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<November 2003> FAI News Archive

FAI Weekly Update (29/03)
21/11/2003 | Posted by JeanMarc at 04:53 PM

CIMA Annual Meeting / A Selection of the New World Record Claims received during the last 10 days for Aeromodelling, Gliding and Aeroplanes.


CIMA (Microlight Commission) Annual Meeting
CIMA Delegates met on 14 and 15 November 2003 for their Annual Meeting at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne (SUI). The organization of the 2004 European Open Microlight Championship has been awarded to Portugal (Castelo Branco / 31 July - 8 August 2004 - Dates to be confirmed) and the 2005 World Microlight Championship to France (Levroux / 12 to 20 August 2005 - Dates to be confirmed). Diamond Colibris have been awarded to Hungarian pilots Csongor LATKY and Andor KANTAS for their humanitarian flight from Budapest to Australia. CIMA President Tormod VEIBY (NOR) has been reelected, together with Carlos TRIGO (Portugal / 1st Vice-President), Tomas BACKMANN (SWE / 2nd Vice-President) and Tom GUNNARSON (Secretary).


FAI has received the following record claims :

Class F (Model Aircraft) / Claim number : 7982
Sub-class : F5-S (Aeroplane, electric motor with rechargeable sources of current)
Category : F5 - Radio Controlled Flight
Type of record : N°173 - Gain in altitude
Course/location : Boralma (Australia)
Performance : 2'573 m
Pilot : Raymond COOPER (Australia)
Date: 09.11.2003
Current record : 2'200 m (19.11.2000 - Wolfgang SCHAEPER, Germany)

Class D (Gliders) / Claim number : 7983
Sub-class : DO - Open Class Gliders, General Category
Type of record : Speed over a triangular course of 100 km
Course/location : Fremont County Airport, Canon City, CO (USA)
Performance : 243.41 km/h
Pilot : Tom K. SERKOWSKI (USA)
Glider : Schleicher ASH 26E
Date: 09.11.2003
Current record : 234.95 km/h (07.05.2000 - James M. PAYNE, USA)

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claims number : 7989 - 7992
Sub-class : C-1e (Landplanes - Take-off weight 3 000 to 6 000 kg)
Group 2 : turboprop
Pilot : J. Jeffrey BRAUSCH (USA)
Date : 08.11.2003
Type of record : Speed over a recognised course
# 7989 - Course/location : Dayton, OH (USA) - Kitty Hawk, NC (USA) / 564 km/h / New
# 7990 - Course/location : Kitty Hawk, NC (USA) - Dayton, OH (USA) / 314 km/h / New
Type of record : Speed over a recognised course, round trip
# 7991 - Course/location : Dayton, OH (USA) - Kitty Hawk, NC (USA) and return / 403 km/h / New

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claim number : 7992
Sub-class : C-1d (Landplanes - Take-off weight 1750 to 3000 kg)
Group 1 : piston engine
Type of record : Speed over a recognised course
Course/location : Dayton, OH (USA) - Kitty Hawk, NC (USA)
Performance : 380 km/h
Pilot : Craig S. KERN (USA)
Date: 07.11.2003
Current record : new

Class D (Gliders) / Claims number : 8076 - 8078
Sub-class : DO - Open Class Gliders / General Category
Course/location : Esquel (Argentina)
Pilots : Terrence Raymond DELORE (New Zealand) and Steve FOSSETT (USA)
Glider : Schleicher ASH 25 Mi
Date: 14.11.2003
# 8076 - Out-and-return distance / 1804.7 km / Current record : 1708.4 km (20.12.02 - K. OHLMANN, GER)
# 8077 - Free out-and-return distance / 2002.44 km / Current record : 1715.5 km (20.12.02 - K. OHLMANN, GER)
# 8078 - Speed over an out-and-return course of 1500 km / 156.61 km/h / Current record : 136.82 km/h (20.12.02 - K. OHLMANN, GER)

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claims number : 8080 - 8082
Group 1 : piston engine
Course/location : Angleton, TX (USA)
Pilot : Bruce BOHANNON (USA)
Aircraft : Bohannon B-1
Date: 15.11.2003
# 8080 - C-1 (Landplanes) / Altitude in horizontal flight without payload / 14'205 m / Current record : 12'376 m (22.10.02 - Bruce BOHANNON, USA)
# 8081 - C-1b (Landplanes - Take-off weight 500 to 1000 kg) / Altitude in horizontal flight without payload / 14'205 m / Current record : 12'376 m (22.10.02 - Bruce BOHANNON, USA)
# 8082 - C-1b (Landplanes - Take-off weight 500 to 1000 kg) / Altitude without payload / 14'295 m / Current record : 12'683 m (22.10.02 - Bruce BOHANNON, USA)

