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FAI - News 10/04
07/05/2004 | Posted by JeanMarc at 11:57 AM

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)

Winning Painting of Group 3 : Courtney Lyn KINARD

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. 

The Yuri Gagarin Gold MedalThe Komarov Diploma
The Korolev Diploma
 

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.
Feminine Category 
Course/location : Groveland, FL (USA) 
Performance : 201.2 km 
Pilot : Jamie SHELDEN (USA) 
Hang Glider : Air Atos
Date: 22.04.2004
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
Date: 28.04.2004
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
Date: 30.04.2004
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


FAI - News 09/04
28/04/2004 | Posted by JeanMarc at 09:45 AM

CIACA Annual Plenary Meeting
The FAI Amateur Built & Experimental Aircraft Commission (CIACA) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 23 and 24 April 2004 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Elections : Mr Pierluigi DURANTI (ITA) was re-elected as CIACA President. 1st Vice-President is Alphonse CONRADY (LUX), 2nd Vice-President is Peter STYRSKY (GER) and CIACA Secretary Mrs Elaine FECHER (GER); see the updated list of CIACA Officials & Delegates

CIACA contribution to FAI's Centenary : CIACA decided to support a Swedish project, run by CIACA Delegate Carl Rönn, which aims to make a contribution to the social integration of young people in difficulty for one reason or another (poverty, prolonged unemployment, drugs, crime etc). These youngsters are given the opportunity to build an aircraft, thereby acquiring technical know-how and practical skills, as well as a sense of team-work and a feeling of real achievement. The scheme has been highly successful in Sweden, and we will come back to this project in a forthcoming FAI-News.
To mark FAI's Centenary in 2005, CIACA hopes to launch the assembly of an international amateur-built aircraft, with component parts built by groups of disadvantaged youngsters in several different countries.

Awards : The Phoenix Diploma was awarded to Mr José Luis OLIAS (ESP) in recognition for his restoration of a Piper L-14, the only example in flying condition worldwide; the L-14 was the first Piper to be fitted with flaps and slats, which provided the aircraft with STOL capabilities (short take-off and landing). Manufactured in 1945 and abandoned since 1957, this aircraft was discovered in 1989 in a hangar, and, after 9 1/2 years of restoration work, flew again in 2003.

The Phoenix DiplomaCockpit of the L-14 before restoration ...
... and after.The Piper L-14 before restoration ...
... and the only L-14 in flying condition.

Next Plenary Meeting : Salzburg (AUT), 15 and 16 April 2005. 


New World Record Claims
Here is a selection of the World Record Claims received by FAI :  

Class C - Aeroplanes / Claims number : 9190 to 9193
Group 1 : Piston engine
Pilot : Bruce BOHANNON (USA)
Aircraft : Bohannon B-1
Course / Location : Lakeland, FL (USA)
Date : 17.04.04 

Claim #9190
Sub-class : C-1 (Landplanes)
Type of record : Time to climb to a height of 6 000 m
Performance : 6 min 13 sec 
Current record : new 

Claim #9191
Sub-class : C-1b (Landplanes - Take-off weight 500 to 1000 kg)
Type of record : Time to climb to a height of 6 000 m 
Performance : 6 min 13 sec 
Current record : 6 min 40 sec (05.11.2000 - Bruce BOHANNON, USA) 

Claim #9192
Sub-class C-1 (Landplanes)
Type of record : Time to climb to a height of 9 000 m 
Performance : 9 min 50 sec 
Current record : 16 min 03 sec (22.10.2002 - Bruce BOHANNON, USA) 

Claim #9193
Sub-class C-1b (Landplanes - Take-off weight 500 to 1000 kg) 
Type of record : Time to climb to a height of 9 000 m 
Performance : 9 min 50 sec 
Current record : 16 min 03 sec (22.10.2002 - Bruce BOHANNON, USA) 


Class E - Rotorcraft / Claims number : 9195 - 9196
Claim #9195 : Sub-class E-3 (Autogyros)
Claim #9196 : Sub-class E-3a (Autogyros - Take-off weight less than 500 kg)

Information valid for both claims :
Group 1 : piston engine / General Category
Type of record : Time to climb to a height of 6 000 m
Course/location : Frederick, MD (USA)
Performance : 25 min
Pilot : Andrew C. KEECH (USA)
Autogyro : Little Wing LW-5
Date: 20.04.2004
Current record : new

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
- Rotorcraft World Records


Lausanne, 28 April 2004


FAI - News 08/04
22/04/2004 | Posted by JeanMarc at 05:40 PM

CIG Annual Plenary Meeting
The FAI Rotorcraft Commission (CIG) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 25 and 26 March 2004 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Expansion to the East : The Commission decided to launch a campaign to expand helicopter sport in the Gulf States and the Far East.

