Thursday, 05 July 2007 15:01
Competition flying concluded at the 24th World Aerobatic Championships in Granada, Spain at 20.56 on Tuesday, 3 July, with the final flight of the 2nd Unknown. Because the scores had to be manually entered into the scoring computer on the airfield, final results were not available until after midnight. Ramon Alonso of Spain became the World Aerobatic Champion and captured the Aresti Cup for the first time in his long aerobatic career. The competition was very intense all the way to the end of the event as his victory over Renaud Ecalle of France was by a 16 point margin out of nearly 10,000 points. Alonso flew a Sukhoi in the competition and was formerly a European Aerobatic Champion as well who has been on the competition scene for nearly two decades. A pilot for Iberia on the Airbus A-340, he is one of the most popular personalities on the aerobatic circuit whose warmth and generosity are well known (photo by Graham Hill). The Nesterov Trophy, awarded to the men's winning team, went to France with Spain in second place and Russia in third. The top women's team was Russia followed by the USA. Full results can be found at http://civaweb.mwebservices.net/
Tuesday, 03 July 2007 17:18
Zach Heffley of the USA won the FAI Gold Medal yesterday in the Final Freestyle event at the World Aerobatic Championships in Granada, Spain. Heffley flew a Sukhoi SU-26 to a decisive victory with a 135 point lead over second place winner Ramon Alonso of Spain. In third place was Renaud Ecalle of France. Normally, the Final Freestyle is flown at the conclusion of WAC but CIVA approved the organizer's request to fly it on Sunday, 1 July, as a part of the airshow. The airshow attracted over 30,000 spectators according to local officials who enjoyed the fine showcase of pilot's talents.
Monday, 02 July 2007 22:48
The results of the Final Freestyle, flown yesterday, have been delayed due to paperwork issues. The International Jury is verifying that the scoresheets are properly identified with each pilot as this information was missing on the sheets. That will be completed this afternoon and the scores will be entered into the computer as soon as possible. It may be tomorrow morning before publication.
Monday, 02 July 2007 19:49
The sequence for the 2nd Unknown has been selected by the International Jury from the proposals received from Teams this morning. It is attached here for download as a PDF and GIF file. Protests will be accepted on this sequence until 14.00, 2 July.
Sunday, 01 July 2007 18:16
The results for the 1st Unknown at WAC in Granada became official at 10.30 today, 1st of July. Ramon Alonso of Spain has taken the FAI Gold Medal in the flight, followed by Renaud Ecalle of France, and Mikhail Mamistov of Russia. In the overall results, Renaud Ecalle retains a lead of only 16 points over Alonso. Team results are also very close so it will be a "photo finish" at the end.
Friday, 29 June 2007 21:34
Programme 1 -- the Free Programme -- finished today in Granada with Renaude Ecalle of France in first place. He was followed by WAC first-timer Olivier Masurel of France. Svetlana Kapanina of Russia was in third. The results became official at 14.15 local time. However, three protests have been filed and remain to be decided by the International Jury at the time of this writing. Results may change as a result of these protests.
Friday, 29 June 2007 17:37
The 1st Unknown programme of the World Aerobatic Championships in Granada was not completed last night and continues into Friday, June 29th. The surface wind and the 500 meter wind exceeded the limits toward the end of the day and flying was called off. Italian pilot Sergio Dallas (number 42 in the flight order) was the last to fly. Alexander Krotov resumed the programme this morning in his Sukhoi 26 (RF00665) and it is expected that the Unknown will be finished this morning and before lunch.
Friday, 29 June 2007 01:53
The International Jury announced the 1st Unknown for WAC. This aerobatic sequence was chosen by the Jury from 8 proposals submitted by Teams. It is anticipated that flying of this Unknown will begin on Friday, June 29th. It is available for downloading as a PDF and GIF at the link below.
Thursday, 28 June 2007 01:30
Programme Q at the XXIV. World Aerobatic Championships completed last night with Castor Fantoba of Spain winning first place followed by Renaud Ecalle of France and Oleg Shpolyanskiy of Russia. Programme Q is the "Known Compulsory" sequence, the results of which are used to determine Order of Flight for Programme 1, the Free Programme, and to provide familiarization to the pilots of the aerobatic box and to "warm up" the International Judges panel. The results of "Q" are not included in the results of the Championships but still is regarded as an important flight by pilots.
Tuesday, 26 June 2007 19:17
Results for the 24th World Aerobatic Championships are now available on line at http://civaweb.mwebservices.net/. These results are updated continuously as the flight programmes progress and the competition is underway. As of this writing, 20 pilots have flown Programme Q. A short break took place today for military training at the airfield but is resuming now at 12.20.
Tuesday, 26 June 2007 02:01
The 24th World Aerobatic Championships opened in Granada, Spain last night in ceremonies at Armilla Air Base. Flying began today with Programme Q. 51 pilots from 11 nations are competing. Countries entered in the competition include Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States of America. One pilot is entered as an independent and will fly "hors concours". Pilot are contending with high density altitude and temperatures today but are faring well. They are being judged by a team of 8 judges under the direction of Chief Judge John Gaillard of South Africa.