Hang-Gliding & Paragliding Commission 2010 Annual Meeting

LAUSANNE 20/21.02.2010

Future Competitions
were attributed as follows:


18th FAI European Hang-Gliding Class 1 Championship
Kayseri, Turkey: 19.08-09.01.2012

3rd FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Championship
Ohrid, FYR Macedonia: 01.07-08.07.2012

12th FAI European Paragliding Championship
St-André-les-Alpes (near Digne), France: 31.08-15.09.201


Inernational Parachuting Commission 2010 Plenary Meeting

LAUSANNE 30/31.01.2010

Future Competitions were attributed as follows:


3rd FAI World Canopy Piloting Parachuting Championship
Kolomna (Moscow Region), Russia: 31.07-06.08.2010


13th FAI World Paraski Championships
Gosau (near Salzburg), Austria: 28.02-05.03.2011

17th FAI World Cup of Formation Skydiving
8th FAI World Cup of Artistic Events
10th FAI European Formation Skydiving Championship
7th FAI European Artistic Events Parachuting Championships


Bidding Underway for the FAI Parachuting Mondial 2012

Lausanne, 5 February 2010 The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI - The World Air Sports Federation, announced today that bidding has opened to host the FAI Parachuting Mondial in 2012.
The week-long World Championships are staged every two years by the FAI Parachuting Commission (IPC). In 2012 the Championships will take the prestigious form of a Mondial, featuring every type of parachute sport (except Paraski and Canopy Piloting) – a total of four exciting, spectacular parachuting events in all, for both teams and individuals.


New FAI Secretary General Appointed

Stéphane DesprezStéphane DesprezStéphane Desprez, former Competition Director of the 2008 Rugby World Cup in France, has been appointed as the new Secretary General of the FAI – the World Air Sports Federation. He will formally take up his appointment in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 1st February 2010.


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.


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).


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.