M.Wolfgang WEINREICH Président de la Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), a remis les trophées et les diplômes de Champion du Monde du Grand Prix aux vainqueurs de la 2ème Série du FAI World Grand Prix:

Jurgis KAIRYS               (LTU)   1ere Place - Solo Voltige
APACHE                        (FRA)   1ere Place - Patrouilles
SUKHOI Design Bureau (RUS)  1ere Place - Constructeur d'avions

La cérémonie a eu lieu au Musée Olympique de Lausanne, le 27 janvier, en présence de M.Ivo Mazzola représentant le conseil d'administration de la FAI, M.Osmo Jalovaara Vice-Président de la Commission Internationale de Voltige Aérienne (CIVA) et d'un public nombreux.
Tout le monde a été impressionné par la présentation du dernier film du Grand Prix sur la voltige, qui avait d'ailleurs été diffusé par la télévision Suisse la semaine précédente.

M. Weinreich a fait remarquer le rôle très important du FAI World Grand Prix dans la recherche et le développement des compétitions et de la technologie du sport aérien.
De même, M. Jalovaara au nom du président de la CIVA a souligné le soutien mutuel entre le Grand Prix et le traditionnel Championnat du Monde de Voltige Aérienne.
La 2ème Série du World Grand Prix s'est déroulée entre janvier 1998 et décembre 2000. A partir de 2001 la série sera annuelle.
Le programme pour l'an 2001 n'a pas encore été finalisé car certains événements sont encore en cours de discussion, notamment au Japon, en Chine, en Hongrie, en France et aux USA.

Le Nippon Motegi (Honda) Grand Prix devrait avoir lieu la première semaine de novembre.Veuillez consulter le calendrier FAI, il sera mis à jour dès que les événements seront officiellement confirmés.
Le FAI World Grand Prix Championship est ouvert à tous types d'avion, hélices et réacteurs, aux pilotes solos et aux patrouilles.

P. Besenyei – J. Kairys – V. Tchmal  Apache Formation Team 
The winners at Lausanne Space Knights  
Sukhoi Duo  Sky Box 


Twin Ring Motegi et la FAI confirment que le 2001 Aerobatics Japan Grand Prix se tiendra du 2 au 4 novembre 2001 à Motegi.
Les Sky Box prévoient de retourner au Japon après un an d'absence. Ils sont impatients de prendre leur revanche sur le Sukhoi Duo qui a remporté la compétition à Motegi en 2000, et de reprendre leur titre mondial aux Apaches! Mais les Space Knights restent en embuscade... et une nouvelle formation pourrait venir perturber le jeu.



C'est avec une immense tristesse que le FAI World Grand Prix annonce la mort de leur ami pilote Martin Stahalik. A ce jour, toutes les informations reçues indiquent qu'il n'était pas en vol d'entraînement à la compétition sur son SU26 mais qu'il donnait une leçon d'instruction à bord d'un YAK 52 (biplace) en Hollande.
Il nous manquera en tant qu'homme et ami, et laissera le souvenir d'un pilote au talent extraordinaire.
Toutes nos condoléances vont à sa famille et à ses amis.

Rapport de l'aéroport de Teuge (anglais seulement) 

On Friday, March 9 the Yak-52 registered RA02080 crashed on an agricultural area near Raalte in The Netherlands, 8 NM east of his take-off airport Teuge (EHTE). Both pilots died.

One of the pilots was the famous Czech aerobatics-pilot Martin Stahalic.

He was invited by Red Star aerobatics at Teuge Airport for an instruction week.
The other pilot, Lex Bosman, was one of the owners of the Yak-52.
The Dutch Board of Transport Safety is investigating the accident. Results are not expected till late summer 2001.
Our thoughts are with family and friends of both pilots.


31 MAR 2001 – SUKHOI DUO GO EAST by Paul Bonhomme (anglais seulement)

It seemed too good to be true. Steve Jones and I had been invited to compete in two formation aerobatic competitions to be held in China and Japan towards the end of the year 2000. We would initially go to Soujou city, about three hours by bus west of Shanghai and then on to the Motegi motor racing circuit in Japan to compete in the FAI World Grand Prix of Aviation events.

The FAI 'WGPA' is a Swiss based organisation run by ex-Patrouille de France Team Leader Jean-Louis Monnet to promote aerobatic competition throughout the world. His main thrust is to make it dynamic and exciting to watch and to appeal to everybody, not just aerobatic enthusiasts. Hence, all flights are to music and the whole competition (10 solo entries and typically 3 or 4 formation entries) takes just one and a half hours to run. Strict time schedules and slick planning would make for a truly spectacular 90 minutes.

The event has been running for several years and if you are in any doubts about the standards you only have to look at the names of the solo competitors... Jurgis Kairys, Nikolay Timofeev, Victor Tchmal, Peter Besenyei to name but a few. We sensed that we were about to enjoy ourselves...

We had not performed at any airshows at all during the summer of 2000 (in acting parlance 'we were resting') so a weekend of practice over the Cotswolds started the ball rolling and armed with a few new ideas we set off to the Far East.

The first competition was in China and the flying was to be held over Lake Tai Hu near Soujou City. The judges were situated at the front of a wooden grandstand on the edge of the lake along with the crowd who on the last day numbered 200,000.

Team from France. Sky Box in their four Zlin 50s were going to be pretty hard to beat and the Apache team (Jacques Bothelin of Martini/Ecco/PC-7 fame and his men) had never flown Sukhois before so it was going to make for an interesting week. (The Apache Team and we were borrowing Sukhoi 26's from the Russians for the competition).

Our fellow competitors for the formation event were the Sky Box team from the Czech Republic and the Apache.  Two days of practice were flown and Steve and I were fairly happy with proceedings. The rules were broadly based on a freestyle competition so we were able to change our sequence as required to suit the landscape and the time that we were allowed. We had some new manoeuvres to try which included a formation inside/outside Cuban.

This was easy for me as a leader but a little more difficult for Steve as follower but after a little practice it worked well. Our 'bread and butter' manoeuvres were looking good.

One slight drawback to the week was that the lake was about 8km from the airfield and therefore we couldn't watch the other teams to see what they had been getting up to and more importantly to possibly steal some ideas from them!

Oh well...

Qualification day dawned and the day's flights would determine the order that we flew in for the actual competition. And so we found ourselves trundling along over China in a pair of Russian Sukhoi 26's in somewhat marginal visibility to have fun over a lake. Everything was going to be just fine... except we were zeroed for positioning and we were placed last. We were trying to please the crowd as well as the judges. The officials said that after we had disappeared behind the decorative flowers in front of them for the second time it was going to be hard to ignore the infringement of the minimum 50-metre height rule. The cameraman on the pontoon wasn't too impressed either...

Never, mind, It's all good experience we told ourselves and so onto the competition.

