JANUARY - MARCH


06 JAN – 18 DAYS UNTIL AL AIN

18 days before the great Al Ain Aerobatics Show Our logistics started well before the New Year, aircraft and equipment are all on their way, and the Haute Voltige office will soon move to the Emirates.
The Al Ain Aerobatics show will host not less than 12 formation teams, including the helicopter team Sarang (Ind).

With the 21st FAI World Grand Prix competitors, it will make a substantial total of 30 participating countries.
All propeller teams have been finalised, including Marche Verte from Morocco and the Royal Jordanian Falcons and no doubt the audience will be quite impressed by the outstanding performances of the representative elements from Russia, Pakistan and UAE, and the combined flights of two PC21 coming directly from Switzerland.
The participation of the Saudi Hawks is now confirmed, Al Ain is becoming the greatest air show dedicated to public entertainment and air sports in this part of the world.

 

07 JAN – WEBSITE

The website operated by the Al Ain Team is now online, in English and in Arabic.
The web page operated by Haute Voltige will still be updated.

 

10 JAN – UPDATE

Until 31 January 2005, the latest updates will be available at www.alainairshow.ae

 

26 JAN – WE ARE BACK ONLINE

The 21st FAI World Grand Prix is starting today.
Due to transportation issues, the aircraft of the Hawks of Romania could not arrive in time therefore they won't be taking part in the competition.
Check the daily reports for more news.

 

28 JAN – FINAL RESULTS – 21st FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX (FAI Centenary)

The 21st FAI World Grand Prix has successfully ended today.
>>> detailed results

 

31 JAN – 2005 AL AIN AEROBATICS SHOW / 21st FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX – POST EVENT

After the great success of the Al Ain Aerobatics Show (record attendance), the Lieutenant General Khalid bin Abdullah Al Boainain, Commander of the UAE Air Force and Air Defence announced the set up of a national aerobatics formation team within the next few years!

 

02 FEB – 2005 AL AIN AEROBATICS SHOW PHOTOS

New photos will be added little by little, keep visiting our site regularly to check them.

 

08 FEB – HEART ISSUES

A lot of hearts were displayed in the sky of Al Ain celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the FAI and the success of Klaus SCHRODT (GER) solo propeller aircraft, MARCHE VERTE (MOR) propeller team, Major MOHAMMED SALEM AL HAMLI (UAE) jet solo, SAUDI HAWKS (KSA) jet team, SARANG (IND) helicopter team, Ralph LOSEMANN (GER), Chip HYDE (USA), Duncan OSBOURN (GBR), radio controlled jet aircraft, propeller aircraft and helicopter.

The day after the show the Haute Voltige and FAI World Grand Prix director (known here as John Loui) suffered from a severe heart attack which required immediate treatment and surgery at Zayed Military Hospital in Abu Dhabi. Fully supported by the Highest Authorities in Al Ain and Abu Dhabi and thanks to the highest quality of the medical services provided by the UAE, John was very quickly out of danger and will be able to fly back to Switzerland after recovery on 15th February. This was the result of a great team spirit enhancing the reality of the Arab culture of hospitality and friendship. In addition, John will not forget the smile of all the nurses and especially the personal skills of his surgeon Dr. Juma who had to go through very challenging procedures, travelling inside damaged coronaries with incredible precision. Thank you so much.

 

18 FEB – AL AIN 2006

With an average attendance of 10'000 a day, the total audience of the Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2005 exceeded 50'000 people on site. It is a real popular success for an event only two years old, which will become an excellent platform for sponsors wishing to entertain their clients. Anyone who could experience a flight over the desert in an ultralight, fly with the birds, or enjoy a ride with a top-class aerobatic pilot, will keep his emotions vivid for life.

Definitely, Al Ain is an airshow different from others, an atmosphere made of team spirit and friendship, with spectacular stunts and high performance aircraft, as well as poetry and music, a dream alive in the midst of the sand dunes.

Look forward to Al Ain Aerobatics Show 2006, from 11th to 15th January!

 

07 MAR – WINGS OVER AL AIN

An exciting DVD about the Al Ain Aerobatic Show and what was behind the scene will be released before the end of this month.  All people interested by a copy should contact us via e-mail.

 

11 MAR – AEROBATIC JAPAN GRAND PRIX BACK ON TRACK!

The 23rd FAI World Grand Prix will be held at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan, 4th-6th November 2005. It will be the final event organised by Haute Voltige for the FAI Centenary, after Al Ain and Lausanne.

 

14 MAR – CHILL OUT AND HIGH OCTANE JAZZ

We support our aerobatic musician friends and we are happy for their success. With their latest album released in January, “Almadrava” already entered the Spanish charts with “The Way”. And if you did not yet listen to the High Octane Jazz of “Lily Horn is Born”, just be aware that you miss something beautiful, not only to see.

