JANUARY - MARCH


13 JAN : O REVOLUTION

Since 1989, Haute Voltige has actively promoted talented pilots, to create a public awareness of the beauty of flying aerobatics. Our endeavours have been successful and we have reached our first step as many competitive pilots have now found sponsors to make their lifestyle better.

We are quite happy with this progress, however, our final goal has not been achieved yet and we have just reached the end of a cycle. The world is changing, we have to enter another phase, renew performers and formats of the Air Theatre in order to complete another loop with elite pilots and poets. 

“Fighting the Spirit of Gravity”, the Haute Voltige philosophy, is a vision made of music, artists, flying machines, nature and human spirit. We are happy to be associated with Yves Rossy and his dream of Icarus the Jet man: he put the focus back on the human being. We also know of the Hummingbird and the Masterblaster, two other great concepts of flying machines that would create a new paradigm should they find a financial support for it to be developed.

We are aware of all constraints, legal and environmental, for using the 3rd dimension, but we still believe the future of mankind is in space. This is why we will continue “Fighting the Spirit of Gravity”, and try to offer a quality experience to all those who still dream that flying could also make the world better.

We are searching for talented young people from all horizons to create a new dynamics in the world of air sports and public entertainment.

Artists
Competitors for the FAI World Grand Prix (all air sports)
Solo Pilots and Formation Teams
Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
Inventors
Radio Controlled, Kite and Virtual Pilots

If you dream of entertaining audiences, discovering new places, exploring new ideas and “Fighting the Spirit of Gravity”, then contact us. Express your needs and what you could offer. 

Haute Voltige
xinfo@haute-voltige.com (remove the x when sending the e-mail)

 

02 FEB – AIR THEATRE “METAL ANGELS”

After the classical score of “Aeroplane”, the cool music of “Dreamings” by “Almadrava”.
The jazzy “Call of the Skies” by Lily Horn is Born.
Here is Metal Angels by the “Pensator Project”.
>>> music samples

Metal Angels, the conjunction of the opposites...
Where pilots have guts to be champions, a brain to understand the world and the heart for a team spirit. 

 

15 MAR – 2007 FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX

We are back online after a long period of discussions with potential organisers. We'll stick to the policy of promoting the best unlimited aerobatic pilots and the best events. Therefore two main projects will be developed in 2007, some others have been postponed until 2008 or later.

The 25th FAI World Grand Prix to be held in Russia. It will take place 24- 26 August during MAKS 2007, the International Aviation & Space Salon held at Zhukovsky, Moscow area.

The "Haute Voltige Japan Aerobatics Grand Prix" will be held at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan, 02 - 04 November. It will be the 26th FAI World Grand Prix.

 

23 MAR – RUSSIA & JAPAN GRAND PRIX

The inaugural Russian FAI World Grand Prix will be open to Solo Pilots.
Category: Piston engined aircraft.

The 2007 Haute Voltige Japan Aerobatics Grand Prix will be open to Solo Pilots & Formation Teams.
Category: Piston engined aircraft.

Competing pilots for both events to be announced shortly.

 

28 MAR – FAI & RED BULL AIR RACE: A PLACE IN HISTORY

In recent years, Red Bull Air Races have attracted impressive numbers of spectators and television viewers all around the world. From now on, the races will be conducted under the supervision of the FAI. 
>>> link to full story on FAI website

WANT TO BE A RED BULL AIR RACE PILOT?
Qualify for the FAI World Grand Prix, it will be your best chance, even though we are a different programme (unlimited freestyle aerobatic competition to music).


 
APRIL - JUNE


13 APR – RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX PILOTS ANNOUNCED

The following 9 solo pilots, 6 male, 3 female, will compete in the 2007 Russian FAI World Grand Prix to be held 24-26 August during MAKS 2007, the International Aviation & Space Salon held at Zhukovsky, Moscow area:

CHMAL Viktor              
FANTOBA Castor        
FEDORENKO Svetlana
KAPANINA Svetlana  
KLIMOVICH Elena        
LE VOT François          
MAMISTOV Mikhail       
MARMY Pierre             
SHPOLYANSKIY Oleg  
(RUS)
(ESP)
(RUS)
(RUS)
(RUS)
(FRA)
(RUS)
(SUI)
(RUS)

>>> event pages

 

16 APR – PROVISORY SELECTION FOR JAPAN GRAND PRIX (subject to change)

Here is the provisional list of pilots, 6 solos and 2 formation teams to compete in the 2007 Haute Voltige Aerobatics Japan Grand Prix to be held at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan 02 - 04 November 2007:

