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Icarus Cup 2013: First ever Human-Powered Aircraft Competition to be sanctioned by FAI

Icarus Cup 2012-Fred ToThe FAI has today announced that the Human Powered Aircraft (HPA) Icarus Cup 2013 has been sanctioned by the FAI as an FAI 2nd Category Event. This is the very first time that this sport has featured in the FAI Events Calendar.

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Duvoisin explains his new Eco-Balloon concept to the FAI Executive Board

duvoisin-eco-balloon 2Following their meeting this weekend in Lausanne, the FAI Executive Board members visited Château d'Oex and the annual International Balloon Festival.

During their visit, the Board were fortunate enough to meet Pierrick Duvoisin, a passionate balloon pilot and holder of four FAI World Records. Pierrick explained his latest 'Eco-Balloon' project, which he believes will change the nature of ballooning in the future thanks to the dramatic energy-saving design and performance.

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Anti-Doping: Agreement with SportAccord signed

I2012-signature-anti-doping-sportaccordn the frame of the FAI anti-doping plan and following the information given at the FAI General Conference in Turkey, the agreement with SportAccord for providing services and support the FAI in its Anti-Doping Plan has been signed by Jean-Marc Badan, FAI Secretary General and Vincent Gaillard, SportAccord Director General on Friday, December 7th, 2013.

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Odette Balési-Rousseau : a parachuting pioneer passes away

odette-balesi-rousseau 2It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Mrs. Balési-Rousseau on 7 December 2012.

Very few are those who had such an eventful and fascinating life as Odette Balési-Rousseau. Her strong character, tenacious will and infallible courage that all of the aviation community vividly remembers made of her one of the most remarkable pioneering women in parachuting.

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IOC Women and Sport Award 2013 - call for nominations

air sports-womenThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) yearly recognises outstanding contributions to the development of women’s participation in sport and sports administration with the IOC Women and Sport Award.

The nominations for the 2013 Women and Sport Awards are now open and we have the pleasure of inviting you to nominate candidates.

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Bid process for the 2015 FAI World Air Games open

WAG-logoThe FAI has announced that it has opened the bid process that will determine the hosts for the 2015 FAI World Air Games. FAI Member Organisations, cities, regions, event organisers or commercial bodies interested in bidding for this event are asked to submit their initial expressions of interest to the FAI by 30 November 2012.

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106th FAI General Conference

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The 106th session of the annual FAI General Conference concluded on Saturday in Antalya, Turkey. More than 130 Participants coming from 50 FAI Member Countries attended the event that took place from 18 to 20 October 2012. The plenary sessions were preceded by the 2012 FAI Awards Ceremony on Thursday 18.

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Organiser Agreement for the 108th FAI General Conference in Thailand signed

signature-contract-thailand-2014At the 106th FAI General Conference in Antalya, Turkey (19-20 October 2012), the bid by Thailand to host the 108th FAI General Conference in 2014 was unanimously approved by the FAI Members.

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2012 FAI Awards Ceremony

GC-antalya-awards-ceremonyComing from all around the world, contributors to aviation were celebrated at the annual FAI Awards Ceremony that took place last night in Antalya, Turkey, as part of the 106th FAI General Conference.

Ten awardees joined together in Antalya to be presented on stage with their prestigious FAI medals and diplomas by FAI President John Grubbström.

During the ceremony, the winner of the prize of the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant was revealed to be Todd Reichert for the "Atlas" human-powered helicoter project.

Two new awards were also announced by Breitling, the official partner of the FAI:

  • the Breitling Youngster Award
  • the Breitling Milestone Trophy

The attending recipients included: 

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Interview with John Dickenson, recipient of the FAI Gold Air Medal

JohnDickensonAt the 2012 FAI Awards Ceremony held yesterday in Antalya, Turkey, John Dickenson was presented with the FAI Gold Air Medal by FAI President John Grubbström for his great contribution to the development of aeronautics by inventing the modern hang glider.

The FAI Gold Air Medal is the one of the two most prestigious FAI Awards together with the Gold Space Medal. It is reserved for those who have contributed greatly to the development of aeronautics by their activities, work, achievements, initiative or devotion to the cause of Aviation.

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Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant awarded to Reichert for the "Atlas" Human-Powered Helicopter project

Todd Reichert-Cameron RobertsonDuring yesterday's Awards Ceremony of the 106th FAI General Conference in Antalya, Turkey, Todd Reichert was announced to be selected as the winner of the prize of the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant for the project called "Atlas" Human-Powered Helicopter.

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Annick Hauser starts as new FAI Assistant Sports Manager

Annick Hauser The FAI Head Office is pleased to announce that the vacant position of Assistant Sports Manager has been filled by Annick Hauser. She began with the FAI on 3 September 2012.

Annick is the first point of contact with the ASCs (Air Sports Commissions) for administrative matters. She deals with the administration of ASCs meetings as well as logistics and the publication of documents. Furthermore, she assists the FAI Senior Sports Manager Rob Hughes with his tasks and works in coordination with Secretary General Jean-Marc Badan and FAI Event Organisers.

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SINERGI to partner the FAI in FAME’s venture

BobHenderson GiancarloSergiThe Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation, has announced today the appointment of Giancarlo Sergi as CEO of FAME, its recently formed marketing and events company. Mr Sergi is the President of SINERGI Ltd, a management consultancy firm based in Switzerland and active in the sports industry.

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Strategic improvements at the FAI

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In line with its new strategy, the FAI has recently created two new management tools aiming at improving its efficiency.

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