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claims number : 8083 - 8089
Sub-class : C-1p (Landplanes - Take-off weight 100 000 to 150 000 kg)
Group 2 : turboprop
Course/location : Kyiv (Ukraine)
Pilot : Vitalii HOROVIENKO (Ukraine)
Crew : Igor KURZANTSEV
Aircraft : Antonov An-70
Date: 10.11.2003
# 8083 - Greatest mass carried to height of 2000 m / 55'063 kg / Current record : new
# 8084 - Altitude with 35 000 kg payload / 7'355 m / Current record : new
# 8086 - Altitude with 40 000 kg payload / 7'355 m / Current record : new
# 8087 - Altitude with 45 000 kg payload / 7'355 m / Current record : new
# 8088 - Altitude with 50 000 kg payload / 7'355 m / Current record : new
# 8089 - Altitude with 55 000 kg payload / 7'355 m / 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 FAI World Records, please consult : http://www.fai.org/records/


Lausanne, 21 November 2003


96th FAI General Conference (3)
14/11/2003 | Posted by JeanMarc at 03:04 PM

The third report on the 96th FAI General Conference, which was held from 9 to 11 October 2003 in Krakow, Poland, focuses on the new FAI Strategic Plan and on one of the projects launched within the context of the FAI Centenary in 2005.


FAI 100th Anniversary Publication
As already mentioned in our Press Release 04/03, FAI will mark its Centenary by publishing a 224-page book (English and French) covering the history and the development of FAI and Air Sports. Mr Pierre Morath, a sports historian, started research work in March 2003 and we now have pleasure in publishing the provisional Table of Contents. In 2004, a subscription campaign will be launched, inviting you to place pre-orders for the book which will be published in March 2005. FAI Members, Air Sport Commissions, Museums and Companies wishing to personalize their books will have the opportunity to have their own logo printed at the beginnning of the book.

Provisional Table of Contents
(subject to later adjusments)

1. Introduction (approx. 20 pages)
- Introduction by the IOC President
- Foreword by the FAI President
- Preface by Mr Eilif Ness
- The FAI : role and mission at the dawn of the 21st Century.

2. Main Part (approx. 130 pages)
Six thematic articles, which put together constitute the history of FAI :
- Development of aeronautics before the founding of FAI
- Birth of FAI and its first years of development (1905-1914)
- The FAI during First and Second World Wars
- Relations between the traditional and new FAI Air Sports
- The FAI and the Olympic Movement
- Relations between sporting and civil aviation; fight for airspace

3. Annexes (approx. 50 pages)
- FAI Presidents (list and biographies)
- FAI Secretary Generals (list)
- FAI Members (list)
- FAI General Conferences (list, dates, locations)
- FAI Gold Air Medals (list and short biographies)
- Chronological development of FAI Air Sports
- Aviation museums world-wide (list and description)

4. Bibliography & Guide for FAI Archives (approx 20 pages)


New Guidelines for the Future of FAI
Adopted by the Executive Board at the beginning of 2003, the new FAI Strategic Plan presented at the General Conference forms a long-term vision to guide FAI activities for the next 3 to 5 years. The main goals depicted in the Strategic Plan are to modernize and promote the image of FAI and Air Sports, to develop attractive international competitions, products and services, and finally to increase the proportion of financial revenues coming from external commercial sources.

The first projects resulting from the new FAI Stratetic Plan have already been launched in 2003, and should bear fruit in 2004 and 2005 : among other projects, a new Corporate Identity and Communication Strategy will be introduced in the course of 2004, the exploitation of FAI Archive and World Record Files will be improved, and the organization of several public events has been launched to celebrate the FAI Centenary in 2005 (further details about the FAI Centenary will be given in a forthcoming FAI-News).

The success of the FAI Strategic Plan relies on the whole FAI Community sharing responsibility for achieving these goals. Each person involved in Air Sports can contribute to these efforts and create positive effects for the whole Air Sports community.
Therefore, we invite you to read the basic principles, visions, goals and priorities contained in the FAI Strategic Plan by downloading the leaflet (242 ko) available at http://www.fai.org/documents. (To better understand its content, please print this PDF file recto-verso on an A4 sheet of paper, then fold the document in 3 equal parts).


Lausanne, 17 November 2003


FAI Weekly Update (27/03)
07/11/2003 | Posted by JeanMarc at 12:07 PM

Since the end of October, FAI received several New World Record Claims for Hang Gliders, Aeroplanes, Autogyros, Helicopters and Parachuting; Summary.


FAI has received the following record claims :

Class O (Hang Gliders) / Claim number : 7943
Sub-class : O-3 (Paragliders, Multiplace Category)
Type of record : Straight distance
Course/location : Patu (Brazil) - Varzea da Cacimba (Brazil)
Performance : 299.5 km
Pilot : André Luiz Grosso FLEURY (Brazil)
Date: 17.10.2003
Current record : 220.4 km (30.11.2000 - Richard WESTGATE, UK)

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claim number : 7944
Sub-class : C-1 (Landplanes) / Group 3 : turbo-jet
Type of record : Speed over a commercial Air Route in excess of 6 500 km
Course/location : London (UK) - Miami, FL (USA)
Performance : 861 km/h
Pilot : Angela MASSON (USA)
Aircraft : Boeing 777 - American Airlines
Date: 26.10.2003
Current record : 852.48 km/h (04.07.1988 - Keith J. MACKEY, USA)

