Parallel to the development of the Su-29, the Sukhoi Design Office was beginning to work on the development of a new aerobatic single-seater, the Su-29T, later designated Su-31. The purpose of the development was to build a single-seater with a few improved features over the S-26, and it wasn't until June 22, 1992 that the prototype took off for the first time, under the control of Yurgis Kairys.
Less than a month remains before the start of one of the most important championships of the year for aerobatic fans and pilots: the 2013 WAC. This will be the last international championship of aerobatics of the year. (You will recall that the Unlimited and Advanced glider world championships and the European Advanced power aerobatics world championships were held in July and August, respectively. You can read the articles in the "News" section of this site.)
Ladislav Bezák, a 1960s Czechoslovakian aerobatic pilot, is known in the world of aerobatics for being the first pilot to win the first world aerobatic championship held in Bratislava in September of 1960, and for being the creator of one of the most amazing and innovative maneuvers of those times; a manuever which, to this day, continues to be utilized by the best Freestyle pilots: the Lomcovák.
If you learned to ride a motorcycle in an english-speaking country, you may already know this acronym: ATGATT. It stands for 'All The Gear, All The Time', and it means that an accident doesn't care if that particular day is 'too hot to wear a helmet'.
For experimented motorbike riders, it is clear that not wearing your helmet, gloves, and some clothing to protect you from impacting the ground involuntarily and then skidding for meters over a less-than-smooth surface, is plain foolish.
In the movie ‘Top Gun’ fighter pilot ‘Iceman’ asked Maverick’ “Who’s the best pilot?” In October of 2013 the World Aerobatic Championship, or WAC, will be coming to America. Sherman/Dennison, Texas will host up to 100 of the world’s best pilots. Let’s look into the modern World Aerobatic Championship and see how it has developed through the years, going through two world wars in the process, to become what it is today.
On 14 October, 1905 the FAI, or Federation Aeronautique Internationale, was formed. Its job is to verify and catalog all aviation records, and set standards for those records. Modern World Aerobatic Championships, under the FAI, are considered to be those that have been held since 1960.