The weather looked pretty good apart from the odd shower and a slight on crowd wind and we were first in the team event. In hindsight I should have seen it coming but I didn't. As soon as we were pulling up towards the judges I knew it would end in tears. A solo pilot could have just pulled like a demon with a huge portion of roll but I had Steve to think about. He stayed in place beautifully as I racked the formation round as hard as I dared but it was too late, we had just tweaked the deadline.

The words that I muttered to myself are sadly not printable in this family publication but the show had to go on and if I say so myself the rest of the sequence worked fantastically. On landing back at the airfield I phoned Jean-Louis who was with the judges and he confirmed my fears, we had been disqualified.

The award ceremony was a bit boring really, funny how when you lose it's boring, but when you win they are quite enjoyable affairs. More interesting was the fact that the Sky Box team had also been disqualified as well as two of the solo pilots. Observers mentioned that at the time of the deadline infringements there had been a squall in the distance, which had increased the on-crowd wind component.

We had all been caught out by the simplest of things. I was extremely annoyed with myself for not 'working it out' in time and because I had let Steve down with my poor positioning. Most amusing though was the fact that Jacques and the boys had won the formation event having never flown Sukhois before. By their own admission they had flown their PC-7 routine due to not having any experience of Sukhoi aerobatics. If you ever need proof that doing the simple things well is better than doing the complicated things badly then here it is. That evening we had a few beers with the Sky Box team to commiserate...

And so on to Japan.

We had spent the time in between the two events poring over the design of the sequence, so determined were we that we should not get caught out by such a trivial thing again. We kept our formation loop with a yaw-off at the top and 4 positive flicks as well as our trademark 'slide by': both pulling to the 45, rolling to knife edge then top rudder to form a horizontal slide in formation. The synchro manoeuvres that we had been flying were all reviews and most would stay the same. The roll around, Steve rolling around my inverted aircraft; the cross over; the mirror 360; the outside Cuban. New for Japan was the formation tailslide and by golly, what a sight it was to see Steve about 20 yards away going backwards in his smoke whilst I was disappearing into my own cloud of diesel in reverse.

And all the time the emphasis was on the 'what ifs' of the sequence to make absolutely sure that we wouldn't get caught out again.

Qualification day went well. For a start the weather was just glorious, blue skies and virtually no wind. Apart from anything else having no wind meant that landing and taking off was easier from our 400-metre runway that had been tastefully created from a car park. We would be flying a qualifying flight, a demonstration flight and two ferry flights on this and the competition day as well as two positioning flights in what we called our 'own' air-taxi helicopter.

So, a busy couple of days and all I had to do was to remember which was the qualification flight and which was the demo flight. It would be 50 metres minimum height for the comp and no limit for the demo. Easy! (That's what I thought in China.)

So, up into the blue skies we flew and guess what, the planning paid off and we qualified first. We were so eager to do well on the comp day that we actually stayed clear of the hotel bar that night...

Competition day dawned and during our sequence our tailslide worked fantastically. We stopped at the same time, we slid for the same distance, toppled at the same time and best of all as I pulled from the down vertical Steve had moved into echelon just 6 feet away.

Well, suck my old boots, we'll win this if we're not careful.
We landed in the car park and I have to say I was suppressing a huge grin.  It had gone extremely well!



The Apache Team flew next followed by the other formation team, the Space Knights.
Steve and I were at this stage sent to an airfield 40 miles south to pick up the aircraft that the Apache team was going to leave there. (Very sensibly they didn't want to mix Sukhois with car parks).

It was whilst taxiing to return to Motegi that we learned that we had won.

There followed a very enjoyable flight home and an 'impromptu' display (requested by the organiser) for the waiting crowd.

The awards ceremony was a most enjoyable affair
(funny that!)



Both events were extremely well received by the Japanese and Chinese and I understand plans are well underway for 2001 for this style of competition to be held worldwide.

Overall, an extremely well organised event, fantastic people, great fun and all the time well looked after by our hosts.

Can't wait 'til next year...



- Des précisions sont apportées au code sportif concernant les altitudes minimum, les distances par rapport au public et les spécifications minimum pour les attérissages sur piste hors-aérodrome.


28 AVR –THE CHINA SICHUAN INTERNATIONAL AEROBATIC FESTIVAL– par le Comité d'Organisation. Daily report en anglais seulement. 

Le "China Sichuan International Aerobatic Festival" a été officiellement homologué par l'Administration Gouvernementale des Sports le 22 mars 2001.
Le Festival se tiendra du 13 au 16 juillet, à Guanghan, Sichuan, province réputée dans le monde entier pour ses vestiges de la plus ancienne civilisation à Sanxingdui.

Cet événement exceptionnel a reçu le soutien non seulement de l'Armée de Libération du Peuple Chinois, de l'Armée de l'Air, de tous les départements gouvernementaux de la Province du Sichuan, mais aussi de l'Administration des Sports Aériens CCASF et des milieux de la presse.

L'étude officielle montre que Guanghan est topographiquement plat et bénéficie de conditions météorologiques très favorables.
C'est pourquoi Guanghan est tout à fait approprié à la voltige internationale de haut niveau.
Le FAI World grand Prix sélectionnera méticuleusement 7 pilotes d'élite pour participer à ce festival et produire une performance sensationnelle.

De plus, grâce à l'organisation élaborée du comité, ont été invités avec succés la patrouille de l'Armée de l'Air Chinoise "August First", la première patrouille chinoise civile "Blue Dreams", et l'Equipe Nationale de parachutisme CASF qui a remporté de nombreux Championnats du Monde, etc...

Des avions sportifs et militaires de top niveau, des parachutistes et bien d'autres avions interprèteront une symphonie émouvante à Guanghan.
Des pilotes de voltige professionnels venant de pays différents danceront dans le ciel de Guanghan.

Les passionnés d'aviation, de Chine et d'ailleurs, formeront un océan de bonheur sur le site.
Aussi, des "pop stars" venant de Hong Kong et de Taiwan mettront la Chine sous les projecteurs du monde entier en juillet. Des milliers de personnes entendront et verront le spectacle depuis les médias.
Les vestiges de la civilisation Sanxingdui à Guanghan attirent l'attention du monde entier avec ses caractéristiques culturelles particulières. 500 000 touristes font la visite chaque année.
Récemment, Sanxingdui a été placé sur la liste des plus grande découvertes archéologiques du 20ème siècle.


Avec tout le respect dû au symbole du masque, nous croyons sincèrement qu'il représente le visage et les yeux exorbités d'un pilote de voltige volant sur le dos à - 10g il y a quelques milliers d'années.

Si tel n'est pas le cas la ressemblance est vraiment fabuleuse et ajoute au mystère des plus anciennes civilisations .
(Commentaire privé non officiel).

