Current events

No current events.

Upcoming FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

04 Nov
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11 Nov 2017
2017 FAI F3A World Championship for Aerobatic Model Aircraft
Villa Gesell,
ARG
19 Mar
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22 Mar 2018
2018 FAI F1D World Championships for Free Flight Indoor Model Aircraft
West Baden, Indiana,
USA
20 May
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26 May 2018
2018 FAI F3A Asian-Oceanic Championship for Aerobatic Model Aircraft
Bacolod City,
PHI
05 Jul
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14 Jul 2018
2018 FAI F4 World Championships for Scale Model Aircraft
Meiringen,
SUI
13 Jul
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21 Jul 2018
2018 FAI F2 World Championships for Control Line Model Aircraft
Landres,
FRA

Other upcoming FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

20 Oct
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22 Oct 2017
2017 Krka Cup
Sentjernej, Novo mesto,
SLO
27 Oct
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29 Oct 2017
2017 Typhoon Race
Longpan,
TPE
27 Oct
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29 Oct 2017
2017 Daegu Drone Race World Cup
Seoul,
KOR
28 Oct
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29 Oct 2017
2017 Eurofly
Mühlenthurnen,
SUI
01 Nov
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06 Nov 2017
2017 Yugra Cup of juniors
Uray,
RUS

Aeromodelling

The FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM) conducts FAI's aeromodelling and spacemodelling activities, in particular World Records and International Competitions.

Aeromodelling, although it did not yet bear that name, predates “full-size” aviation. The greatest pioneers of human flight, from Cayley, Lilienthal, the Wrights and Levavasseur to Blériot, Ferber, Farman and Messerschmitt, initially used model aircraft to test the solutions they were in the process of designing. This just goes to show how long the history of aeromodelling is. Model aircraft contests were organised as early as 1905, designed as entertaining and accessible sideshows inspired by a gradual emergence of powered aeroplanes.

Aeromodelling swiftly gained popularity from the 1930s onwards. Radio control was not yet highly developed – and was not to be so until the 1950s – so it was almost exclusively free flying and control-line aircraft that were used.

Shortly before the Second World War, the first international competitions were organised in England and Germany.

1955 saw the début of aerobatics in competition. The first world championships were held five years later. Model spacecraft were invented in the early 1960s in the United States and the first world championships were held in 1972.

Aeromodelling today is above all the most significant FAI discipline in terms of numbers of flyers: it has been estimated that there are more than a million enthusiasts all over the world. There are now a great many aeromodelling categories, be it for aeroplanes (extensible engines, piston engine, jet engine, electric and even solarpowered engines), seaplanes, gliders, helicopters and space models.

CIAM World Cups