Elections : After announcing that he was not standing for re-election as CIG President, Mr Alfred-Pierre HERBERT (SUI) was elected CIG President of Honour. Mr David HAMILTON (NZL) was elected as new CIG President. 1st Vice-President is Konrad GEISSLER (GER), 2nd Vice-President is Mrs Irina GROUSCHINA (RUS) and CIG Secretary Mr Wolfgang PERPLIES (GER); see the updated list of CIG Officials & Delegates

Future Competitions : The 12th World Helicopter Championship was awarded to the United Kingdom and will take place in Kemble, Gloucestershire from 15 to 20 August 2005. The FAI Sporting Calendar for Rotorcraft has been updated accordingly. Dataloggers will be used at this championship to record speed, height, position and timing during the navigation event. 

Awards : No nominees for the Rotorcraft Gold Medal.

Next Plenary Meeting : Lausanne, 3 and 4 March 2005.
 

The Bicentenary of the Aeroplane
Last year, 2003, marked the centenary of the first powered, sustained and controlled flight by a manned heavier-than-air aircraft. The achievement of the Wright brothers in the USA is generally acknowledged and well known, but, 99 years before that, another very significant event in the history of the aeroplane occurred.

Two hundred years ago this year, in 1804, the first model glider embodying the configuration of the modern aeroplane as we know it was flown in England. The man behind this achievement was Sir George Cayley. Most people who regard flying as a matter of routine in 2004 have never heard of Sir George Cayley, and are blissfully unaware that the large, swift and streamlined airliners in which they fly are all descended from a small glider flown across a Yorkshire vale 200 years ago.
By clicking here (65 ko pdf file), our readers will be proposed an article written by Philipp JARRETT, a freelance author specialising in aviation.


Championships News
The Organisers of the following FAI Championships, amongst others, have updated their Webpages :

3rd FAI World Club Class Gliding Championship, Elverum (NOR) :
Information Bulletin #3

8th FAI European Microlight Championships, Castelo Branco (POR) :
Weight Policy and Official Competition Maps have been published. Competitors and Team Leaders are also reminded that a special discount will be granted on entry fees paid by 30 April 2004 (Registration form).

12th World Cup of Champions / 3rd Junior World Parachuting Championsihps in Freefall Style and Accuracy Landing, Kaluga (RUS) :
Information Bulletins and Competition Rules

2004 Parachuting World Cup, Stupino (RUS) :
Information Bulletins


International Cyber Air Sports (ICAS)
Initiated by the Wuhan Administration of Sports and the Wuhan Administration Committee of East Lake Development Zone (Optics Valley of China), the first International Cyber Air Sports Competition was held from 26 to 28 March 2004 at Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province (CHN). Intended to develop cyber air sports in China, the competition consisted of dogfight matches flown on personal computers, simulating fighter models manufactured in 1944; each match opposed 2 teams of 2 competitors each. Teams originating from 8 different countries attended the competition.
During the official ceremony, Mr Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon, Member of the FAI Executive Board, thanked the Organizer for associating FAI with this event, and pointed out that simulated flying was a challenging and fascinating discipline, opening the door to the practice of many other aviation disciplines.


New World Record Claims
Here is a selection of the World Record Claims received by FAI :  

Class A - Free balloons / Claim number : 9119
Size category : AM-08 (Mixed balloons : 2 200 to 3 000 m³) General Category
Type of record : Altitude 
Course/location : Greeley, CO (USA) 
Performance : 12 801 m 
Pilot : David HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS (UK) 
Balloon : Cameron Balloons Roziere 90 
Date : 23.03.2004 
Current record : 10 589 m (25.11.1996 - Per Axel LINDSTRAND, UK)

Class R - Microlights / Claim number : 9171
Sub-class : RPL2 (Microlights - Paraglider Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons)
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without landing
Course/location : Gorica (Slovenia) 
Performance : 52.93 km/h 
Pilot : Zoran ZELKO (Slovenia)
Co-pilot: Vojko PRAH
Powered Paraglider : V. Prah & team BWP 2003
Date: 04.04.2004
Current record : new

Class E - Rotorcraft / Claim number : 9172
Sub-class : E-1c (Helicopters - Take-off weight 1000 to 1750 kg) 
Group 1 : piston engine / General Category 
Type of record : Speed over a recognised course 
Course/location : Perth, WA (Australia) - Melbourne, VIC (Australia) 
Performance : 92.55 km/h
Helicopter: Robinson R44 - Astro
Pilot : Claude MEUNIER (Australia)
Date: 08.04.2004
Current record : new

Class F - Model Aircraft / Claim number : 9180
Sub-class : F1N (Indoor Glider) - F1 / Free flight Category
Type of record : N°118-a - Duration (ceiling less than 8 m) 
Course/location : Twizel (New Zealand) 
Performance : 49.8 sec 
Aeromodeller : Timothy Michael HARTE (New Zealand)
Date: 17.04.2004
Current record : 39.6 seconds (24.11.2001 - Leonard George SURTEES, AUS)

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 :
- Balloons World Records
- Microlight World Records
- Rotorcraft World Records
- Model Aircraft World Records

Lausanne, 23 April 2004


FAI - News 07/04
19/03/2004 | Posted by JeanMarc at 09:28 AM

CIAM Annual Plenary Meeting
The FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 11 and 12 March 2004 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. Summary of the most important decisions :

Elections : Mr Sandy PIMENOFF (FIN) was re-elected as the CIAM President. Mr Pierre CHAUSSEBOURG (FRA), Dave BROWN (USA) and András REE (HUN) were re-elected as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice-Presidents. 

