Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) is the world governing body of air sports, and NAA is the United States representative to FAI. Based in Lausanne, Switzerland, the organization is made up of more than 100 member countries and was founded in 1905. Its basic aim is to further aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide.

As the world air sports federation, 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 lists these objectives among its goals as an organization:

  • 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.

Visit the FAI website for more information.