Accueillir le Festival International de Voltige pourrait rendre Sanxingdui et la Province du Sichuan plus populaires dans le monde ainsi que promouvoir le développement de la Chine Occidentale et cultiver les talents abondants qu'elle a en réserve.
Si l'événement est courronné de succès cette année, le festival se tiendra en mars tous les 2 ans à Guanghan.
En apprenant de l'expérience des autres pays, et de leurs modèles de gestion, le Festival International de Voltige de Guanghan pourrait devenir l'événement le plus triomphal de l'échange culturel dans l'aviation populaire.



Sept pilotes participeront au China Sichuan International Aerobatic Festival qui se déroulera du 13 au 16 juillet:

Solo pilots                    
Peter BESENYEI           HUN
Kirby CHAMBLISS         USA
Jurgis KAIRYS               LIT
Svetlana KAPANINA      RUS
Viktor TCHMAL              RUS

Formation Team Sukhoi Duo                   GBR     Paul BONHOMME & Steve JONES



La patrouille SKY BOX et le pilote solo Peter BESENYEI annoncent un nouveau sponsor principal, la société Red Bull (boissons énergétiques).
Bienvenue aux "FLYING BULLS"!



La patrouille Golden Dreams de Grande-Bretagne rejoindra le FAI World Grand Prixqui se déroulera en Novembre prochain à Twin Ring Motegi, Japon.
Après les Flying Bulls (Sky Box), le Sukhoi Duo, Apache et Space Knights, cette patrouille sera la cinquième formation à participer à la compétition sur le circuit de Motegi.
Le 16ème Grand Prix vit désormais dans la perspective d'un fantastique événement sportif et culturel avec les meilleurs pilotes de voltige au monde.



Tous nos avions à destination de la province du Sichuan sont maintenant en mer, en route vers Hong Kong: 1xYak55 au départ de Lithuanie, 4xSukhoi26 de Russie, 1xEdge 540 des USA et 1xSU31 du Japon.
Comme vous pouvez l'imaginer, ce n'est pas une opération logistique des plus simples.
A leur arrivée à Hong Kong, les conteneurs seront transportés par la route jusqu'à Shenzhen, à quelques kilomètres de Hong Kong, sur le continent chinois. Les avions seront alors sortis des conteneurs puis chargés à bord de deux cargos Ilioushine IL76 qui les transporteront par air jusqu'à Chengdu/Guanghan grâce au soutien et à la collaboration de l'armée de l'air chinoise. La même procédure est prévue pour le retour après le spectacle. Cette opération sera un test pour la réalisation de futurs Grands Prix au Sichuan.



MAMISTOV et KAPANINA sont les nouveaux champions du monde de voltige 2001!

Mikhail Mamistov a gagné le titre devant le pilote américain Robert Armstrong et le champion français Eddy Dussau.
Mamistov fut champion du monde de voltige planeur en 1995 et en 1997 aux premiers Jeux Mondiaux. C'est également un pilote du Grand Prix, il sera en compétition à Motegi, Japon, en novembre prochain.

C'est le 3ème titre de champion du Monde pour Svetlana Kapanina après ses succès de 1996 et 1998. C'est également la première fois dans l'histoire de l'aviation qu'un pilote gagne 3 titres de champion du monde au classement général dans une catégorie (hommes ou femmes).
Vous pourrez également admirer Svetlana en compétition dans le Grand Prix de Motegi et, en démonstration, au cours du China Sichuan Aerobatic Festival qui se déroulera en juillet.



Après les titres attribués dans les programmes traduitionnels, nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que deux pilotes du FAI World Grand Prix on également gagné le freestyle "libre intégral" à Burgos , Espagne.

- Klaus SCHRODT (Allemagne) pour les hommes.
- Svetlana KAPANINA (Russie) pour les femmes.

Félicitations à Klaus, dont c'est le premier titre mondial. Nul doute qu'il sera très fier de ramener en Allemagne le Trophée Manfred Strossenreuther qui fut un grand champion allemand des années 80, et d'avoir gagné ce titre sur Extra330XS, un avion allemand.

Félicitations également à Svetlana qui remporte le titre féminin, et arrive en deuxième place seulement si on fait un classement "unisexe". C'est une réussite extraordinaire. Elle a remporté les cinq médailles d'or disponibles dans sa catégorie, 3 programmes, et les deux titres féminins. Après avoir gagné son 3ème titre, ce qui était déjà un record, elle est le pilote qui a gagné le plus grand nombre de médailles d'or dans les championnats du monde (3 classements généraux 1996, 1998, 2001, 2 libres intégraux 2000, 2001. C'est une championne exceptionnelle, mais qui en doutait?


(anglais seulement)

The 12th show
This is a day by day report of the 1st China Sichuan Aerobatic Festival, our 12th event in P.R. China since 1996. It was launched in December 2000 when our friend Chen Lin, president of the Sichuan Air Club, a typical young and dynamic new red entrepreneur, invited me to Chengdu to discuss this idea. We are now at the conclusion of 6 months of talks and negotiations, everything has been detailed and finalised on paper, it is time for us to make the show.

Olympic Bid
We have been invited here as FAI World Grand Prix pilots, as members of the Olympic Movement, to develop the image of airsports in China but also to offer a spectacular operation to the Sichuan people who wanted to express their support to the Olympic bid of the city of Beijing for the Games 2008.
The winner will be decided on 13th July, first day of the show, between Beijing, Paris, Ottawa, Osaka and Istanbul... Needless to say that all the people of China would be very deeply disappointed if Beijing is not selected.

06 July – Typhoon in Hong Kong
Welcome to Hong Kong! said the air hostess under a round of applause after we landed safely through typhoon Tutor. It was just after it was downgraded from Typhoon warning class 8 (people have to stay home and do not go to work).
Everyone was relieved and in their mind all passengers thanked the Captain and his crew for their professionalism. After a 12-hour flight from Zürich we may have been one hour late but everybody said "Well done Captain!"...
Of course, to be an airline pilot is no longer spectacular everyday but when you have to fight against the unfriendly elements of nature and take your passengers safely to the destination, that's when you reach the magnificence of that kind of passion, more than a job, Captain of a flying boat. Gratitude and congratulations from happy passengers!

07 July – Arrival in Shenzhen
The typhoon has now left Hong Kong and we take the one-hour Hovercraft to Shenzhen where we are welcomed by Garland, a member of the hosting team and a friend we met for the first time in 1996 during the first airshow ever held in China. Since then we have returned to China every year and we have already performed 11 displays and competitions organised in different provinces.

At the hotel we meet our four Russian technicians who had arrived a day earlier and had to spend the night at the airport because they speak only Russian and do not understand Chinese and the staff at the hotel front desk spoke only Chinese and could not understand Russian... They couldn't event communicate with the special language we usually speak between us which is based on English with a sprinkling of words from many countries and with body language and hand signals supposed to make things as clear as possible...

Also arriving in Shenzhen is Eric the American technician of the Edge and my assistants, Lynda (Australian) and Vanessa (French/British living in Greece). We definitely need some women in this field that is predominently male.

