British pilots prepare for the EAC and the WAAC

Sywell airfield near Northampton will be the place to see the best British aerobatic pilots as they compete to win two national titles on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July. The breathtaking freestyle displays will be flown in some of the World’s most capable aerobatic aircraft, flying figures that almost defy the laws of physics, and entrance is free.

The Nationals are part of the build up for the European aerobatic championships in the Czech Republic and the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Poland and both teams will be at Sywell to prepare their challenge for European and World championship medals.

Each pilot will have to fly four routines, including the advanced freestyle which is a sequence of figures of the pilot’s choice designed for the ‘wow’ factor that leave the audience wondering how the pilot makes the aircraft fly in a way that appears impossible. The sequence figures are the most complex and difficult to fly, presenting the pilot with both a physical and mental challenge as he fights to keep the airplane in a one kilometre cube aerobatic box while working in three dimensions, both upright and inverted, at over 200mph.

The winner is the pilot who presents the flown figures to the judges in the most geometrically perfect way. The sport of aerobatics is great for spectators who will see aircraft performing more extreme manoeuvres than they would normally see at airshows and is a great showcase for what these aircraft are really capable of, hitting 10G positive and 6G negative and changing direction quickly to remain in the tight aerobatic display box and avoid penalties.

Let there be clear sky and great flying!

Great Britain goes for European and World gold

2010 or the year when Great Britain could produce a World and European Champion in the sport of aerobatics for the first time ever.

This summer, teams rigorous selected during 2009 and 2010 by the British Aerobatic Association will compete in the European and World Advanced Aerobatic Championships.

The Unlimited European championships are to be held in the Czech Republic in September. The Unlimited Team is formed by Tom Cassells, British Champion Gerald Cooper, Nick Onn, Richard Pickin and ex-World Champion Eric Vazeille.

The Championships run from the 2nd until the 12th September and attract teams from across Europe, including the French World Champions.

The World Advanced Aerobatic Championships run from the 5th of August until the 15th in Radom, Poland.

The British Advanced Team is British Advanced Champion Alan Cassidy MBE, Chairman of the BAeA, Marco Kalweit, Nick Richards, Cas Smith, Paul Tomlinson and Nick Wakefield.

Both teams can be seen at various UK competitions in the run up to the championships, including the British National Championships at Sywell, near Northampton, on the 15th – 18th July.

Competing on the global stage requires not only exceptional flying skills, but also huge personal dedication by each pilot, including significant commitment of personal time, money and energy to mastering the sport.

All we can do is to wish them luck and to be there and support the championships.

Renaud Ecalle – is the 2009 Overall Champion

The World Aerobatic Championships 2009 finished with glory. After so many difficult situations and complicated manouvers to do, The overall World Aerobatic Champion of this year is Renaud Ecalle from France. Is the 5th time French pilots win this competition. Claude Bessiere won the WAC in Switzerland 1990, Xavier de Lapparent, Hungary, 1994, Patrick Paris won the world aerobatic championships in Slovakia, 1998 and Eric Vazeille was the overall Champion in 2000. WAC 2009 was a succes for France again. The French Team won the Gold for Team categories.  Wac wasn’t a succes just for France, it was a spectacular championship for every pilot attendant. Renaud finished his flights in applause everytime. After winning the competition he embraced the Gold medal and the overwhelming Trophy. Jeff Zaltman, World Aerobatic Championship organiser and Managing Director of Flying Aces commented: “I’m delighted for Renaud for today winning both the World Technical Champion and the World Freestyle titles. And of course our congratulations to France, the best Aerobatic Championship Team in the world. It has been both a challenging event in many ways and it has been an honour to have so many of the world’s top pilots gathered here in the UK, for the first time the event has taken place here in 23 years. I want to extend a huge thank you to Silverstone, the BAeA, the FAI and all of our sponsors for their exceptional support.”

 Take a look at the final results for World Aerobatic Championships Men and Ladies categories:

Technical Programme

Overall World Champion – Ladies                                                                                              Overall World Champion – Men                     

1. Elena Klimovich (RU)- GOLD                                                                                                             1. Renaud Ecalle (FRA) – GOLD

2. Svetlana Kapanina (RU) – SILVER                                                                                                   2.Alexander Krotov (RU) – SILVER

3.Kathel Boulanger (FRA) – BRONZE                                                                                                   3. Francois Le Vot (FRA) – BRONZE

Women’s World Champion – RAC Trophy – Elena Klimovich (RU)                                        Overall World Champion – Aresti Cup – Renaud Ecalle (FRA)


World Aerobatic Champion Team

1. FRANCE – Team Manager: Fabrice Camliti, Renaud Ecalle,Francois Le Vot,Pierre Varloteaux – GOLD

2. RUSSIA – Team Manager: Victor Smolin, Alexander Krotov, Mikhail Mamistov, Oleg Shpolyanskiy – SILVER

3. UNITED STATES – Team Manager: Norm DeWitt, Jeff Boerboon,Michael Racy,David Martin – BRONZE


Freestyle Programme

1. Renaud Ecalle (FRA) – GOLD

2. Jurgis Kairys (LIT) – SILVER

3. Eric Vazeille (GBR) – BRONZE

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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: