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Current events

26 Mar
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28 Mar 2020
2020 Firefly International Rocket Event (F.I.R.E.)
Briggs,Texas,Briggs,Texas,Briggs, Texas,
USA
27 Mar
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30 Mar 2020
2020 Australian Master World Cup
Barossa Valley,
AUS
28 Mar
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29 Mar 2020
2020 COPPA VOLO LIBERO 2020
Padule di Bientina,
ITA
28 Mar
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29 Mar 2020
2020 Atlantic World Cup Gran Canaria
Las Palmas, Gran Canaria,
ESP
28 Mar
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29 Mar 2020
2020 2. F5J Kup Broda
Slavonski Brod,
CRO

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

21 Jul
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24 Jul 2020
2020 FAI F1E European Championship for Free Flight Slope Soaring Gliders
Turda,
ROU
21 Jul
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26 Jul 2020
2020 FAI F1ABC Asian-Oceanic Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Ulaanbaatar,
MGL
25 Jul
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01 Aug 2020
2020 FAI F4 World Championships for Scale Model Aircraft
Tønsberg,
NOR
02 Aug
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08 Aug 2020
2020 FAI F3J World Championship for Model Gliders
Tekovsky Hradok,
SVK
02 Aug
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06 Aug 2020
2020 FAI F1ABP Junior World Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Deva,
ROU

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

02 Apr
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03 Apr 2020
2020 Widgiewa Cup
Narrandera, NSW,
AUS
03 Apr
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05 Apr 2020
2020 Easter Slope 2020
Hanstholm,
DEN
04 Apr
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08 Apr 2020
2020 Australian Free Flight Championships
Narrandera, NSW,
AUS
04 Apr
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05 Apr 2020
2020 Harghita Cup
Deva,
ROU
04 Apr
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05 Apr 2020
2020 Harghita Cup
Deva,
ROU

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