Future Competitions : The organisation of some 16 world and continental championships was awarded by the Delegates. The FAI Sporting Calendar for Aeromodelling has been updated accordingly. 

Awards : In recognition for his outstanding contribution to Aeromodelling and CIAM, the prestigious FAI Aeromodelling Gold Medal, was awarded to Mr. Tomas BARTOVSKY (CZE). In addition, CIAM Delegates awarded the Alphonse Penaud Diploma to Michael KROEGER (GER), the Antonov Diploma to Vladimir CIPCIC (SCG), the Frank Ehling Diploma to Andras SOSZTARICH (HUN) and the Andrei Tupolev Medal to Manabu HASHIMOTO (JPN).

Next Plenary Meeting : Lausanne, 18 and 19 March 2005

The FAI Aeromodelling Gold MedalThe Alphonse Penaud Diploma
The Antonov DiplomaThe Frank Ehling Diploma
The Andrei Tupolev Medal

CIAM Flyer
The on-line magazine "CIAM Flyer" is part of CIAM Communication Strategy and forms an interesting introduction to the world of Aeromodelling

On behalf of CIAM Bureau, Mr Emil GIEZENDANNER (SUI), Chairman of the CIAM RC Electric (F5) Sub-committee and Editor of the Swiss Magazine "Modellflugsport", regularly publishes news and reports on the world of Aeromodelling : 

- On the Overview page, descriptions and pictures of the different Aeromodelling disciplines are available. 

- On the Young People's Page, 6 young model aircraft pilots explain how they learned to build and fly model aircraft.  

- Finally, the Teaching pages explain 7 basic rules for teaching model aircraft construction.

CIA Annual Plenary Meeting
The FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 11 and 12 March 2004 in Debrecen, Hungary. Summary of the most important decisions :

Elections : Mr Jean-Claude WEBER (LUX) was re-elected as the CIA President. Mr Hans AKERSTEDT (SWE), Mark SULLIVAN (USA) and Mathijs DE BRUIJN (NED) were re-elected as 1st, 2nd and 3rd Vice-Presidents. 

Future Competitions : Amongst other events, the 14th European Hot Air Ballooning Championship (2005) was awarded to Hungary (Debrecen) and the 17th World Hot Air Ballooning Championship (2006) to Japan (Motegi). The FAI Sporting Calendar for Ballooning has been updated accordingly.  

Awards : In recognition of their outstanding flights and contributions to ballooning, prestigious Montgolfier Diplomas were awarded to:
Troy Bradley (USA) for his 14-hour hot air ballon flight of 1 638 km, the furthest ever flown solo in such an aircraft;

- Coy FOSTER (USA) for his pressurized Gas Balloon flight that established new world records in the category (AS2) for distance (647 km), duration (12h 25 min) and altitude (2,111m);

- David HEMPELMAN-ADAMS (UK) for his transatlantic flight in an open basket suspended under a Rozier balloon; and 

- Mark WEST (USA) for his tireless work to advance the cause of ballooning through technological innovation, education of the young, and promotion of safety. 

Next Plenary Meeting : Lausanne, 11 and 12 March 2005

The Montgolfier Diploma

Next CIVA Meeting
The FAI Aerobatic Commission (CIVA) has announced that its next meeting will take place in the Headquarters of the Royal Aero Club of Spain, Cuatro Vientos Airport, Madrid (Spain), from 25 to 26 September 2004.

The invitation from the Royal Spanish Aeronautics Federation and the Royal Aero Club of Spain, as well as registration and hotel booking forms are available on request at FAI Office. Delegates are invited to proceed in accordance with the instructions given in these documents.
The agenda for the meeting will be distributed in due course.


Lausanne, 19 March 2004


FAI - News 06/04
05/03/2004 | Posted by JeanMarc at 11:01 AM

IGC Annual Plenary Meeting
The FAI Gliding Commission (IGC) held its Annual Plenary Meeting on 27 and 28 February 2004 at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland. Summary of the most important decisions :

Elections : Mr Bob HENDERSON (NZL) was elected as the new IGC President, replacing Mr Tor JOHANNESSEN (NOR), who presided over the Commission for the last 6 years, and was unanimously elected President of Honour. Mr Eric MOZER (USA) was elected as 1st Vice-President, while Roland STUCK (FRA), Brian SPRECKLEY (GBR), Dick BRADLEY (RSA), Axel REICH (GER) and Vladimir FOLTIN (SLK) were elected Vice-Presidents; see the updated list of IGC Officials & Delegates.

