British Team

The Silverstone event will see up to 70 of the world’s finest aerobatic pilots return to the UK, each trying to win the title of World Champion. The British team is here as well, managed by David Cowden and it presents its top pilots: Tom Casselles, Gerald Cooper, Mark Jefferies, Kester Scrope, Nick Onn, Richard Pickin and the French pilot Eric Vazeille. Eric is the coach for this year’s championships and he is also an ex-World Champion.

Pilot’s bios:

Gerry Cooper and Mark Jefferies are well known for their air racing series and are both in the aviation business. Gerry is the highest world ranked British pilot, with over 5000 aerobatic flying hours. Mark won the Free Programme to extend his lead in the Unlimited contest.

Nick Onn is a ex-Royal Navy Officer and Tom Cassells, from York runs a large logistics company. At the European Championships, held in Spain, 1999, Tom was placed 24th overall and was top British pilot, winning the Len Perry Trophy.

Kester Scrope started flying at University Air Squadron in 1994. Pickin Richard is 54 years of age and started flying at the age of 15 at Biggin Hill. Richard has been a Tiger Club member for 25 years at headcorn in Kent and also a senior check pilot.

Eric Vazeille is definitely a good choice made by the UK Team. He is the team’s coach. Eric is one of the top French Pilots and he will compete with the British Team for the 2009 World Aerobatic Championship title.

Trainings and first two days of WAC seemed to be very good for the British Team. You can see the Brits trainings in this video:

You can watch the British team in action during the LIVE broadcast on 28th and 29th August on:

www.airsports.tv/worldaerobaticchampionshipslive.asp

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