Hurricane in Germany
Jurgis Kairys and the two Lithuanian technicians call from Frankfurt, to inform us that their flight has been cancelled due to a back up of delayed aircraft bound for Hong Kong. It is interesting how a gust of wind in Asia can create in Germany the same effect as a hurricane!
However this delay is not yet an issue as the aircraft have just been released by customs and the containers are not scheduled to arrive Shenzhen Airport before 8th July.
Our sports aircraft should then have been loaded into two IL76 cargo aricraft but we are being informed that the organiser finally signed a contract for three return flights of a smaller Y-8 (AN12 in Russia), thanks to the support of the People's Liberation Army.
However, God knows how we will manage to be in time...

Chen Lin
This was the beginning of the bad news when Garland announced that our friend Chen Lin had passed away on 2nd July in a car crash. He was sleeping at the back of the car when a tyre exploded on the motorway. The driver and the passenger were not injured but Chen Lin was ejected from the car.
I was sincerely shocked by this sad news. Chen was the chief of the event, its soul, its driving force, and he was so happy to organise this event in his home province, an airshow for the first time in western China, his dream...
I was thinking of his wife, his young team, his company, his brilliant future and the big project he had for sports aviation in Sichuan. Obviously, further to so many unscheduled elements happening in just a few days, I could feel that this event had a destiny before it even started.
For sure, we had to play more than our part to make it a big success, but I was then definitely attracted by the unknown consequences of this operation.

08 July
We normally experience the difference between a perfect organisation on paper and the reality on site, nothing strange to that. Especially when two different cultures have not the same conception of timing and anticipation, and there is absolutely nobody to blame for that.
We spent several hours waiting for the containers to arrive from Hong Kong and for the Y-8 to land, so we started work at 2p.m. only.
Of course, the first aircraft to be delivered were the ones belonging to the technicians grounded in Frankfurt but we finally made it and, at 7 p.m., one Edge and two SU26 were loaded in the Y-8.
Unfortunately we were informed that it was not possible for the crew to take off that late and to fly at night, therefore departure of the cargo had to be scheduled for the following morning. Meanwhile, the organiser tried to send our technicians to Chengdu via commercial airline (so they could unload the Y-8 on arrival) but each time he did not make the reservations in advance and tickets were sold out when he arrived at the counter. However, he guaranteed that reservations were confirmed for the following morning at 10:15 am.

Peter's Bridge
That evening when everyone returned to the hotel we got a surprise to see a news report on all the Chinese TV channels about our friend Peter Besenyei flying under the oldest and most historical bridge, opposite the House of Parliament in his capital city of Budapest.
I am wondering if it could be in competition to who made his specialty of flying under bridges in Lithuania (see photos on this website)! ...
Please be aware that all these special flights have been seriously practised and they are performed in the most official way, with all reglementary approvals from all authorities concerned.

Peter is very famous in China since he won the 1998 China Cup Tour of the FAI World Grand Prix (8 cities in two months), and he was the first pilot to fly through Tianmen Cave at Zhang Jia Jie, during one of our events organised in 1999. No doubt you will see a few pictures of his Hungarian bridge flight, at least on this website after our return home.

09 July
Bright blue sky. The military Y-8 took off at 7:30 am, but our three technicians could not fly via commercial airline to Chengdu because the person in charge of the reservation at the airport had made a mistake. Therefore, the three technicians will not take off until 7 p.m. and the Y-8 will have to wait for being unloaded.
No Y-8 today but we will have two flights tomorrow, thanks to the PLA.
At 2pm Jurgis Kairys and two Lithuanian technicians arrive at Shenzhen, a little bit exhausted after a long trip.

Part of the group unstuffed the containers and stored the remaining aircraft (one SU31, two SU26 and one Yak55) in a hangar, in readiness for the arrival of the Y-8 on July 10th...

Another part of the group visited Shenzhen and its China Folk Culture Villages.

Our three technicians arrived safely in Chengdu, they will unload the Y-8 tomorrow morning and transport the Edge and two SU26 by truck to Guanghan. This was not really scheduled and I am glad the road is a highway in good condition because the aircraft are no longer packed for that kind of transportation.

10 July
Finally, only one Y-8 will be provided today... The last two aircraft will have to be air freighted on July 11th, therefore time is getting very short for reassembling all aircraft before the show.
I now have to depart for Chengdu.

Great flight to Chengdu in an Airbus A320 of China Southern Airlines, superb hostesses...
Very warm welcome from the organisers, press interviews, we are hosted for the night at the Jinjiang Hotel*****, the best hotel in Western China. We met there Kirby Chambliss, our US champion who just arrived.

On the technical side, we are definitely not ahead of schedule, although a second Y-8 from China Postal Airlines has been rented and landed in Shenzhen late afternoon!
By 8pm all 4 remaining aircraft have been loaded into the two Y-8 and technicians flew to Chengdu for unloading.

Only the Y-8 from China Postal Airlines flew this evening and by the time we transferred all pieces from the aircraft onto trucks, we finished unloading at 2:00 am. So much handling but a great job from the group of technicians and Jurgis who, in addition to being a brilliant pilot, is a very efficient certified mechanics!
The other Y-8 is supposed to take off from Chengdu in the morning...

11 July
The delays are becoming a nightmare, the last aircraft were unloaded at Guanghan at 10pm... We have only one day left to reassemble all aircraft.
All pilots have arrived and went to bed, it will be a hard day tomorrow...

12 July
Misty in the morning, less than 3km visibility until 11 am, then great blue sky...
At the end of the day, all aircraft but one were reassembled and checked in flight.

That was certainly a hard day but how could we miss the goal with such a team of mechanics and pilots? What is interesting in our group is that several pilots are also patented technicians, and that helps a lot when you are running out of time.

By the way, temperature was about 33°C and humidity 82%, it was hot, like the Sichuan food... And very warm also were all the people asking for autographs and photos.

Tomorrow, first day of the show and we'll know the decision of IOC regarding the Beijing 2008 Olympic Bid.

13 July
First day of the Festival, as usual things started with an official ceremony and speeches.
Blue sky above the mist!

About 2km visibility below 3'000 feet, it was not so easy for the audience on-site to see the aircraft and those watching the live TV broadcast on CCTV-5 (the sports channel in China) were not any luckier as the pictures were very hazy.
But isn't it normal for an airshow held on a humid summer morning at 32-34°C?
Every day the show will start at 09:30 and stop at 12.

The programme consists of air models, parachuting, powered parachuting, the Blue Dream team (3-ship formation with CJ-6), another group of 3xCJ-6 for simulated bombing with pyros, our 7 aircraft to fly twice each day (five solos, a formation team of two, and an act with six aircraft), and a group of TB20 and Piper Cheyenne of the Aviation school based in Guanghan.
This Flight College is quite a big one and apparently unique in China for airline pilots.

