Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) is the world governing body of air sports, and the NAA serves as the U.S. representative to FAI. It is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The FAI oversees all air sport activity throughout the world, establishing rules for the certification of records, setting up regulations for air sport events around the world and conferring medals and diplomas to deserving members of the aviation community.

FAI serves:

  • 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.

The NAA and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale

In 1905, the NAA joined Germany, Spain, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, and France to create an international aviation organization called the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI). Today, the NAA is the most prominent member of FAI and is responsible for appointing representatives to 15 major FAI air sport and technical committees. The NAA also represents U.S. interests in aviation at the FAI’s Annual General Conference.

To learn more about the FAI, check their website.