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This section of the F.I.S.A. website contains news items from the last years.
  • Zoom Day of Aerophilately : November 1st 2020

    ZOOM DAY OF AEROPHILATELY Sunday, November 1st - 11.30 to 1.00 or 1.30 EST

    We now have a full agenda for our Zoom Day of Aerophilately:

    1. Introductions: all participants will be invited to introduce themselves, and say a bit about their collecting interests and current projects.
    2. Optional show-and-tell: participants are invited to describe a cover flown as close as possible to November 1st in any year.
    3. Presentations:
      • A collection of November Air covers. - Simon Claughton
      • The American Export Airlines crash at Botwood on Oct. 3, 1942 - Ken Sanford
      • FAM No. 2: Seattle‒Victoria. Recent Findings. - Gray Scrimgeour
      • The First Trans-Canada Flight 1920, and its commemoration 2020 - Dave Bartlet
    More Info
  • Aeropex 2019 in Adelaide : Catalogue available

    The Adelaide Aeropex committee and accord judges have been working hard. The exhibition was oversubscribed but we have made arrangements to get extra frames to the venue and accepted every entry received by the closing date. The Drill Hall will be full!

    The attached file is the catalogue. It is not your normal catalogue, arranged in stamp exhibition classes etc, but is intended to be a visitor's guide and will be free for all visitors.

    In addition to this, the catalogue will also be incorporated into the next edition of the Australian Stamps Professional Magazine, a special Centenary Airmail edition that will be on sale at newsagents throughout Australia for two months from mid October through to the exhibition on 6-8 December.

    It will also serve as a promotion for the show and I invite you to place it on any websites you can for downloads and to spread the news wherever there may be an interest.

    Best wishes from Adelaide!

  • APCD - Deutschland : LZ 129 "Hindenburg"

    Dr. Volkmar Mehlitz, President APCD, is working on a publication to document all passenger and crew lists of the 63 flights of the LZ 129 "Hindenburg". Research in the Archiv des Zeppelinmuseums showed that the lists are not complete and a lot of Crew- and Passengers lists are missing.

    The following information is missing :

    • Review on the flights LZ 129: 22-25. and 43-47.
    • Crew list and passengers list for flights : 10. 11. 14. 16. 17. 28. 30. 33. 41. 43. 45. 52. 53. 59. 60.
    • Passengers lists : 7.-9., 18.-21., 26.-28., 30., 33., 39.-41., 43., 45.-46., 51.-52, 54.-55., 60.-62.

    If anyone can help Dr. Volkmar Mehlitz with copies of these lists, please send to : Aero-Philatelisten-Club Deutschlands e.V. (APCD) c/o Dr. Volkmar Mehlitz Franz – Schubert Str. 41 D – 06556 Artern Germany Tel.: +49 3466 302 525 (dienstl.) Tel.: +49 3466 300 525 e-mail: aerovm@web.de Web: http://www.aero-phila-club.de

  • Australian Air Mail Society : Australian Air Mail Catalogue - 07/08/2019

    Plans are under way to release a new edition of The Australian Air Mail Catalogue for release at Aeropex in December of this year.

    Tom Frommer and Charles Leski have been updating the last edition, published in 2008, but are always conscious of corrections and new entries to be made. Such a catalogue is a work in progress that is continually evolving. Collectors and researchers with details of changes and additions to the catalogue are invited to send them to Tom Frommer, Charles Leski or Martin Walker by the end of September 2019 so they can be verified and considered for inclusion in the new edition.

    If sending changes please quote the current AAMC number and the details of the change. For new entries please send the details as found in the catalogue for other flights. eg, date of departure, the names of the pilots and crew and the aircraft used, the route flown including stops, and if known, the number of covers carried. Scans of the cover at min 300dpi will also be helpful.

    To encourage new contributions to the catalogue Charles Leski is generously offering a 50% discount off the retail price of the new edition to all contributors who suggest corrections or additions that are adopted. Details of how to order the new edition will be released later in the year.

    Tom Frommer - frommer@pcug.org.au Charles Leski - Charles@leski.com.au Martin Walker - saphilatelist@gmail.com

  • American Air Mail Society : President Lee Downer passed away - 28/07/2019

    It's a sad day for the American Air Mail Society with the passing of President Lee Downer. Despite his battle with a brain tumor, Lee continued to take his duties seriously and worked tirelessly in his final days and months to implement programs and changes to help carry the AAMS into the future.