Our technicians tried to reassemble the Yak55 in the middle of a very nice crowd but not very well controlled. Therefore, it took them a couple of hours more but it was finally ready to fly by the end of the afternoon.

Since the application to fly was not made yesterday, it will now be tested before the show tomorrow morning.

Congratulations to Beijing which has just been elected as the 2008 Olympic city. The Chinese people are very happy and programmes on Chinese CCTV are quite enthusiastic! Everyone has a flag of China in their hands, even the pop singers singing their hits, and fundraising has already started.

14 July
Unfortunately the same weather conditions, very hot and very hazy, less than two kilometers visibility until 12:30pm.

It is difficult to fly in that "bottle of milk" without any horizon but we could not ignore such enthusiastic spectators who were watching their first airshow and would have not understood why we could not fly.
We managed to postpone the flights by one hour and our pilots could finally take off and fly in more reasonabe conditions.

The Yak 55.
First to fly was the Yak 55, flown by Jurgis Kairys in a royal way, with grace and majesty.
Further to the will expressed by a few Chinese organisers, we had bought this aircraft as an assistance to the development of Aerobatics in China. It was obvious to us that, without Chinese pilots flying appropriate types of aircraft, aerobatic competition in China could not be developed. And everyone knowing that airshows are not enough to attract sponsors will understand that modern sports is more than a simple hobby.
Unfortunately, there seemed to be too many obstacles for this aircraft to be imported and promoted in China. Therefore, our partners did not make the decision to buy the Yak55 and we will have a good chance to return it back home.

Olympic celebration
Autographs, photos, interviews, that was the game for all our group all along the day and, in the evening we were invited to a party to celebrate the success of the Beijing Olympic bid... An excuse that could last for a couple of days, if not weeks! Chinese people are really happy, and as part of the Olympic family we believe it is good to see them like that.
2001 also celebrates the 80th birthday of the Chinese Communist Party (born in 1921), so it is a new opportunity to strengthen the national pride.

15 July
The weather today was better, the visibility was still not perfect (around 5 km) but at least the temperature dropped a little bit, thanks to a big storm in the morning.
Today's show was also a big success for all pilots who produced top level perfomances to the delight of the crowd which did not stop cheering and clapping. A great public audience!

In the afternoon we all went to visit the Sanxingdui Museum, the jewel of Guanghan/Sichuan. Indeed it is near Guanghan that the Shu dynasty is said to have reigned 4,000 years ago and the Museum enlights you with the wonderful discoveries and the unsolved mysteries attached to this rich and only recently known civilisation...

The Chen Lin bridge
Close to Sanxingdui Museum there is a bridge that Chen Lin wanted us to fly under. Since he passed away the project has been cancelled and replaced by a flight under a model of the bridge, erected at the airport.
Tomorrow is the last day of the show which will also be broadcast live by the CCTV channels 1 (news) and 5 (sports), especially for the "C" flight (half a loop) under the bridge ... After the bridge (12m high) stands another bridge (6m high), only 75m away.

16 July
It is under a very hot sun and a very much improved visibility that today's highlight -the flights under the bridge- took place.

Flights under the bridge
We call it Chen Lin bridge because it was his idea.
The first to fly under the bridge were Chinese pilots, followed then by Kirby Chambliss, Viktor Tchmal, Svetlana Kapanina (finishing with her trade-mark roll!), Jurgis Kairys, the Sukhoi Duo (simulataneously!) and Peter Besenyei.

The performances were broadcast live by the national TV channels, CCTC1 and CCTV5 from 10 to 12 am.
The airfield was absolutely packed,and the crowd was nothing but delighted making the atmosphere completely ecstatic! It is true that a minimum altitude set at ground level is very popular, but we are quite happy to have a group composed of such great professional pilots.

Closing ceremony
Today was already the last day of the show which was concluded with the usual closing ceremony. The pilots were officially saluted one by one under the loud cheering of the crowd.
Many thanks to the Sichuan Air Club and Chen Lin's company, the Provincial authorities and the Government of Guanghan.

We said good bye this afternoon to the Sukhoi Duo who made their way home and most of the pilots will follow tomorrow. The technicians however will stay here a little bit longer to disassemble the aircraft and get them ready to be shipped to Japan.
However, disassembly and return transportation to Shenzhen were not yet made, they were still part of a new experience to come...

So this is where this chapter ends, thank you all for following us, we hope you enjoyed it!
Next event: FAI World Grand Prix N°016 at Twin Ring Motegi, Japan, for the third time in a row, 02-04 November 2001.
So long!

17 July
The Sukhoi Duo left right after the show on 16th, Airlines Captains always have a very tight schedule.
It was the day after the event, all seven aircraft had been disassembled and packed within 12 hours, ready to be put on trucks bound for Chengdu airport.
Unfortunately, there were no trucks available...

18 July
Departure of Svetlana, Viktor, Peter and Kirby.
Funeral of Chen Lin...

Are you superstitious? As a matter of fact, it was our 13th event in China but I did not want to mention it earlier because Chen Lin had decided to postpone the show by one week to start Friday 13th July (day of the IOC decision regarding Beijing 2008)... Good luck or bad luck? I was myself born on a Friday 13th, let's say that it was good luck for me, maybe not for all others!

Chen Lin's company did not survive to his death and the financial support of the airshow organisers disappeared.
This is maybe why, despite a written contract where all points had been clarified, nothing seemed to have been scheduled for the return of our aircraft. Logistics became a crucial issue, 1600km away from the return boat...

We had to organise ourselves to return all aircraft back to Hong Kong and I must confess it would have been impossible without the support of the Aero Sports Federation of China, the Communist Party, the City Government of Guanghan, the PLA and a few helpful people like the Jin Tai Hotel. Therefore, we are quite happy to express here our deepest gratitude for their assistance.

19 July
At 6:00 am a bus took us to Guanghan airport to load the aircraft on the trucks (a total of nine trucks for 7 aircraft, this info for those who would like to do the same).
Everything was fine in theory, we had been allocated three flights by one military Y-8 (Chinese Antonov 12), one flight on 19th July and two flights on 20th July.

Unfortunately, the weather in Shenzhen area was not perfect and the first departure of the Y-8 from Chengdu was postponed to the following morning (20/7).
Four technicians stayed with me at Guanghan for the loading operations while four technicians were sent with Lynda to Shenzhen to unload the Y-8 cargo upon its arrival.

20 July
The Y-8 took off from Chengdu at 8 a.m.
Trucks were late in Guanghan, we could start loading at 10 am only and reached Chengdu at about 4pm with all remaining aircraft loaded on six trucks. It was far too late to consider a second flight and I was not convinced that the crew of the Y-8 was really keen on flying 8 to 10 hours a day.

We loaded the Y-8 with 3 complete aircraft, it should take off on 21st July.
Only one aircraft was left on the parking at Chengdu airport, waiting for the third Y-8.
We will be definitely too late, all return air tickets will have to be changed. It's not good news for our finances and working schedules but it's not so bad for the adventure.
I think that Chinese people have a secret to remain relax. Maybe we should try the Chinese massages...

21 July
Rain in Shenzhen. The second Y-8 will not take off early from Chengdu... We are getting very, very late and all aircraft out of Hong Kong are fully booked, it's a holiday season.

Since I had a little bit of time ahead of me, I decided to continue this report and to put the first part on line before the end of the game... The conclusion will be made later, hopefully in a couple of days... Who knows?

22 July
The last aircraft landed at lunch time and was stuffed in the afternoon, just in time for Kairys and his two technicians to get the ferry to Hong Kong and their airline to Lithuania. All other people departed on 23rd July.

24 July
Everyone returned home safely and aircraft are in their containers waiting for their vessels.

This was a very interesting event and a great experience in difficult conditions. However, all the Chinese people we met in Sichuan were so nice (and the food so good!) that we finally loved this kind of adventure, but we would not do that every day!

Logistically, there were too muchhandling from boat to trucks then to air cargo and to trucks again, double handling was very common and not necessary. This was exhausting for the technicians, especially when plans always changed at the last minute and such a process for transportation is not recommended in the future.
Either airfreight from homebase to the event site, or vessel and trucks with aircraft into containers, provided the road surfaces are good.

Regarding the development of sport aerobatics in China, things will be difficult if there are no Chinese pilots involved in international competitions.
It is certainly not a question of skills as there is no reason why Chinese pilots, with the appropriate training and aircraft, would not be competitive.
But, which aircraft? At this point, they have no aerobatic aircraft even for advanced level. Therefore, it is a matter of political will, the same will that brought Russian aerobatic pilots to the top worldwide. It is not so much a question of finance, we cannot say that Russian aerobatic pilots are wealthy people!

So, at this point, we could conclude by saying that the test in Sichuan was positive for future airshows or Aerobatic Festivals, but a few logistical issues should be solved before hosting an FAI World Grand Prix competition that would be fair to each competitor. However, let's keep in mind the fact that the boss passed away just a few days before the event, this created a very difficult situation which is fortunately not so common.

Another conclusion is to state that the role of a national Aero Sports Federation is maybe more to settle and strengthen a structure to develop airsports competitions rather than becoming a basic airshow producer.
But, as you know, nothing is very clear in China, and I understood it was useless to make any judgement. Things are always moving at the last minute, just to make your latest statement wrong and stupid...

At least, just go and visit China, Sichuan and Sanxingdui, you will not regret it. But go before the 2008 Olympic Games, China is changing every day!



La prochaine manche du FAI World Grand Prix se disputera à Twin Ring Motegi, Japon, du 2 au 4 novembre 2001.
De spectaculaires nouveautés y seront dévoilées durant les présentations de Haute Voltige, notamment en ce qui concerne le Théâtre et les Ballets aériens (détails à suivre...).



En attendant le prochain FAI World Grand Prix...
Comment faire voler en même temps au moins 7 avions sous une arche d'un même pont, en sachant que le pont fait 8 mètres de haut, que l'envergure de chaque avion est de 8 mètres, et que l'espace entre deux piliers d'une arche est de 30 mètres?
Considérer la possibilité d'avoir un nombre différent d'avions en vol à l'entrée et à la sortie du pont n'est pas une option...

Solution le 6 octobre à Jilin! L'événement sera retransmis en direct par CCTV1, la chaîne principale de la télévision nationale chinoise.

La ville de Jilin, dans le Nord Est de la Chine, vous invite à suivre de remarquables performances de Haute Voltige du 3 au 6 octobre prochains.
Les amateurs de records Guinness spectaculaires pourront y admirer les pilotes suivants:
- Solos: Peter BESENYEI (HUN), Svetlana KAPANINA (RUS), Viktor TCHMAL (RUS), Mikhail MAMISTOV (RUS), Kirby CHAMBLISS (USA).
- Patrouilles: SPACE KNIGHTS (FRA, Réal WEBER, Michel COSTE et Alain AMIOT) et SUKHOI DUO (GBR, Paul BONHOMME et Steve JONES).

Pendant ce temps au Japon, Jurgis KAIRYS (LIT), un grand spécialiste du vol sous les ponts, produira une autre brillante démonstration de Haute Voltige lors du Grand Prix Moto du Pacifique qui se déroulera à Twin Ring Motegi le 7 octobre.



Bien sûr ce n'est pas une compétition de la FAI et, bien sûr, les avions ne voleront pas tous sous la même arche! Le pont est composé de 13 arches, chaque appareil volera donc sous une arche différente... Mais le jeu n'en est pas pour autant très simple... Les spectateurs auront ainsi le plaisir de voir un groupe de dix avions voler ensemble sous ce pont désormais fameux!




Neuf pilotes du groupe de "Haute Voltige" ont brillamment réussi le spectaculaire challenge de passer ensemble sous les arches du pont de la ville de Jilin, Chine. chaque arche mesurait 7m de haut par 28m de large.

Une foule évaluée par les services du gouverneur de la province à au moins 300,000 personnes put témoigner de l'événement et tous les spectateurs furent récompensés par d'extraordinaires performances de vols acrobatiques et de précision. Un spectacle plein d'émotion.

Le malheur et la chance de Kirby...
A l'origine,il était prévu que dix pilotes passent sous le pont. Malheureusement le pilote américian Kirby Chambliss dut se retirer du groupe après un grave accident lors de son vol solo une heure plus tôt.

Bien que l'avion fut très sérieusement endommagé à l'impact Kirby fut suffisamment chanceux de sortir presque indemne de son appareil immobilisé dans une eau peu profonde. Grâce à la qualité des services de sécurité mis en place par l'organisateur et la ville de Jilin, il fut rapidement secouru, emmené à l'hôpital et pris en main par les meilleurs docteurs de la ville.

A l'issue de nombreux checks médicaux et passages au scanner, il fut confirmé que Kirby souffrait seulement de coupures à la tête (45 points de suture!) et de quelques contusions, sans aucune lésion interne.



(photo de gauche à droite)
Fabienne Hoerni (tenor)
Annette Kitagawa (alto, arrangements)
Veronica Reiff (alto)
Lisette Wyss (bariton, arrangements)

Lily Horn is Born
Saxophonequartet joue un jazz acoustique dans la formation inconventionelle de quatre saxophones.

Pleines d'énergie et de groove, d'ambiance et de poésie, les musiciennes mènent le public à travers le jazz des années 40, 50 et 60.

Le répertoire varié présente des compositions de musiciens connus tels que Thelonious Monk, Hank Mobley, Joe Zawinul, Bobby Timmons etc., sur les propres arrangements de Lily Horn, ainsi que leurs compositions originales.

Par leurs styles d'improvisation différents et par leurs arrangements propres, les quatre musiciennes ont su développer un son "compact" qui donne le ton original et unique du Lily Horn Sax Quartet.

