10 Aug 2021

The world’s top aerobatic gliding pilots compete in Leszno, Poland

Famed for its excellent gliding conditions, and the only place in Europe to feature night gliding, Leszno is a popular spot in the aviation world, especially as it is alone in having held the World World Gliding Championships four times (1958, 1968, 2003, 2014).

Pilots from 10 countries – Austria, Italy, FAS Russia, Czech Republic, Romania, France, Poland, Hungary, USA – were warmly welcomed at the Leszno airfield and hosted by the Polish Aero Club between 28 July and 8 August 2021.

Two FAI competitions were held:

  • Unlimited Glider (UG) - 23rd FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships
  • Advanced Glider (AG) - 11th FAI World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships.


11th FAI World Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships


  1. Charlie Levy-Louapre  FRA
  2. Maria Gavrilina  FAS Russia
  3. Thibaut Fromantin  FRA

Team overall

  1. Romania
  2. France
  3. Poland

23rd FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships


  1. Ferenc Toth  HUN
  2. Luca Bertossio  ITA
  3. Vladimir Ilinskiy  FAS


  1. Poland
  2. France
  3. Austria

See full results

Congratulations to the competitors and organisers for a successful event.

Photos: Marek Jankowski