Statement of the FISA President

2020, actually this was a very nice date, and we all had a lot of hope that this year would also bring a lot of good, but then came alarming news in the winter about an insidious virus, which spread in truly distant China - and at first did not bother us at all, until the time when it was simply HERE, HERE AMONG US!

And from then on, 2020 was very different from what we had hoped for, very different from what we imagined, very different from what we thought was possible.
The philatelic life with trade meetings, exhibitions, fairs and bourses, public auctions was more or less over from one moment to the other - there were only a few exceptions, for example the stamp exhibition in Gmunden/Austria in the summer in which I could participate.

But a real philatelist does not let such difficulties spoil his hobby. Thank God, almost all of us have a computer and can communicate at least virtually with the whole world and get to know many new interesting websites and also friends and thus continue our hobby - and buying and selling on the Internet has also become more popular.
Stefan Bruylants has not let a minute go by this year without making sure that the FISA homepage was kept up to date and also revised again and again. This is more or less the only thing we could do this year and for this Stefan deserves all our thanks.

Even though I am looking positively into the future and I am sure that we will succeed in defeating the pandemic in 2021, I am worried about the future of FISA. We have a congress coming up this year and due to Corona we have not been able to make any concrete plans yet. Thus, the time and place have not yet been determined. Since I believe that such an event should NOT be held on a virtual basis it could happen that the congress has to be postponed for one year. Please inform your members accordingly.
I wish you and all club members including families a blessed Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year 2021.

Wolfgang H. Porges
FISA President
Berlin, December 21, 2020

Brief des FISA Präsidenten

2020, eigentlich war das eine sehr schöne Jahreszahl und wir alle hatten viel Hoffnung, dass dieses Jahr auch viel Gutes bringen würde, aber dann kamen im Winter alarmierende Nachrichten über ein heimtückisches Virus, welches sich im wahrlich fernen China ausbreitete – und uns zunächst gar nicht störte, bis zu dem Zeitpunkt wo es einfach HIER war, HIER MITTEN UNTER UNS!

Und von da an war das Jahr 2020 ganz anders als wir es erhofft hatten, ganz anders als wir es uns vorstellten, ganz anders als wir es für möglich hielten.
Das philatelistische Leben mit Tauschtagen, Ausstellungen, Messen und Börsen, öffentlichen Saal-Auktionen war von einem zum anderen Moment mehr oder weniger vorbei – es gab nur ganz wenige Ausnahmen, so u.a. im Sommer die Briefmarken-ausstellung in Gmunden/Österreich an welcher ich teilnehmen konnte.

Ein richtiger Philatelist lässt sich sein Hobby durch solche Schwierigkeiten aber nicht verdrießen. Gott sei Dank haben wir fast alle ein Computer und können auf diesem Weg zumindest virtuell mit der ganzen Welt kommunizieren und viele neue interessante Internetseiten und auch Freunde kennenlernen und so unser Hobby weiter betreiben – und auch das Ein- und Verkaufen im Internet ist populärer geworden. Stefan Bruylants hat in diesem Jahr keine Minute verstreichen lassen, ohne dafür zu sorgen, dass die Homepage der FISA auf dem neuesten Stand gehalten und zudem immer wieder überarbeitet wurde. Das ist mehr oder weniger das Einzige, was wir in diesem Jahr tun konnten und dafür gebührt Stefan unser aller Dank.

Auch wenn ich positiv in die Zukunft schaue und mir sicher bin, dass es uns im Jahr 2021 gelingen wird, die Pandemie zu besiegen mache ich mir Sorgen über die Zukunft der FISA. Wir haben dieses Jahr einen Kongress anstehen und konnten bedingt durch Corona bisher keine konkrete Planung vornehmen. Somit sind Ort und Zeit noch nicht bestimmt. Da ich der Meinung bin, dass so eine Veranstaltung NICHT auf virtueller Basis stattfinden soll könnte es passieren, dass der Kongress um ein Jahr verschoben werden muss. Bitte informieren Sie Ihre Mitglieder dementsprechend. Ich wünsche Ihnen und allen Vereinsmitgliedern samt Familien gesegnete Weihnachten und ein glückliches und gesundes Neues Jahr 2021.

Wolfgang H. Porges
FISA Präsident
Berlin, 21.12.2020

Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Aérophilatéliques

International Federation of Aero- and Astrophilatelic Societies



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Most member-societies of F.I.S.A. publish their own magazine on a regular base. F.I.S.A. aims to bring the front cover and index of these publications to your attention. This is possible thanks to the societies who sent their magazine cover and index to F.I.S.A.

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Reviews are from the author, the editor or by the AAMS librarian Ken Sanford.

Three new books published in 2021 !

An Aerophilatelic exhibit is composed essentially of postal documents transmitted by air, bearing evidence of having been flown.

An Aerophilatelic exhibit should represent a study of the development, operation or other defined scope of airmail services, presenting directly relevant items and documenting the treatment and analysis of the Aerophilatelic material.

The transportation of mail by air may be shown in several ways : by adhesive stamps, vignettes (with and without face value), labels, cancellations, cachets, transit, route and other explanatory markings, written endorsements, backstamps and relevant signatures.


An Astrophilatelic exhibit is built up on historical, technical and scientific aspects related to space research and space programmes.

Astrophilately is the collecting of philatelic material related to space exploration.

It does not develop a theme, it is a philatelic study of the scientific and technical progress achieved in conquest of space, including stratosphere research, early rocketry and the precursors to the various types of spacecraft, chronologically recording the relative events within the different programs.

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