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ARESTI CUP

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.

For more information, you can visit:

http://arestisystem.com

 The World Champions, since celebrating the first World Championship in 1960, include:

Year

Location

Winner

Country

1960

Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

Ladislav Bezák

Czechoslovakia

1962

Budapest, Hungary

Josef Tóth

Hungary

1964

Bilbao, Spain

Tomas Castano

Spain

1966

Moscow, USSR

Vladimir Martemianov

USSR

1968

Magdeburg, GDR

Erwin Bläske

GDR

1970

Hullavington, UK

Igor Egorov

USSR

1972

Salon de Provence, France

Charlie Hillard

USA

1974

Competition not held

1976

Kiev, USSR

Victor Letsko

USSR

1978

Ceské Budéjovice, Czech.

Ivan Tucek

Czechoslovakia

1980

Oshkosh, USA

Leo Loudenslager

USA

1982

Spitzerberg, Austria

Victor Smolin

USSR

1984

Békéscaba, Hungary

Petr Jirmus

Czechoslovakia

1986

South Cerney, UK

Petr Jirmus

Czechoslovakia

1988

Red Deer, Canada

Henry Haigh

USA

1990

Yverdon, Switzerland

Claude Bessiere

France

1992

La Havre, France

Competition not completed due to weather

1994

Debrecin, Hungary

Xavier de Lapparent

France

1996

Oklahoma City, USA

Victor Chmal

Russia

1998

Trencin, Slovakia

Patrick Paris

France

2000

Muret, France

Eric Vazeille

France

2001

Burgos, Spain

Mikhail Mamistov

Russia

2003

Lakeland, Florida, USA

Sergey Rakhmanin

Russia

2005

Burgos, Spain

Sergey Rakhmanin

Russia

2007

Granada, Spain

Ramon Alonso

Spain

2009

Silverstone, United Kingdom

Renaud Ecalle

France

2011

Foligno, Italy

Mikhail Mamistov

Russia

2013

Texas, United States

François Le Vot

France

 

 


 NESTEROV CUP

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.


DARIUS & GIRÉNAS TROPHY

The Darius & Girėnas Trophy is presented to the winning Men’s Team at the European Aerobatic Championships.

The trophy was donated by Lithuania in 2003. The award is named after two famous Lithuanian flyers, Stephen Darius and Stanley Girėnas. In July 1933, these pilots attempted a non-stop flight between New York City and Kaunas, Lithuania flying their Bellanca CH-300 “Pacemaker” which they had named “Lituanica”. Tragically, the flight ended in a crash near Rosenthal, Germany in Pomerania (now Rozansko) just 404 miles short of their goal. They had flown 3,984 miles in 37 hours, 11 minutes. These brave pilots remain among Lithuania’s greatest aviation heroes to this day.


 

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). 

Year

Winner

Country

1986

Liubov Nemkova

USSR

1988

Catherine Maunoury

France

1990

Natalya Sergeeva

USSR

1992

Not presented

1994

Christine Genin

France

1996

Svetlana Kapanina

Russia

1998

Svetlana Kapanina

Russia

2000

Catherine Maunoury

France

2001

Svetlana Kapanina

Russia

2003

Svetlana Kapanina

Russia

2005

Svetlana Kapanina

Russia

2007

Svetlana Kapanina

Russia

2009

Elena Klimovich

Russia

2011

Svetlana Kapanina

Russia

2013

Aude Lemordant

France

 

 


 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.


PETER CELLIERS TRHOPY

This trophy is presented to the World Advanced Aerobatic Champion and is named after the late CIVA Delegate of South Africa.

Celliers was instrumental in organizing the first World Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Cape Town, South Africa in 1995.

The trophy was donated by the South African Aero Club in 2000.


 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.

 

 

 

 

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