CIEA Annual Plenary Meeting
The FAI Aviation & Space Education Commission (CIEA) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 30 April and 1 May 2004 in Ankara, Turkey, under excellent arrangements made by the Turk Hava Kurumu.
Elections : Mr Raymond J. JOHNSON (USA) was re-elected as CIEA President. 1st Vice-President Michiel M.W. KASTELEIJN (NED) and 2nd Vice-President Contessa Maria Fede CAPRONI (ITA) were also re-elected, while Mr Gordon HOFF (USA) was elected as the new CIEA Secretary; see the updated list of CIEA Officials & Delegates.
FAI Young Artists Contest 2004 : 15 countries took part in this year's art contest, whose theme was "Flying Saves Lives". The International Jury met in Ankara to determine the three winners of each age group :
Group 1 (6 - 9 years) : Ashish Kumar RANJAN (IND)
Group 2 (10 - 13 years) : Murat KILICARSLAN (TUR)
Group 3 (14 - 17 years) : Courtney Lyn KINARD (USA)
Click here to view full results and winning paintings.
Mrs Gebb, President of the Jury, declared that the same theme had already been set 10 years ago, and that it was very interesting to see how children were much more aware of aviation being used for humanitarian reasons in 2004 than in 1994.
FAI Recommended Museums : The Delegates decided to recommend to the FAI General Conference 2004 that the Norwegian Aviation Museum be part of the FAI Recommended Museums Program.
CIEA contribution to FAI's Centenary : apart from the yearly Young Artists Contest, whose theme will be "Create an Airshow Poster, More than 100 Years of Human Flight", CIEA decided to mark FAI's Centenary in 2005 by publishing, in close cooperation with the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott (AZ), a CD-ROM containing all paintings that won a prize since the beginning of the FAI Young Artists Contest. In addition to these projects, CIEA decided to evaluate the feasibility of launching an international youth camp, and to continue developing its web-based directory of resource materials and programs for educators who teach young people about aviation.
Next Plenary Meeting : Paris (FRA), 17 and 18 June 2005.
ICARE Annual Plenary Meeting
The FAI Astronautic Records Commission (ICARE) met in Lausanne on Friday, 30 April 2004.
Elections : Mr Segismundo SANZ FERNANDEZ de CORDOBA (ESP) was re-elected President, and Mr John MILES (GBR), Vice President; see the updated list of ICARE Officials & Delegates.
X Prize : Arrangements for FAI's involvement in the certification of claims for the "X Prize" were discussed. The first attempt to launch into space a manned space-ship that was financed and built privately is likely to take place soon, and in any case before the end of 2004 - the closing date for winning the prize.
Awards : ICARE agreed to award the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal to the ill-fated crew of STS 107, the space shuttle that burned up on re-entry last year. In addition, Komarov and Korolev Diplomas went respectively to the Crews of Expedition 7 and Expedition 6 to the International Space Station (click here to view pictures of these Diplomas and Medal).
Next Plenary Meeting : Lausanne (SUI), 29 April 2005.
New World Record Claims
Here is a selection of the World Record Claims received by FAI :
Class O - Hang Gliders / Claims number : 9214 and 9215
Sub-class : O-5 (Hang Gliders with a rigid primary structure, movable control surface(s) without pilot surrounding structures and fairings.
Course/location : Groveland, FL (USA)
Performance : 201.2 km
Pilot : Jamie SHELDEN (USA)
Hang Glider : Air Atos
Current record : none
#9214 - Type of record : Straight distance
#9215 - Type of record : Straight distance to a declared goal
Class C - Aeroplanes / Claim number : 9253
Sub-class : C-1a (Landplanes - Take-off weight 300 to 500 kg)
Group 1 : piston engine
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without payload
Course/location : Murfreesboro, TN (USA)
Performance : 383 km/h
Pilot : Robert L. GIBSON (USA)
Aircraft : Cassutt IIM
Current record : 356.96 km/h (05.08.1980 - Charles T. ANDREWS, USA)
Class G - Parachuting / Claim number : 9274
Sub-class : G-2 (Group jumps)
Competition / Team records - General Category
Type of record : G-2-C / Largest freeflying head-down formation
Course/location : Perris, CA (USA)
Performance : 42 parachutists
Team : US Team, to be confirmed
Current record : 24 parachutists (10.02.2003 - 24-way, International)
The details shown above are provisional. When all the evidence required has been received and checked, the exact figures will be established and the record ratified (if appropriate).
For further information on World Records,
please consult the latest news, including all claims pending ratification, at :
- Aeroplanes World Records
- Hang Gliding World Records
- Parachuting World Records