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About the FAI World Air Games

The World Air Games, conducted under the rules of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is the premier international multi-discipline air sports event fielding the world’s top Air Sports athletes.

The FAI World Air Games 2015 has been awarded to the United Arab Emirates and will be held in Dubai. This multi-discipline event will be organised by the Emirates Aerosports Federation under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and will take place from 1 to 12 December 2015.

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed on 4 June 2014 by Dr. John Grubbström, FAI President, and His Excellency Nasser Al Neyadi, President of the Emirates Aerosports Federation.

The past editions of the Games took place in Turkey (1997), Spain (2001) and Italy (2009).


The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Air Sports Federation, is the world governing body for air sports and for certifying world aviation and space records. The FAI was founded in 1905 and is a non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation. FAI activities include Balloons and Airships, Power Flying, Gliding, Helicopter flight, Parachuting, Aeromodelling, Aerobatics, Hang Gliding, Microlight and Paramotor flying, Amateur Building of aircraft, Manpowered flying, Paragliding and all other Aeronautic and Astronautic sporting activities.


"FAI is committed to deliver the very best in Air Sports"


Every 4 years the best athletes of World Air Sports combine in a major event to compete, promote their discipline, demonstrate their professionalism and inspire future generations.


  • Organise, in one place, a competition of the world’s best FAI Air Sports athletes.
  • Provide an exclusive and favorable environment for the Athletes, the Spectators, the Sponsors and the Staff.
  • Provide world class venues, organisation and environment to offer athletes the best conditions in which to focus on their performance.
  • Coordinate a major public event to demonstrate the professionalism, the capacities and the developments in World Air Sports.
  • Promote FAI ethical values, such as mutual understanding and respect.
  • Promote state of the art flight safety.
  • Connect all the different stakeholders of the FAI.
  • Inspire new opportunities and motivate new generations for Air Sports.


  • Create a safe environment for all competitions and participants.
  • Have a professional competition with clear sports regulations for all.
  • Have a clear and transparent selection process for the athletes and judges.
  • Distribute a Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal in each discipline to recognize and honour the FAI WORLD AIR GAMES’ best athletes in Air Sports.
  • Assure Media coverage in every FAI countries.
  • Build a legacy to assure the next FAI WORLD AIR GAMES by inviting future candidate cities.
  • Promote Air Sports.

FAI World Air Games


The Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF) is an Active Member of the FAI. It was established in 2012 as a non-profit organisation to coordinate and give direction to the fast development of air sports in the United Arab Emirates.

EAF activities include the establishment of rules for the control, certification, and regulations for the air sport events which are organised by members within the Emirates. EAF also promotes safety in sport.

The Dubai International Parachuting Championship has taken place each year since 2010. In 2012, Dubai hosted the FAI World Parachuting Championships (Mondial 2012) with 1,440 participants from 57 countries participating in 13 different disciplines, thus making it the biggest ever Parachuting event. Many other air sports events took place in UAE in the last few years, including the Al Ain Aerobatic Show and the Red Bull Air Race Abu Dhabi.
Emirates Aerosports Federation (EAF)


At the start of the 20th Century, the pioneering flights of pilots such as Clement Ader, the Wright Brothers and Santos-Dumont, the proliferation of aeronautical competitions, and increasingly rapid technological advances marked the real birth of the modern aviation era.

A small group of men recognized the growing need for an international federation to coordinate and give direction to the rapidly growing aeronautical activity.

On 10 June 1905, Count Henri de la Vaulx, Vice President of the Aero Club of France, Major Moedebeck of the German Airship League and Fernand Jacobs, President of the Aero Club of Belgium, gave a presentation to the Olympic Congress of Brussels on their proposal for a "Fédération Aéronautique Internationale". The delegates received the idea warmly, and in token of its support the Olympic Congress adopted thefollowing resolution:"This Congress, recognizing the special importance of aeronautics, expresses the desire that in each country, there be created an Association for regulating the sport of flying and that thereafter there be formed a Universal Aeronautical Federation to regulate the various aviation meetings and advance the science and sport of Aeronautics."

On 12 October 1905, an international aeronautical conference was convened in Paris. After two days of debate, the representatives of Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the USA adopted the entire package of proposed Statutes. The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale was founded on 14 October 1905. From its inception, the FAI defined its principal aims as being to"methodically catalogue the best performances achieved, so that they be known to everybody; to identify their distinguishing features so as to permit comparisons to be made; and to verify evidence and thus ensure that record-holders have undisputed claims to their titles." The statutes also specified that each body holding sporting powers (i.e. the national members of FAI) should retain full and autonomous control over its own affairs.

More than 100 years old, faithful to the decisions of its founding fathers, but also because the principles then established remain valid, the FAI's Statutes still reflect the objectives defined in 1905.

However, the appearance of new technologies and modern equipment, and the birth of entirely new air sport disciplines have meant that the FAI's sphere of involvement has broadened - and continues to expand. New objectives are adopted to reflect developments in society and in the aspirations of those who practice air sports.

An international, non-profit-making, non-governmental organisation, the FAI's main aim is the development throughout the world of sport aviation and astronautical activities.

The current Statutes describe in detail its specific objectives:
  • to make evident the essentially international spirit of aeronautics as a powerful instrument for bringing all people closer in mutual understanding and friendship regardless of political, racial or religious considerations, thereby helping to create international good will and thus build a better and more peaceful world;
  • to bring together the air sports men and women of the world in international competition;
  • to educate young people through sport in a spirit of mutual understanding and friendship;
  • to coordinate its Members' separate efforts to further aeronautics and astronautics throughout the world;
  • to protect and safeguard the interests of its Members in the use of air space;
  • to provide a forum for the exchange of information and discussion of mutual problems with other elements of civil aeronautics.

To fulfill these objectives and meet the needs of each air sport and area of activity, the organisational structure of FAI continues to evolve. From time to time, new Commissions are created.

At present, the FAI comprises these elements:
  • The General Conference, the supreme policy-making body, which adopts FAI Statutes and By-Laws - the foundation stones of the FAI;
  • The Executive Board, principal executive body of FAI, responsible for implementing the decisions of General Conference and directing the day-to-day operation of the FAI;
  • Eleven Air Sport Commissions representing, in addition to the General Commission, all 10 air sport disciplines under FAI control: ballooning, general aviation, gliding, rotorcraft, parachuting, aeromodelling, aerobatics, astronautics records, hang-gliding and microlights;
  • Four Technical Commissions which control non-sporting activities: aerospace education, amateur-built aircraft; medico-physiological and environmental matters.

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