Five years ago on this day: A Microlight and Paramotor World Record still standing

DSC09274 croppedToday, five years ago on 17 February 2012, Indian pilot Parmjit Singh, used a special harness, the Aeros Discus 14 with a Radne Motor AB Raket 120, to fly a record distance in a straight line without landing of 313.13 km from Bikaner to Sanderav in Rajasthan, India.

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Incredibly long balloon flight achieved by Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyaylo

Konyukhov Menyaylo_2017What a fantastic performance! Fedor Konyukhov and Ivan Menyaylo have just landed after spending more than 55 hours in the air.

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On This Day in History: Female-Powered Flight Took Off

32162953901 35bd632e4b_oThirty years ago, on 21 January 1987, American triathlete Lois McCallin set three women's world records for human-powered flight – and they still stand today.

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Two years ago: Father and son set African Record

Gliding SchmelzerTwo years ago on this day, Tijl Schmelzer and his father Bert were the very first to pass the 200 km/h barrier using thermals rather than mountain waves.

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Aviation and Space: Diary-notifications and anniversaries for 2017

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Throughout 2017 the FAI will mark some important anniversaries in aviation and space flight.

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Electric-flight record heralds new era of aviation

IM2016060880CO 300dpi_rszWalter Extra, the famous aerobatics pilot behind the Extra series of aerobatic planes, has set a FAI world record in the new field of Electric-powered planes. Launching from Schwarze Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany, on 25 November 2016 he flew a unique, battery-powered plane and climbed to 3,000m in a time of 4mins 22 seconds.

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20 Years Ago: NASA’s Space Shuttle breaks a world record for the longest time in Space

sts-80 post_rzsTwenty years ago on 7 December 1996 the US Space Shuttle Columbia spent a record 17 days in space – the longest ever Shuttle mission.

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Russian balloonist Fedor Konyukhov awarded FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year 2016 Award

IMG 0228-3_RSZA Russian priest who circumnavigated the world in a balloon in record time has been presented the inaugural FAI - Breitling Pilot of the Year Award at a ceremony in Switzerland yesterday, Thursday 17 November 2016.

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13 November 1926: The FAI World Record of Major Mario de Bernardi

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One of the last records we would like to commemorate this year comes from an Italian pilot, famous in civil and military aviation:

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12 November 1906: The first flight by Santos-Dumont

Mix110 years ago, exactly today, the first officially observed flight in Europe that was longer than 25m was performed in Paris (FRA) by the Brazilian Aviation Pioneer Alberto Santos-Dumont, resident in France and famous for his experiments with small airships and balloons.

 

 

 

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22 September 1936: The FAI World Record of Maurice Claisse

maurice claisse 2The Bréguet Dorand aircraft was an experimental helicopter which was built in the Gyroplane Laboratoire in France.

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