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Flying the Extra 330SC Aerobatic Plane

What’s so extra about the Extra? The Extra 330SC is the most popular plane here at the FAI European Aerobatic Championships. We asked two pilots, Kenny Chiang from Hong Kong, and John Galliard, head of the judging committee at CIVA, to explain.

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20th FAI European Aerobatic Championships: 20-27 August 2016

EAC2016 startForty of Europe’s best aerobatic pilots gathered in the small town of Moravska Trebova in eastern Czech Republic today, for the start of the 20th FAI European Aerobatic Championships.

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Lombok welcomes FAI Paragliding Accuracy World Cup

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The third round of this year’s FAI Paragliding Accuracy World Cup was held in Lombok, Indonesia in the first week of August. The beautiful location of Are Guling Bay welcomed 123 pilots from 15 countries.

The event was the biggest ever in the FAI Paragliding Accuracy World Cup and went off smoothly over four days, 4-7 August 2016.

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Krushevo Hang Gliding Class 5 World and Class 1 European: Best Ever?

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Krushevo best ever hang gliding cross-country World or Continental Championship? It was the opinion of many after the award ceremony was through.

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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

Ferenc podium WGAC2016“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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