    One of those duties was preparing the digital version of the Airpost Journal for email circulation. Although the email had my name on it, the message was Lee's. That job is now mine. I just spent about three hours on the phone with Constant Contacts' technical support and hope I got this right. I expect I can get it sent out this month and hope I can remember how to do it again next month.

    Lee will be missed but I know through recent communications that David Ball is stepping into the president's role. I hope we'll all support him as he assumes the duties.

    Vickie Canfield Peters, Editor of the AIRPOST JOURNAL

  • Canadian Airmail Society : First Non-stop Flight Across Atlantic - 06/06/2019

    The Canadian Aerophilatelic Society celebrated The First Non-stop Flight Across the Atlantic by producing commemorative postcards which were flown across the Atlantic exactly 100 years later.

    The front of the cards features the famous image of Alcock and Brown taking off from St. John’s, Newfoundland, on June 14th 1919.

    The cards were:

    • franked with a specially designed Picture Postage stamp showing Alcock and Brown

    • cancelled in St. John's, Newfoundland on 14th June 2019

    • flown from St. John's to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on WestJet Encore Flight 3423, and from Halifax to Dublin, Ireland, on WestJet Flight 50 driven from Dublin to An Clochán (Clifden) and postmarked on 15th June 2019

    • numbered from 1 to 196 as were the letters carried by Alcock and Brown.

    Cards can be purchased from Dave Bartlet - dave.bartlet@shaw.ca (1955 - 9th Avenue NW, Calgary AB, T2N 4N3 ).

  • AS.IT.AF : Italian Astrophilatelic Society now member of F.I.S.A - 24/04/2019

    During the 49th F.I.S.A. Congress in Berlin, on Saturday April 27th, F.I.S.A. warmly welcomed the Italian Astrophilatelic Society AS.IT.AF as the 6th astrophilatelic society within F.I.S.A.

    Thanks to the magnificent work of its President, Mr. Umberto Cavallaro, AS.IT.AF became a leader in European astrophilately within ten years.

    AS.IT.AF publishes a magazin, Ad*Astra, every three months, in Italian and in English, available as printed copy or as pdf file. Besides this, Umberto Cavallaro has published several books on astrophilately, the latest was "The Race to the Moon", appreciated worldwide for its content.

  • Australian Air Mail Society : Planning Aeropex 2019 - Update 11/2018

    After the sad and premature demise of Ross Wood, the AuAMS is still organising people to fill the huge gap he has left. The new editor of The Australian Aerophilatelist will be Darryl Fuller. The new Australian delegate to the FIP Aerophilately Commission will be David Collyer in Sydney.

    This year is the 50th anniversary of the Australian Airmail Society and as part of their celebration we are hosting the Annual South Australian Philatelic Congress on the weekend of 6 & 7 October 2018.

    Next year, the Australian Airmail Society and the South Australian Philatelic Council will again join forces to host a special aviation themed philatelic exhibition here in Adelaide on the 6th to 8th December 2019. This will be known as Aeropex 2019 and celebrates the centenary of the first England to Australia Flight by Ross and Keith Smith. This will be held 6-8 December 2019 here in Adelaide. We have already organised some judges in overseas countries to collect and bring exhibits to Adelaideand hope to finalise the last few at next week's FIP Congress in Bangkok. When this is done the promotion of the exhibition will commence in earnest.We expect to put on a show with 300 - 350 frames of aerophilatelic, astrophilatelic and other philatelic classes with exhibits with aviation related subject matter.Eg airmail rates in postal history, aerogrammes in postal stationery, story of flight in thematics, etc etc.

  • Canadian Air Mail Society : Obituary Donald Holmes

    Donald Holmes will be known to many aerophilatelists as the author of Air Mail: An Illustrated History 1793-1981. This beautifully illustrated, thoroughly researched book, was an attempt to introduce the general public to the fascination of aeropostal history, by means of a coffee table style book. Although published in 1982, it is still widely regarded as the best one volume history of the early air mail flights and services around the world.

