Glider Racing Day 1

The first Gliding Grand Prix Race was held on Sunday from Turin with a task of 178.3KM. This took the pilots south from the airfield along the western edge of the Susa Valley allowing the pilots to choose to stay over the hills and mountains or use the valley floor.

The weak conditions at first kept the competitors together with several groups taking separate routes but still meeting up at each turn point. At the half way stage less than 5 minutes separated the entire fleet of 11 gliders.


Round one of the Microlight Pylon competition

The microlight 'trike' competition got underway on the second day of the Games. The first round would see the relegation of the three slowest crews, though the Hungarian team (Matuska/Török) were unable to make the start line because of engine problems. During the contest the teams from Russia (Bushev/Astafiev) and Poland (Jurkiewicz/Jurkiewicz) posted the slowest times and therefore do not qualify for the next round.


Hot air balloons opening ceremony at Mondovi

The hot air balloon competition is being staged a short distance away from Turin aeritalia airfield in the beautiful town of Mondovi. This region is well known in ballooning circles and provides an excellent setting for the hot air balloon competitions.


Turin airfield comes to life

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.


Preparations for the start of competitions

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.


The FAI World Air Games have begun

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.


The Icarus Flame at the World Air Games 2009

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.


FAI World Air Games 2009

The FAI World Air Games 2009

The Opening Ceremony of the FAI World Air Games 2009 is on 6th June 2009 in Turin, Italy.
One week – Ten Sports – Unlimited Adrenaline - The World Air Games is the world's biggest gathering of air sports. Some three hundred athletes representing forty one countries from all five continents meet for one week of competition to determine the World Air Games Champions in ten different air sports.


Fédération Aéronautique Luxembourgeoise celebrates its Centenary.

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.


Recent World Record Claims and Competitions Update 02/09

World Records and Record Claims received recently by FAI include:

World Record Claim - Claim number : 15270
Sub-class :DU (Ultralight Gliders)
Category: General
Type of record : Free distance using up to 3 turn points
Course/location : Rosamond Skypark, CA (USA)
Performance : 1003 km
Pilot : James M. PAYNE (USA)
Glider : _SparrowHawk
Date :25.04.2009
Current record : 799.5 km (22.05.2003 - Bostjan PRISTAVEC, Slovenia)


Anniversary of Charles Lindbergh and 'Spirit of St. Louis'

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.


Solar-powered Sunseeker II crosses the Alps

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.


Parachuting VFS Web Challenge

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.


CIACA Plenary Meeting 2009

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.