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Site last updated by RMH
14 Aug 2015, 13:50

Welcome to the BMAA Microlight and Paramotor records site.

Could you fly around a 100 Km triangle at an average speed of 131 Km/h in a trike, or a 50 Km triangle at 66 Km/h in a paramotor?

If you can then you could claim not just a UK record but a World record as well, but you MUST prepare for it in advance, it is impossible to claim any record retrospectively because it is almost certain you won't have collected the right proofs.

Everything you need is on this site. Read How to do records first.

Latest news
 

[17 May 2011] New UK National record; for the claim by Dean Eldridge in the PF1 class Speed over a straight 15/25 km course of 72.96 Km/h. This is also the subject of a World Record claim.

[22 March 2011] New World record for Michel Carnet

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) World record:
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Claim number : 15993
Sub-class :RPF1Tm (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched
 / Flown with one person / Thermal Engine / Male category)
Type of record : Distance in a closed circuit with limited fuel
Course/location : Brighton (UK)
Performance : 127.7 km
Pilot : Michel CARNET (United Kingdom)
Paramotor : Nucleon / Dudek with Paramotor / Bailey powered by 4v-200 / Bailey
Date :08.04.2010
Previous record : 102.1 km (27.01.2008 - David ROTUREAU, France)
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FAI congratulates the pilot on this splendid achievement.
 

[12 Mar 2011] New UK National record; for the claim by David Broom and John Lawrence in the WL2 class speed over a 50 Km closed circuit of 164.53 Km/h. This is also the subject of a World Record claim.

[6 Mar 2011] New UK National record; for the claim by David Broom and John Lawrence in the WL2 class speed over a straight course of 165.77 Km/h. This is also the subject of a World Record claim.

[3 Mar 2011] New UK National record; for the claim by Laura Turner in the PF1 female category for speed over a straight course of 56.93 Km/h. This is also the subject of a World Record claim.

[14 November 2009] Changes to rules for records made at the CIMA plenary meeting in Lausanne, effective from 1 Jan 2010:

  • Change to the FAI Definition of a microlight or Paramotor: For the purposes of the FAI definition, emergency parachutes designed to bring the whole aircraft down used to be considered to weigh 'nothing'. Now, the weight is considered, but MAUW may be increased by 5% if such a device is fitted, so 300 Kg / 315 Kg for aircraft flown solo and 450 Kg / 472.5 Kg for aircraft flown with two persons. (Of course this does not supercede any National or Airworthiness requirement).
  • Microlight Autogyros: Autogyros falling into the FAI MAUW and minimum speed definitions of a microlight will be able to compete in FAI microlight championships and claim FAI microlight records. Note. Although this was agreed unanimously by CIMA, there are technical issues relating to global FAI rules which must be fixed before this can be implemented so this will not come about on 1 Jan 2010 as normal, but some time after that.
  • Photographic evidence It will no longer be possible to make a record claim using the 'classical' method of photographic + barograph evidence. From now on GPS + (in most cases) barograph evidence will always be required.
  • Championship records The rules have been adjusted to potentially make these records available in more championship tasks.
  • Proof of minimum speed It is now assumed all Foot launched microlights and all Paramotors (including PL1's & PL2's) are capable of a minimum speed of less than 65 Km/h. In these classes it is therefore no longer necessary to provide a Proof of minimum speed in record claims.
  • Naming of Aircraft in records Following some dissatisfaction as to how FAI have been naming aircraft in record claims, particularly in the case of paramotors, but also in some trikes, a naming protocol has been agreed with FAI designed to solve this and the FAI record claim forms will be amended in due course.

[14 September 2009] New World record for Michel Carnet

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) World record:
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Claim number : 15246
Sub-class : RPF1Tm (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched 
/ Flown with one person / Thermal Engine / Male category) 
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without landing 
Course/location : Brighton (UK) 
Performance : 51.9 km/h 
Pilot : Michel Carnet (UK) 
Paramotor : Dudek Nucleon 29 powered by 175 / Bailey 
Date :21.03.2009 
Previous record : 49.3 km/h (27.10.2007 - David ROTUREAU, France) 
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FAI congratulates the pilot on this splendid achievement.
 