Future Competitions : New competition venues were selected. The FAI Sporting Calendar for Gliding has been updated accordingly (13th FAI European Gliding Championship 2005 / 4th FAI World Club Class Gliding Championship 2006 / 5th FAI World Class World Gliding Championship 2006).

World Class : All pilots competing at a World Class Championship fly the same type of aircraft, the PW5. The concept of this light-weight glider developed in Poland was originally inspired by the "Olympia", a glider specially developed for the Olympic Games in Helsinki (1940); unfortunately, the Second World War broke out and the Games were cancelled.

The PW5 of second generation

Awards : IGC's top award, the prestigious Lilienthal Medal, was awarded to the father of the World Class Glider, Prof. Piero MORELLI (ITA), who has made an outstanding life-time's contribution to technical soaring. Prof. Peter RYDER (GER), IGC President of Honour, and Mr Tapio SAVOLAINEN (FIN) were awarded the Pirat Gehriger Diploma.

The Lilienthal MedalThe Pirat Gehriger Diploma

Next Plenary Meeting : Lausanne, 4 and 5 March 2005



IGC Ranking List
Prepared by a number of hard working volunteers over a three-year period, the IGC Ranking List was introduced in 2003 and forms a small part of IGC's strategy to make competitive gliding events more widespread and accessible.

The most important objectives of the IGC Official Ranking System are :

- to represent as accurately as possible the relative performance of gliding competitors from their results in national and international competitions,
- to promote gliding competition by improving their attractiveness and contact between media and the Gliding Community,
- to create a focus for promotion of competitive gliding,
- to promote the development of a high quality international competition structure.

The IGC Ranking List has two components :
- The Pilot's Rating is the result of his/her performance at IGC-sanctioned competitions,
- The Competition Rating depends on the type of competition, the quality of the pilots and the number of competition days.

All IGC Category 1 events (i.e. World and Continental Championships) are automatically included in the Ranking List, while the results of other international or national competitions may also be included under certain conditions.
For further information : About the IGC Ranking System

The updated IGC Ranking List recently published reflects the latest results from the Australian and South African Nationals. The winner of the Australian 15m class in 2004 was Michael SOMMER, who jumped 61 places as a result of his excellent performance. The biggest place gain was Harry WONDERGEM, who gained 588 places, rising to 447 in the Ranking List. In March, Keith NICHOLSON will add a facility to directly compare pilots' performances.



CIVL Officials
In the FAI-News # 05/04, we reported on the CIVL Plenary Meeting held recently in Croatia. In the second paragragh "Elections", we unfortunately omitted to mention Mr Jim ZEISET (USA), who was also elected as a CIVL Vice-President. We apologize for this omission and congratulate Mr Zeiset on his election. (See the updated list of CIVL Officials)



New World Record Claims

FAI has received the following World Record Claim :

Class C - Aeroplanes / Claim number : 8754
Sub-class : C-1 (Landplanes)
Group 3 : turbo-jet
Type of record : Speed over a Commercial Air Route
Course/location : Hong Kong (China) - Singapore (Singapore)
Performance : 837 km/h
Pilot : William R. WALLACE (USA)
Aircraft : Boeing 747-400 / Airline : United Airlines
Date: 29.02.2004
Current record : 793.15 km/h (09.03.2001 - William A. DIAS, USA)

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 :
- General Aviation World Records


Lausanne, 5 March 2004


FAI - News 05/04
01/03/2004 | Posted by JeanMarc at 11:24 AM

CIVL Annual Plenary Meeting
The FAI Hang Gliding & Paragliding Commission (CIVL) held its Annual Plenary Meeting from 20 to 22 February 2004 in Opatija, Croatia. Summary of the most important decisions :

Elections : CIVL President Olivier BURGHELLE was reelected for a further one-year period. CIVL Vice-Presidents are John ALDRIDGE (GBR), Flip KOETSIER (NED), Scott TORKELSEN (DEN) and Jim ZEISET (USA); see the updated list of CIVL Officials & Delegates

Future Competitions : CIVL Delegates awarded the organization of several new competitions. The FAI Sporting Calendar for Hang Gliding and Paragliding has been updated accordingly.

New World Championship : the 1st FAI World Hang Gliding and Paragliding Aerobatics Championship will be held in 2006 at Villeneuve (SUI).

Next Plenary Meeting : Guatemala, 18 to 20 February 2005 
 

Naming of FAI Competitions
Following the introduction of the new FAI Strategic Plan, the Executive Board launched in May 2003 a project aimed to "study and evaluate the possibility of including the name of FAI and/or a sponsor's name in the designation of international competitions".

