FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM)

About us

All FAI Aeromodelling international championships, competitions and record activities are conducted under the direction of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission (CIAM). CIAM stands for "Comité International d'Aéromodelisme".


The FAI Aeromodelling Commission meets once a year at an annual meeting to discuss and work on the development of Aeromodelling, rules changes and sporting events (decision on venues for future events, appointment of the FAI Jury and Judges, etc.) and to vote on nominees for CIAM Awards.

Each FAI Member Country may appoint a Delegate with the right to vote at the Plenary Meeting.


Between annual meetings, the FAI Aeromodelling Commission is run by the Bureau, which consists of the President, four Vice Presidents, the Treasurer, the Secretary and the Technical Secretary. CIAM is the only FAI Commission to have a Technical Secretary.

The Bureau is elected during the annual meeting of the FAI Aeromodelling Commission.


Each FAI Member Country can appoint a Delegate to the FAI Aeromodelling Commission and participate in the work of the Commission.


Subcommittees are set up by the FAI Aeromodelling Commission. They have specific terms of reference (TOR) for their work and responsibilities. These TOR are approved by the CIAM Annual Meeting.

Working Groups

Working Groups are temporarily established by the FAI Aeromodelling Commission to study and report on specific matters or proposals.

Go to the Organisation page to get the list of all Bureau Members, Delegates, Subcommittees and Working Groups.


FAI Medals and Diplomas are awarded each year at the Opening Ceremony of the annual FAI General Conference.

The FAI Awards for Aeromodelling are the following:

  • The FAI Aeromodelling Gold Medal
  • The Andrei Tupolev Aeromodelling Medal
  • The Alphonse Penaud Aeromodelling Diploma
  • The Antonov Aeromodelling Diploma
  • The Andrei Tupolev Aeromodelling Diploma
  • The Frank Ehling Diploma


The FAI maintains files of all aviation records and the FAI Aeromodelling Commission lays down the requirements for class conformity and flight verification where aeromodelling is concerned. The requirements are to be found in Section 4 of the Sporting Code with specific CIAM regulations for records located in Section 4 of the Sporting Code.

Access the database and consult the current and past Aeromodelling World Records.

Rules & other documents

The FAI Aeromodelling Commission establishes and maintains rules and criteria for FAI Aeromodelling competitions and records, FAI badges, security at world sporting events, and technical standards.

Go to the Sporting Code or Documents page to get the latest edition of those documents.