[14 September 2009] New World record for Laura Turner

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) World record:
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Claim number : 15248
Sub-class :RPF1Tf (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched 
/ Flown with one person / Thermal Engine / Feminine category) 
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km without landing 
Course/location : Brighton (UK) 
Performance : 45.14 km/h 
Pilot : Laura TURNER (UK) 
Paramotor : Dudek Synthesis 29 powered by Miniplane Top 80 / PER IL VOLO 
Date :21.03.2009 
Previous record :  no record set yet
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FAI congratulates the pilot on this splendid achievement.

[21 Aug 2009] New UK National record; for the claim by Michel Carnet for speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without landing of 51.8 Km/h. This is now the subject of a World Record claim.

[21 Aug 2009] New UK National record; for the claim by Laura Turner in the new PF1 female category for speed over a closed circuit of 50 km without landing of 45.1 Km/h. This is now the subject of a World Record claim.

[14 November 2008] Mark Jackson and Eve Jackson awarded the Ann Welch Diploma
The Diploma may be awarded each year to the pilot or crew of a Microlight who made the most meritorious flight which resulted in a Microlight World record claim ratified in the calendar year preceding the CIMA meeting. The commission decided that the Altitude record set by Mark Jackson and Eve Jackson to 7395m (24258 Ft) over Kilimanjaro was the best effort of the year and the diplomas will be awarded at the next FAI general conference which is at Incheon, Korea, 6 - 11 Oct 2009.

[14 November 2008] Electric powered classes and Female Paramotor class introduced
At the CIMA plenary meeting in Lausanne, the commission voted to introduce separate classes for Electrically powered microlights and paramotors, thus opening the way for their own UK and Worlds records. It also took the historic step to divide the PF1 (foot launched Paramotor) class into male and female classes, thus opening the way for separate UK and World records by female paramotor pilots. These rules will be included in the 2009 edition of FAI Section 10 which becomes valid from 1 Jan 2009.

[20 October 2008] Microlight instructors are automatically Official Observers
In order to streamline the Official Observer system, BMAA has announced that all CAA licenced microlight instructors who are BMAA members are automatically Official Observers. Otherwise the application method for other people who want to be Observers in record and Colibri badge attempts is unchanged.

 

[3 September 2008] New World record for Mark Jackson and Eve Jackson

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) record:
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Claim number : 14936
Sub-class :RWL2 (Microlights : Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons) 
Type of record : Altitude 
Course/location : Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) Performance : 7395 m
Pilot : Mark JACKSON (UK)
Crew : Eve JACKSON (UK)
Aircraft : P & M Quik GT 450
Date : 19.01.2008
Previous record : 6 876 m (23.07.2007 - Jan B�M, Czech Republic)
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FAI congratulates the pilots on this splendid achievement.
 

[3 September 2008] New World record for Mark Jackson and Eve Jackson

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) record:
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Claim number : 14937
Sub-class :RWL2 (Microlights : Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown with two persons) 
Type of record : Time to climb to a height of 6 000 m 
Course/location : Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) Performance : 25 min 45 sec
Pilot : Mark JACKSON (UK)
Crew : Eve JACKSON (UK)
Aircraft : P & M Quik GT 450
Date : 19.01.2008
Previous record : 33 min 15 sec (23.07.2007 - Jan B�M, Czech Republic) 
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FAI congratulates the pilots on this splendid achievement.
 

[5 May 2008] New UK National record; for the claim by Mark Jackson and Eve Jackson for Altitude in class RWL2 of 7395m / 24,262 ft over Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in the P & M Aviation GT450 914 'Seeing is Believing'. This is now the subject of a World Record claim.

[5 May 2008] New UK National record; for the claim by Mark Jackson and Eve Jackson for 'Time to climb to 6000m' in class RWL2 of 25 min 45 sec over Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in the P & M Aviation GT450 914 'Seeing is Believing'. This is now the subject of a World Record claim.