Developed in close cooperation with the FAI Air Sport Commissions, this project has been finalized with the publication of a document entitled "Naming of Competitions - Policy for Air Sport Commissions and Competitions Organisers". The main objectives of this new Policy are to standardize the structure of the names given to FAI-sanctioned Competitions, to guarantee that those Competitions are properly branded, and to allow Title Sponsors to appear in the names of Competitions.
Introduced as per 19 February 2004, the new Policy is fully applicable to new Competitions entered in the FAI Sporting Calendar. 
In order that Competitions held in 2005 (the year of FAI Centenary) and beyond appear under the same image, the Organizers whose Competitions have already been entered in the FAI Sporting Calendar 2005 or 2006 are therefore warmly encouraged to adapt the name of their competitions to the new Policy. Should such a change not be possible, in particular for financial reasons, Competition Organizers are invited to contact FAI at +41.(0)21.345.10.70 or at championship@fai.org.
Adapting the names of competitions taking place in 2004 is not compulsory, but would be highly appreciated.


FAI Sponsorship Strategy
FAI has signed an agreement with the Vert-Pomme S.A. Communication Agency and Sports Marketing Consultants Adrenalink Management. This agreement is aimed at developing a new communication, sponsorship and partnership strategy, allowing sponsors and partners to be associated with the events celebrating the Centenary of FAI in 2005.

FAI Circumnavigator Badge
The Circumnavigator Badge serves to recognize the significant achievements of pilots of powered aircraft making around the World flights. The badge is available with one to four diamonds as follows : Eastbound, Westbound, Polar, Nonstop.

FAI maintains chronological lists, based on the completion date of the flight, of all Badge Holders of each diamond. Please follow the links below to consult those lists :

- List of Eastbound Circumnavigator Badge Holders
- List of Westbound Circumnavigator Badge Holders
- List of Polar Circumnavigator Badge Holders (no holder yet)
- List of Nonstop Circumnavigator Badge Holders (no holder yet)

Circumnavigator Badge (Sample)

The rules governing FAI Circumnavigator Badges can be found in Chapter 9 of Section 2 of the FAI Sporting Code.

Pilots who achieved a flight around the World, but who have not yet applied for the FAI Circumnavigation Badge, are kindly invited to submit their Application Form to the FAI Member which issued their FAI Sporting License.


New World Records Claims
FAI has received the following World Record Claims :

Class B - Airships / Claim number : 8731
Size category : BX-04 (Hot-Air Airships : 1 600 to 3 000 m³) 
General Category 
Type of record : Duration 
Course/location : Dmitrov (Russia) 
Performance : 6 hours 4 min 
Pilot : Nikolay GALKIN (Russia) 
Airship : Kubicek AV-1
Date: 20.02.2004
Current record : 5h 6mn 42s (25.01.1992 - Guy MOYANO, Luxemburg)

Class C - Aeroplanes / Claim numbers : 8732 and 8733
Sub-classes : C-1 (Landplanes) and C-1e (Landplanes : take-off weight 3 000 to 6 000 kg)
Group 3 : turbo-jet
Type of records : Speed over a recognised course 
Course/location : Seattle, WA (USA) - Islamabad (Pakistan) 
Performance : 745 km/h 
Pilot : Michael J. MILLER (USA) 
Aircraft : Boeing 777
Date: 14.02.2004
Current records : new

Class E - Rotorcraft / Claim number : 8737
Sub-class : E-3a (Autogyros - Take-off weight less than 500 kg) 
Group 1 : piston engine - General Category 
Type of record : Distance without landing 
Course/location : Little Rock, AR (USA) - Hickory, NC (USA) 
Performance : 993 km 
Pilot : Andrew C. KEECH (USA)
Date: 22.02.2004
Current record : 941.25 km (24.02.2003 - Barry JONES, UK)

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 :
- Rotorcraft World Records 
- General Aviation World Records
- Airships World Records


Lausanne, 1 March 2004


FAI - News 04/04
20/02/2004 | Posted by JeanMarc at 03:58 PM

Maynard HILL honoured by Aviation Week & Space Technology / New World Record Claims for Parachuting, Aeroplanes and Free balloons


Maynard L. HILL honoured
On 15 August and 27 October 2003, the FAI-News reported on the World Record set by Maynard L. HILL and his crew as their Model Plane crossed the Atlantic Ocean; this outstanding performance has been honoured by Aviation Week & Space Technology.

At the beginning of February, the Aviation Week & Space Technology Magazine presented its 47th annual Aeropspace "Laurels" selections. Each year, the magazine's editors nominate individuals and teams who made significant contributions to the international field of aerospace during the previous year. 

