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The 19th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championship commences at Lausanne

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Lausanne, Switzerland (20 July 2016): In Hungary, the 19th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championship starts today Wednesday 20 July 2016 –  an 10-day edition which will see brand new trophies for the winners at Matko Airport.

The competition which is a dual-competition; two world champions will be crowned- is the highlight of the international Glider Aerobatics calendar. The 19th edition of FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championship and the 7th edition of FAI Advanced Glider Aerobatic World Championship are both organised simultaneously by the Hungarian Aeronautical Association and the Hungarian Aerobatic Club.

Speaking ahead of the competition, Contest Director Tamás Abranyi said the whole team was “working hard” to prepare. “The last days are the busiest. We have to pray now for suitable weather too.”

If we go by detail of the competition, Glider Aerobatics is a high-adrenaline, highly visual air sport wherein pilots compete in specially built gliders to successfully complete a series of high-G manoeuvres. These gliders are towed up into a performance zone – the ‘box’ – at 1,250m above the ground. The box is a 1,000m x 1,000m x 1,000m invisible cube in the sky- marked by GPS, as well as white stripes on the ground.

Furthering the information about the technical part, the competing pilots then have to complete a complex aerial routine within the boundaries of the box; Six programs have to be flown during the championships.

For the monitoring and scoring part, an international jury of judges scores each program, penalizing pilots for altitude infringements or incomplete sequences. The programs are a mix of set routines and free programs, where pilots are free to invent their own sequence. Leading the international jury as the President is Manfred Echoer (DE), while the Chief Judge is Phillip Kuchler (CH), and President of the Technical Committee is Janos Geczi (HU).

The 2016 version of the competition will see fifty-nine pilots from 15 nations competing; Poland, with 11 pilots, Hungary, with nine, Germany with eight, and France, Czech Republic and Italy with five pilots each.

the Contest Director of the event, Abranyi said Hungary’s Ferenc Toth was “one to watch”. Toth is a Hungarian Glider Aerobatic pilot who won the FAI European Glider Aerobatic Championships in 2000, 2006 and 2008, and the FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships in 2003.

The contest Director Abranyi further added: “Hungary’s David Józsa and Miklós Hoós in Advanced categories are also ones to watch. The Polish and Czech teams are strong too.”

In the grilling 10-day competition, whoever does win, will be recipient of shiny new silverware to take home in triumph.

Announced a week before the competition, The President of the FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA), Nick Buckenham, about inclusion of brand new trophies for the winners.

Speaking about the idea, Nick said: “We have been able to create a brand new trophy for each category. Each trophy carries the full history of Glider Aerobatic champions. For Unlimited that is Jerzy Makula at Mauterndorf in 1985 and for the Advanced pilots it was Johan Gustafsson at Jämijärvi in 2010.”

Adding further, he said, “The trophies at Matko will be handed to the new Unlimited and Advanced World Champions.” The trophies feature a glider in bronze mounted on a wooden stand.