Lily Horn is born donne des concerts dans des clubs de jazz, à l'occasion de fêtes privées et tourne chaque été en Suisse et dans les pays voisins.

Les musiciennes:
Les quatre saxophonistes de Lily Horn is born sont/étaient des étudiantes des Ecoles Supérieures de Musique (jazz) à Bâle, Berne et Lucerne, section saxophone/composition. Elles jouent dans cette formation fixe et suivent en outre leurs projets personnels dans des styles divers.



Patricia Leidig, chanteuse Allemande, basée en Espagne, est la tête du groupe.
Elle a commencé à jouer de la musique dès l'âge de 3 ans et demi. A l'âge de 6 ans elle suivait en Allemagne le programme Yamaha-JOC pour jeunes talents et, en l'espace de 10 ans de séminaires et de cours ntensifs, elle participa à de nombreux concerts Yamaha-JOC, notamment au Japon en 1987, alors qu'elle avait 11 ans.

Sa carrière professionnelle débuta avec le projet "Confidential", nom sous lequel elle mit de nombreuses chansons sur le narché. En addition, elle produisit beaucoup de musiques pour la télévision ou le cinéma.

Plus tard,l'influence de la musique "Chill-out" et l'implication de Pedro Toro dans le projet donnèrent naissance à Almadrava.

Combinant instruments classiques et synthétiseurs, tradition et modernité, le beau et l'étrange, Almadrava emmène l'auditeur vers un monde dit "Chill out world", où chaque chanson est importante... sur la base du son Ibiza le plus pur.

Le premier single d'Almadrava "Time to forget it" fut un beau succès, arrivé 32ème au hit parade espagnol cet été. L'album sortira en janvier 2002.




Bien que nous devions regretter le forfait de Kirby Chambliss (USA) et Jurgis Kairys (LIT) pour raisons techniques - ils ont endommagé leurs avions ces derniers jours et n'ont pas de solution de remplacement - le 2001 Nippon Grand Prix 2001 présentera les meilleurs pilotes de voltige du moment.

Tous les champions du monde en titre (titres gagnés à Burgos, Espagne, en juin 2001) viendront se battre pour celui, extrêmement envié, de vainqueur du Grand Prix:

  • Mikhail Mamistov Champion du monde absolu 2001.
  • Klaus Schrodt, Champion du monde "libre intégral" 2001
  • Svetlana Kapanina, Championne du monde 2001 et vice-championne du monde "libre intégral" (hommes+femmes). Svetlana est le seul pilote à avoir remporté trois titres mondiaux (1996, 1998, 2000) au classement général.

Avec leurs nouveaux titres, ces champions vont affronter le "Master" Peter Besenyei qui a déjà gagné deux fois à Motegi en trois Grand Prix, Victor Tchmal, (Champion du monde absolu en 1996) et le "Golden Wings" Nikolay Timofeev qui a remporté de nombreuses médailles d'or avant de faire une pause cette année pour s'établir avec sa famille aux USA.

Mais tous les spécialistes savent très bien que Svetlana Fedorenko, l'actuelle championne d'Europe et vice-championne du monde 2001, ainsi que Sergey Rakhmanin et Alexander Krotov, brilliants performers de l'équipe nationale russe, sont prêts à saisir l'occasion de monter sur la plus haute marche du podium.

Seulement 4 pilotes solos ont gagné une manche du Grand Prix en 16 éditions depuis 1996: Besenyei, Kairys, Roland, Timofeev.

Les Golden Dreams, bien que prêts à entrer en compétition, ont dû être annulés pour raisons administratives, mais on essaiera encore l'an prochain, c'est sûr!
Naturellement, Sukhoi Duo défendra son titre obtenu l'an dernier et les spectateurs prendront grand plaisir à revoir Sky Box à Motegi. Ils voleront sous le nom de Flying Bulls (en relation au nom de leur sponsor), mais ils auront d'autres surprises à présenter à leur audience japonaise passionnée.

Le 2001 Nippon Grand Prix 2001 sera-t-il la dernière présentation internationale de la patrouille Sky Box? Revenez nous voir bientôt, nous aurons quelques nouvelles intéressantes.
Et si vous êtes au Japon, ne manquez pas la cuvée 2001 du Grand Prix, venez à Motegi, vous y verrez des choses que vous n'avez jamais vues!



C'est à Motegi que la patrouille Flying Bulls (encore connue il y a peu sous le nom de SkyBox) fera sa dernière représentation internationale avec Jiri Tlusty en tant que leader.

En effet, Jiri a décidé de se retirer après 41 ans passés au commandement d'une patrouille qu'il a créée en 1960.

C'est au Pays de Galles en 1963 que la patrouille a fait sa première présentation internationale et Jiri a affirmé qu'il mettra fin ce week-end à sa carrière internationale de leader de patrouille qui totalisera alors plus de 3000 présentations!

A l'âge de 66 ans, c'est unique dans l'histoire de l'aviation! Félicitations Jiri Tlusty!

Il a choisi le Japon et le Grand Prix de Motegi pour faire ses adieux à la scène internationale en hommage à la fidélité, l'enthousiasme et l'expertise technique du public japonais.

Cette année les Flying Bulls seront en compétition avec les Sukhoi Duo (vainqueurs l'an dernier à Motegi) pour le titre de Champion du Grand prix 2001.


Les avions ayant été réassemblés sans aucun problème et la piste de décollage rallongée d'une cinquantaine de mètres nous étions prêts ce matin pour la répétition générale.

Les vols de qualifications auront lieu demain et bien sûr, les résultats seront postés sur le web dès que possible.
Alors bonne chance à tous les pilotes!

Cet après-midi, c'était la répétition générale du ballet aérien "Aeroplane",qui sera présenté pour la première fois au public demain.

Ce ballet, dont les formes d'abord rêvées puis écrites, a acquis sa première énergie aujourd'hui.
Il ne s'agit pas seulement de montrer l'excellence d'un pilote ou d'une formation, mais aussi d'aller au-delà de la performance personnelle. En offrant aux voltigeurs la place d'acteur, nous donnons aux machines le pouvoir de raconter ensemble une histoire.

Alors, pour cette aventure, il semblait nécessaire d'ouvrir notre grand livre imaginaire à la première page, celle qui décrit comment un enfant et un petit avion de bois, unis par la magie du rêve, ont attiré à eux des dizaines d'avions poètes. Il s'agit tout simplement d'une genèse, formulée comme un conte, en musique, avec des images projetées sur écran, à la manière d'un recueil d'histoires. Toutes les clefs sont là, pour conduire le spectateur à considérer le vol comme un poème qui va au-delà de son pilote.

Bientôt, nous saurons si le public désire faire le voyage avec nous...



