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17 Aug
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18 Aug 2018
2018 F5J Bulgaria Cup
Dupnitsa,
BUL

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

19 Aug
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25 Aug 2018
2018 FAI F5 European Championships for Electric Model Aircraft
Dupnitsa,
BUL
26 Aug
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29 Aug 2018
2018 FAI F1E European Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Martin,
SVK
07 Oct
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13 Oct 2018
2018 FAI F3 World Championship for Model Gliders
Kap Arkona, Rügen,
GER
01 Nov
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04 Nov 2018
2018 FAI World Drone Racing Championships
Shenzhen,
CHN

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

18 Aug
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19 Aug 2018
2018 Swiss Control Line Scale & Semi-Scale Cup
Untersiggenthal,
SUI
18 Aug 2018
2018 Rhönpokal F5F
schondra,
GER
18 Aug 2018
2018 Toszek Cup
Toszek,
POL
19 Aug 2018
2018 The Friendship cup of Ukraine
Gliwice,
POL
20 Aug 2018
2018 UB Cup
Ulaanbaatar,
MGL

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