FAI World and continental championships (CAT.1)

01 Sep
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06 Sep 1962
1962 FAI World Control Line Aeromodelling Championships
Kiev,
20 Sep
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24 Sep 1962
2nd FAI World Free Flight F1D Aeromodelling Championship
Cardington,
GBR
12 Aug
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17 Aug 1963
1963 FAI World Free Flight F1A F1B F1C Aeromodelling Championships
Wiener Neustadt,
AUT
23 Aug
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25 Aug 1963
3rd FAI World Radio Controlled F3A Aeromodelling Championship
Genk,
BEL
28 Jul
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03 Aug 1964
1964 FAI World Control Line Aeromodelling Championships
Budapest,
HUN

Other FAI-Sanctioned events (CAT.2)

18 Mar
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19 Mar 2000
2000 Holiday on Ice
Gjovik,
NOR
15 Apr
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16 Apr 2000
2000 Open Abril em Portugal
Lisboa,
POR
21 Apr
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24 Apr 2000
2000 Australian Free Flight Society Championships
Wagga Wagga,
AUS
22 Apr
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23 Apr 2000
10th Open Internacional Vila de Vidreres
Vidreres-Girona,
ESP
26 Apr
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04 May 2000
2000 Australian National Championships
Nowra NSW,
AUS

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