In the category "Aeronautics / Propulsion", Maynard L. HILL has been honoured for "designing and being the first to fly an 11-lb model aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean, re-creating the flight of Alcock & Brown. Hill displayed remarkable tenacity in achieving this goal, making such a small craft have both the range and reliability required while on a shoestring budget, and overcoming poor weather and other hazards. Hill's lifelong efforts in support of model aviation have inspired generations of people attracted to aerospace".

For further information on this World Record, please consult :
FAI - News 16/03 (15.08.03) and FAI - News 25/03 (27.10.03) / Photos /
FAI World Records - Aeromodelling / Other FAI World Records established by Maynard L. Hill


New World Record Claims
FAI has received the following World Record Claims :

Class G - Parachuting) / Claim number : 8429 
Sub-class : G-2 (Group jumps) / Performance / Team records / General Category
Type of record : G-2-C - Largest freefall formation 
Course/location : Takhli (Thailand) 
Performance : 357 parachutists 
Team : International team
Date: 06.02.2004
Current record : 300 parachutists (13.12.2002 - International team)
For further information : The World Team

Class C - Aeroplanes / Claim number : 8430
Sub-class : C-1 (Landplanes) / Group 3 : turbo-jet
Type of record : Speed over a Commercial Air Route 
Course/location : Melbourne, VIC (Australia) - Sydney, NSW (Australia)
Performance : 784 km/h 
Pilot : Jack DAVIDSON (USA) 
Airline : United Airlines
Date: 10.02.2004
Aircraft : Boeing 747-400
Current record : new

Class A - Free ballons / Claim number : 8455
Size category : AX-02 (Hot-Air Balloons : 250 to 400 m³) / General Category
Type of record : Duration
Course/location : Carbon - Trochu, ALB (Canada)
Performance : 4 hours 39 min 50 sec
Pilot : Steven Wayne GRIFFIN (Australia)
Balloon : Griffin Mylar Magic
Date: 11.02.2004
Current record : 4h 08mn 20s (16.02.1997 - Oscar LINDSTRÖM, Sweden)
For further information : Project Yeti 2004

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 :
- Parachuting World Records 
- General Aviation World Records
- Balloon World Records


FAI - News 03/04
06/02/2004 | Posted by JeanMarc at 11:32 AM

55th IPC Plenary Meeting : Summary of most important decisions / 8th European Microlight Championship : Information available on-line / 20th FAI World Grand Prix : Daily News / New World Record Claim for Aeroplanes / "Joachim Küttner Prize & Trophy" awarded today / A Life after FAI ? / Fly - Like a Bird : New promotional material on the market


55th IPC Plenary Meeting
The FAI Parachuting Commission (IPC) held its Annual Plenary Meeting from 28 January to 1 February 2004 in Lisbon, Portugal. Summary of the most important decisions :

Elections :  All IPC Officers were re-elected (List of IPC Officers and Delegates).

Future Competitions : IPC Delegates awarded the organization of several new competitions. The FAI Sporting Calendar has been updated accordingly.

Canopy Piloting was confirmed as a full IPC competition discipline with its own Committee.

The FAI Gold Parachuting Medal for 2004 was awarded to Dr Dieter STRÜBER (GER). His ideas, his activities in Germany and his sporting successes symbolize the idea of friendship and sportsmanship among nations. Dr Strüber has been a successful sportsman at many national and international championships : five times World Record holder, excellent trainer of the German female national team (1963-73 / 1997-2002), and FAI Judge at six World Championships and six World Cups.
We invite you to consult the list of all FAI Awards for Parachuting.

Next Plenary Meeting : 26.-30.01.2005, Warsaw, Poland


8th European Microlight Championship
The 8th European Microlight Championship will be held from 31 July to 7 August 2004 at Castelo Branco, Portugal. The Organizing Committee announced that information is now available at www.emc2004.net.

On the Webpages which were recently put on-line, you will find full general information on the competition, Local Regulations and Registration Forms.


20th FAI World Grand Prix
The 20th FAI World Grand Prix and 1st Al Ain Aerobatics Airshow (UAE) is being held from 2 to 6 February

Daily News and Program available at : www.haute-voltige.com


World Record Claims
FAI has received the following World Record Claim :

Class C - Aeroplanes / Claim number : 8396
Sub-class : C-1 (Landplanes) / Group 3 : turbo-jet
Type of record : Speed over a Commercial Air Route 
Course/location : New York, NY (USA) - Milano (Italy) 
Performance : 915 km/h 
Pilot : Brian HOOD (USA) 
Aircraft : Boeing 767-ER 
Airline : Delta Air Lines 
Date : 24.01.2004 
Current record : new

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 :
- General Aviation World Records 


"Joachim Küttner Prize & Trophy" awarded today
The following World Record, a 46.5 % improvement on the previous performance, has been ratified this week :