Class E (Rotorcraft) / Claim number : 7945
Sub-class : E-3a (Autogyros - Take-off weight less than 500 kg)
Group 1 : piston engine / General Category
Type of record : Speed over a recognised course
Course/location : San Diego, CA (USA) - Kitty Hawk, NC (USA)
Performance : 32 km/h
Autogyro : Little Wing LW-5
Pilot : Andrew C. KEECH (USA)
Date: 22.10.2003
Current record : new

Class E (Rotorcraft) / Claim number : 7946
Sub-class & Group : same as # 7946
Type of record : Speed over a recognised course, round trip
Course/location : Kitty Hawk, NC (USA) - San Diego, CA (USA) and return
Performance : 16 km/h
Autogyro, Pilot & Date : same as # 7946
Current record : new

Class E (Rotorcraft) / Claim number : 7947
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 : Sydney, NSW (Australia) - Perth, WA (Australia)
Performance : 113.65 km/h
Pilot : Eric Howard WHEATLEY (Australia)
Date: 24.10.2003
Current record : 89.04 km/h (23.04.1994 - Eric Howard WHEATLEY, Australia)

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claims number : 7948 to 7958
11 claims for Sub-class C-1q (Landplanes - Take-off weight 150'000 - 200'000 kg) / Group 3 : turbo-jet
Aircraft : Rockwell B-1B
Pilot : William LIBBY (USA)
Date : 25.10.2003
#7948 : Speed over a straight 15/25 km course / 1092 km/h / New
#7949 : Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without payload / 1'036 km/h / New
#7950 : Speed over a closed circuit of 500 km without payload / 1'116 km/h / New
#7951 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km without payload / 1'103km/h / New
#7952 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 1000 kg payload / 1'103 km/h / New
#7953 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 2000 kg payload / 1'103 km/h / New
#7954 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 5000 kg payload / 1'103 km/h / Current : 1'089.36 km/h
#7955 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 10000 kg payload / 1'103 km/h / Current : 1'089.36 km/h
#7956 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 15000 kg payload / 1'103 km/h / Current : 1'089.36 km/h
#7957 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 20000 kg payload / 1'103 km/h / Current : 1'089.36 km/h
#7958 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 25000 kg payload / 1'103 km/h / Current : 1'089.36 km/h

Class C (Aeroplanes) / Claims number : 7959 to 7970
11 claims for Sub-class C-1p (Landplanes - Take-off weight 100'000 - 150'000 kg) / Group 3 : turbo-jet
Aircraft : Rockwell B-1B
Pilot : Troy ASHER (USA)
Date : 26.10.2003
#7959 : Speed over a straight 15/25 km course / 1286 km/h / New
#7960 : Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without payload / 1'060 km/h / New
#7961 : Speed over a closed circuit of 500 km without payload / 1'033 km/h / New
#7962 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km without payload / 1'013km/h / New
#7963 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 1000 kg payload / 1'013 km/h / New
#7964 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 2000 kg payload / 1'013 km/h / New
#7966 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 5000 kg payload / 1'013 km/h / New
#7967 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 10000 kg payload / 1'013 km/h / New
#7968 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 15000 kg payload / 1'013 km/h / New
#7969 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 20000 kg payload / 1'013 km/h / New
#7970 : Speed over a closed circuit of 1000 km with 25000 kg payload / 1'013 km/h / New

Class F (Model Aircraft) / Claim number : 7965
Sub-class : F1N (Indoor Glider) / F1 - Free flight Category
Type of record : N°118-b - Duration (ceiling 8m - 15m)
Course/location : Tokyo (Japan)
Performance : 1 min 4 sec
Aeromodellers : Akihiro DANJO (Japan) and Mitsuru ISHI (Japan)
Date: 28.10.2003
Current record : 54.8 sec (06.03.2000 - Leonard George SURTEES, Australia)

Class G (Parachuting) / Claim number : 7971
Sub-class G-2 (Group jumps) - Performance / Team records - General Category
Type of record : G-2-E - Freeflying, Longest Sequence
Course/location : 2003 US National Skydiving Championship, Lake Wales, FL (USA)
Performance : 13 points
Parachutists : US Team (USA) - Trenton ALKEK, Jed LLOYD, Stephen BOYD
Date: 22.10.2003
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 FAI World Records, please consult : http://www.fai.org/records/


Lausanne, 7 November 2003


19th FAI World Grand Prix / Report #2
01/11/2003 | Posted by JeanMarc at 04:14 PM

We are very sorry to inform you that, on Friday morning, an accident occurred during a training session, causing injuries to the Russian pilot Alexander Krotov. In order to allow proper investigation, the Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau suspended all the flights for the rest of the day.

On Friday evening, due to the uncertainty of the situation, and in order to avoid inconveniences to the public, Twin Ring Motegi, the Event Organiser, decided to cancel the whole event, including the 19th FAI World Grand Prix.

Motegi, 1 November 2003


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