What is FAI
FAI - World Air Sports Federation, is the world governing body for all air sports. It was founded in 1905, and is headquartered in Switzerland. FAI is a federation of national federations and Canada is federated through Aeroclub of Canada.
FAI – World Air Sports Federation, is the world governing body for all air sports. It was founded in 1905, and is headquartered in Switzerland. FAI is a federation of national federations and Canada is federated through Aeroclub of Canada.
They maintain world records for all aeronautical activities. They also sanction international, national and regional competitions. Their sporting code provides the same rules for all competitors across the globe.
FAI divides aviation activities into 25 following classes:
● Class A Free Balloons
● Class B Airships
● Class C Aeroplanes
● Class CS Solar-Powered Aeroplanes
● Class D Gliders & Motorgliders
● Class E Rotorcraft
● Class F Model Aircraft
○ Class F1 – Free flight
○ Class F2 – Control line
○ Class F3 – Radio control
■ F3K – Discus Launch Glider
■ F3F – Slope Soaring
○ Class F4 – Scale model aircraft
○ Class F5 – Electrically powered model aircraft
○ Class F8 – Autonomous flight (created by CIAM in 2006, later retired)
● Class G Parachuting
● Class H Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Aeroplanes
● Class I Manpowered aircraft
● Class K Spacecraft
● Class M Tilt-Wing/Tilt Engine Aircraft
● Class N Short Take-off and Landing (STOL) Aeroplanes
● Class O Hang Gliding & Paragliding
● Class P Aerospace Craft
● Class R Microlights and Paramotors
● Class S Space Models (Model rockets)
● Class U Unmanned aerial vehicle
Microlights in FAI’s definition are all aircraft with the maximum take-off weight to 450 kg (992 lb) (472.5 kg (1,042 lb) if a ballistic parachute is installed) and a maximum stalling speed of 65 km/h (40 mph). The definition means that the aircraft has a slow landing speed and short landing roll in the event of an engine failure.
In recent years, following growth and popular demand FAI also added paramotors to Microlights class.
Canadian world records are searchable on the FAI website at https://www.fai.org/records/
Links for other types of air sports are provided on that page. Those seeking information about Canadian records should consult UPAC before record attempts.
Current Canadian records that are still standing:
– 2009 – Doron Dekel (CAN) – RPL1T class (Paramotor trike) – Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km – https://fai.org/record/15538
FAI sporting licence
A sporting licence from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale / World Air Sports Federation (FAI) is required if you enter competitions in Canada in which you or your team may be setting a national or world record. This licence is required in order for any of these records to be recognized by the international federation.
To obtain a FAI sporting license you need to be UPAC’s member in good standing, apply and pay AeroClub of Canada fees.