04 JUL – 2003 WORLD AEROBATIC CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to the greatest female aerobatic champion of all times, Svetlana KAPANINA, World Aerobatic Champion for the 4th time in the female category, and overall vice World Champion.
Congratulations to Sergey RAKHMANIN, the new overall World Aerobatic Champion.
>>> wac website
05 JUL – 2003 WORLD AEROBATIC CHAMPIONS – FREESTYLE
News from Lakeland, FL (USA). Congratulations to Victor TCHMAL (RUS) who made it first, ahead of Mikhail MAMISTOV (RUS). However, since Victor competed as an independent, he is "hors concours" and cannot be ranked.
Therefore the 2003 Freestyle World Aerobatic Champion will be Mikhail Mamistov.
>>> wac results
24 JUL – HUMMINGBIRD
You certainly know the Hummingbird. http://www.esotec.co.nz/hb/HTML/HomePage2_F.html
Well here is the rotable version of the model by Kirk Longendyke.
29 JUL – NEXT EVENT 10TH AUGUST 2003
Sanicole Airshow, Hechtel, Belgium
Our programme: DREAMINGS Haute Voltige Air Musical.
07 AUG – HAUTE VOLTIGE AIR MUSICAL “DREAMINGS”
Haute Voltige Air Musical “Dreamings”, at the Hechtel Airshow, Sanicole Air Club, 10th August 2003
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It is a private organisation founded in 1988 by J.L. Monnet, a former leader of the Patrouille de France when he decided to leave the Air Force and promote Air Sports world wide.
Since then we have held 45 international events in Europe, America and Asia, paving the way to Japan (7 events) and P.R. China (13 events in 13 provinces / main cities).
Haute Voltige produces 3 different types of spectacular shows:
A sporting event: The FAI World Grand Prix, an official international aerobatic competition open to solo and formation teams flying to music, and sanctioned by the FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale).
Haute Voltige Specials to promote precision flying with top pilots, performed in accordance to the laws of each country, with the permission of the Civil Aviation Authorities (flights under bridges or through a natural cave, for example). Some people call this type of flying “stunts”, we call it “professional precision flying” because it requires serious practice and preparation with trained top level pilots.
The HV Specials also include our Ultimate Challenge: The Race which is a race against time involving solo pilots only, in a programme mixing horizontal pylon racing and vertical aerobatic figures. It’s a harmonious relation between excitement, sports, and technique.
Haute Voltige Air Musicals, similar to theatre acts with pilots and aircraft flying a story to music. This is our mix of sports, technique, art and culture.
And Virtual Haute Voltige, our latest development with a competition for virtual Formation Teams.
The first flight of the Wright Brothers was 100 years ago. Unfortunately, due to WWI, aircraft very quickly lost the statute of “piece of art” and “sport machine” to become tools for transporting and delivering people, freight or armament.
Since then the destiny of aircraft did not change because it is where (transport and wars) the business was organized and fruitful.
After 100 years of public celebrations of heroes or machines, Haute Voltige thought it was time to consider aircraft as a tool for creativity, blending the mathematical precision of music to an artistic emotion.
Therefore, unlike traditional airshows, the Air Musical will not celebrate a pilot, nor a machine, but the Art of Flying, performed by great actors.
Yes, actors are skilled pilots and brilliant aircraft, supported by musicians and all the ground staff who make the show happen, but the Star is simply “Flying”.
Dreamings is an eternal story about life and death, dream and war, show and happiness, involving sharks, dolphins and a mermaid. insert link to detailed story
The original music score was composed by Patricia Leidig (Germany) and Pedro Toro (Spain) who are the two members of the Spanish group “Almadrava”. http://www.almadrava.com
Dreamings is a word of the Aboriginal mythology in Australia. It relates to the Dreamtime (period of the creation) and to characters like the Snake Dreaming, the Rainbow Dreaming, the Dolphin or the Shark Dreaming, and so on… (more info below).
An Indigenous Australian told me one day that reality was what was happening during our dreams, and that what we lived during the day was just a bluff...
Stupidly, I laughed…
And we finally wrote “Dreamings”, the Air Musical…
More about Dreaming and Dreamtime
The expression 'Dreamtime' is most often used to refer to 'the time of the creation of all things', while 'Dreaming' is often used to refer to an individual's or group's set of beliefs or spirituality.