[5 May 2008] New UK National record; for the claim by Mark Jackson and Eve Jackson for 'Time to climb to 3000m' in class RWL2 of 9 min 37 sec over Kilimanjaro, Tanzania in the P & M Aviation GT450 914 'Seeing is Believing'.

[25 April 2008] Review of BMAA's Official Observer system
BMAA have completed a review of the BMAA's Official Observer system; Richard Meredith-Hardy has been appointed BMAA Chief Observer, and a new edition of the BMAA Official Observers Guide has been published which includes the rules for accreditation of Official Observers and much useful information for Official Observers and potential record claimants. There is also a new BMAA Official Observer application form and a listing of current BMAA Official Observers.

[15 April 2008] New World record for Michel Carnet

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) record:
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Claim number : 14844
Sub-class :RPF1 (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown
with one person) 
Type of record : Speed over a straight 15/25 km course
Course/location : Brighton (UK) Performance : 63.8 km/h 
Pilot : Michel CARNET (UK) 
Paramotor : Bailey JPX + Ozone Viper
Date :19.10.2007 
Previous record : 60.13 km/h (19.07.2004 - Jiri SRAMEK, Czech Republic)
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FAI congratulates the pilot on this splendid achievement.
 

[15 April 2008] New World record for Michel Carnet and David Smith

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) record:
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Claim number : 14851
Sub-class :RPF2 (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown
with two persons)
Type of record : Speed over a straight 15/25 km course
Course/location : Brighton (UK) 
Performance : 37.4 km/h 
Pilot : Michel CARNET (UK) 
Crew : David SMITH (UK) (6564) 
Paramotor : Bailey JPX + Dudek Orca
Date:02.11.2007 
Previous record :  no record set yet
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FAI congratulates the pilots on this splendid achievement.
 

[15 April 2008] New World record for Michel Carnet and David Smith

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) record:
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Claim number : 14852
Sub-class :RPF2 (Microlights : Paraglider Control / Foot-launched / Flown
with two persons) 
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km without landing 
Course/location : Brighton (UK)
Performance : 32.82 km/h
Pilot : Michel CARNET (UK) 
Crew : David SMITH
Paramotor : Bailey JPX + Dudek Orca
Date:02.11.2007
Previous record :  no record set yet
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FAI congratulates the pilots on this splendid achievement.

[7 February 2008] New UK National record; for the claim by Michel Carnet and David Smith for Speed over a closed circuit of 50Km in class RPF2 of 32.82 Km/h at Trueleigh Sands, Sussex in a Bailey JPX330 / Dudek Orca 41. This is now the subject of a World Record claim.

[7 February 2008] New UK National record; for the claim by Michel Carnet and David Smith for Speed over a straight course in class RPF2 of 37.41 Km/h at Trueleigh Sands, Sussex in a Bailey JPX330 / Dudek Orca 41. This is now the subject of a World Record claim.

[7 February 2008] New UK National record; for the claim by Michel Carnet for Speed over a straight course in class RPF1 of 63.7 Km/h at Trueleigh Sands, Sussex in a Bailey JPX330 / Ozone Viper. This is now the subject of a World Record claim.

[19 January 2008] Mark Jackson and Eve Jackson (no relation) submit three UK and two World record claims in two seater trikes. See UK record claims pending ratification.

[1 January 2008] 2008 FAI Section 10 published. One significant change in that the co-pilot in record claims in aircraft flown with two people MUST now have a FAI sporting licence. Otherwise some small changes to the rules for records, mostly just clarifying the major changes made last year. 2008 is also the start of the transitionary period ending 1 Jan 2009 after which all FAI licences must be centrally registered with FAI by National Aero Clubs, in UK: RAeC. The major implication is that for microlight records and to be able to compete in championships, pilots must be certain that their sporting licence is indeed registered with FAI for the sport of microlighting.

[2 November 2007] Michel Carnet submits two more UK and World record claims in Paramotors. See UK record claims pending ratification.