Formation Teams

Flying Bulls             
Mazda Aerobatic Team
(CZE)
(RSA)

4 x Zlin 50LX
2 x Extra 300L

Solo Pilots

CHMAL Viktor             
KAPANINA Svetlana 
LE VOT François
MAMISTOV Mikhail 
MUROYA Yoshihide
STEINBACH Philipp

(RUS)
(RUS)
(FRA)
(RUS)
(JAP)
(GER)

Sukhoi 26
Sukhoi 26
Extra 300SP
Sukhoi 31
Extra 300S
Xtreme 3000

Spare

FEDORENKO Svetlana

(RUS)

Sukhoi 26

Other participants

Pioneer Team

(ITA)

4 x Pioneer 300 Hawk

>>> event pages

 

02 MAY – JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR RUSSIA

The following judges have been nominated by CIVA (International Commission for Aerobatics), for the 2007 Russian FAI World Grand Prix:

 O.JALOVAARA International Jury
J. GAILLARD Chief Judge           
Q. HAWTHORNE                       
L.G. ARVIDSSON                      
V. DROKINA                             
G. HILL
(FIN)
(RSA) 
(RSA)
(SWE)
(RUS)
(GBR)

>>> event pages

 

12 MAY – FORMATION TEAM JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR JAPAN

The Formation Team Judging Panel for the 2007 Haute Voltige Aerobatics Japan Grand Prix will comprise of the following judges:

(FRA)

Christian VELLUZ

Former Commanding Officer of the French Air Force Display Teams,former leader of the Patrouille de France.

(FRA)

Daniel MANZO

Former synchro pair of the Patrouille de France.

(BEL)

Alain DELACUVELLERIE

Former team leader of The Swallows, and former wingman of the Red Devils, the Belgian Air Force Team.

The International Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) advised they will nominate the Chief Judge and Solo Pilot Judging Panel at a later date.

The competition will be held at Twin Ring Motegi, Tochigi Prefecture, 02 - 04 November 2007.

>>> event pages

 

31 MAY – GO RUSSIA FOR MAKS 07

The FAI World Grand Prix will be at Moscow, Zhukovsky for MAKS 07 with 9 aerobatic solo pilots, piston engine category only.

Should you also have an interest in other fantastic aircraft, for example the jet SU 30MK with vectorial thrust, or formation teams like the Russian Knights (winners of the Al Ain FAI World Grand Prix 2005), Patrouille de France or Frecce Tricolori, then please visit MAKS.

To assist you in this process, please feel free to contact Go Russia, a UK based tour operator specialised in adventure and cultural tourism to Russia.

They have a special product for MAKS 07 and we are quite happy to introduce this company to you.
GO RUSSIA!
For information, Haute Voltige has no responsibility and no commercial arrangement with the activities of Go Russia.

 

17 JUN – WORLD AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS

The 24th FAI World Aerobatic Championships
(solo pilots), will be held in Granada, Spain from Sunday 24 June through to Wednesday 04 July. 
Good luck to all competitors!

>>> link to fai website

 
JULY - SEPTEMBER


02 JUL – NEW!

Haute Voltige is developing for artistic competition a new way for solo pilots to fly a coordinated air ballet.

It is not a flight in close formation, but a synchronised flight of several aircraft performing at the same time the same figures to music. It also requires a lot of demanding practice since the music itself will be the time reference for all the team members.
We have recently selected four Russian World Aerobatic Champions to be part of the newly formed "Haute Voltige Quattro Synchro Team".

The Russian pilots Svetlana Kapanina, Svetlana Fedorenko, Mikhail Mamistov and Viktor Chmal will make their "debut performance" as the "Haute Voltige Quattro Synchro Team" at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan during the 2007 Haute Voltige Aeobatics Japan Grand Prix 02 - 04 November.

 

19 JUL – AT AVIASALON WITH PROJECT SPORT

The FAI World Grand Prix will take place during MAKS 2007. This is an exceptional situation as Aviasalon, the official organiser of MAKS, is the first organisation of that type within Europe who is able to host the Grand Prix competition within the framework of an International Aviation and Aerospace Salon.
Previously, we participated in the Paris and Farnborough Air shows as an exhibition only.

The 2007 competition is open to solo pilots, piston engine aircraft, with the view to expand the competition in Russia to include in the near future all types of aircraft and spectacular air sports, including Jets and Formation Teams.

