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Current events

23 Aug
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25 Aug 2019
2019 Eifelpokal
Zülpich,
GER
23 Aug
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25 Aug 2019
2019 Asturias F3F Open
Gijon - Asturias,
ESP
24 Aug
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30 Aug 2019
2019 FAI S European Championships for Space Models
Buzău,
ROU
24 Aug
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25 Aug 2019
2019 Anatolian Free Flight Cup
Ankara-Golbasi,
TUR
24 Aug
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25 Aug 2019
2019 Eurotour Hohenstoffeln Trophy
Binningen,
SUI
24 Aug
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25 Aug 2019
2019 Swinging Denmark
Brande,
DEN
24 Aug
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25 Aug 2019
2019 UK Drone Racing Open International
Barkston Heath, Grantham,
GBR
24 Aug
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25 Aug 2019
2019 Swiss Control line Scale & Semi-Scale Cup
Untersiggenthal,
SUI

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

25 Aug
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28 Aug 2019
2019 FAI F1E World Championship for Free Flight Slope Soaring Gliders
Martin,
SVK
17 Oct
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22 Oct 2019
2019 FAI F1ABC World Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Lost Hills, California,
USA
11 Dec
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14 Dec 2019
2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final
Ningbo,
CHN

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

25 Aug 2019
2019 FF CRO Cup
Krbava,
CRO
29 Aug 2019
2019 Swiss Cup F1E
Martin,
SVK
30 Aug
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01 Sep 2019
2019 Drone World Cup Carrefour Montequinto
Montequinto,
ESP
31 Aug
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01 Sep 2019
2019 Eurotour - Martin Cup
Martin,
SVK
31 Aug 2019
2019 Smeringai Memorial Cup
Liptovsky Mikulas,
SVK

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.

FAI Aeromodelling Commission

CIAM World Cups