The Aresti Cup was created and given to the International Air Sports Federation (FAI) in 1960 by Mr. José LuisAresti, with the intention that it would be a symbol that represents and strengthens the interest, sportsmanship, and friendship of pilots all over the world.
It is given to the top individual World Champion of Aerobatics in the Unlimited category of the world championships the FAI organizes every 2 years.
The trophy was originally awarded to the Spaniard Tomás Castaño during the 1964 championship celebrated in Bilbao, Spain.
The cup is the most prestigious trophy that can be awared to an aerobatic competitor and is considered to be a unique and fantastic piece of artwork. It is made primarily of silver with gold finish, somewhat shiny and encircled by a set of coins and medallions that symbolizes the distinct nationalities that form the members of the International Air Sports Federation. At the top of the coins there is a space to inlay the insignia of the National Aero Club. The base is green marble.
At the top there was a globe with José Luís Aresti's favorite plane, a Bücker Jungmeister, but unfortunately it was lost over the years. The names of all the champions are engraved around the base of the trophy.
José Luís Aresti was the creator of the "Aresti Aerocryptograpohic System,” now used at all aerobatic competitions.
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The World Champions, since celebrating the first World Championship in 1960, include:
The Nesterov Cup is awarded to the winning men's aerobatic team at the World Aerobatic Championship. The trophy carries the name of the aerobatic pilotRusso Peter N. Nesterov. The USSR gave this trophy to the FAI in 1962.
FAI CHALLENGE CUP
This cup is awarded to the winning women's team at the World Aerobatic Championship. The USSR gave the cup to the FAI in1987.
ROYAL AERO CLUB TROPHY
The “Royal Aero Club Trophy” was donated by the United Kingdom to the FAI in1986. This trophy is awarded to the top female world aerobatic champion. Although winners of this competition have been recognized since the beginning, no special trophy existed before this date.
This trophy is given to the Women's World Aerobatic Champion (Unlimited Power Category).
MANFRED STRÖSSENREUTHER TROPHY (EAC)
This trophy receives the name of a German aerobatic champion and is awarded to the top winner of the 4-minute free program during the World Aerobatic Championship. Strössenreuther - a medal winner in the European and World Championships - was particularly skillful in his flights at the beginning of the 1980s. Thanks to the South African Aero Club, the trophy was given in his honor, through the Dutch Aero Club.
ERIC MÜLLER TROPHY
The Eric Müller trophy is awarded to the top champion in the Unknown program during the World Aerobatic Championship. Another high-caliber pilot and participant in world competitions, Müller was a good pilot, CIVA delegate, and a great innovator. He won this program at his final WAC celebrated in Red Deer, Canada in 1988. He died in 1990 just before the WAC was celebrated in his home country, Switzerland. The trophy was awarded for the first time in 1994.
THE YAK-52 TEAM TROPHY
This trophy is presented to the winning Team at the World Yak-52 Aerobatic Championships. The trophy was donated by Russia.
THE YAK-52 THROPY
This trophy is presented to the World Yak-52 Aerobatic Champion.
It was donated by South Africa.
FAI AND CIVA MEDALS
The FAI and CIVA medals are awarded to the top performers across difierent programs during the FAI world and continental championships, as stated by Section 6 of the FAI Sporting Code. The CIVAS medals were introduced in the year 2009 to replace the "organizer" medals that had been used for so many years. This decision was made to put some standards in place and to assure high quality in the medals that were being awarded in FAI competitions.