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FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

21 Jul
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27 Jul 2018
2018 FAI F5 World Championships for Electric Model Aircraft
Takikawa,
JPN
21 Jul
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28 Jul 2018
2018 FAI F3A European Championship for Aerobatic Model Aircraft
Grandrieu,
BEL
22 Jul
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28 Jul 2018
2018 FAI F3J World Championship for Model Gliders
Brasov,
ROU
23 Jul
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30 Jul 2018
2018 FAI F1 European Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Szentes,
HUN
05 Aug
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11 Aug 2018
2018 FAI F1 Junior World Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Pazardzik,
BUL

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

15 Feb
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19 Feb 2018
2018 Bob White Max Men International
Lost Hills, California,
USA
15 Feb
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19 Feb 2018
2018 Bob White Max Men International
Lost Hills, California,
USA
17 Feb
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18 Feb 2018
2018 Swiss Open Indoor Masters
Siggenthal,
SUI
23 Feb
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25 Feb 2018
2018 Belarus Winter Cup
Minsk,
BLR
23 Feb
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25 Feb 2018
2018 Gator F3B
Melbourne, Florida,
USA

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