Current events

No current events.

Upcoming FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

03 Aug
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12 Aug 2018
21st FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships
Zbraslavice,
CZE
03 Aug
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12 Aug 2018
9th FAI World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships
Zbraslavice,
CZE
16 Aug
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26 Aug 2018
13th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships
Strejnic,
ROU
18 Jul
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28 Jul 2019
10th FAI World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships
Deva,
ROU
18 Jul
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28 Jul 2019
22nd FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships
Deva,
ROU

Other upcoming FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

No upcoming events.

Power and Glider aerobatics

All FAI aerobatics international championships (powered and glider aircraft), competitions and record activities are conducted under the direction of the FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA).

Aerobatics has been performed in aircraft almost since the first flight of a powered aircraft. In the early years before World War I, aerobatics served as entertainment for crowds fascinated by these new aerial machines. Later, it became an essential part of a military pilot’s training and utilized in combat. In more recent decades, it has been recognized as an important part in a pilot’s training in order to make him or her more proficient in controlling their aircraft in all flight attitudes.

The challenge of performing aerobatic figures precisely led to the development of aerobatic competition. The first competitions were held in the early 1930’s, at the Olympics in Berlin in 1936, and at various national competitions after World War II. FAI recognized the need for a sanctioned World Championships which led to that first post-war competition in 1960 (1st World Aerobatic Champion Ladislav Bezak shown right).

World Championships in Power are held every two years and in Gliders every year. Continental Championships are held in the off years. Pilots who compete in World and Continental Championships are selected by their FAI member organizations and compete both individually and as teams.

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