The 1st World YAK 52 Aerobatic Championships was concluded in Novosibirsk, Russia. The event was held on 17-24 August and 23 pilots from 7 countries participated in the Championships. The YAK 52 event was conceived in recent years in order to bring the possibility of participation in FAI Aerobatic Championships to more pilots. The next event of this kind will be held in Lithuania in 2009. After that, it is expected to be held every two years. The new World YAK 52 Aerobatic Champion is Anton Berkutov of Russia. He was followed in second place by Antonas Meleckis of Lithuania with Sergey Ilyukhin in third. Russia also captured the Team Championship with Lithuania and Belarus in second and third, respectively. Full results and contest data can be found at www.civa-results.com. Pictured below is Anton Berkutov.