FAI Young Artist Contest


The dream to fly is thousands of years old. Ancient stories from around the world tell us of those who wanted to take flight. Their stories of successes and failures started to become reality in the late 1800s, when men and women used the growing technological know-how to build the craft that, up until then, had only been possible in our dreams.

Early balloonists excited the world with flights covering 25 miles in under 3 hours. Now, they have the option of taking a few hours journey or one of thousands of miles over many days in balloons specially designed and equipped to go long distances. Gliders have increased distances and heights as well. While the first glider pilots jumped their gliders from hills and mountains, today’s gliders are towed high into the air and can travel for hundreds of kilometers or more. The first airplanes were made of cloth and wood, and those early crafts were powered by engines that produced around 12 horsepower.

Today, metal and composites are the materials designers use to make flight faster and safer. In fact, some modern racing planes’ engines produce over 3,500 horsepower, and a modern commercial airliner with multiple engines creates over 95,000 horsepower! While the physics of flight remains the same, the technology is always advancing.

Each generation has learned from those that have come before, adding to what is possible while holding true to the love of flight that is in the heart of all aviators. The dreams of flight have become the reality of today’s sports aviation. The hang gliders, balloonists, racers, and aerobatic pilots fly above us and show what is possible today. What does the future hold? Where will the young aviation dreamers of today lead us?

It is time to get out your favorite artist supplies and give free rein to your imagination to create your work that combines the flights of the past with the dreams of the future in this year’s “Flying yesterday and tomorrow” art contest.

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Visit the FAI Young Artist Contest Page here

Northern Cape Province Air Space Restriction

NOTICE 290 OF 2019
290 World Heritage Convention Act (49/1999): Notice of intention to proclaim certain land situated in the Northern Cape Province to be the #Khomanani Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site and to appoint a Management Authority thereof 42496
(ACT NO. 49 OF 1999)


FAI Members Info

FAI Executive Board and Commission Presidents Group Meeting
The Executive Board Members and the Commission Presidents gathered in Lausanne for meetings from 28 April to 1 May. The joint meeting was held at the headquarters of IWGA, the International World Games Association.

> FAI World Air Games 2022
> One FAI strategy
> Finances
> FAI in the Olympic Movement with a presentation from IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell and Recognised IFs and Organisations Senior Manager Andrew Hofer
> General matters in regard to FAI air sports activities

> Members Manager Ségolène Rouillon members@fai.org

FAI-sanctioned events
600 to 700 category 2 events are registered in the FAI Events Calendar every year.
> Please make sure that the rules in the FAI General Section of the Sporting Code concerning Cat 2 events are applied, especially with regards to the participants.

> Sporting Code – General Section, items 1.3, 1.4.4., chapter 4, and specifically 4.4.1,, 4.5.5., 4.6.1., 4.8.2., 4.10.1., 4.15.1., 5.1.1., 5.4.1., 5.6., and chapter 6

Medals for Category 1 events are sent by the FAI Head Office to the Organisers by post. Unfortunately some NACs and Organisers refuse to pay for the customs taxes and reject the Medals.
> Please bear in mind that most countries impose tax fees to shipments from abroad. If you reject this type of parcels, you deprive the champions from their well-deserved Medals

> Competitions Manager Christine Rousson christine@fai.org

FAI CIVL/CIAM Event Registration
Noosphere IT specialists were present at the CIAM Annual Meeting in Lausanne at the beginning of April.

> Noosphere presentation of eNavigator, a multi-tool for sports event management: how to make it available for FAI Event Organisers for all air sports; the system was used successfully at the World Games 2017 and the 2018 FAI World Drone Racing Championships, and at the 2018 and 2019 Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett
> Noosphere presentation of various tools for CIVL and CIAM to register events and manage officials

> Tests are underway

> IT Manager Visa-Matti Leinikki it@fai.org

FAI Drone Permissions
The FAI Head Office reminds NACs that they can request to be taken from the list of countries where competitors are eligible to purchase an FAI Drone Permission. Please provide a justification for this request (eg. that Drone Racing is already included in NAC activities).