 

07 AUG – RUSSIAN WEBSITE NOW ONLINE

The Project Sport Russian website for the upcoming FAI World Grand Prix is now online.
>>> Visit Website

 

14 AUG – CIVA JUDGES ANNOUNCED FOR JAPAN

The following judges have been nominated by CIVA (International Commission for Aerobatics), for the 2007 Haute Voltige Aerobatics Japan FAI World Grand Prix:

J. KOBRLE International Jury
J. GAILLARD Chief Judge           
M. MECKLIN                      
L.G. ARVIDSSON                      
F. ITIER                           
A. CASSIDY
(CZE)
(RSA) 
(FIN)
(SWE)
(FRA)
(GBR)

>>> event pages

 

25 AUG – RUSSIAN 2007 FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX

After the practice flights yesterday, the first competition flight of the 25th FAI World Grand Prix was held today, in the frame of the MAKS 2007. Over 250,000 people came and enjoyed the brilliant displays.

Here are the scores of today's flights:

1.

Svetlana KAPANINA

(RUS)

9'615 pts

2.

Viktor CHMAL

(RUS)

9'410 pts

3.

Mikhail MAMISTOV

(RUS)

9'325 pts

4.

Castor FANTOBA

(ESP)

9'220 pts

5.

François LE VOT

(FRA)

9'205 pts

6.

Svetlana FEDORENKO

(RUS)

9'015 pts

7.

Elena KLIMOVICH

(RUS)

9'000 pts

8.

Oleg SHPOLYANSKIY

(RUS)

8'885 pts

9.

Pierre MARMY

(SWI)

8'790 pts

On the program tomorrow are the second flights and the best score of both days will determine the final winner.

 

26 AUG – KAPANINA TAMES THEM ALL

Svetlana Kapanina wins gold at the Russian FAI World Grand Prix and becomes a reference in aerobatic history as being the first woman to be an overall winner of an International FAI aerobatic competition.

Congratulations Svetlana!

1.

Svetlana KAPANINA

(RUS)

9'670 pts

2.

Viktor CHMAL

(RUS)

9'640 pts

3.

Mikhail MAMISTOV

(RUS)

9'355 pts

4.

Elena KLIMOVICH

(RUS)

9'325 pts

5.

Oleg SHPOLYANSKIY

(RUS)

9'230 pts

6.

Castor FANTOBA

(ESP)

9'220 pts

7.

François LE VOT

(FRA)

9'205 pts

8.

Svetlana FEDORENKO

(RUS)

9'070 pts

9.

Pierre MARMY

(SWI)

8'790 pts

>>> detailed results

Next event to be held at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan 02 – 04 November 2007.

 

29 AUG – THANKS TO MAKS 2007 & PROJECT SPORT

MAKS 2007 was a great success. The event attracted a public audience of 600'000 and provided a fantastic showcase for Sports Aerobatics. 

The FAI World Grand Prix pilots were in the company of exceptional performances by the latest jet prototypes with vectorial thrust and jet formation teams including the Russian Knights, The Swifts and Patrouille de France.

Haute Voltige with the support of Project Sport, our Promoter in Russia, thank the organisers of MAKS 2007 for hosting the 25th FAI World Grand Prix. 

 

01 SEP – XTREME 3000 COMING TO JAPAN

Haute Voltige fans and aerobatic aircraft enthusiasts will be in for a treat this year as the newly released “Xtreme 3000” aerobatic aircraft will be coming to Japan for the 2007 Haute Voltige Aerobatics Japan Grand Prix.

The Xtreme 3000 was designed over a period of 3 years by Philipp Steinbach (one of the four pilots who joined the Grand Prix this year). His dream was to build a new aerobatic aircraft...

After much frustration, and even greater perseverance, Philipp received support from Mr. Harro Moewes, a businessman in the field of electronics who believed in his concept and decided to get behind the Xtreme 3000 project.

The prototype was unveiled in December 2005 and in May 2006 the Xtreme 3000 took to the air for its inaugural flight. Since then Philipp and his team have not looked back and the aircraft is now manufactured by XtremeAir GmbH at their new facility in Cochstedt, Germany.

The twin seater is currently being developed, the single seater is on the production line, and rumour has it that one of the former Grand Prix champions ordered himself one immediately after flying it.

Certainly, the “buzz” is all positive.

