Wanna break a world record? Here's how. Also, there is a great FAQ
Aeronautique Association (NAA) that answers many of these questions
Here's how to become an
observer. We need observers!
National records are officially recognized by the U.S.'s National
Aeronautical Association (NAA.aero) which has
authority from the Fédération Aéronautique
Internationale (FAI.org). International records are recognized by the FAI.
And for the record, Dell Schanze, who makes many exorbitant, and
blatantly ridiculous claims, has never set even a single national
record, let along a world record. Nor is he even been a U.S. champion, let
alone a world champion.
Here is how YOU can actually set U.S. or World records.
- Become a USUA member ($30/yr). This is the national org recognized
by national and world bodies for establishing records.
- Get your Sporting License ($45) from the NAA. You must be a
resident of the U.S. to get a U.S. Sporting License. It's available
here from the NAA's website. Answer the questions no and yes
assuming you are a USUA member.
- Find the record you want to break and read the
that apply to it as provided on the right side of NAA's website. We
are considered Microlights.
Here are the
records from NAA's website.
- Submit a Sanction Application at least 21 days ahead of the first
desired flight dates. You can download the PDF from the right side of NAA's website. An observer will be assigned. You don't pay the observer
but must cover his/her expenses.
- Fly the record.
- Submit a record claim online *AND* the application for a record
from the FAI's website. Work with
your observer to make sure everything is covered. I've worked with the
NAA now and see that they are out to help you, within reason, achieve
your record. But it does take some effort and understanding of the rules
by both pilot and observer. Like most other human interactions, do you
part, show that you're trying to be thorough, and they will bend over
backwards to help get everything through.
Now go out and put America on in the record book!
Here are the records that you can go for. Note that paramotors are
Class R-Microlights, Subclass P for paraglider, F for foot launched, 1
for solo (2 for tandem), T for thermal engine (or E=electric) and m for
male (or f=female). So RPF1Tm means Class R Microlight, P Paraglider, F
Footlaunched, 1 solo, T Thermal engine (piston engine) and m male.
A wheeled craft, in FAI parlance, is a "Landplane". So a two-stroke
powered solo cart flown with 1 pilot would be RPL1T. R=microlight,
P=paraglider control, L=landplane, 1=solo, T=thermal engine. There is no
This is all defined in the
Sporting Code, Section 10 - Microlights and Paramotors. Here are the
records recognized internationally:
- 3.2.1 DISTANCE IN A STRAIGHT LINE WITHOUT LANDING
- 3.2.2 DISTANCE IN A STRAIGHT LINE WITHOUT ENGINE POWER
- 3.2.3 DISTANCE IN A STRAIGHT LINE WITH LIMITED FUEL
- 3.2.4 DISTANCE IN A CLOSED CIRCUIT WITHOUT LANDING
- 3.2.5 DISTANCE IN A CLOSED CIRCUIT WITHOUT ENGINE POWER
- 3.2.6 DISTANCE IN A CLOSED CIRCUIT WITH LIMITED FUEL
- 3.2.7 ALTITUDE
- 3.2.8 TIME TO CLIMB TO A HEIGHT OF 3,000 m
- 3.2.9 TIME TO CLIMB TO A HEIGHT OF 6,000 m
- 3.2.10 SPEED OVER A STRAIGHT COURSE
- 3.2.11 SPEED OVER A CLOSED CIRCUIT