    Donald was also a regular contributor of letters and articles on a wide variety of topics, to the American Air Mail Society's Airpost Journal, and the Canadian Aerophilatelic Society's Canadian Aerophilatelist. In the years after this book was published, Donald moved from the U.S.A. to Scotland, then to England, to France, and then back to England. Donald was interested in not just the “facts” of history, but the significance of different events in the development of aviation and air mail.

    One of his particular interests, was the relative importance of the Wright Brothers’ flights at Kitty Hawk on December 17th1903, and Wilbur Wright’s flight at Le Mans in France on August 8th 1908:

    • the Wright Brothers first flights in December 1903 received little attention at the time. - There was in fact great scepticism as to whether they had actually flown. In 1906, for example, the Paris edition of the Herald Tribune carried an article on the Wright Brothers with the headline “Flyers or Liars?”. In 1908, when there were delays before Wilbur Wright’s first demonstration flight in France, the press often referred to them as “Bluffeurs”.

    • it was the August 8th 1908 flight from Les Hunaudieres race track at Le Mans, when Wilbur Wright amazed the crowd with his ability to make controlled turns, that turned the Wright Brothers into international celebrities. - The Paris daily newspaper Figaro wrote that, “It was not merely a success, but a triumph; a conclusive trial and a decisive victory for aviation, the news of which will revolutionize scientific circles around the world.” When they returned to the U.S.A. in 1909 there were two days of festivities in Dayton.

    Nowadays, however, the first flights on December 17th 1903 are frequently regarded as one of the most significant events of the 20th Century, but Wilbur’s flight on August 8th 1908 receives little attention. In a “Letter to the Editor” in the May 1999 Air Post Journal, Donald wrote that: “It seems to me that this easy to remember date 8.8.08 has been short changed in our awareness. This flight –Wilbur’s first flight in France – was the one that awakened the world to the importance of what happened at Kitty Hawk in 1903.” During his years in France, Donald became very involved with the Centenary celebrations for the 1908 flight being organized in Le Mans, and in the group Aero-Retro which built a replica of the Wright Flyer III that flew as part of the Centenary celebrations.

    As part of the Centenary commemoration, and to try and raise awareness of Wilbur Wright’s flight at Le Mans, Donald wrote a second book: Wilbur’s Story - a Personal View of the Role of France in Wilbur Wright’s Life. It is profusely illustrated with reproductions of old postcards, etc, and provides a thoroughly researched and highly readable account of the events before and after Wilbur’s flight on 8-8-08.

    Donald was elected to the Aerophilatelic Hall of Fame in 2005, to honour “his dedication to aerophilately and aeropostal history”.

    He is survived by his wife Lesley, and his daughter Carolyn.

    Chris Hargreaves

  • American Air Mail Society : AAMS on Face Book

    Dedicated to the documentation, preservation, advancement and promotion of aerophilately worldwide through education, study, research and services.

    Dear AAMS Member,

    Thank you very much for your loyal membership in the American Air Mail Society. You are the Society’s most important resource, whether you collect, conduct research, write, exhibit or sell. To those ends, the Society wants to provide you as much support as possible; as efficiently as can be done. Over the last quarter century, tremendous changes have been made in the information technology and social media we all use. To remain relevant, the Society must keep up. Our Board recently approved the first steps; improving our website and the delivering an on-line version of APJ. After finishing those website improvements, we will then look at various options to deliver our amazing catalogues. I will keep you advised of our progress.

    In addition, as a first step into Social Media, AAMS has created a Group on Face Book. This trial initiative should allow faster dissemination and better sharing of relevant information, as well as provide a channel for feedback from you. I am surprised at the number of interesting events and articles, relating directly to our hobby, that come to my attention each day. I think you might be interested in some these as well. Once we understand the power to facilitate, collaborate and inform, I think you, and many other members, will help fly us to new capabilities and uses.

    On Face Book, search in “Groups” for American Air Mail Society. Please read the Group Rules and answer the simple questions posed. Once accepted into the Group, feel free to use the power of Face Book to keep us all informed on what you are doing and thinking about aerophilately. When you do request to join, bear with us. We are learning the ins and outs of managing the Group, so it might take a few days.

    I realize that many of you are not using Face Book, so I will ensure that significant information is also passed through more traditional means. After a suitable test period, we will evaluate the pros and cons to decide on the long-term future. Your opinions are essential to the plan. Let me know what you think.

    Warmest regards,

    Lee Downer