 

22 MAR – REGULATIONS UPDATE

Formation Team regulations have been updated and are available on-line.


 
APRIL - JUNE

02 APR – LIONEL CHARLET

To see the fantastic work of Lionel Charlet visit http://www.lionelcharlet.com

 

19 APR – NEXT EVENT: LAUSANNE 26-28 AUGUST 2005

Haute Voltige flights to music will be displayed at the Olympic Museum (Lausanne-Ouchy), late afternoon on Friday 26th.
Lily Horn is Born, the famous Swiss saxophone quartet, will perform live.

The 22nd FAI World Grand Prix will be held at Lausanne (La Blécherette airport) 27-28 August, and will feature the top aerobatic pilots.
Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the World Airsports Federation (FAI), this airs how will be kindly offered to the public audience (free admission).
More details to come...

 

22 APR – VINTAGE VIDEOS

For vintage aviation videos visit http://aeronostalgie.free.fr

 

03 MAY – 22nd FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX, LAUSANNE 27-28 AUGUST

At this point, the following participants have been confirmed (although plans in aviation are always subject to change):

Formation teams: Patrouille Suisse (SWI, 6xF5), PC-7 Team (SWI, 9xPC7), Breitling Jet Team (FRA, 5xL39), Royal Jordanian Falcons (JOR, 4xExtra300), Flying Bulls (CZE, 4xZlin50), Hawks of Romania (ROM, 4xExtra300L), Matadors (GBR, 2xSU26), Space Knights (FRA, 3xAcroEze).

Solo pilots: P. Besenyei (HUN), N. Ivanoff (FRA), J.Kairys (LTU), P. Marmy (SWI), K. Schrodt (GER).

The organisers of the FAI Centenary Air show at Lausanne, hosting the FAI World Grand Prix and several other air show acts including war birds and the first female formation team, expect a public audience over 60,000.
Free admission.

 

08 JUN – FAI CENTENARY AIRSHOW – LAUSANNE

The event pages for the Lausanne FAI Centenary Airshow are now on-line.
>>> event pages

 
JULY - SEPTEMBER


02 JUL – 2005 WORLD AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BURGOS, SPAIN

Svetlana Kapanina won the female World Aerobatic Champion title for the 5th time, and Sergey Rakhmanin is the new Overall World Aerobatic Champion for the 2nd time.
Klaus Schrodt won the Freestyle World Aerobatic Champion Title for the 2nd time after his 2001 victory.
>>>WAC results

 

13 JUL – “WINGS OVER AL AIN” WINS AWARDS

Wings Over Al Ain was awarded "Best Movie of the Festival" and "Best Move on Aerial Sports" at the 6th "El Yelmo International Air Film Festival" held in Jaén, Andalucia, Spain 07 - 10 July.

We send our congratulations to Director Pedro TORO and all of the Haute Voltige Production team for creating a movie appreciated by so many.

Wings Over Al Ain was filmed during the 2005 Al Ain FAI World Grand Prix and Aerobatics Show.

>>> view trailer

 

05 AUG – BONUS

The new DVD "Wings over Al Ain" with bonus has been released, featuring more individual flights and in-board pictures.

 

11 AUG – MOTEGI 2005 POSTPONED

Twin Ring Motegi Co. Ltd just advised that, due to administrative reasons in Japan, the FAI World Grand Prix initially scheduled for November 2005 will have to be postponed.
It is expected to be delayed by one year however, a final decision will be made this November.

 

15 AUG – THE CLASH OF THE TITANS

Lausanne 26 - 28 August will be the last event of the first decade of the FAI World Grand Prix (founded in 1996).

For this special event, the FAI Centenary Airshow (the FAI was founded in 1905), 100 aircraft are scheduled, be prepared to be entertained... 

The FAI World Grand Prix is not a competition just based upon pure technique but on artistic creativity, flying to music... At Lausanne it will feature the most spectacular and creative Haute Voltige competitors of the last ten years: Peter Besenyei (HUN), Jurgis Kairys (LTU) and Klaus Schrodt (GER). They will be challenged by Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA) and Pierre Marmy (SUI).

In addition to famous military pilots and aircraft that include the PC-7 Team and Royal Jordanian Falcons, the Flying Bulls (CZE), Matadors (GBR) and Space Knights (FRA) will be challenged by the Hawks (ROM) in their race for the supreme title.

On Friday 26th, don't forget to wander along the lake at Lausanne-Ouchy between 7 and 8 pm. For there you will see the only jet displays of the week-end (Breitling Jet Team and Patrouille Suisse). You will also have the pleasure to hear the music of Lily Horn Is Born, the female Swiss Saxophone Quartet who composed our Air Musical "The Call of the Skies" and who will perform live on the terrace of the Olympic Museum.