For instance, an Indigenous Australian might say that they have Kangaroo Dreaming, or Shark Dreaming, or Honey Ant Dreaming, or any combination of Dreamings pertinent to their 'country'. However, many Indigenous Australians also refer to the creation time as 'The Dreaming'.
What is certain is that 'Ancestor Spirits' came to Earth in human and other forms and the land, the plants and animals were given their form as we know them today.
These Spirits also established relationships between groups and individuals, (whether people or animals) and where they traveled across the land, or came to a halt, they created rivers, hills, etc., and there are often stories attached to these places.
Once their work was done, the Ancestor Spirits changed again; into animals or stars or hills or other objects. For Indigenous Australians, the past is still alive and vital today and will remain so into the future. The Ancestor Spirits and their powers have not gone, they are present in the forms into which they changed at the end of the 'Dreamtime' or 'Dreaming', as the stories tell.
The Australian Aborigines speak of jiva or guruwari, a "seed power" deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds. The shape of the land - its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and waterholes - and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that place into creation. Everything in the natural world is a symbolic footprint of the metaphysical beings whose actions created our world. As with a seed, the potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin. The Aborigines called this potency the "Dreaming" of a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. Only in extraordinary states of consciousness can one be aware of, or attuned to, the inner dreaming.
© Faces of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime
by Robert Lawlor
The Dreamtime, that happy period of earlier days, is well known. It was a halcyon era when the world, and mankind, and all created things, were young. There was a natural innocence in this period when animals were still like men. The interchange of form between man and animal is often puzzling, and there are times when we cannot be sure whether the hero or the villain of a story is a man or an animal.
Often enough, of course, the purpose of the tale is to relate how the animal gained its special characteristics and changed from a two-legged mammal to a bird, a lizard, or an animal. More important still is the connection with the origins of totemism, which was such an important feature of family and tribal life.
© Aboriginal Fables and Legendary Tales
by A.W. Reed
After a world premiere in Japan, it will be the first performance of the Haute Voltige Air Musical “Dreamings” in Europe.
26 machines, pilots, 8 different nationalities.
- SE-5A & MS 317 displayed by J.B. Salis Association
- YAK52 & T6 displayed by members of the Sanicole AeroClub
- Frank Versteegh and his Extra 300L, the Dutch Aerobatic Champion.
- Peter BESENYEI and his Extra 330L, Hungarian national champion, 2000 freestyle World Aerobatic Champion, winner of the FAI World Grand Prix series in 1999 and 2001.
- Klaus SCHRODT and his Extra 300S, German national champion, 2001 Freestyle World Aerobatic Champion, winner of the 2002 FAI World Grand Prix Series.
- Nikolay TIMOFEEV and his Sukhoi 26, Gold medal at several World Aerobatic Championships, a great FAI World Grand Prix Champion, a Russian national now living in Florida with his family.
- Pascale ALAJOUANINE and her Cap 232. She is the current French Aerobatic Champion, also winning in 1995, 1996, 2000 and 2001. She was twice European Champion 1995-2002. Pascale is the mother of a 25-year-old son and holds a career as an optician. Besides aerobatics, Pascale enjoys cooking, shopping, music, reading, skiing and cycling.
- The OV-10B BRONCO displayed by Bernard CAYRIER, a former fighter pilot of the French Air Force and founder of the “European Museum of Military Fighters” More details at: http://www.meacmtl.com/
- APACHE (5XL39) Flying the only jet team of the Musical, APACHE also flew the FAI World Grand Prix in PR China and in Japan with 3xSU26 aerobatic aircraft, winning the 2002 FAI World Grand Prix Series. This is a special appearance, a friendly support from Apache (Jacques BOTHELIN, leader, Philippe LALOIX, François PONSOT, Bernard CHARBONNEL, Christophe DEKETELAERE) to Haute Voltige.
- FLYING BULLS AEROBATIC TEAM (4xZLIN 50LX). Winners of the FAI World Grand Prix Series in 1999, 2001 and 2002. The first aerobatic team with a woman as a leader and males as wingmen. Composed of 3 Czech pilots and one Slovak: Radka MACHOVA (leader), Miroslav KREJCI (right), Jiri SALLER (left) and Daniel POLONEC (slot).
- SPACE KNIGHTS (2XACROEZE). Flying temporarily with two VariEze modified for Aerobatics, the Space Knights programme is displayed by Ral WEBER the leader and Richard KUSAK, with Frederic SCHWEBEL as a spare.
