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16 Apr
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18 Apr 2021
2021 Rana Open 2020
Raná u Loun,
CZE

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

03 Oct
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09 Oct 2021
2021 FAI F3F World Championship for Model Gliders
Limoux,
FRA

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

07 May
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09 May 2021
2021 Spring Cup
Mechelinki,
POL
14 May
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16 May 2021
2021 52 Donau - Wanderpokal
Hainburg an der Donau,
AUT
21 May
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23 May 2021
2021 SLOVENIA F3F OPEN
Vipava,
SLO
21 May
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23 May 2021
2020 SLOVENIA F3F OPEN
Vipava,
SLO
28 May
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30 May 2021
2021 RCN Open Vosges
Markstein,
FRA
11 Jun
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13 Jun 2021
2021 Nockalmpokal
Wöllanner Nock,
AUT
18 Jun
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20 Jun 2021
2021 TOA Race F3F
Alba La Romaine,
FRA
25 Jun
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27 Jun 2021
2021 South of England Open World Cup (EUROTOUR)
Eastbourne,
GBR
02 Jul
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04 Jul 2021
2021 F3F Cantabria Open
Suances,
ESP
09 Jul
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11 Jul 2021
2021 Vitoria Open
Vitoria,
ESP
16 Jul
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18 Jul 2021
2021 Lemoncello Cup
Col de Tende,
FRA
27 Aug
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29 Aug 2021
2021 Asturias F3F Open
Gijon - Asturias,
ESP
27 Aug
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29 Aug 2021
2020 Asturias F3F Open
Gijon - Asturias,
ESP
03 Sep
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05 Sep 2021
2021 Sloping Denmark 2020
Hanstholm,
DEN
17 Sep
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19 Sep 2021
2021 Welsh Open
Cardiff,
GBR
02 Oct
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03 Oct 2021
2021 Pyrenees Cup
Saint Ferriol,
FRA
15 Oct
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17 Oct 2021
2021 German Open F3F 2021
Putgarten / Rügen,
GER

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