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FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

19 Feb
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25 Feb 2017
2017 FAI F3P World Championship for Indoor Aerobatic Model Aircraft
Strasbourg,
FRA
14 Mar
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17 Mar 2017
2017 FAI F1D European Championships for Free Flight Indoor Model Aircraft
Slanic Prahova,
ROU
16 Jul
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22 Jul 2017
2017 FAI F3J European Championship for Model Gliders
Martin,
SVK
22 Jul
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29 Jul 2017
2017 FAI F3 World Championships for Model Helicopters
Wloclawek,
POL
23 Jul
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29 Jul 2017
2017 FAI F3K World Championship for Model Gliders
Lviv,
UKR

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

14 Jan
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15 Jan 2017
2017 International Austrian Indoor Aerobatic World Cup
Klagenfurt,
AUT
24 Jan 2017
2017 F1N Indoor Open Ceminac
Ceminac,
CRO
04 Feb
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05 Feb 2017
2017 Swiss Open Indoor Masters
Widen,
SUI
11 Feb
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13 Feb 2017
2017 Kiwi World Cup of New Zealand
Lost Hills, California,
USA
11 Feb 2017
2017 Swiss Indoor Race
Pfäffikon,
SUI

Aeromodelling

The FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) conducts FAI's aeromodelling and spacemodelling activities, in particular World Records and International Competitions.

Aeromodelling, although it did not yet bear that name, predates “full-size” aviation. The greatest pioneers of human flight, from Cayley, Lilienthal, the Wrights and Levavasseur to Blériot, Ferber, Farman and Messerschmitt, initially used model aircraft to test the solutions they were in the process of designing. This just goes to show how long the history of aeromodelling is. Model aircraft contests were organised as early as 1905, designed as entertaining and accessible sideshows inspired by a gradual emergence of powered aeroplanes.

Aeromodelling swiftly gained popularity from the 1930s onwards. Radio control was not yet highly developed – and was not to be so until the 1950s – so it was almost exclusively free flying and control-line aircraft that were used.

Shortly before the Second World War, the first international competitions were organised in England and Germany.

1955 saw the début of aerobatics in competition. The first world championships were held five years later. Model spacecraft were invented in the early 1960s in the United States and the first world championships were held in 1972.

Aeromodelling today is above all the most significant FAI discipline in terms of numbers of flyers: it has been estimated that there are more than a million enthusiasts all over the world. There are now a great many aeromodelling categories, be it for aeroplanes (extensible engines, piston engine, jet engine, electric and even solarpowered engines), seaplanes, gliders, helicopters and space models.

CIAM World Cups