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Date(s) Meetings Place
14 Oct 2014 to 14 Oct 2014 FAI Executive Board Pattaya (Thailand)
15 Oct 2014 to 15 Oct 2014 FAI Air Sport Commission Presidents Meeting Pattaya (Thailand)
16 Oct 2014 to 16 Oct 2014 FAI Air Sport General Commission Pattaya (Thailand)
17 Oct 2014 to 18 Oct 2014 FAI General Conference Pattaya (Thailand)
08 Nov 2014 to 09 Nov 2014 FAI Aerobatics Commission Wrocław (Poland)
13 Nov 2014 to 15 Nov 2014 FAI General Aviation Commission Lausanne (Switzerland)
27 Nov 2014 to 29 Nov 2014 FAI Microlight & Paramotor Commission Lausanne (Switzerland)
05 Dec 2014 to 06 Dec 2014 FAI Aeromodelling Commission Bureau Lausanne (Switzerland)
31 Jan 2015 to 01 Feb 2015 FAI Parachuting Commission Varshets (Bulgaria)
21 Feb 2015 to 22 Feb 2015 FAI Hang Gliding & Paragliding Commission Belgrade (Serbia)
27 Feb 2015 to 28 Feb 2015 FAI Gliding Commission Lausanne (Switzerland)
05 Mar 2015 to 06 Mar 2015 FAI Rotorcraft Commission Lausanne (Switzerland)
20 Mar 2015 to 21 Mar 2015 FAI Ballooning Commission Lausanne (Switzerland)
17 Apr 2015 to 17 Apr 2015 FAI Astronautic Records Commission Lausanne (Switzerland)
19 Apr 2015 to 19 Apr 2015 FAI Amateur-built & Experimental Aircraft Commission Friedrichshafen (Germany)
23 Apr 2015 to 23 Apr 2015 FAI Aeromodelling Commission Bureau Lausanne (Switzerland)
24 Apr 2015 to 25 Apr 2015 FAI Aeromodelling Commission Lausanne (Switzerland)
19 Sep 2015 to 21 Sep 2015 FAI Medico-Physiological Commission Oxford (United Kingdom)
25 Sep 2015 to 26 Sep 2015 FAI General Conference Rotterdam (Netherlands)

About FAI

FAI activities include the establishment of rules for the control and certification of world aeronautical and astronautical records. FAI establishes regulations for air sporting events which are organised by member countries throughout the world. FAI also promotes skill, proficiency and safety in aeronautics. FAI confers medals, diplomas and other awards to those who have contributed to the achievement of these aims as well as for work done in the restoration of old aircraft.

In achieving these goals, FAI brings together people who take part in air sports from all over the world. They share the delight of gliding, the excitement of parachuting and ballooning, the fun of flying microlights and exercise their skill in aerobatics.

Within the framework of FAI, each air sport has an International Commission which is responsible formaking the rules for competitions and which generally oversees the activies of their particular air sport.

All FAI Contests, Championships and Record Setting activities are conducted under the direction of the FAI Air Sport Commissions. Other matters are dealt with by FAI Technical Commissions. These are listed later.

Regulations, rules or recommendations which have been accepted by the Commissions during their annual meetings are followed up by the delegates themselves at the national level and with Member-countries which need help developing their air sports. 

Governance

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History & FAI

At the start of the 20th Century, the pioneering flights of pilots such as Clement Ader, the Wright Brothers and Santos-Dumont, the proliferation of aeronautical competitions, and increasingly rapid technological advances marked the real birth of the modern aviation era.

 

A small group of men recognized the growing need for an international federation to coordinate and give direction to the rapidly growing aeronautical activity.

 

On 10 June 1905, Count Henri de la Vaulx, Vice President of the Aero Club of France, Major Moedebeck of the German Airship League and Fernand Jacobs, President of the Aero Club of Belgium, gave a presentation to the Olympic Congress of Brussels on their proposal for a "Fédération Aéronautique Internationale". The delegates received the idea warmly, and in token of its support the Olympic Congress adopted thefollowing resolution:"This Congress, recognizing the special importance of aeronautics, expresses the desire that in each country, there be created an Association for regulating the sport of flying and that thereafter there be formed a Universal Aeronautical Federation to regulate the various aviation meetings and advance the science and sport of Aeronautics."

 

On 12 October 1905, an international aeronautical conference was convened in Paris. After two days of debate, the representatives of Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the USA adopted the entire package of proposed Statutes. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale was founded on 14 October 1905. From its inception, the FAI defined its principal aims as being to"methodically catalogue the best performances achieved, so that they be known to everybody; to identify their distinguishing features so as to permit comparisons to be made; and to verify evidence and thus ensure that record-holders have undisputed claims to their titles." The statutes also specified that each body holding sporting powers (i.e. the national members of FAI) should retain full and autonomous control over its own affairs.

 

Ninety years old, faithful to the decisions of its founding fathers, but also because the principles then established remain valid, the FAI's Statutes still reflect the objectives defined in 1905.

 

However, the appearance of new technologies and modern equipment, and the birth of entirely new air sport disciplines have meant that the FAI's sphere of involvement has broadened - and continues to expand. New objectives are adopted to reflect developments in society and in the aspirations of those who practice air sports.

 

An international, non-profit-making, non-governmental organisation, the FAI's main aim is the development throughout the world of sport aviation and astronautical activities.

 

The current statutes describe in detail its specific objectives:

 

  • to make evident the essentially international spirit of aeronautics as a powerful instrument for bringing all people closer in mutual understanding and friendship regardless of political, racial or religious considerations, thereby helping to create international good will and thus build a better and more peaceful world;
  • to bring together the air sports men and women of the world in international competition;
  • to educate young people through sport in a spirit of mutual understanding and friendship;
  • to coordinate its Members' separate efforts to further aeronautics and astronautics throughout the world;
  • to protect and safeguard the interests of its Members in the use of air space;
  • to provide a forum for the exchange of information and discussion of mutual problems with other elements of civil aeronautics.

To fulfill these objectives and meet the needs of each air sport and area of activity, the organisational structure of FAI continues to evolve. From time to time, new Commissions are created.

 

At present, the FAI comprises these elements:

  • The General Conference, the supreme policy-making body, which adopts Statutes and By-laws - the foundation stones of the FAI;
  • The Executive Board, principal executive body of FAI, responsible for implementing the decisions of General Conference and directing the day-to-day operation of the FAI;
  • Eleven Air Sport Commissions representing, in addition to the General Commission, all 10 air sport disciplines under FAI control: ballooning, general aviation, gliding, rotorcraft, parachuting, aeromodelling, aerobatics, astronautics records, hang-gliding and microlights;
  • Four Technical Commissions which control non-sporting activities: aerospace education, amateur-built aircraft; medico-physiological and environmental matters. 

Decision Making

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Documents

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Presidents

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