FAI ratifies two world records for ‘revolutionary’ Aerobatics e-plane

Siemens-e-plane 2016_2The FAI has ratified two new speed world records flown with a revolutionary electric-powered Aerobatics plane. Germany’s Walter Extra and Walter Kampsmann set one world record each, on 23 March 2017. Both pilots launched and flew the record from Schwarze Heide Airport near Dinslaken, Germany.

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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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