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03 Oct
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09 Oct 2023
2023 Sierra Cup
Lost Hills, California,
USA

FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

06 Oct
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09 Oct 2023
2023 FAI World Drone Racing Championship
Namwon, Jeolla Province,
KOR
11 Dec
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14 Dec 2023
2023 FAI F1D European Championships for Indoor Model Aircraft
Slanic Prahova,
ROU

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

04 Oct
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09 Oct 2023
2023 Kotuku World Cup of New Zealand
Lost Hills, California,
USA
06 Oct
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08 Oct 2023
2023 Anatolian Free Flight Cup
Ankara,
TUR
06 Oct
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08 Oct 2023
2023 Donaupokal F3F
Hainburg an der Donau,
AUT
06 Oct
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09 Oct 2023
2023 FAI Korea Drone Soccer Open International Cup
Namwon,
KOR
06 Oct
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08 Oct 2023
2023 43rd Ljubljana Cup
Krsko - Zadovinek,
SLO
07 Oct
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08 Oct 2023
2023 3. Gruibingen -Nortel Open
Airfield Gruibingen-Nortel - Germany,
GER
07 Oct
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08 Oct 2023
2023 F2 World Cup Competition Ciudad de Valladolid
Valladolid,
ESP
07 Oct
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08 Oct 2023
2023 17° Trofeo "Città di Capannori" - Memorial 'Bruno Fiegl'
Capannori (Lucca),
ITA
07 Oct
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08 Oct 2023
2023 Baden Cup
Heiligenberg,
GER
14 Oct
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15 Oct 2023
2023 Galicia Cup
Zhovkva,
UKR
14 Oct
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15 Oct 2023
2023 Krka Cup
Šentjernej,
SLO
21 Oct
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22 Oct 2023
2023 Critérium Rhône-Alpes & 18ème Philippe Lepage
Arbigny 01190,
FRA
27 Oct
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28 Oct 2023
2023 Gürbe Cup
Mühlethurnen,
SUI
28 Oct
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2023
2023 Tenja indoor open 2023.
Tenja,
CRO
04 Nov
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2023
2023 Open International F7B
Friedrichshafen,
GER
04 Nov
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05 Nov 2023
2023 World Cup Tenerife Drone Sport
Tenerife,
ESP
11 Nov
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2023
2023 Memorijal Murat Šarkinović
Zenica,
BIH
24 Nov
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26 Nov 2023
2023 INTL. V&V 2023 Gran Canaria
las palmas de gran canaria,
ESP
24 Nov
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25 Nov 2023
2023 Qatar International Pylon Race Meet
Doha,
QAT
09 Dec
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10 Dec 2023
2023 World Cup Memorial ”OTTO HINTS” F1D
Slanic Prahova,
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