UAE team, followed by yet another dramatic heart stopping flying display by Zoltan and his extraordinary aerobatic routine.


FAI Statutes and By-Laws 2011 now available on the FAI website

We would like to inform all the FAI community that the FAI Statutes and By-Laws 2011 are now available on the FAI website on the FAI documents page. This edition includes the updates approved by the General Conference in Dublin in October 2010.


What does 2011 hold for Air Sports competitions ?

After a year full of great competitions and fantastic performances in 2010, what can we expect for 2011 ? The answer is “a lot” ! World and Continental Championships, World Cups, almost 40 category 1 events in total will take place next year.

February: first event of an exciting year
The category 1 events will start in February with the 13th FAI World Para-Ski Championships in the Austrian ski resort of Gosau.


Brasilian students and teachers build a World Record breaking aircraft

Students and teachers joined forces to design and build an aircraft that broke no less than four World Records!

The records have been officially ratified today by the FAI in the category of aircraft with piston engine, propeller and total takeoff weight of up to 300 lbs (1C-1.a/0) for the following achiements:

1) Time to Climb to 3,000 Meters: 8 min 15 sec
2) Speed Over a 15 Kilometer Course: 329 kmh
3) Speed Over a 100 Kilometer Closed Course: 327 kmh
4) Speed Over a 3 Kilometer Course: 360 kmh