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Dear FAI News Readers,

The FAI Environmental Commission (EnvC) has established the Angelo d’Arrigo Diploma, a new FAI environmental award which aims at recognising and promoting major contributions in the field of environmental and sustainable development, in accordance with the development of a philosophy and a vision of sport aviation that increasingly wants to be respectful of the environment that surrounds it.
The diploma is to be presented for the first time in 2014 and may be awarded to individuals or organisations that have contributed significantly to the defence of and respect for the environment affected by air sports. The activities may include: scientific research, private, public or commercial events or activities, developed or promoted directly by pilots, sport flying clubs, FAI Members or public or private bodies as small and medium enterprises. Only one Diploma shall be awarded each year.

The award was named after Angelo d’Arrigo, an Italian Microlight and Hang Glider pilot (1961-2006). D’Arrigo flew with eagles and all kinds of birds of prey which earned him the nickname of “Birdman”: by following desert hawks he became the first man to cross the Sahara and the Mediterranean in free flight without using an engine; he crossed Siberia with Siberian cranes and flew over Everest with Himalayan eagles.

EnvC President Pierre Duval said, "The Angelo d'Arrigo Diploma is a unique opportunity to put under the spotlight persons or organisations which prepare the future of our sports. Through this distinction, we would like to single out those who dedicate their action to a better integration of our sports into a human and natural environment, making our sportsmen, sportswomen and competitors part of a cleaner and environmentally friendly world. We need these silent heroes of greener skies who simply are the pioneers of this century’s aviation development."

The Angelo d’Arrigo Diploma, like all FAI medals and diplomas, will be awarded each year at the Opening Ceremony of the annual FAI General Conference. Nominations may be made by any of the following nominating authorities: FAI Members, FAI Executive Board, FAI Commissions, FAI President, and FAI Secretary General.

A video of Angelo d'Arrigo's achievements can be seen here:

Kind regards,

Faustine CARRERA | Communication Manager
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