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FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

24 Jul
28 Jul 2018
16th FAI World Helicopter Championship

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

16 May
20 May 2018
53rd Russian Open Helicopter Championship - World Cup 2018, 1st Stage
14 Jun
16 Jun 2018
2018 Heli UK Expo Cup (Forming a leg in the World Helicopter Races Cup 2018)
Wycombe Air Park ,
27 Jun
30 Jun 2018
2018 Helicopter World Cup Stage 3 Poland
26 Jul
29 Jul 2018
4th stage of Helicopter World Cup


The FAI Rotorcraft Commission (CIG) conducts FAI's rotary-wing activities, in particular World Records and International Competitions.

The first machines with flapping wings or with rotary wings (helicopters) were thought up in the late 18th century, or even as early as the late 15th century, if reference is made once more to the work of the genius Leonardo da Vinci on the project he named Helix. In fact, for a long time, research into rotorcraft kept encountering obstacles relating to propulsion and in-flight stability, the factors that control the machine’s movement around three axes: pitch, roll and yaw. Researchers in the field of rotary wings, researchers displayed great inventiveness as from the mid-19th century.

The first world rotorcraft championships were organised in 1971 in Bückeburg. Since the mid-1980s, they have been held on average every three years. The disciplines on the world championship programme especially emphasize the rescue dimension of the helicopter.