 

25 AUG – LAUSANNE, THE END OF A MAGICAL DECADE OF THE FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX

First times are always magical... Lausanne 2005 will end the 1st decade of the FAI World Grand Prix. The event will determine not only the winner of the leg and the winner of the series 2004-2005, but also the winner of the decade 1996-2005, the "Ace of Aces", the best pilot/formation team of the FAI World Grand Prix for the last 10 years.

Jurgis Kairys (7 victories since 1996, 22 points in the 2004-2005 series) is currently in pole position for the supreme title in the solo pilot category but Peter Besenyei (6 victories, 12 points) and Klaus Schrodt (2 victories, 16 points) are close behind should he make a mistake.
For their first appearance in the Grand Prix Nicolas Ivanoff and Pierre Marmy could very well challenge the "Masters" for winning the Lausanne Event.

As for the formation teams, Matadors (4 victories, 20 points) are ahead for now but Flying Bulls (4 victories, 14 points) and Space Knights (0 victory, 14 points) just intend to step in, of course!
Lausanne will be the opportunity to see the first appearance of the Hawks, from Romania, who come here just to win.

All national formation teams (Royal Jordanian Falcons, PC-7 Team, Patrouille Suisse) and jet teams (Breitling Jet Teams) do not compete for the title of the Series in this first Decade.

 

25 AUG – PROGRAMME

Friday 26th 19h-20h over the lake at Ouchy, facing the Olympic Museum
- 19h-19h20: Breitling Jet Team
- 19h20-19h32: Haute Voltige (Matadors, Besenyei, Kairys, Schrodt)
- 19h35-19h55: Patrouille Suisse
Saturday 27th at La Blecherette airport
- 14h05-15h40: FAI World Grand Prix
- 16h10-16h30: Closing by PC-7 Team
Sunday 28th at La Blecherette airport
- 11h15-12h30: FAI World Grand Prix
- 16h10-16h30: Closing by Royal Jordanian Falcons

 

27 AUG – LAUSANNE 2005

The FAI Centenary air show and 22nd FAI World Grand Prix have started and you can visit our daily reports page for the results of the competition.

 

28 AUG – LAUSANNE 2005

The show started Friday night at the Olympic Museum where 20,000 people according to the police watched the flying displays of the Patrouille Suisse, Breitling Jet Team, Matadors, Peter Besenyei, Jurgis Kairys and Klaus Schrodt over the Lake Geneva in the frame of the 22nd FAI World Grand Prix and FAI Centenary.

Today, after 2 amazing days of aviation celebration which gathered more than 70,000 enthusiasts in total, the 22nd FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX came to an end and pilots have officially been ranked as follows:

Pistons/Solo Pilots
1. Peter BESENYEI (HUN)
2. Klaus SCHRODT (GER)
3. Jurgis KAIRYS (LTU)
4. Nicolas IVANOFF (FRA)
5. Pierre MARMY (SUI)

Pistons/Civilian Formation Teams
1. MATADORS (GBR)
2. FLYING BULLS (CZE)
3. SPACE KNIGHTS (FRA)
4. HAWKS (ROM)

Pistons/National Formation Teams
1. ROYAL JORDANIAN FALCONS (JOR)

Jets/ National Formation Teams
1. PATROUILLE SUISSE

Jets/ Civilian Formation Teams
1. BREITLING JET TEAM

Turbo-Props National Formation Teams
1. PC7 TEAM

 

WINNERS OF THE 5th SERIES (2004-2005):

Pistons/Solo Pilots
1. Jurgis KAIRYS

Pistons/Civilian Formation Teams
1. MATADORS

ACE OF ACES, WINNERS OF THE DECADE (1996 - 2005)

Pistons/Solo Pilots
Equal 1st: Jurgis KAIRYS (LTU) and Peter BESENYEI (HUN) with 7 victories each out of 22 events.

Pistons/Civilian Formation Teams
MATADORS (GBR) with 5 victories
>>> detailed results

 

02 SEP – LAUSANNE 2005

We currently update our photo pages of the 22nd FAI World Grand Prix but you can also visit an aerobatic fan, the Acropics Website.

 

05 SEP – HAUTE VOLTIGE CHAMPIONS FIGHTING THE SPIRIT OF GRAVITY

Further to the Lausanne event, our final contest of the year 2005, we would like to underline the global results of the FAI World Grand Prix for aircraft with piston engines. This was our first category, launched ten years ago at a time when aerobatic pilots had many difficulties in securing sponsors.

