40th Anniversary of Apollo 8 orbiting the moon

December 21 marks the 40th anniversary of Apollo 8 and its successful mission to orbit the moon. This flight paved the way for the first human landing on the moon by the astronauts of Apollo 11, on July 21 1969.


Season's Greetings

It is time to thank all of our FAI members, media representatives and readers of these newsletters who have helped us during the year to spread the FAI News and disseminate information about our events and activities in 2008.

We wish you health and happiness as this year comes to an end and we send you our Season's greetings as we look forward to another busy year in the world of air sports in 2009.



Recent World Record Claims and Competition Update 09/08

World Record Claims received recently by FAI include:

Claim number : 15051
Sub-class :F8 Open (Aeroplane, Electric motor S (rechargeable sources of current))
Category: F8: Autonomous Flight
Type of record : N°914: Duration
Course/location : California Valley, CA (USA)
Performance : 31 min 12 sec
Modelflyer : Gary B. FOGEL (USA)
Members : Lindsey CHEW (USA)
Date :03.05.2008
Previous record : no record set yet


FAI World Records - A Case Study

A major activity of the FAI is the homologation and registration of aeronautical and astronautical world records; each year the FAI Secretariat issues around 300 certificates to successful claimants. To date the FAI database of world records contains over 15,000 entries, the majority of which are available on the FAI website http://records.fai.org FAI notifies its members of new world records by issuing the details: Claim number : 15142 Sub-class :F1N (Indoor Glider) Category: F1: Free flight Type of record : N°118-d: Duration (ceiling over 30m)


FAI marks ten years in Lausanne

December 1st is the anniversary of the FAI Secretariat moving to Lausanne, Switzerland from its previous seat in Paris, France. The Secretariat moved in 1998 to its present home on Avenue Mon Repos, near to the centre of the city and has remained at the same address since.


CIMA (Microlight) Commission Meeting 2008

The FAI Commission Internationale de Micro-Aviation (CIMA) held its annual plenary meeting in Lausanne over the weekend of November 14/15. President Tomas BACKMAN (SWE) was re-elected to serve for another year.
Decisions taken during the meeting included the selection of athletes for the World Air Games 2009 in Turin and the creation of a female class in PF1 (footlaunched solo paramotors), giving female pilots the opportunity to set world records in their own class.


Recent World Record Claims and Competition Update 08-08

Recent FAI world record claims received by the FAI Secretariat and Category 1 Events update.WORLD RECORD CLAIMS received recently by FAI include: Claim number : 14936 Sub-class :RWL2 (Microlights : Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons) Type of record : Altitude Course/location : Kilimanjaro (TAN) Performance : 7395 m Pilot : Mark JACKSON (GBR) Crew : Eve JACKSON (GBR) Aircraft : P & M Quik GT 450 Date :19.01.2008 Previous record : 6 876 m (23.07.2007 - Jan BÈM, CZE) Claim number : 14998


CIVA (Aerobatics) and GAC (General Aviation) Commission Meetings

The FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) and the FAI General Aviation Commission (GAC) conducted their annual meetings recently. Mike HeuerThe CIVA meeting was held in Salzburg (AUT) over the weekend of October 25/26. CIVA President Mr. Mike HEUER (USA) was re-elected and the next meeting was set for October 2009 in Wisconsin (USA).


The Medal of the World Air Games 2009 has been selected

In close cooperation with the Departments of Education and Culture of the Province of Turin, the World Air Games 2009 Organising Committee invited back in February 2008 the students of Piedmont’s High Schools to participate in a contest to design the medals for the World Air Games 2009.


102nd FAI General Conference

The 102nd FAI Annual General Conference was held on 3 and 4 October 2008 at Saint-Vincent, in the heart of the magnificent Aosta Valley (ITA). Hosted by the Aero-Club of Italy, the FAI General Conference has been organised in great style by the Aosta Valley Region, in close cooperation with the World Air Games 2009 Organising Committee. Delegates representing 41 countries, 10 Air Sport and 4 Technical Commissions gathered to debate matters affecting air sports.


World Air Games 2009 : Microlights Test Event Completed

The World Air Games Test Event for Microlights (Weight-shift controlled and Paramotors) was successfully held on 27 and 28 September at the Torino-Aeritalia Airport (ITA). Fourteen pilots flew the spectacular Pylon Race event with their Weight-shift controlled microlights (trikes), and seventeen paramotor pilots competed in the Basket Slalom, Clover Leaf and Dragon Tail attractive tasks. (See photos at : Microlights)


2008 FAI Competition Calendar in full swing

The 2008 FAI Championship calendar is well underway with 36 of the 48 category 1 events now successfully completed. This calendar comprises 25 World, 16 Continental and 7 other International Championships, staged in all six of FAI’s continental regions. FAI Secretary General Max BISHOP was invited to the 1st FAI European Paragliding Accuracy Championship in Niska Banja, Serbia.


Selection of Athletes for World Air Games 2009

Each FAI Air Sport Commission (ASC) has determined how athletes should be selected, so as to gather together the very best competitors from as many FAI countries as possible. Selection methods used by ASCs include International Ranking Lists, results of previous championships, and special selection events.


Recent World Record Claims and Competition Update

Recent FAI world record claims received by the FAI Secretariat and Category 1 Events update.

WORLD RECORD CLAIMS received recently by FAI include: Class G (Parachuting) record Claim number : 15003 Sub-class :G-2 (Group jumps) Category: Feminine, Performance / Team records Freeflying, largest head-down formation Course/location : Eloy, AZ (USA) Performance : 20 parachutists Pilot : … International crew (International)