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Airplanes and sport. FAI to launch international Air Games Tour in 2018

Lausanne, Switzerland - It could start in the second half of the next year

The FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) is planning to launch an international multi-discipline Air Games Tour which could start in the 2nd half of 2018. Touching down in up to five host cities around the world each year, each event will showcase some of the best sporting action from across the world of air sports over four days of intense activity and competition. Designed to bridge the gap between the FAI World Air Games, which are held every five years, the Air Games Tour will build on the success of the FAI World Air Games 2015 in Dubai. That hugely successful multi-discipline air sports competition saw nearly 1,000 pilots and competitors compete in 20 air sports over two weeks. It was televised by 42 broadcasters across 115 countries, according to analysis conducted by Sportcal in the Global Sports Impact Event Study, ‘FAI World Air Games Dubai 2015’. Many different sports and air sport disciplines come under the umbrella of the FAI, from skydiving to drone racing, and the idea of the Air Games Tour is to showcase several different air sports at the same time at the same venue. In this way, more people will be reached, the audience will be bigger, and the event will be more commercially viable compared with simply hosting a single-sport competition. FAI, the World Air Sports Federation is the world governing body for air sports and for certifying world aviation and space records. It was founded in 1905 and is a non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The activities include Aerobatics, Aeromodelling, Airships, Amateur-Built and Experimental Aircraft, Balloons, Gliding, Hang Gliding, Helicopters, Manpowered Flying, Microlights, Parachuting, Paragliding, Paramotors, Power Flying and all other Aeronautic and Astronautic sporting activities.

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World Aeronautical Press Agency
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