JANUARY - DECEMBER


08 FEB – AWARDS TO THE 1ST SERIES CHAMPIONS

President of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), Mr. Eilif NESS, awarded trophies to the Champions of the 1st Series of the FAI World Grand Prix of Aviation:

Peter BESENYEÏ           (HUN)               1st Place - Solo Aerobatics
SKY BOX                      (CZE)                1st Place - Formation Teams

The ceremony took place at the Olympic Museum, Lausanne on 05th February in the presence of representatives of all Air Sports Commissions.

Mr. Ness underlined the very important role of the FAI World Grand Prix of Aviation in the research and development of future FAI competitions (format, public & media friendliness) and air sports technology.

The 1st Series of the World Grand Prix were held between November 1996 - November 1998 and in January 1998, the competition was opened to all types of aircraft, solo and formation teams.  It was the first time a formation team has been recognised by the FAI.

 Jiri Tlusty Sky Box & Peter Besenyei

 

28 SEP – NIPPON MOTEGI GRAND PRIX

For the second year running, a leg of the FAI World Grand Prix of Aviation will be hosted at the Twin Ring Motegi mobility circuit, located 100kms north of Tokyo.

Over the weekend of 16 & 17 October, nine top ranking international solo pilots that include 5 "World Champion" title holders, will display the fine art of flying to music when they compete over the race track for the Nippon Motegi Grand Prix trophy.

For the first time ever, the Japanese public will see a choreographed air display with both solo pilots and formation teams flying to the music "The Four Seasons" which was composed especially for the Grand Prix pilots by the Japanese group "Tone".

Pilots participating in the Nippon Motegi Grand Prix Competition & Exhibition:

The current GP Champion Formation Team, "Sky Box"

Jiri TLUSTY

CZE

Zlin 50 LX

Miroslav KREJCI

CZE

Zlin 50 LX

Jiri SALLER

CZE

Zlin 50 LX

Daniel POLONEC

SVK

Zlin 50 LX

The newly formed "Space Knights"

Réal WEBER

FRA

Rutan Varieze

Michel COSTE

FRA

Rutan Varieze

Top Ranking Solo Pilots

Peter BESENYEI

HUN

Extra 300S

Nikolay TIMOFEEV

RUS

Sukhoi 26

Viktor TCHMAL

RUS

Sukhoi 26

Jurgis KAIRYS

LTU

Sukhoi 31

Klaus SCHRODT

GER

Extra 300S

Svetlana KAPANINA

RUS

Sukhoi 26

Sergei BORIAK

KAZ

Sukhoi 29

Kirby CHAMBLISS

USA

Edge 540

Martin STAHALIK

CZE

Extra 300S

 

06 OCT – ZHANG JIA JIE, CHINA GRAND PRIX

We are pleased to announce that in 1999 a leg of the Grand Prix will be held at Zhang Jia Jie.
> Zhang Jia Jie, China Grand Prix
> GP N° 013
> 09 & 10 December 1999
A special airshow performance will be held on Saturday 11 December.

The competition is open to both solo and team categories, making it the first competition in PR China for formation teams.
Competing in the Grand Prix are two formation teams and nine top ranking international solo pilots that include 6 "World Champion" title holders:

The current GP Champion Formation Team, "Sky Box"

Jiri TLUSTY

CZE

Zlin 50 LX

Miroslav KREJCI

CZE

Zlin 50 LX

Jiri SALLER

CZE

Zlin 50 LX

Daniel POLONEC

SVK

Zlin 50 LX

The newly formed "Space Knights"

Réal WEBER

FRA

Rutan Varieze

Michel COSTE

FRA

Rutan Varieze

Top Ranking Solo Pilots

Peter BESENYEI

HUN

Extra 300S

Nikolay TIMOFEEV

RUS

Sukhoi 26

Viktor TCHMAL

RUS

Sukhoi 26

Jurgis KAIRYS

LTU

Sukhoi 31

Klaus SCHRODT

GER

Extra 300S

Svetlana KAPANINA

RUS

Sukhoi 26

Sergei BORIAK

KAZ

Sukhoi 29

Kirby CHAMBLISS

USA

Edge 540

Martin STAHALIK

CZE

Extra 300S

The Region

Zhang Jia Jie Municipality, located at 29° N and 110° E, is a booming tourist city in the northwest of Hunan Province. Formerly known as Dayong, the city got its new name in 1994 from the Zhang Jia Jie National Forest Park. The Municipality has 15 million people and is divided into Yongding, Wulingyuan districts and Cili, Sangzhi counties.

