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Air Sports
T-6 Gold Start passing the finish pylon at the 2014 Reno Air Races
Highest governing bodyFédération Aéronautique Internationale
TypeOutdoor recreation
Country or regionWorldwide
World Games1997–2021

The term "air sports" covers a range of aerial activities, including air racing, aerobatics, aeromodelling, hang gliding, human-powered aircraft, parachuting, paragliding and skydiving.[1]

Recognized and regulated air sports

Hang gliding

Many air sports are regulated internationally by the Switzerland-based Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) and nationally by aero clubs such as the National Aeronautics Association (NAA)[2] and the Royal Aero Club (RAeC). The FAI has separate commissions for each air sport. For example, the commission for ballooning is the Commission Internationale de l'Aérostation (CIA).[3][4]

Sports within the categories of air sports and their respective commissions are as follows:[1][5][6]




Other activities

Other aerial activities not governed by the FAI rules:


See also


  1. ^ "Ultralight aircraft provide a new form of air sport and of leisure activity open to all."[7]
  2. ^ "Sailplane soaring is both a safe and widely accessible new air sport."[8]


  1. ^ a b "Air Sports". Archived from the original on 30 October 2020. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Air Sports - NAA: National Aeronautic Association". Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  3. ^ "FAI Ballooning Commission (CIA)". 2 August 2017. Archived from the original on 9 June 2021. Retrieved 9 November 2021.
  4. ^ Levinson, D.; Christensen, K. (1996). Encyclopedia of World Sport: Acrobatics to gymnastics. Encyclopedia of World Sport: From Ancient Times to the Present. ABC-CLIO. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-87436-819-2. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  5. ^ "List of Air Sports A-Z". Archived from the original on 9 November 2021. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  6. ^ "World Air Sports Federation". Retrieved 11 November 2021.
  7. ^ Official Journal of the European Communities: Information and notices. Office for Official Publications of the European Communities. 1983. p. 288-3. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  8. ^ "The Rotarian". The Rotarian. Rotary International: 28. November 1976. ISSN 0035-838X. Retrieved 10 November 2021.
  9. ^ Technical Soaring. Soaring Society of America. 21–22: 53. 1997. ISSN 0744-8996 Retrieved 21 October 2021. ((cite journal)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Richards, Rashna Wadia (20 May 2021). ""This Isn't Some TV Show, Okay?"". Cinematic TV. Oxford University Press. pp. 154–195. doi:10.1093/oso/9780190071257.003.0005. ISBN 978-0-19-007125-7. Retrieved 11 November 2021.