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The 2013 WAC and 100 Years of Aerobatics

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100 Years of AerbaticsLess 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.)


After 10 years, the WAC returns to the United States and will be held October 9th - 20th at the North Texas Regional Airport/Perrin Field (KGYI). It promises to be one of the most successful and participated-in competitions of recent times. At the time of writing, a total of 64 pilots from 15 countries have confirmed.  If we include the mechanics, team managers, and trainers, the figure exceeds a hundred people that are coming to participate in this event, a level of participation greater than the last few world championships.

Among the registered participants, I highlight pilots of great prestige who are coming to fly and defend their titles, like the current world champion Mikhail Mamistov (2011), Victor Chmal (1996), Svetlana Kapanina (7-time Women's Champion -1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011), and Elena Klimovich (2009).  Pilots whose flights you will want to see, in order to understand why they deserve to be called World Champions.

On the technical front, there will be a total of 20 exceptional judges. Most are widely-known for participating regularly in the international circuits. Among them, a few stand out: LG Arvidsson (SWE), who will act as President; John Gaillard (RSA), Chief Judge; Mike Heuer (USA), Alan Cassidy (GBR),  Francis Itier (FRA), and Nick Buckenham (GBR), among others.

The organization is doing a great job to make this championship one of the most successful, safe, and phenomenal championships of the last few years. The reason is because it is a very special year for aerobatics worldwide:  100 years of aerobatics is being honored. Yes, it was only 100 years ago that in 1913 the Frenchman Andre Pégoud performed the first upside-down flight, and Russian military pilot Peter Nesterov flew what was called the Death Loop.  These pioneering pilots, accused of being "reckless" by those around them, established the foundations of the aerobatics of today.

Because of this, the opening ceremony on October 9th is expected to include the participation of notable pilots like Skip Stewart - one of the most striking airshow performers in the United States - the "Blue Skies Parachute" team, and the "Flybys" with their B17 and B25.  Patty Wagstaff, 3-time winner of the U.S. Nationals, will also be present and participate as a pilot in the championship warm-up.

If you're lucky enough to attend as an observer, pilot, organizer, volunteer, judge, or sponsor, you will surely enjoy what will likely be one of the best championships in recent years, where excitement is more than guaranteed.

For those who cannot attend, you can follow the latest details, results, and news from the "Lines & Angles" section, written by Mike Heuer. In this section, information will be published almost daily, keeping you up-to-date with the events of the 2013 WAC.

Good luck and good flights to all.

For more information you can visit: www.WAC2013.com

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Alex Balcells

- Profesional pilot, aerobatic flight instructor and competitor. 

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