Nick Kaltchev

It's with a great sadness that we have learned that Mr. Nick Kaltchev, President of the BULGARSKI NATSIONALEN AEROKLUB, died from a long illness on September 4th. Mr Kaltchev was a long standing figure of the FAI: IPC Delegate, FAI Vice-President and President of his National Aero Club, everyone enjoyed his presence at the various meetings he attended to.


Launch of the new FAI e-shop !

The FAI has launched a new online shop for all those who want to purchase FAI branded merchandise.


19th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship about to start

The 19th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship will take place in Debrecen, Hungary from 2nd to 10th October 2010.



Latest news from the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett

Of the three last flying balloons, teams Germany 1 and Great Britain 3 have now reported to have safely landed. The Swiss team Switzerland 2, composed of Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witpraechtiger, are still in the lead with a distance flown of 2,435.08 km.

At the time of writing the last balloon did not yet report back to the Competition Center and is now considered missing. Richard Abruzzo and Carol Rymer Davis from the American team USA2 were hit by severe weather over the Adriatic Sea early this morning. Search and Rescue operations are underway.

The 19th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship about to start

The 19th FAI World Hot Air Balloon Championship will take place in Debrecen, Hungary early in October (2nd to 10th October 2010).


Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett: Swiss and French teams neck and neck

The Swiss and French balloons are still flying and have already covered a distance of more than 1500km since their departure on 25th from Bristol. As in 2009, the Swiss and French are fighting for victory. Follow this great finish with the live tracking system on the Gordon Bennett website.

The FAI suffers a great loss: Fiona McEachern, IPC Committee Chair

It was with great sadness that we learned that Fiona McEachern, Chair of the IPC Formation Skydiving Committee, died in a tragic accident on 25 September 2010, at Tully airfield, North Queensland, Australia.


54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett - International Gas Ballon Race

Up to 21 teams from 12 countries around the world will compete in the 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett. Taking off at dusk from a site near Bristol, the team which flies the furthest distance from the start point wins the race.


17th FAI European Aerobatic Championships

Held in Touzim, Czech Republic, the 17th FAI European Aerobatic Championships kicked off last Thursday and will come to an end on Sunday.

11 countries are participating (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom), as well as some independent pilots from USA and Spain.


Guenter Zimmer

In a tragic accident on the 8th August in Minsk, Belarus, Guenter Zimmer, a world class and leading helicopter pilot was killed shortly after his wife Iryna had been successful in one of the events, coming third overall. Guenter participated in World Championships spanning 18 years representing Germany at the highest level. Guenter was one of the most kind hearted and humorous individual one could wish to meet. He had friends spanning many countries. He was a wonderful person to talk to, very humorous and willing to help, advise and share information.


Photogenic Hot Air Airships in the French Skies

The 9th FAI World Hot Air Airship Championship was held from 13 to 18 July 2010 in Dole (FRA).

Eleven pilots representing 9 nations gathered at the Dole-Tavaux Airport last week to compete at the controls of their surprisingly maneuverable airships.


Success for the 1st FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship

The 1st FAI Women's European Hot Air Balloon Championship held from 15 to 20 June 2010 has been successfully achieved and allowed 27 female balloon pilots from 11 countries to measure their flying skills in the skies of Alytus (LTU).


The Father of the FAI Environmental Code of Conduct was buried today.

It was with great sadness that we learned that Dr. Michael GOTH, President of the FAI Environmental Commission, had been killed in a tragic Gliding accident while flying recreationally on Saturday 29 May. The funeral ceremony took place today, Thursday 17 June 2010 in Reutlingen, Germany.


The Sports Hub - New Video Channel for Air Sports

At its recent Annual Convention in Dubai, SportAccord launched The Sports Hub, a new multi-sports video platform hosted by YouTube. Aiming at bringing new audiences to the world of Air Sports, we are proud to announce that FAI was one of the launching International Federations of The Sports Hub.