Monday, 30 July 2012 09:15
The FAI had the pleasure of welcoming to its head office in Lausanne, Switzerland, Paul Tolson, a 50-year-old Englishman planning to cycle around the globe. Paul's aim is to visit every gliding site in the world to promote this sport and of raising funds for charities such as Aerobility.
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 10:04
The FAI has announced today the creation of FAI Air Sports Marketing and Events SA (FAME), a shareholder company based in Switzerland, with the aim of promoting air sports and creating economic value for FAI and its events by actively exploring the sports market and developing new and more attractive events.
Friday, 11 May 2012 09:00
The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation, has unveiled today the signing of a long term partnership with the prestigious Swiss watch company Breitling.
Breitling, a renowned brand whose headquarters are in Grenchen, Switzerland, will become the first ever Global Partner of the FAI and will carry the status of the Official Watch of the federation.
Monday, 07 May 2012 11:55
As part of the security programme for the upcoming London 2012 Olympic Games, the airspace over London and other Games venues will be subject to restrictions this summer.
The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has full details of the restrictions on its website:
You can download the leaflet ‘London 2012 Airspace Guide’ which contains all the necessary information to adhere to the restrictions or to avoid the zone for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The UK Government has declared repeatedly that it takes the threat of a rogue aircraft very seriously and will take measures to counter unauthorised flights within the restricted zones. The CAA leaflet is easy to understand and will help you adhere to the temporary rules during the Olympics this year.
Friday, 04 May 2012 10:13
Budding artists once again shone at the FAI Young Artists Contest, a painting competition where youngsters have the opportunity to express their talent and passion for flight.
This year’s theme “Silent Flight” proved to be particularly inspiring with 111 artists competing from 14 FAI Members countries. Although almost all air sports were featured on the paintings, ballooning and hang gliding, with the ocean as a background, were the most represented subjects. Among all the entries, many of them immediately caught the eyes of the jury, which made it a difficult task to decide on the final rankings for all of the three age categories.
Thursday, 22 March 2012 16:18
Here is an update on our progress towards the creation of an updated and appropriate FAI Anti-Doping Plan. The last few weeks have been dedicated to collecting information. We are now ready to start developing our risk profile and our FAI Anti-Doping Plan.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:06
The FAI is pleased to launch a call for nominations for the Prince Alvaro de Orleans Borbon Grant.
Monday, 19 March 2012 11:20
As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code, the FAI is committed to a programme of anti-doping that concerns all of our international level athletes. In that context, we would like to draw your attention to an important matter : Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE).
Friday, 20 January 2012 11:19
The FAI Head Office has pleasure in announcing that Mr. Visa-Matti Leinikki has been appointed as the new FAI IT Manager. He will start in his new position on 1 May 2012.
Visa-Matti Leinikki, 45, from Finland, comes to the FAI with a 25-year experience in software development, including more than 16 in several positions related to internet solutions. A gliding pilot since 1982, he flew over the years in more than 30 national and international gliding competitions, and held several positions within the FAI as an Alternate Delegate, Delegate and Vice President of the FAI Gliding Commission (IGC). He also attended several FAI gliding competitions as an official and is active in aeromodelling as well as in motorgliding and microlights.
Thursday, 12 January 2012 10:35
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Robert (Rob) Hughes as the new FAI Senior Sports Manager. He will join the FAI Office in Lausanne on 1 March 2012.
Following Jean-Marc Badan’s promotion to FAI Secretary General and as announced last October during the FAI General Conference, a recruitment process has been conducted to fill the position of FAI Senior Sports Manager.
Thursday, 03 November 2011 14:35
The Mountain Wave Project (MWP) received the Outreach & Communication Award of the European Meteorological Society (EMS) at the 10th European Conference on Applications of Meteorology.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:38
The closing ceremony of the 105th FAI General Conference saw three personalities recognised for their achievements and dedication to air sports, with the awarding of the FAI Gold Air Medal by FAI President John Grubbström to British balloonist David Hempleman-Adams and the appointments as FAI Companions of Honour of Willy Arpagaus and Henk Meertens. On this occasion, well-known aviation figure Odette Balesi-Rousseau gave a remarkable speech on the role of the FAI Companions of Honour for which she has a coordinating role.