FAI Records

9 July 2012: Akihiro Danjo flew his model aircraft for almost 20 minutes

Five years ago today, on 9 July 2012, Japanese pilot Akihiro Danjo flew his model aircraft with extensible motor for 19 min 40 sec, thus breaking the World Record in Duration. His remarkable record still stands today.

Eighty years ago today: Earhart’s fate remains a mystery

Today marks a day in history when a living legend vanished into thin air: Amelia Earhart’s daring round-the-world-flight was cut short when her Lockheed Electra aircraft disappeared over the Pacific Ocean on 2 June 1937.

First Women's Records

Helen Boucher - France2
Read the fascinating story of the first women to break records.


World and Continental records


Since the beginning of aviation, pilots have always tried to surpass themselves, to fly further, faster and higher. A pilot often needed great determination and courage just to take-off, let alone to put his aircraft through its full paces and try to push back the frontiers of the possible. Even today, adventurers such as Solar Impulse pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, Troy Badley and Leonid Tiukhtyaev who completed the crossing of the Pacific Ocean on a gas balloon, often still venture into uncharted territory.