As an FAI-recognised motorsport World Championship, safety is at the heart of the Red Bull Air Race.

Inside the cockpit

Get more information about the robust safety systems and practices in place in the FAI-reognised Red Bull Air Race world Championship

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an official World Championship recognised by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), The World Air Sports Federation.

As a world governing body, the FAI oversees world-class international competitions, as well as certifying world aviation and space records. The FAI has given the seal of approval for all Red Bull Air Race rules and regulations and as such all races from the Red Bull Air Race season appear in the official FAI Events Calendar.

With FAI backing, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship receives support for safety supervision at all races, with the FAI also providing specially designed medals for Red Bull Air Race podium winners at each race.

The FAI was founded in 1905 and is a non-governmental and non-profit-making organisation.



All race planes are fitted with a 7-point system, consisting of a 5-point seat belt system and a ratchet system. Both the seat belt and ratchets operate on a quick release system for unstrapping in the case of emergency bailout.

All pilots wear special helmets (most of them with a visor), G-Race suits, flying gloves and parachutes. The canopy can be jettisoned for a bailout if needed. Over water, pilots will also wear a water survival vest, which can be activated to inflated if needed after a bailout over water.

All aircraft are equipped with spare air and an oxygen mask. The pilot can use the bottle in case of a ditching situation in the water.

All pilots have undergone water survival training, which includes underwater rollover training.

A helicopter, speed boats with rescue divers, and a flight surgeon are all on standby during every flying session of a Red Bull Air Race.

Since the 2014 season the iconic pylons have benefitted from marked safety improvements. They now stand 25m high, 5m taller than those used in the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

The one-sided, asymmetrical pylon cones have a straight inner edge with an inclined outer edge, creating a perfect rectangular flight window between the Air Gates. The change in pylon height has elevated the flight window by 2m overall from the ground – improving the overall flying safety of the racetrack.