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Profile of a world champion: Ferenc Toth

Ferenc Toth WGAC2016 copyFerenc Toth has been at the top of his game since the turn of the century. The FAI Glider Aerobatics World Champion won his first major competition in 2000, aged 32. That was the FAI European Aerobatic Glider Championships, held in Provence, France, and it was a close battle between him and Jerzy Makula – the ‘grandfather’ of glider aerobatics – for the top spot.

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Hungary comes out top: Watching Ferenc Toth take gold

HUN WGAC2016 2“I think it was enough,” said Ferenc Toth as he stepped out of the glider after his final competition flight at the FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships in Hungary, on Friday 29 July 2016.

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It’s a family affair: Jerzy and Jan Makula

Machula WGAC2016“I have four sons, Jan is the youngest. But you know, when he was very little he was afraid of flying, he would not even touch the glider.” Jerzy Makula is a legend in glider aerobatics, often called the ‘grandfather of the sport’. A commercial pilot he has been at the forefront of developing glider aerobatics for four decades, pushing the boundaries and coaching individual pilots and national teams. He has been Glider Aerobatics World Champion seven times.

Now, his son Jan, 22, is following in his father’s footsteps and competing in the Unlimited class at the World Glider Aerobatic Championships. “I don’t remember when I first went flying with my dad, but I was young,” explains Jan.

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Mikhail Mamistov gets ready for the 20th FAI European Aerobatic Championship

CIVA AerobaticsPilot_Mikhail_MamistovAs the 20th FAI European Aerobatic Championships in Moravská Trebova (CZE) is coming up in August 2016, the powered aerobatic Champion, Mikhail Mamistov and his team Russia, is preparing for the competition. Having a busy schedule and focusing on all the arrangements, he took some time to have a little chat with us.

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Hungary eyes double-gold at the FAI World Aerobatic Glider Championships

FerencTothWGAC2016Ferenc Toth stands on the brink of victory at the FAI World Aerobatic Glider Championships in Hungary as the competition enters its final rounds. The current World Champion has defended his title strongly at Matko Airport, south east of capital city Budapest, against a strong field of the best Glider Aerobatic pilots in the world. 

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Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett: list of open countries published

The list of open countries, where the gas balloons of the 60th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett can fly, is now published.

The balloons will lift off from Gladbeck, Germany, on 16 September 2016. The winning team will be the one that flies the furthest away from the take-off site.

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19th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships takes off

WGAC2016The 19th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships start on Wednesday 20 July 2016 – and there will be brand new trophies for the winners at the end of the 10-day competition.

The competition is the highlight of the international Glider Aerobatics calendar and will take place at Matko Airport in Hungary.

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Tamás Abranyi prepares for the 19th FAI Glider Aerobatic World Championships

WGAC2016 banner_notes_2Some of the world’s best Glider Aerobatic pilots are heading to Hungary later this month, for a 10-day competition that will see two world champions crowned. Running in parallel, the 19th FAI Glider Aerobatic World Championship and the seventh Advanced Glider Aerobatic World Championship will take place at Matko Airport in Hungary from 20-30 July. The events are organised by the Hungarian Aeronautical Association and the Hungarian Aerobatic Club.

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Gearing up for the 20th FAI European Aerobatic Championships 2016

EAC2016 bannerThe Czech Republic is gearing up to host the 20th European Aerobatic Championship at the end of August – and has won some high-level approval from inside the Czech government.

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Workshop and Test Events Ahead of The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw

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A three day workshop took place this week in Wroclaw, Poland, as part of the preparation for the World Games 2017. The attendees included the Event Directors and Officials of the three disciplines selected to the World Games 2017, FAI Member Representatives from France and Hungary, the Director of the Wroclaw Aeroclub and FAI Head Office staff. 

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Paramotor Slalom Champion: Alex Mateos

Alex-Mateos-Gold-FAI-Slalom-600-400Alex Mateos won the 2nd FAI European Slalom Paramotor Championships in Spain in June. This was only the second time this competition has been held in this rapidly evolving discipline.

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