Les vols de qualification se sont déroulés ce matin sous un soleil radieux et comme promis voici les résultats:

2. TIMOFEEV Nikolay
3. SCHRODT Klaus
4. FED0RENKO Svetlana
5. KROTOV Alexander
6. MAMISTOV Mikhail
7. KAPANINA Svetlana
8. TCHMAL Viktor


Il faut préciser que les pilotes Kapanina,Tchmal, et Mamistov ont été pénalisés à cause d'un problème technique du système de fumigènes.



Nous avons eu la chance aujourd'hui d'avoir du soleil le matin, quelques nuages l'après-midi et la première goutte de pluie à l'atterrissage du dernier avion!!!

Voici les résultats de la compétition:

1. BESENYEI Peter (10'154)
2. SCHRODT Klaus (9'971)
3. TIMOFEEV Nikolay (9'852)
4. MAMISTOV Mikhail (9'741)
5. KAPANINA Svetlana (9'737)
6. FED0RENKO Svetlana (9'679)
7. RAKHMANIN Sergey (9'604)
8. KROTOV Alexander (9'535)
9. TCHMAL Viktor (9'093)

Seuls les 3 premiers participeront à la super finale demain.

1. FLYING BULLS (9'700 pts)
2. SUKHOI DUO (9'666 pts)

La compétition a été vraiment serrée entre les patrouilles, seulement 34pts les séparent!
















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Le nombre de spectateurs présents pour le 16ème Grand Prix -soit la 4ème édition à Motegi- a atteint cette année le record de 53,000!

Deux nouveautés ont été présentées: la Super Finale pour la compétition et le Théâtre Aérien Futuriste pour les Performances de Haute Voltige.

La formule de Super Finale entre les 3 pilotes vainqueurs de la compétition a reçu un énorme succès et sera appliquée l'année prochaine (qualifications le vendredi, compétition le samedi et super finale le dimanche).

Les trois derniers jours ont marqué une étape décisive pour le concept du Théâtre Aérien Futuriste qui a été mis en place avec succès.
Sans aucun doute, les Performances de Haute Voltige ont maintenant atteint un niveau qui inspirera certainement de nombreux meetings aériens et qui permettra le développement de créations originales dans le domaine du spectacle aérien.


The 2001 FAI Nippon Grand Prix
Twin Ring Motegi, Japon
Haute Voltige - beyond Aerobatics

Piloter un avion au moteur puissant à travers une série de manoeuvres compliquées, voler au-delà des limites de ce que les aviateurs appellent "l'enveloppe de vol" ; des hommes et des machines résistant aux forces maximales dans des trajectoires les plus variées - positives, négatives, latérales….C'est ça la voltige !

Mais combattre " l'Esprit de Gravité " (Friedrich Nietzsche
" Ainsi parla Zarathustra ") va certainement au-delà du simple dessin de figures dans le ciel avec uniquement rigueur et précision mathématiques. "On n'entre pas en vol dans le vol " enseigne Zarathustra " celui qui souhaite voler un jour doit d'abord apprendre à …danser ! "

Durant le FAI World Grand Prix à Twin Ring Motegi, un temple de la " culture de la mobilité " au Japon, la voltige est élevée au rang d'expression artistique des qualités de pilotage en parfaite harmonie avec des éléments musicaux et visuels. C'est ça la Haute Voltige !!!

Les meilleurs pilotes du monde donnent une nouvelle dimension à leur défi de la gravité : Peter Besenyei (HUN) Grand Prix Master, Mikhail Mamistov (RUS), Svetlana Kapanina (RUS), et Klaus Schrodt (GER), les Champions du Monde 2001 ainsi qu'une douzaine de leurs pairs et les patrouilles Sukhoi Duo (GBR) et Flying Bulls (CZE) ont produit les performances les plus extraordinaires combinant virtuosité aérienne et une éblouissante chorégraphie.

"La Haute Voltige c'est une danse, un moyen créatif avec une âme, non pas un remplacement de la forme actuelle de perfection technique mais une élévation pour ces pilotes qui volent au plus haut niveau de compétition " voilà comment le champion russe Nikolay Timofeev décrit les vols du Grand Prix éxécutés par les meilleurs pilotes recevant dans leur cockpit les musiques de Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Pink Floyd ou autres.

Ce programme de 52 min met les téléspectateurs du monde entier au premier rang du circuit de Motegi, leur permettant d'apprécier le mélange entre le sport et l'art et de saisir en même temps que 50000 spectateurs de la tribune principale, le spectacle, les sons et l'atmosphère de performances aussi uniques et personnelles que celles produites par les plus inspirés des patineurs artistiques pour qui la glace est un terrain de jeu, une scène, un canevas.
Chaque pilote, en sélectionnant sa propre musique, crée une ambiance pour 4 minutes de vol et exécute les figures les plus exigeantes nées de son inspiration - combinaisons originales de vrilles tranches, cobras, tire-bouchons ou mini-boucles Kairys - peignant le ciel avec une traînée de fumée blanche.

Tous les pilotes dans ce programme excellent dans le ballet aérien. Ils ne peuvent peut-être pas gagner leur combat contre " l'Esprit de Gravité " mais il vous donneront l'opportunité de décoller avec Aéroplane, une nouvelle performance du Theâtre Aérien Futuriste, une histoire volée sur les musiques existantes ou des créations et arrangements, par exemple de LilyHorn, un saxquartet fémimin suisse absolument unique, ou par Almadrava, une chanteuse-compositrice d'Espagne.

C'est ça la Haute Voltige, un équilibre extrême entre l'idée philosophique et la cascade spectaculaire, bien au-delà de la seule lutte traditionnelle des champions de voltige pour impressionner les juges ou une audience…

Le FAI World Grand prix-Haute Voltige, au-delà de la voltige traditionnelle.
Evénement : FAI Nippon Grand prix, Twin Ring Motegi (Japon)
Dates : 02/11/01-04/11/01
Titre : Le 2001 FAI World Grand Prix-Haute Voltige
Reportage complet sur le 2001 FAI World Grand Prix : vols, performances, profils des pilotes.
52 min points culminants de l'événement, TC Script en anglais, espagnol, français et allemand.
Disponible pour TV:30/11/01



Une émission de la TV Suisse romande sera consacrée au FAI World Grand Prix et au Théâtre aérien de Haute Voltige le 17 décembre prochain.
Nom du programme: Zig Zag Café
Diffusion en direct par TSR1 le 17.12.2001 entre 13h et 14h.
Diffusion reprise par le réseau international de langue française TV5 le 24 décembre.
Horaires dépendant de chaque pays, consultez vos programmes TV.



Suite à son succès sur la TSR - la TV Suisse Romande -, le programme ZIG ZAG Café relatif à la Haute Voltige au Japon et au FAI World Grand Prix sera finalement retransmis sur TV5 le 7 janvier au lieu du 24 décembre.
TV5 couvre 5 continents y compris l'Asie et l'Amérique du Nord notamment le Canada.




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