Frequently Asked Questions
Q-What air sports are connected to the Aero Club of Canada?
There are 6 organizations under the Aero Club of Canada "ACC" umbrella
Click on the link for contact information for each association.
Q-What is a Sporting Licence ?
If you go into competitions in Canada where you or your team may be setting a National Record, you should apply for a Sporting Licence. Your record may be a World Record and in order to have it recognized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale
, "FAI" - the World Air Sports Federation, it is compulsory to have a Sporting Licence. International competitions require a Sporting Licence.
Q-How do know if I am eligible for a record ?
Each association has them documented for their air sport in Canada, and for international records, you can check the FAI website at www.fai.org
. A record must be a Canadian record first, before applying for a World Record.
Q-How do I get a Sporting Licence ?
First you must be a current member of one of the 6 associations listed above. You must be a Canadian citizen or a resident of Canada for at least 185 days a year and you cannot hold a licence for two countries at the same time. You must study the Sporting Code as posted on the FAI site www.fai.org
. The CSPA
request that their applicants send their applications directly to their main office, instead of sending them to the ACC office. The fee is $50, payable by cheque to Aero Club of Canada, or check your
online banking for e-transfer capabilities. Send e-transfers to
. The CSPA
accept credit cards also. The expiry date for your Sporting Licence is December 31st each year. It is advised that you don't wait until the last minute to apply. Failure to obtain your Sporting Licence could let your whole team down.
Q-What if I think I set a world record?
First go to the FAI site www.fai.org
and check the records listed in your category. Their website lists the procedure for record attempts and has the downloadable documents which must be submitted. Then advise the applicable Aero Club of Canada Member Association (as listed on this site)
, immediately, as we only have seven days to register your attempt with the FAI. Use the PRELIMINARY NOTIFICATION OF A NEW WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT form. Your member association will verify and then forward your dossier to the Aero Club headquarters, within the allowable 120 days. The fee is currently 100 Swiss Francs which will be billed to the ACC and we will in turn send the bill to your member association, who will collect it from you.
Q-What about aeroplane records?
The Canadian Sport Aeroplane Association "CSAA" is presently inactive but ACC is hoping a group will come forward to reactivate it.
FAI General Awards
FAI medals and diplomas aim at giving public recognition to those who have made outstanding contributions to aeronautics and astronautics, especially in the field of sporting aviation. They are awarded each year at the Opening Ceremony of the annual FAI General Conference. Many of the recipients honoured have had their names closely associated with the history and developments of aeronautics and astronautics.
The FAI offers a wide variety of General, Individual and Group awards. Through the Aero Club of Canada many Canadians have been honoured over the years. For descriptions of each award, and an historical listing of who has been honoured for each award in each airsport discipline please visit www.fai.org/awards