Aeronautics is governed internationally by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), which also calls itself the World Air Sports Federation. The federation was created on 14 October 1905, in Paris, with founding members from eight countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States. The organization is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). There are 96 affiliated nations as of 2022, with 82 active members.
At Berlin 1936, a gold medal for Merit for Aeronautics was presented to the Swiss Hermann Schreiber. A gliding exhibition was also held at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.