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


International Parachuting Championships & Golf Cup, 5-17 January 2011, Dubai, Emirates

The first parachuting competition of the year looks as though it is going to be a very large one. At the close of "official" registration there were 189 athletes from 28 Nations competing in Accuracy; 92 athletes from 24 Nations in Canopy Piloting and 26 Formation Skydiving teams. News, reports and results from the competition will be published on this web site, as well as the competition web site.

Barron Hilton and Elon Musk honoured with the highest FAI awards

FAI President John Grubbstrom present Barron Hilton with the Gold Air MedalAeronautic and astronautic figures Barron Hilton and Elon Musk have been presented with prestigious FAI awards by FAI President Dr. John Grubbström at the recent NAA 2010 Fall Awards Banquet.


Martin Rutty and Simon Lichtenstein

It is with great sadness that CIG has been informed of the tragic loss of two British pilots in a helicopter crash in the South of France on 9th December 2010. Martin Rutty and Simon Lichtenstein were a highly respected team competing at the highest levels of World and Open Championships for more than 10 years.

Both had been flying helicopters for many years and highly experienced.

Martin and Simon were family men. The Commission’s condolences, sympathy and support go out to the family’s in their tragic loss.


FAI President hails Tochigi Championship a success

Having returned to Sweden after taking part in the Tochigi Hot Air Balloon International Championship as a private competitor, FAI President Dr. John Grubbström shares his impressions of the competition.

"It has been a very competitive Championship, with the very best pilots in attendance, including World Champion Johnny Petrehn, and I must say that I have been impressed by the high level of the observers: they were really world class."