The awarding and supervision of international competitions is one of the main tasks of FAI. The rules – the Sporting Codes – drawn up by the Air Sport Commissions are used by national members to organise numerous competitions each year. World championships for each sport and discipline are generally held every two years, alternately with continental championships.

Every year, over 40 world or continental championships are listed on the FAI Sporting Calendar, and many other sporting events such as the FAI World Air Games, air sports events at other multi-sport events (World Games, Asian Games, Asian Beach Games) and miscellaneous international competitions are organised in accordance with FAI Sporting Codes.