Wednesday, August 19, 2009

World Aerobatic Championships

The World Aerobatic Championships are held every two years and bring together the best aerobatic pilots in the world. The Championships last 10 days as pilots battle it out for the top titles in air sport. Silverstone Circuit in Britain will host the 25th FAI World Aerobatic Championship in 2009

The Championships include two separate competitions, the Technical Championship and the Freestyle Championship.

Technical Championship

The first is called the 'Technical' contest and involves flying a series of aerobatic figures as accurately as possible, the emphasis is on precision and to win this contest a pilot has to fly very complex aerobatic manoeuvres better than any of the other pilots. There are up to four 'rounds' in this contest, so most pilots will fly four aerobatic sequences during the contest. In each sequence the individual figures flown are geometrically defined and drawn from the internationally agreed Aresti Catalogue system.

Qualification Round: Known Programme

All pilots fly the same sequence and will have practiced flying the sequence before the contest. Pilots have to fly the sequence of figures accurately, in the correct order, in the specified direction, in a small area of sky and without stopping! A safe flight in this round qualifies the pilot to participate in the remainder of the competition, but this round does not count towards the final result. The World Championship is a very difficult contest, so pilots have to prove that they are good enough to fly in the contest!

Round 1: Free Programme

In the 'Free' programme each pilot flies a sequence that (s)he has composed him/herself. The manoeuvres flown must demonstrate a high level of technical difficulty and a wide variety of flying techniques. The Free programmes are designed by each pilot to suite his/her own preferences and the capabilities of their specific aircraft type.

Round 2 and 3: Unknown Programmes

Each pilot will then fly two 'Unknown' sequences. These 'unknowns' are composed from figures submitted by the competing countries and are flown without practice. Each nation will try to fox the others' pilots by choosing figures difficult to fly well at the first attempt. The Unknowns are a severe test of pilot skill and the Championship can easily be lost if a pilot executes just one figure incorrectly.

The two 'Unknown' sequences, revealed to contestants only when the previous sequences have been completed, will often be very complex and each pilot's ability to execute these requirements without practice will determine how well (s)he scores.

At every contest, pilots can be observed with hands in the air, walking backwards, or holding an imaginary stick, studying a piece of paper and making sudden turns reminiscent of a ballet dancer. This is known as 'walking the sequence' and is a vital part of the pre-flight mental rehearsal they must make if they are to succeed.

Pilots can win individual medals, or team medals. Countries need three pilots in the competition to be counted towards the team results. Aerobatics is unusual in the world of sport, because men and women compete equally in the battle to win the world title the overall winner of the Technical Championship is called the World Aerobatic Champion, a title that could be won by a man or a woman.

The Freestyle Championship

This flight is much more like airshow flying each flight is very different and flown with smoke and music. The pilots invent their own display sequences that last between 3½ and 4 minutes, using any combination of manoeuvres - anything goes! The only limit is the pilot's skill and imagination. Each performance is judged for technical and artistic merit.

It is a tremendously exciting programme to watch, with aircraft gyrating and tumbling in ways that seem quite impossible to the spectator.

Programme of Events for 2009

20th-28th August Classic Contest Flights. Flying between 0900 and 2000 depending on weather.

Saturday 29th August Freestyle Championship Flights. Airshow and Closing Ceremony. 1300 to 2000 depending on weather.

Sunday 30th August Departures Only

Monday 17th August Judging teams arrive Tuesday 18th August CIVA Judging School Arrivals & Practice Jury Meeting (pm) Teams arrive & register. No landings at Silverstone before 0900 on 18th.

All contest officials to be on site on the 18th. These two days will be used to test the contest systems (judging set-up, video, scoring and aeroplane tracking system).

Wednesday 19th August Arrivals & Practice

Judges Briefing (am) 1700 Main Briefing at Silverstone 2000 Opening ceremony at the Hotel

20th August - 28th August Flying days for Programmes Q, 1, 2 and 3

Daily Briefing 0800

Flying between 0900 and 1830 Saturday 29th August Programme 4

End of flying at 1700 (estimated) Contest Dinner and Closing Ceremony at 20000 Sunday 30th August Departures only All departures by 1100

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Hello and welcome to Melissa Aerobatics!

Melissa's air show routine is a high energy and action packed display of Unlimited Aerobatics in the Edge540 Aircraft. The show will give your audience everything from the thrill of gyroscopic maneuvers to the extremely complex and technical maneuvers learned through competition. Melissa believes that mastering the skills of both competition and air shows will make her the most skilled and safe pilot that she can be. You will be provided with a full and entertaining display for every type of audience.

Melissa views each venue as a new palate where she can create a beautiful painting in the sky to please the eyes, ears and imaginations of all. As a young female in aerobatics, Melissa attracts the harder to reach audiences. The younger viewers can relate to her and be encouraged to pursue their own dreams of aviation!

"Melissa is a very impressive (and attractive) young lady! She puts on a great show too!"
~Spectator Fleet Week 2008

The Audience is the most important part of any show and our goal is to leave them wanting to come back for more next year!

Thank you for considering our show. Melissa Aerobatics is based in San Francisco, California. Any show within' 300 nautical miles is considered to be local and I will not charge any travel fees. Please visit the ICAS website and view our profile to download contracts and more.

We hope that Melissa Aerobatics is right for you!