Unfortunately, these times are still running for the Russian pilots, although they are unmatched in classical aerobatics. Svetlana Kapanina , the best ever, 5-time world aerobatic champion, Sergey Rakhmanin, 2-time world champion, Mikhail Mamistov or Viktor Chmal, all of them have records which are unbeaten by our Haute Voltige champions specialised in freestyle programmes , more oriented towards creativity.

Now, thanks to the FAI World Grand Prix, most of the Haute Voltige champions are sponsored and famous in the world of sport aerobatics, as well as the not so demanding but more popular air show circuit. 

And, thanks to these great pilots, Haute Voltige could organise FAI World Grand Prix events during the last 10 years.

So, let's celebrate our champions!

Series 2004-2005
1. Jurgis KAIRYS (LTU) 30 points
2. Klaus SCHRODT (GER) 26 points
3. Peter BESENYEI (HUN) 24 points

ACE of ACES - The TOP of the PROPS...
At the end of our first decade and after 22 contests, we can now tell who is our top champion.
By winning Lausanne, Peter BESENYEI joined up with Jurgis KAIRYS, sharing the title with 7 victories each.

Both are strong personalities, two different styles, two fierce competitors, two characters, but also two maestros understanding what is flying to music and two showmen able to perform for the pleasure of their audience. 

Challengers, you now know who you have to beat! No bluff these two guys do not only say they are the best, they are still able to prove it!

And let's award a special mention to KAIRYS who, in addition, built his own aerobatic aircraft, only with the modest private means of a passionate man fully dedicated to flying.

Regarding Formation Teams, a category open in 1998 for piston engines and 2004 for jet engines, we wish you to enjoy the same pleasure as we do when we watch our champions:

1. MATADORS (GBR), our two airline captains who are in the lead, just a fraction ahead of:
2. FLYING BULLS (CZE), the top of inverted flying in close formation with 4 aircraft, the first aerobatic team with a woman as a leader;
3. SPACE KNIGHTS (FRA) two former fighter pilots who have the courage to compete with the only two VariEze authorised to perform aerobatics, the underpowered (for formation flying) but original and nice-looking homemade kit developed by Burt Rutan, the designer who sent the first private spaceship beyond the atmosphere.

What Next?
As you may know, organising anything is always expensive, time and energy consuming. Of course Haute Voltige does not have the means of wealthy private companies organising their own marketing events but the FAI World Grand Prix will still be in the news, from time to time, as  the Competition for World Champions , an official international sporting event sanctioned by the FAI, involving music with solo pilots and formation teams, piston engines, turboprops and jet aircraft.

Our next event will be the 23rd FAI World Grand Prix to be held at Al Ain, UAE, 11-15 January 2006.
We have been told there would be more teams and more jets over the marvellous desert landscape...
See you there, a nice place for holidays!

 

26 SEP – BEST OF HAUTE VOLTIGE

 

Further to public demand after the success of the DVD "Wings Over Al Ain" we are happy to inform that another DVD "Best of Haute Voltige Vol. I" is currently being edited and should be ready for distribution by the end of the year.

More info to come in due time.

 

 
OCTOBER - DECEMBER


03 NOV – NEXT EVENT: FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX N° 023 AL AIN U.A.E. 13-15 JAN 2006

The next FAI World Grand Prix competition will be held in the U.A.E. during the 2006 Al Ain Aerobatic Show.
The Aerobatic Show will run for 5 days (11 to 15 January), with the FAI World Grand Prix taking place on 13, 14 & 15 January.

The competition is open to both solo pilots & formation teams, both piston engine and jet aircraft categories.

This will be the third consecutive year that the Grand Prix has been held in the Abu Dhabi Emirate and everyone is looking forward to returning to the magnificent Al Ain desert.
More details to follow...

 

23 NOV – FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX N° 023

Judges for the next FAI World Grand Prix competition have been selected.

 

18 DEC – AWARDS TO PATROUILLE SUISSE & PC-7 TEAM


Earlier this week, the Commanders of the two Swiss Air Force Formation Aerobatic Teams made a special visit to the FAI office in Lausanne to receive their FAI World Grand Prix awards.

Mr. Max Bishop, (FAI Secretary General) and Mr. Jean-Louis Monnet (FAI World Grand Prix Director), were proud to present trophies and FAI medals to the two Swiss Air Force Aerobatic Formation Teams for their participation in the FAI World Grand Prix competition in Lausanne, commemorating the FAI Centenary.

 The awards were accepted by Lt. Col. Daniel Hösli, Commander of the Patrouille Swiss and Lt. Col. Thomas Moser, Commander of the PC7 Aerobatic Formation Teams.

 


23 DEC – SEASONS GREETINGS

Haute Voltige Christmas Greetings

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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