Class D - Gliders / Record number : 8153
Sub-class : DO - Open Class Gliders / General Category
Type of record : Straight Distance to a Goal
Course/location : Calafate (Argentina) - San Juan (Argentina) 
Performance : 2 123 km 
Pilot : Klaus OHLMANN (Germany) 
Co-pilot : Hervé LEFRANC (France) 
Glider : Schempp-Hirth Nimbus 4 DM 
Date : 23.11.2003 
Previous record : 1 449.3 km (09.01.2003 - Klaus OHLMANN, Germany)

Tonight at the Awards Banquet of the SSA Convention in Atlanta, Prof. Dr. Loek BOERMANS, President of OSTIV, will present the "Joachim P. Küttner Prize and Trophy" to Mr Klaus OHLMANN. This unique Award consists of a Money Prize and a Trophy representing a stylized sailplane model. Created in 1987, the Award was promised by Dr Joachim KÜTTNER to the first sailplane pilot(s) who would accomplish a straight-line distance flight soaring 2000 km or more. Dr KÜTTNER, 95-years old, will also attend the Awards Banquet.

For further information on World Records,
please consult the latest news, including all claims pending ratification, at :
- Gliding World Records


A Life after FAI ?
After retirement from the world of parachuting, a life dedicated to the "History of Humanity".

Mr Jacques André ISTEL, IPC President of Honour and Mayor of the City of Felicity (California), informed FAI about the ambitious project he is managing in California : "To engrave in granite highlights of the collective memory of humanity". Mr ISTEL reports that the first stage of this project, completed in 2002, described "man's quest for the sky" and French aviation history. 

For further information and pictures :
www.parafame.org (in English) and www.cocardes.com (in French)


Fly - Like a Bird
New promotional material on the market

FAI has been informed about the production, at the end of 2003, of a new 35-minute video (DVD and VHS) showing the diversity of aviation in Switzerland. Primarily focused on Swiss aeronautical activities, this production shows how Air Sports can open doors to a professional career in aviation : each Air Sport is presented with short sequences, and statements are made by Bertrand Piccard (first non-stop round-the-world flight with a balloon), Claude Nicollier (Swiss astronaut and recipient of the Yuri Gagarin Gold Medal in 1993) and Hans-Georg Schmid (multiple World Record holder with his homebuilt aircraft).

As 4 languages are available on the DVD version (English, German, French and Italian), the video may very well be used in other countries to show the diversity of aviation, and to motivate young people to enter the world of aviation.

For further information : www.langvision.ch


Lausanne, 6 February 2004


FAI-News 05-96
25/07/1996 | Posted by Thierry at 03:21 PM

Paris, 25th July 1996
For immediate release

WORLD AIR GAMES - PLANNING ADVANCES

Although the organization of the first World Air Games in 1997 - and of the trial competitions this year - is entrusted to the Turkish Aeronautical Association, the FAI continues to monitor the preparation for the events closely through its team of expert advisors.

Each expert is responsible, alone or assisted by helpers, for one discipline only. All have already visited Turkey, often several times, to meet their Turkish counterparts and to contribute to each stage of the planning process. With less than 2 months to run to the 1996 competitions, everything is ready in Turkey for the competitors and their supporting delegations. Once the 1996 trial competitions are over the Turkish Aeronautical Association will distribute entry forms for the 1997 Games to National Aero Clubs.

A team from the Turkish organising committee will be present in Monte Carlo from 14-17 October at Sportel, the International Television Programme Trade Fair, in order to promote the World Air Games. A world-wide publicity campaign and search for sponsors was launched earlier this year. The FAI World Air Games Co-ordinating Committee will take stock of the lessons to be learned from the 1996 trial competitions and report to the FAI General Conference which will take place at Bled, Slovenia from the 14 - 18 October.

Test competitions 1996

  • Aeromodelling:

    (Sept. 8-14; ANKARA GOLBASI)
    - World Cup (seniors) classes F1A, F1B, F1C
    - Open Turkish National Championship (same Classes) and Class F3C

    (Sept. 15-22; ANKARA GOLBASI)
    - Open Turkish National Championship Class F3B
    - Spacemodelling World Cup Classes S6A, S7, S8E
    - Open Turkish National Spacemodelling Championship Classes S1B, S3A, S4B, S5C

  • Parachuting:

    (Aug. 28 / 5 Sept. ; IZMIR - EFES)
    - Open Turkish Championship in Style and Accuracy
    - Open Turkish Championship in Formation Skydiving

  • Paragliding and Hang Gliding:

    (Sept. 7-19; DENIZLI - HONAZ MOUNTAIN)
    - Pamukkale International Cup

  • Microlight:

    (Sept. 7-22; AYDIN)
    - Open Turkish National Championship

  • Gliding:

    (Sept. 7-22; ESKISEHIR - INONU)
    - Anadolu International Cup

  • Air Rally Flying:

    (Oct. 20-27; ANTALYA)
    - Open Turkish National Championship

  • Ballooning:

    (Sept. 18-22; NEVSEHIR - KAPADOKYA)
    - Kapadokya Cup


FAI World Grand Prix of Aerobatics

The first leg of the FAI World Grand Prix of Aerobatics will take place at Tajima in Japan from 23 to 28 October, by which time the results of the 1996 World Aerobatic Championships [Oklahoma City, USA, 18 - 30 August] will be known. The second leg will take place at Zhouhai in China [close to Macau] at the beginning of November [7-11], within the framework of the International Air Show which China is organising there in co-operation with the organisers of the Le Bourget Airshow.

