Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, FAI (The World Air Sports Federation), was founded in 1905. It is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organization with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide, ratifying world and continental records and coordinating the organization of international competitions. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recognizes it.
FAI activities include the establishment of rules for the control and certification of world aeronautical and astronautically records. FAI establishes regulations for air sporting events that are organized by member countries throughout the world. FAI also promotes skill, proficiency and safety in aeronautics. FAI confers medals, diplomas and other awards to those who have contributed to the achievement of these aims as well as for work done in the restoration of old aircraft.