Philipp Steinbach recently joined the world of international aerobatic competition and has come a long way in just three short years. His first competition was the 2005 German Nationals where he ranked 3rd in the advanced category. 2006 he moved up to the unlimited category and won the title “German National Aerobatic Champion” and in 2007 he became the "German National Freestyle Aerobatic Champion". This year, he entered his first international competition representing Germany in the World Aerobatic Championships where he was ranked N° 25 in the world (male category).

Philipp is living proof that you don’t necessarily need years of training to be a champion, especially when you are flying a good aircraft…
>>> Xtreme 3000

 

14 SEP – XTREME 3000 HAS DONE IT AGAIN

Renaud Ecalle has just won the "French National Aerobatic Championships" flying the Xtreme 3000. 

This comes only a few weeks after Ludwig Hoffman won the "German National Aerobatic Championships" and Philipp Steinbach was titled "German Freestyle Aerobatic Champion" flying the Xtreme 3000.

Three National titles, in the last three weeks is a great achievement for this brand new and promising aircraft that will be displayed for the first time in the Grand Prix at Motegi, Japan.

Congratulations to the pilots and XtremeAir!

 

15 SEP – PREPARATION FOR JAPAN

Only 7 weeks to go and the preparation for the 2007 Aerobatics Japan Grand Prix is well underway.

Tickets are now on sale and our Japanese fans can visit the Twin Ring Motegi website for complete event information.

In other parts of the world, the pilots have been busy with their final training before handing the aircraft over to their Engineers for disassembling and transportation to Japan. Aircraft from Russia, Czech Republic, Italy and South Africa are now on their way and the final aircraft from Germany will be flown in late October.

This year’s event will see the Flying Bulls returning to Japan after a 4 year break and with a new slot pilot further to medical issues for Daniel. There will also be some new faces, including Japan’s very own Yoshihide Muroya, the Mazda Team from South Africa, Philipp Steinbach with the new Xtreme 3000 aircraft from Germany and the Pioneer Micro-light Team from Italy.
And of course, let’s not forget Viktor Chmal and Mikhail Mamistov, who in addition to their solo competition flights, will team up with Svetlana Kapanina and Svetlana Fedorenko to bring you the “Haute Voltige Quattro Synchro Team”. Music, maestros!

So, keep 02 – 04 November free and come to Twin Ring Motegi.
We hope to see you there!

 
OCTOBER - DECEMBER


07 OCT – JAPANESE COMPETITOR AT MOTEGI

Yoshi Muroya will be the first Japanese aerobatic pilot to compete in the FAI World Grand Prix. After representing Japan at the 2007 World Aerobatic Championships in Spain, he will make his Grand Prix debut at Twin Ring Motegi next month. 

For many years Yoshi has made his way to Twin Ring Motegi to watch the competition, but he is now looking forward to being in the cockpit participating as a competitor. No doubt Japanese aerobatic fans will come in numbers to provide him with their support. 

 

10 OCT – FROM A RUGBY COUNTRY

In 2006, the Mazda Aerobatic Team from South Africa competed in their first FAI World Grand Prix with their Zlin 50. Now Ian Billing and Brad Bennetts fly Extra 300L which are en route to Japan. In a few weeks time, the Mazda Team will compete at Twin Ring Motegi, realising their dream to fly for the Japanese public.

 

22 OCT – PUBLIC VOTE

For the first time, the spectators of the FAI World Grand Prix at Twin Ring Motegi will be able to participate in the “Public Vote".

At the end of each competition flight, the public will register their vote via mobile phone. At the end of each competition day, the voting results will be circulated and displayed on the giant screen.

On Sunday, at the close of competition, there will be a ranking according to the official “FAI Core of International Judges” and in parallel, we will announce the official ranking according to the “Public Vote”. 

 

27 OCT – WELCOME TO A NEW ERA

After successful aircraft transportation and reassembly of 16 aircraft, Haute Voltige is happy to invite you to the 26th FAI World Grand Prix which will initialise the birth or a New Era, the wedding of Excellence in Competition and Unity of Team Spirit.

Four Formation Teams and six Solo Pilots from 6 different Nations will witness this new "AERIA" and welcome you at Twin Ring Motegi 02 - 04 November 2007.
>>> participants

 

31 OCT – TEAM SPIRIT

They are fierce competitors, but animated by a great spirit of friendship and mutual assistance.

A nice wind brought in by formation teams and new faces is refreshing the atmosphere of a fantastic Twin Ring Motegi under the melodies of aircraft in the sunshine.