In 1992 the World Heritage Committee of the UNESCO inscribed it on the World Heritage List, saying that "as a cultural and natural site of exceptional and universal value, Wulingyuan requires protection for the benefit of all humanity".

Zhang Jia Jie is also home to minority nationalities such as Tujia, Bai and Miao.
Not far from Zhang Jia Jie Municipality are some of the most popular tourist attractions in China: Taohuayuan (Peach Blossom Stream), Mengdonghe River, the Three Gorges and Guilin.  Eight kilometres south of Zhang Jia Jie City proper stands a solitary mountain 1'518 meters above the sea level. It looks like a huge platform, with precipitous sides. On the Eastern side there is a huge cavern that runs south and north like a gate, hence its name Tianmen (the Gate to Heaven). The gate is 132 meters high, 37 meters wide and 70 meters deep. At the foot of the Mountain lies the Zhang Jia Jie airport.

 

17 OCT – 1999 HONDA NIPPON GRAND PRIX

A leg of the FAI World Grand Prix of Aviation was successfully completed this weekend at the Twin Ring Motegi mobility circuit, Japan. It was the first time the event in Japan was sponsored by Honda.

Final Results

Ranking

Name

 

Nationality

Points

 

Perfection

 

Aircraft

1

 

KAIRYS Jurgis

 

LTU

 

5'296.00

 

88.27%

 

Sukhoi 31

2

 

TCHMAL Viktor

 

RUS

 

5'288.00

 

88.13%

 

Sukhoi 26

3

 

TIMOFEEV Nikolay

 

RUS

 

5'240.00

 

87.33%

 

Sukhoi 26

4

 

BESENYEI Peter

 

HUN

 

5'224.00

 

87.07%

 

Extra 300S

5

 

CHAMBLISS Kirby

 

USA

 

5'120.00

 

85.33%

 

Edge 540

6

 

SCHRODT Klaus

 

GER

 

5'096.00

 

84.93%

 

Extra 300S

7

 

BORIAK Sergei

 

KAZ

 

5'040.00

 

84.00%

 

Sukhoi 29

8

 

STAHALIK Martin

 

CZE

 

4'836.00

 

80.60%

 

Extra 300S

9

 

KAPANINA Svetlana

 

RUS

 

4'708.00

 

78.47%

 

Sukhoi 26

 

15 DEC – ZHANG JIA JIE, CHINA

Great success of the FAI World Grand Prix at Zhang Jia Jie, China...
In the Guinness Book of Records...
After the Honda Grand Prix, held earlier in Japan, Jurgis Kairys, from Lithuania, won in Zhang Jia Jie, China, the last leg of the year ahead of Viktor Tchmal (Russia) and Peter Besenyei (Hungary). Kairys is now well in the lead of this second Grand Prix Series that will run until the end of the year 2000.

Broadcast live by CCTV, the National Chinese TV, and distributed world wide to one billion TV viewers, the flight through "The Gate to Heaven" (a natural cave in the mountain, 130m high, 30m wide and 70m deep) was performed by the Grand Prix pilots to demonstrate precision flying and to symbolise the passage into the new Millennium.

Winner of the first Grand Prix Series, Peter Besenyei was designated to be officially the first pilot to fly through this natural cave, and thus, entered the Guinness Book of Records.

Final Results

Solo Pilots

Ranking

Name

 

Nationality

Points

 

Perfection

 

Aircraft

1

 

KAIRYS Jurgis

 

LTU

 

5'576.00

 

92.93%

 

Sukhoi 31

2

 

TCHMAL Viktor

 

RUS

 

5'388.00

 

89.80%

 

Sukhoi 26

3

 

BESENYEI Peter

 

HUN

 

5'300.00

 

88.33%

 

Extra 300S

4

 

TIMOFEEV Nikolay

 

RUS

 

5'184.00

 

86.40%

 

Sukhoi 26

5

 

STAHALIK Martin

 

CZE

 

5'028.00

 

83.80%

 

Extra 300S

6

 

CHAMBLISS Kirby

 

USA

 

5'004.00

 

83.40%

 

Edge 540

7

 

BORIAK Sergei

 

KAZ

 

4'948.00

 

82.47%

 

Sukhoi 29

8

 

SCHRODT Klaus

 

GER

 

4'796.00

 

79.93%

 

Extra 300S

9

 

KAPANINA Svetlana

 

RUS

 

4'508.00

 

75.13%

 

Sukhoi 26

Formation Teams

Ranking

Name

 

Nationality

Points Win

Aircraft

1

 

Sky Box

 

CZE

 

12

 

Zlin 50 LX

2

 

Space Knights

 

FRA

 

10

 

Rutan Varieze


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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