[23 October 2007] Michel Carnet submits two UK and World record claims in Paramotors. See UK record claims pending ratification.

[16 October 2007] FAI announces at its general conference in Rhodes that as from 1 January 2008 FAI sporting licences will be maintained on a central database rather than by individual National Aero Clubs. Further news of how this will work will be announced in due course.

[1 January 2007] FAI publishes a new version of FAI Section 10 which has considerably simplified the business of making record claims. This includes the mandatory use of a Record Claim Form intended to assist record claimants to make complete claims.

[4 December 2006] New World record; FAI ratifies the claim by Richard Meredith-Hardy and David Hoyle for Speed over a closed circuit of 50Km in class RWL2 (2 seat Weightshift).

FAI has ratified the following Class R  (Microlights)  record  :
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Claim number : 14048
Sub-class RWL2 (Microlights : Weight-shift Control / Landplane / Flown
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km without landing
Course/location : Bonneville Salt Flats, UT (USA)
Performance : 146.7 km/h
Pilot : Richard MEREDITH-HARDY (UK)
Crew : David HOYLE 
Microlight : P&M Aviation Quik GT 450
Date  21.08.2006
Previous record : 123.75 km/h (25.04.1998 - Jozsef SZURMA, Hungary)
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FAI congratulates the pilots on their splendid achievement.

[16 November 2006] New UK National record; for the claim by Richard Meredith-Hardy and David Hoyle for Speed over a closed circuit of 50Km in class RWL2 of 146 Km/h at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA in a P&M Aviation Quik GT450.

[11 November 2006] Extensive proposals to modernize and simplify the international rules for microlight and paramotor records accepted by the FAI Microlight commission and will come into effect on 1 Jan 2007.

[26 October 2006] The FAI Ann Welch Diploma introduced into FAI by-laws at the FAI General Conference. One Diploma may be awarded each year by the FAI Microlight and Paramotor Commission to the pilot or crew of a microlight or paramotor who made the most meritorious flight which resulted in a Microlight World record claim ratified in the previous calendar year.

[7 September 2006] Extensive proposals to modernize and simplify the international rules for microlight and Paramotor records published for consultation at www.flymicro.com/cima06

[23 August 2006] Dave Hairs makes a Distance with limited fuel World Championship record in class PF1 (paramotors) by flying 110.161 Km on two litres of fuel at the 2006 European Paramotor Championships, Chozas de Abajo, Le�n (Spain).

[21 August 2006] Richard Meredith-Hardy and David Hoyle claim a UK and possibly a World record for Speed over a closed circuit of 50Km in class RWL2 of 146 Km/h at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, USA in a P&M Aviation Quik GT450. This claim is currently being evaluated.

[24 April 2005] Stuart Bond claims UK and possibly World records in class RWF1 for altitude; 12,158 ft [3706m] and time to climb to 3000m [9842 ft] in 0:52:50 from Brooklands Farm, Alconbury in a Doodlebug. August 2005 update: Information sufficient to ratify this claim was never received by BMAA and the claim is now void.

[19 May 2004] Storm Smith and Miles Hilton-Barber claim a new UK RAL2 class (Weightshift microlight flown dual) altitude record of 20,300 ft (6187 M) in a Pegasus Quik with a Rotax 912S engine from Eshott in Northumberland. May 2005 update: Information sufficient to ratify this claim was never received by BMAA and the claim is now void.

[17 November 2003] The CIMA meeting of 14 - 15 November 2003 resolved that as from 1 Jan 2004 the Payload provision 1.3.2 of the Microlight definition in FAI Section 10 is entirely deleted. Whether this is a wise decision only time will tell but it opens the door for record attempts in some aircraft which may previously have had difficulty complying with the FAI definition. Henceforth the only proof of weight required is that the MTOW is below 450 Kg for aircraft flown dual or below 300 Kg for aircraft flown solo.

