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Two French Pilots M. Seis and C. Ruch and Polish pilot S. Kawa on the Podium of the 6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship

FAI-SGP2015-logoWhat an exciting race with all the elements for a great, thrilling finale. Unfortunately, the pilots came under the influence of deteriorating weather quickly. An incoming front spoiled all the opportunities for a flight back home to Varese-airfield. Just 20 kilometers short of the finish line, the three leading teams had to decide for a safe outlanding. 

As no one will be able to finish the task, the results of the 6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship stay as after yesterday's flight. The gold medal will go to Maximilian SEIS (France), on second place with the silver-medal Christoph RUCH (France) and with Sebastian KAWA (Poland) taking the bronze medal.

Find the official results on http://www.sgp.aero/final2015.aspx !

6th FAI Sailplane Grand Prix Championship in Varese, Italy - Follow the Dramatic Last Hours Live!

FAI-SGP2015-logoIt is the last day of the 6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship in Varese, Italy and it couldn't be more dramatic! With the current ranking list, anything can happen. Follow the last hours of the competition live online, on Facebook or Twitter and see the pilots fighting for the last kilometres for the podium places!

6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship – Race in full swing!

 

FAI-SGP2015-logoToday is the sixth competition day and the race is in its full swing in Varese, Italy! Until Saturday, 12 September 2015, 20 of the world’s best glider pilots are competing at the Calcinate del Pesce Airport, where they fight for the Champion title during the 6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship.

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Hall gets first Red Bull Air Race win, upsetting Bonhomme in dramatic final

RBAR2015-SpielbergFlying brilliantly on a difficult windswept track set up at the Red Bull Ring high in the Austrian Alps, Matt Hall upset Red Bull Air Race World Championship leader Paul Bonhomme. Local hero Hannes Arch was knocked out in the opening round after hitting a pylon.

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6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship: Tight Battle to Start on Saturday in Italy

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From 5 to 12 September 2015, twenty amongst the best gliding pilots in the world will battle out to win the 6th FAI World Sailplane Grand Prix Championship at Calcinate Del Pesce Airport in Varese, Italy. This exciting competition, which can be followed live online, is the finale of a series of seven qualifying races that took place during the course of the year in different places around the world.

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59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett: Victory for Swiss Team SUI 01 Frieden and Witprächtiger!

GB2015-UI 01 - Opening Ceremony - winners - closeSwiss Team SUI 01 Kurt Frieden and Pascal Witprächtiger (left) won the 59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. Having left Pau, France, in the evening of the 28 August, they landed near Jaczno, Poland, after 68h 20min and 2080.80 km from the take-off point at about 8:30am on 1 September. Last year’s winners Team GER 01 Wilhelm Eimers and Matthias Zenge reached the second place with 2071.61 km, and Nicolas Tièche and Laurent Sciboz from Switzerland third with 2067.76 km.

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France Holds On to its FAI Aerobatic World Championships Titles - Rob Holland Freestyle World Champion for the Third Consecutive Time

WAC2015-winnersFrance takes home all gold medals at the 28th FAI World Aerobatics Championships: general rankings, team ranking, individual male and individual female.

After ten days of a particularly challenging competition French pilot Capitaine Alexandre Orlowski (France - left) is the new World Champion.

The French female pilot Aude Lemordant (left) also takes gold at the women’s competition. She finishes sixth in general rankings, just behind Orlowski, Mikhail Mamistov (Russia) Castor Fantoba (Spain), Gerald Cooper (Great Britain) and Capitaine François Rallet (France).

For the first time in the history of the FAI World Aerobatic Championships, Rob Holland from USA has won the Final Freestyle three times in a row (2011, 2013, 2015).

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59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett – Preparations in Full Swing !

7 hours to go until the take-off of the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. The launch of the 17 Teams representing 8 Nations is scheduled for today Friday, 28 August at 22:45 CEST (21:45 UTC) at the Horserace tracks (Hippodrome de Pau).

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59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett – Preparations in Full Swing !

7 hours to go until the take-off of the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship. The launch of the 17 Teams representing 8 Nations is scheduled for today Friday, 28 August at 22:45 CEST (21:45 UTC) at the Horserace tracks (Hippodrome de Pau).

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Follow the 59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett online - Launch of the gas balloons on Friday !

gb2015The Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI World Long Distance Gas Balloon Championship, is the oldest and most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for the pilots. It is a story full of adventure, skill, courage, survival and luck. The goal is simple: to fly the furthest non-stop distance from the launch site. The international competition was initiated by adventurer and newspaper tycoon James Gordon Bennett Jr. in 1906. Little did he know that this race was to continue until today.

The 59th edition is hosted in Pau, France, on the northern edge of the Pyrenees, 100 km from the Atlantic Ocean and 50km from Spain. In a few days 16 teams of the world’s best gas balloon pilots representing 8 nations will compete. Given the current weather-outlook, all looks for a ”go” on Friday night around sunset at the Hippodrome of Pau. The Prize Ceremony will be held on Friday, 4 September at the Hippodrome of Pau with a spectacular Closing Ceremony to finish the event.

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The First World Championship in the 13.5 Metre Class

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The first World Gliding Championship in the 13.5 Metre Class took place at Pociunai, Lithuania 1-16 August 2015. The competition was held in combination with the Lithuanian Club Class/Mix Class Nationals. The combined event served as a practice event for next year’s 34th World Gliding Championships in the Club, Standard, and 20 meter Multi-seat Classes.

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