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Celebrating 50 years of Manned Spaceflight - Part 3: SPACE SHUTTLE

NASA's space shuttle fleet began setting records with its first launch on April 12, 1981 (exactly 20 years to the day after Gagarin’s flight !) and continues to set high marks of achievement and endurance. Starting with Columbia and continuing with Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour, the spacecraft has carried people into orbit repeatedly, launched, recovered and repaired satellites, conducted cutting-edge research and built the largest structure in space, the International Space Station.

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World Airship Ranking List (2010)

The Commission Internationale d’Aérostation (CIA), part of FAI, has published the World Pilot Ranking List taking into account the results of the 2 world championships for hot air airships (Russia, France). Airship competitions determine the most performing pilots in a combination of speed races navigational perfection and precision flying. Organisers favours such events generally attracting crowds of 20000 to 30000 spectators. The Ranking List is led by 4 time world champion J.-A.Besnard from Switzerland.

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Join the FAI YouTube Channel

Join us on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/airsportschannel, and start to follow the Air Sports Channel to watch FAI Competitions videos.

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Canopy Formations - 2011 Web Cup - Launch

The new Canopy Formations Web competition is launched today. Follow this link to find out about the competition, the draw and how to enter. Let us make 2011 a record entry year!

FAI President and FAI President of Honour cut the ribbon of the new FAI Headquarters

The new FAI Headquarters were officially opened last Friday night as FAI President Dr. John Grubbström and FAI Honorary President Pierre Portmann cut the ribbon at the entrance of the new offices.

Latest news on the FAI website

The FAI Sporting Licence Database and the Event Calendar are now working. *New* Please note that you have now the possibility to check the validity of FAI Sporting Licences without the need for any username / password:


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FAI President awarded with the Yuri Gagarin Medal

GrubbstromGagarin MedalFAI President Dr. John Grubbström has been honoured with the prestigious Yuri Gagarin Medal. It was presented by Andre Pomorenko of the Federation Aeronautical Sports of Russia at the recent CIAM Plenary Meeting.

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Paramotors at the programme of the 2012 Asian Beach Games

Haiyang2012The FAI has today announced that Paramotors will feature at the next Asian Beach Games that will take place in June 2012 in Haiyang, China.

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Latest news on the FAI website

To restore all of the sections of the FAI website, we finally had to migrate all the data to a newer version of the software we are using to manage the content of our website.

This migration is now completed and in addition to the central part of the FAI website which has been working for a few days (except for some links and images), most of the FAI documents can be now downloaded from the Document Center.

Here is the tentative schedule for the restoration of the remaining sections of the website:

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2011 championships and competitions calendar

Due to the current problems with the FAI website, please find below the details of the 2011 FAI calendar in PDF format.

The FAI calendar will be available at its usual place as soon as possible.

FAI President awarded with Yuri Gagari Medal

FAI President Dr. John Grubbström had the great honour to be awarded with the Juri Gagarin Medal at the CIAM meeting that recently took place in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The medal was presented by Russian Representative Andre Pomorenko on behalf of the Russian Airsports Federation in commemoration of the close association of the Russian Airsports Federation and the FAI since Yuri Gagarin's "first man in space" flight on 12th April 1961 which was recognised by the FAI as a World Record.

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Latest news on the FAI website

After having had to re-install the operating system last week, the central part of the FAI website is now working (although some links and images are still missing), as well as the FAI Sporting Licence Database. The work to progressively restore other sections of the FAI website (documents, commissions, records, events, etc) will therefore be able to resume.


We are sorry for any inconvenience this situation may cause and thank you for your understanding and patience.


The FAI Headquarters Team


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Social Media success for the FAI !

A few months after deciding to jump on the bandwagon of Social Media, the FAI successfully features in all the main social media domains, whether it be with its pictures, videos or news !

While the FAI Facebook page has recently crossed the threshold of 2000 fans, the FAI Twitter account is growing steadily with more than 140 followers.

What is happening on the videos front ? With more than 70 videos on its Air Sports Channel, the FAI Youtube account can boast about offering quality video coverage of all sports.

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FAI Mail server back up and running

We would like to inform you that following the move to our new offices the FAI mail server is back up and running.


You can again send us emails or use the distribution lists as usual.


Please note that Friday 22 April and Monday 25 April are bank holidays in Switzerland and therefore our offices will be close those two days.


The FAI Headquarters Team


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