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Current events

21 Feb
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22 Feb 2020
2020 F5J Argentina World Cup
Buenos Aires,
ARG
21 Feb
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23 Feb 2020
2020 Belarus F2D Winter Cup
Minsk,
BLR

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

02 Aug
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08 Aug 2020
2020 FAI F3J World Championship for Model Gliders
Tekovsky Hradok,
SVK
10 Aug
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15 Aug 2020
2020 FAI F2 World Championships for Control Line Model Aircraft
Włocławek,
POL
15 Aug
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22 Aug 2020
2020 FAI F3CN European Championships for Model Helicopters
Monselice (PD),
ITA
18 Aug
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22 Aug 2020
2020 FAI F1ABC European Championships for Free Flight Model Aircraft
Prilep,
MKD
22 Aug
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28 Aug 2020
2020 FAI S World Championships for Space Models
Buzău,
ROU

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

20 Mar
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21 Mar 2020
2020 Israeli Open
Omer,
ISR
21 Mar
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2020
2020 KAR-TEL Cup, Pieter de Boer Memorial
Kierz,
POL
21 Mar
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2020
2020 World Cup Rana 2020
Raná u Loun,
CZE
22 Mar
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2020
2020 SPZG Cup. Antoon van Eldik Memorial
Kietrz,
POL
22 Mar
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2020
2020 World Cup Rana 2020
Raná u Loun,
CZE

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