- MAT AERO TEAM (5xULM). MAT flew the first edition of Dreamings in Japan, 2002. For more details concerning their team, please visit their web site at: http://www.matteam.com/index.bak.html
11 AUG – EUROPEAN PREMIERE – DREAMINGS HAUTE VOLTIGE AIR MUSICAL
Despite the mercury rising to around 44° Celsius inside the control tower (all our gratitude goes to the cooperative attitude of military ATC controllers and a display director who smoothly ran a complex show), people happily made their way to Hechtel (B) and the Sanicole Aeroclub.
In the afternoon, the Haute Voltige Air Musical "Dreamings" was presented to a European audience for the first time and to mark the occasion, an Alpha Jet of the Belgian Air Force made a spectacular dolphin flight as a lead-in to the performance.
Quite fitting as Mandurah the Dolphin, is the hero of the story, and the Alpha Jet has definitely the look of a dolphin... In addition, the four L39 Albatros of the Breitling Team (Apache aviation) nicely joined the picture to complement our aerobatic champions.
Almadrava, the Spanish composers of the Dreamings original music score were also on site to watch 26 pilots from 9 different countries flying to their music, enhanced by a magnificent story teller in Flemish...
And thanks to the skills and professionalism of all pilots, the story unfolded through wonderfullly choreographed flights with sometimes up to 10 aircraft in the air at any given time, in the safest environment!
Among brilliant demo flights of the F16 or the Tornado and the outstanding performance of the Patrouille de France, the Haute Voltige Air Musical proudly raised the displays of "light" aircraft to a similar level of public interest, thus bringing a fresh approach to new types of airshows.
Thank you to Gilbert Buekenberghs, the organiser and happy director of the Sanicole Aeroclub, certainly an extraordinary location to hold special and unique airshows.
Stay tuned for the next "Haute Voltige" event which will be held at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan, 31 October-02 November...
15 AUG – VIRTUAL HAUTE VOLTIGE COMPETITION COMMENCING 2004
The Virtual Haute Voltige section of our website is now open !
Are you a virtual pilot?
Interested to fly in a Virtual Formation Team?
Want to compete with the world's best virtual pilots?
Make link to the concept page for more info...
22 AUG – NEXT EVENT 19TH FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX
2003 Haute Voltige Aerobatics Japan Grand Prix
Twin Ring Motegi 31 October - 02 November
11 SEP – THEY ARE THE BEST AND THEY CAN PROVE IT
All the winners of the 2003 World Aerobatic Championships will participate in the 2003 Haute Voltige Aerobatics Japan Grand Prix:
Svetlana KAPANINA, the best ever female pilot, ranked second overall (yes, including men!). Female World Champion for the 4th time (1996, 1998, 2001, 2003) she has no equivalent in the history of Aerobatics. In the past, Betty Stewart (USA, 1980 and 1982) and Catherine Maunoury (FRA, 1988 and 2000) could be two times World Champion in the female category, and Petr Jirmus (CZE) overall. But only Svetlana Kapanina has been World Champion more than twice.
Sergey RAKHMANIN, 2003 Overall World Aerobatic Champion and Alexander KROTOV, Silver medal in the male category.
Viktor TCHMAL (1996 Overall Champion) and Mikhail MAMISTOV(2001 Overall Champion) both 2003 Freestyle World Aerobatic Champions.
Svetlana FEDORENKO, Bronze medal in the female category.
In addition to aerobatic icons like Klaus SCHRODT, Freestyle World Champion 2001, Peter BESENYEI, Freestyle World Champion 2000, Jurgis KAIRYS and Nikolay TIMOFEEV, Haute Voltige could not present to the public audience a better panel of extreme skill for the most exciting flying by sport champions who are also the most brilliant display/airshow pilots. They can prove it.
17 SEP – MACHINES ARE VIRTUAL, PILOTS ARE REAL…
Come to Twin Ring Motegi and see the Virtual Haute Voltige Team performing at the 2003 Haute Voltige Aerobatics Japan Grand Prix.
All pilots are Italian.
Leader Stefano "Capo" CAPORELLI (33)
#2 Marco "Shark" COVA (16)
#3 Davide "Jackmall" VELLANI (28)
#4 Alberto "Boris" BORIA (37)
#5 solo Francesco "Mix" MISSARINO (27)