The FAI Internet Site : http://www.fai.org.

Since coming on line in March 1996, the FAI Internet Web Site has received a steadily increasing number of 'hits'. During the week of 15 July, 7500 consultations were registered, bringing the total to 62000.

The menu includes general information about FAI, topical news, the general section and most specialised sections of the FAI Sporting Code, an increasing number of world records, and results of Championships. In addition, some air sport disciplines have their own pages with more detailed information.

Links are provided, where appropriate, to a range of other aviation web-sites. The FAI site is still under construction. Watch this space for developments.

LATEST RESULTS


  • Parachuting

    At the 6th World Parachuting Championship in canopy relative work held in Indonesia last June the French team beat twice the world 8-way formation speed record. Braking the previous record by 1"14 the first time, the team brought the new one to 27"39. This same team then established another world record obtaining 22 points in 4-way rotation. The French team beat its own world records which it had held since 1994.

  • Aeromodelling

    Although the results of the world championships underway at the time of writing at Perigueux, France [scale models F4b and F4c], and at Norrkoping, Sweden [control line F2a and F2d] are not yet known, one record is sure to have been broken - that of the number of competitors taking part - the biggest ever in both cases.

  • European Championships

    • The bad spring weather affected several FAI European Championships: "No contest" was declared for the Paragliding Championship in Norway and the Club Class Gliding Championship in Slovenia; only one contest day was achieved at the European Rally Championship in the Czech Republic.

    • 8th European Gliding Championship, Rayskala, Finland, 1/15 June:

      Class Name Country Score
      Standard 1. Ziegler Erwin GER 9353
      2. Aboulin Laurent FRA 9010
      3. Brigliadori Leonardo ITA 8997
      Open 1. Centka Janusz POL 10476
      2. Back Holger GER 10334
      3. Andersen Jan DEN 10249
      15m 1. Grund Michael GER 9714
      2. Dedera Milos CZE 9606
      3. Hoyeau Frederic FRA 9561
    • 3rd European Glider Aerobatic Championship Per, Hungary, 27 June / 6 July

      1. Mamistov Michail (RUS) 8996,0234
      2. Makula Jerzy (POL) 8879,6810
      3. Michalowski Adam (POL) 8875,3558
      4. Rakhmanin Sergei (RUS) 8824,8317
      5. Krikaliov Sergei (RUS) 8803,7148

Solar-powered flight

The FAI is closely following developments in solar-powered flight. Alvaro de Orleans-Borbon, FAI 1st Vice-President and a top-level international glider pilot, visited the Berblinger Solar Flight Competition in Ulm, Germany, on 7 July 1996, and had discussions with leading figures in the field about the creation of world record categories and competition rules for these eco-friendly aircraft of the future.

The winning aircraft at Ulm, Icare, built by the University of Stuttgart, met the requirement of taking off under (partially stored) solar power, climbing at 2 m/s to 500 m and sustaining flight at 50 % solar radiation intensity. The FAI hopes by its action to stimulate rapid development in this field.

FORTHCOMING CHAMPIONSHIPS


  • Microlight
    A year after the outstanding flight of the South African, Mike Blyth and his Swiss fellow pilot, Olivier Aubert who flew the 20000 kms from the Cape of Good Hope to the North Cape in microlights, the World Microlight Championship is due to take place in the southern hemisphere for the first time at Cato Ridge near Durban in South Africa [4 - 10 August].
  • Rotorcraft :
    9th World Championship, Salem, Oregon, USA - 14/19 August

  • Aerobatics for powered aircraft :
    18th World Championship, Oklahoma City, USA - 18/30 August
  • Aeromodelling :

    • World Championship for indoor models, F1D - Kibbie Dome, Moscow, Idaho, USA - 5/8 August

    • World Championship for R/C F5B, F5D (Seniors & Juniors) - Benesov, Czech Rep. - 16/25 August

    • World Championship for free flight for juniors, F1A, F1B, F1C - Cracow, Poland - 17/23 August

    • World Championship for space models Domzale Nr Ljubljana, Slovenia - 6/14 September

  • Ballooning :
    9th World Gas Balloon Championship, Bitterfeld, Germany - 27 August / 3 September
  • Parachuting :
    23rd World Championship for style and accuracy, Bekescesba, Hungary - 14/22 September
  • Precision Flying :
    12th World Championship, Ft. Worth, USA - 28 September/5 October


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