[26 April 2003] Will Hughes and his daughter Ceri Hughes establish a new UK Altitude record in Class WL2 (Weightshift flown dual) of 3296m (10,817 ft) in a Pegasus Quantum 15-912 at Henlow, Beds. See WL2 records

[9 November 2002] New 'Annex 6 to Section 10, GNSS Flight Recorders' approved by CIMA. New document dealing with the use of GPS flight recorders in records and championships will become valid on 1 January 2003.
For more information see www.flymicro.com/fr.

[23 July 2002] FAI recognises Julian Harris and Robert Sharp's flights in a Jabiru UL as new World 50Km and 100Km closed-circuit speed records in class RAL2 (2-seat 3-axis). See AL2 records

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) record  :
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Claim number 7350 :
Sub-class RAL2 (Microlights : Movable Aerodynamic Control / Landplane /
Flown with two persons)
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 50 km without landing
Course/location : Isle of Sheppey, Kent (UK)
Performance : 186 km/h
Pilot : Julian HARRIS (UK)
Crew : Robert SHARP
Microlight : Jabiru UL
Date :  13.04.2002
Previous record : 163.02 km/h (04.06.94 - Philippe ZEN, France)
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Claim number 7351 :
Sub-class RAL2 (Microlights : Movable Aerodynamic Control / Landplane /
Flown with two persons
Type of record : Speed over a closed circuit of 100 km without landing
Course/location : Isle of Sheppey, Kent (UK)
Performance : 187 km/h
Pilot : Julian HARRIS (UK)
Crew : Robert SHARP
Microlight : Jabiru UL
Date :  14.04.2002
Previous record : 176.42 km/h (22.11.00 - Eckhard BUCHNER, Germany)
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FAI congratulates the pilots on their splendid achievements.

[11 June 2002] Julian Harris and Robert Sharp in a Jabiru UL establish new UK 50Km and 100Km closed-circuit speed records in class RAL2 (2-seat 3-axis). These two records are also subject to World Record claims. See AL2 records

[13 May 2002] Julian Harris and Robert Sharp in a Jabiru UL establish a new UK Altitude record in class RAL2 (2-seat 3-axis) of 3184m (10,446 ft) See AL2 records

[15 April 2002] Julian Harris makes a claim to three UK National and two World Records!

[14 November 2001] The CIMA meeting of 26-27 October 2001 resolved to change the way in which distances are calculated to the WGS84 standard. This will come into effect on 1 Jan 2002 for both UK and World microlight record claims.
 
For many years FAI Section 10 has stated that distances of under 100Km should be measured off a map (of not less than 1:250,000 scale) and greater distances calculated as the length of the arc of the Great Circle where the Earth is considered to be a sphere of radius 6371 Km.
 
The new rule for records states: All distances shall be measured by determining the geodesic between each point based on the WGS84 ellipsoidal World model.
 
The WGS84 ellipsoid is very close to the real shape of the Earth wheras a sphere is only an approximation. There is the added advantage that distances can now be much more easily measured with GPS units which are all equipped with the WGS84 datum.
 
The WGS84 ellipsoid has an equatorial radius of 6378.1370 Km and a polar radius of 6356.7523 Km. It is centered on the Earth's centre and oriented on its spin axis. The shortest distance between two points on the surface of an ellipsoidal World model is known as a Geodesic. (A Geodesic is to an ellipsoid what a Great Circle is to a sphere.)

[1 Nov 2000] FAI recognises Kevin Bates & Jane Brooks' altitude flight in a 2 seat paramotor as a World Record!

FAI has ratified the following Class R (Microlights) record  :
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Claim number 6487 :
Sub-class R5 (Microlights : foot launched back pack powered paraglider)
Multiplace Category
Type of record : Altitude
Course/location : 4 Stone, Kinnerton, Nr New Radnor, Powys (UK)
Performance : 1'334 m
Pilot : Kevin BATES (UK)
Crew : Jane BROOKS
Powered Paraglider : Solo 210
Date :  18.03.2000
Previous record : new
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FAI congratulates the pilots on their splendid achievement.

[1 June 2000] New UK National record to Kevin Bates & Jane Brooks' for their flight to 1,334m (4376 ft) in a 2 seat paramotor.

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