High profile projects like Solar Impulse 2 and the success of international events like the Red Bull Air Race, show that air sports can and do prove to be engaging and exciting, attracting audiences worldwide. Building and maintaining productive commercial relationships allows the FAI to focus on its core role of promoting and developing air sports around the world.
Breitling has been a key FAI Global Partner since 2012. A renowned Swiss watch brand with a long history in aviation, the partnership has always been a perfect fit.
In 2016 the FAI Breitling Pilot of the Year Award was launched. This new award is designed to recognise outstanding achievements in the world of air sport – and in 2016 it was awarded to Russian round-the-world balloonist Fedor Konyukhov.
Breitling also provided support to selected FAI category 1 competitions.
The FAI and DHL signed a four-year agreement in 2016, naming DHL as the Official Logistics Partner of the FAI. The agreement was signed in Gladbeck Germany, prior to the launch of the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett balloon race, the most prestigious balloon competition in the world.
DHL is part of the worldwide leading logistics provider Deutsche Post DHL Group and provides a comprehensive range of services in the field of logistics, haulage and storage. The FAI and DHL will work together primarily in the area of event logistics.
As well as providing full logistics support services to the FAI head office, the FAI and DHL work together to promote new business, through the FAI’s Commission meetings, National Air Sport Controls (NACs), event organisers and others within the air sport community.
LeaseWeb has been an official FAI partner since 2016 and hosts the FAI servers, including the FAI website.
LeaseWeb is a leading cloud hosting provider, serving over 17,500 customers. Founded 20 years ago in the Netherlands by two pilots, the company employs nearly 500 people from over 35 countries across its international offices and data centers in the US, Singapore, the Netherlands and Germany.
As aviators, the founders crossed borders and understood the power of connecting people around the world. LeaseWeb continues to explore the power of connections as a partner of leading global businesses.
Noosphere became FAI Global Technical Partner following an agreement in 2017.
The first stage of the partnership involved Noosphere developing a cutting edge competition and event management system that was used at The World Games 2017.
Noosphere Ventures is an international asset management firm, with the strategic vision and capital to transform high-potential companies into definitive market leaders. Headquartered in USA, Menlo Park, Noosphere has established a global community. The company has created a number of social initiatives, including educational events, conferences, workshops, competitions in technical sports, etc.
RED BULL AIR RACE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The Red Bull Air Race World Championship and the FAI have been partners since 2005.
In 2014 they signed a new agreement re-confirming the FAI’s international recognition of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.
Followed by millions of fans around the world, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship features some of the world’s best race pilots in a pure motorsport competition that combines speed, precision and skill. Pilots use the fastest, most agile and lightweight racing planes like the Edge 540 v3 to navigate a low-level aerial racetrack of air-filled pylons (air gates) with the aim of finishing in the fastest time possible, with the least amount of penalties.
As well as sanctioning the races and approving the race rules and regulations, the FAI supports the Red Bull Air Race with a dedicated FAI Safety Delegate at each race, and provides specially designed medals.