> Please send your request to the FAI Head Office
> drones@fai.org

> FAI Drone Permissions website

2019 FAI International Drones Conference and Expo
The FAI International Drones Conference and Expo is the globally unique event gathering drone and aviation industry experts and providing valuable insights into the world of drones. The 2019 edition will again take place in Lausanne at the EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) from 13 to 15 September, as part of the EPFL Open House where more than 30,000 visitors are expected.

This year’s edition will include events for the professionals and for the public:
> 2019 FAI/DIAS International Drone & Digital Aviation Conference (13 Sept – professionals)
> 2019 FAI/EPFL International Drone Symposium (14 Sept – public)
> Expo (13-15 Sept – public)

> 2019 FAI/DIAS International Drone & Digital Aviation Conference: registration now open for participants

> Preparations for the event

> Event website
> 2018 edition – Report

> drones-conference@fai.org

The World Games 2025
The International World Games Association has announced that the organisation of the World Games 2025 has been awarded to the city of Chengdu in China.

The World Games is a multi-sport event staged every four years by the International World Games Association under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The 11th edition of The World Games will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, 15-25 July 2021 and 3,600 athletes from over 30 sports and 100 countries will take part in the Games. Drone Racing and Parachuting Canopy Piloting are in the programme of the event.













AERO Wonderboom 4 – 6 July 2019

The Aero Club as an endorsed partner, has been able to secure favourable rates for affiliated companies wishing to participate in AERO Wonderboom on 4 – 6 July 2019.

The Aero Club of South Africa will also be present at this show, and invite all recreational affiliated aviation industry partners to take part in this featured business to business expo modeled on Europe’s biggest general aviation show,  AERO Friedrichshafen. With the specific focus areas of AERO South Africa, it makes perfect sense for Aero Club Members to participate.

To take part, please contact the Aero Club at office@aeroclub.org.za, and indicate which package you are interested in so that we can make arrangements for booking.

For more information on the show, please visit https://aerosouthafrica.com/

The AERO South Africa team invites you to join us for the Official Exhibitor Briefing at Villa San Giovanni, Wonderboom National Airport, Pretoria, Tshwane on 4 June 2019.

AERO South Africa is the African Show for General Aviation. The meeting will include a breakfast welcome, event overview, followed by refreshments and a peer networking opportunity.

The exhibitor briefing is the ideal opportunity to:
• Answer any questions you may have regarding the exhibition and to provide you with an update about the show
• Discuss the marketing plans for the event
• Important operational considerations
• A presentation on ‘How to exhibit successfully’
If you are exhibiting or thinking of exhibiting at the African Show for General Aviation, please R.S.V.P. your attendance below.

Date: 04 June 2019
Venue: Villa San Giovanni, Wonderboom National Airport
Times: 09:00 – 11:00
R.S.V.P.: By 31 May 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to AERO South Africa!

Click here to confirm your attendance


Aero Club Membership

The Aero Club and affiliated section membership expires on the 31st of December of every year, regardless of when you paid.

Your membership certificate will not be emailed to you automatically, you can download it immediately after the payment was processed or you can contact the office to email the membership certificate to you.


Approved Persons Scheme

AP Scheme
The AP scheme is under review and there are a number of serious issues that are being tackled with the SA CAA as to the correct management and governance of this scheme.  The Aero Club has historically managed this scheme from its origins as the LS1 document to the now more complex AP 1 and AP 2 requirements that incorporates commercial APs.

With the RAASA transition to the SA CAA effective 1st April 2019 the AP Scheme is currently under review with the Aero Club taking the lead role.  There appears to be issues of interpretation and implementation with the current APs exacerbated by changes that have come in, and is hampering the document flow process and causing much frustration within the industry.

The Aero Club held a meeting with the CAA on the 16th of May regarding the future of the AP Scheme, and have an agreement with the CAA that they will host a meeting where all the Sections and their key APs are represented to unpack the concerns and establish the requirements in order to formulate a workable plan for all APs whereby the Aero Club and the SA CAA can ensure that optimal safety and oversight exists as well as practical and workable solutions are sought.

What the Aero Club requires, and have already been in contact with all known APs whether these APs are still active and wish to be still active, and if these APs would avail themselves to attend a meeting arranged by the Aero Club to ensure maximum participation to ensure that we find the most beneficial way forward. As the AP database may not be complete, please check if you have received such a communication, if not, be in contact with the Aero Club office.