Sometimes life is beautiful...
>>> event homepage

 

02 NOV – COMPETITION PREPARATION

The International Judging Panel have arrived on-site in preparation for today, the first public day and "Official Competition Practice Flights".

Further to their excellent display the Pioneer Team participation in the Grand Prix as honorary guests has been approved.

 

03 NOV – COMPETITION RESULTS

The competition flights were performed brilliantly today, the weather was great, the crowd enthusiastic and here are the results:

Formation Teams:

1.

Flying Bulls

(CZE)

8'800 pts

2.

Mazda Team

(RSA)

8'560 pts

3.

Pioneer Team

(ITA)

8'400 pts

Solo Pilots:

1.

Mikhail MAMISTOV

(RUS)

9'985 pts

2.

Svetlana KAPANINA

(RUS)

9'715 pts

3.

Svetlana FEDORENKO

(RUS)

9'5200 pts

4.

Viktor CHMAL

(RUS)

9'300 pts

5.

Yoshi MUROYA

(JAP)

9'280  pts

6.

Philipp STEINBACH

(GER)

9'075 pts

The second flights will take place tomorrow same time and the best score of both days will determine the winner of the 26th FAI World Grand Prix.

 

04 NOV – 2007 HAUTE VOLTIGE AEROBATICS JAPAN GRAND PRIX

The winners of this remarkable 26th edition of the FAI World Grand Prix are Mikhail Mamistov from Russia in the solo pilot category and the Flying Bulls from Czech Republic in the formation team category.
Click here for more detailed results.

For the first time this year the audience was invited to vote for their favourite flight. The winners of the public vote are Yoshi Muroya from Japan in the solo pilot category and the Flying Bulls in the formation team category.

 

08 NOV – INI-tial… DEBRIEFING

Only change is eternal.

Motegi 2007 demonstrated the mix of individual Excellence and Team Spirit could counter balance the increase of minimum safety altitude imposed by Japanese Law. Of course, we know that masses are usually attracted by the gut feelings of dangerous stunts, but Haute Voltige and Twin Ring Motegi decided to play the game of intelligence of the future, confident that big numbers could also understand in the long term the language of Aviators, different from the Roman circus and its Gladiators.

All the participants managed to create a new atmosphere around the Haute Voltige concept which is still about flying to music and sports competition, but in a renewed style, and new faces have already captivated the public:

   





Yoshi Muroya the first Japanese pilot to ever compete in an Haute Voltige event, has definitely won his seat despite a disqualification for safety reasons in the second day. Infringement of the deadline did happen in the past to the best pilots, the game of precision under high G stress is so difficult, but the sanction will always be the same, even for national heroes. Public safety is paramount.




The German Philipp Steinbach displayed a very interesting personality and high energy performance. His Extreme 3000 will certainly become the best aerobatic machine in the world in the very near future, still in the shape of an aircraft.




The Italian Pioneer Team, a very appealing group that raised in the heart of the public an ultra light formation team to the level of aerobatic formations, without even performing aerobatic figures. They definitely set up a new milestone for light aviation.



The South African Mazda Team has reached the level of historical formation teams of 2. We just look forward to watching them compete with the Matadors in the near future.






The Flying Bulls came with a new program and new music, with incredible inverted figures performed by four aircraft which seemed tied down to each other. With their breathtaking precision and tremendous technical difficulties, they won gold as well as the public vote and set up a new reference although they already belong to the Pantheon of Aerobatic formation teams.





Last but not least our Russian champions, male and female who brought aerobatics to an extreme level of expertise, did not have enough practice to professionally perform the Quattro Synchro but gathered in a new and exciting fantasia to music: Svetlana Kapanina, Svetlana Fedorenko, Mikhail Mamistov and Viktor Chmal.

This game is all about lines and angles, loops and spirals, time and music. But make no mistake, it is part of a complete understanding of life and death of a civilisation.

Our next event at Motegi will be held from 31 October to 3 November 2008 and will celebrate the second phase of the Initialisation of a new era, a futuristic development where Haute Voltige will take you to the origin of language and a new understanding of international human relations, fighting the spirit of gravity of numbers and accountants.

If you don't get me, just wait for Godot with the others… and I promise that one day I will let you know the secret of the birds.

 

11 DEC – REVOLUTION 2008

Second and last phase of the Initialisation, the net is now open.
Think "different", get wings and fly out of the flock, understand the language of the birds.
A secret to be revealed...
Stay tuned to Motegi, Iapan, November 2008.

Fighting the Spirit of Gravity
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