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Gonzalo O’Kelly is President and Chief Pilot of the aerobatic team, Jacob 52. It is one of the fewer teams in the world formed by five civil pilots flying aerobatic formation with Yak 52s, and the first civil formation aerobatic team created in Spain. Jacob 52 was formed in 1999 when Gonzalo - persuaded by a friend who already owned one - bought a Yakovlev Yak-52. He convinced a few other friends to do the same and created the Jacob 52 Association, an organization with the aim of expanding the sport of aerobatics.
The Guinness World Records has officially recognized 987 rolls performed consecutively as the new world record. It was achieved by Kingsley Just, an air traffic controller from Australia who raises money for zinc absorption research to benefit his son Kaelan. Specifically, he needed to perform more than 408 consecutive rolls, so he set a new record successfully.
After three years break the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is back on track. It is the fastest motorsport series on the planet. It started on February 28th in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and it finishes next November in China, after having stopped in six different locations around the world. This season 12 elite pilots compete in the Master Class. Former champion Paul Bonhomme is among them.
World Aerobatic Champion, François Le Vot, obtained the first place in the inaugural Sky Grand Prix of Aerobatics which was celebrated from 21st to 23rd of March in the beaches of Durban –the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal- . This festival was the main event of Durban Land, Sea & Air Festival, the first event of its kind to happen in that country. The competition pulled a record-breaking crowd of 145.000 people during the two days.
Spencer Suderman, an Airshow performer from United States, broke the Guinness Book of the World Records for the most successive inverted flat spins on board of his Pitts S-2B at Naval Air Facility El Centro, in California (EUA).
World famous Hungarian aerobatic pilot Captain Tamás Nádas died on Friday, March 7th, in a plane crash during an airshow performance at Al Khor airfield, in northern Qatar.
As a well-known competitor, his best success was in 2012, when he won the gold medal of the 10th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championship during the Free Programme. He also won other numerous awards in aerobatic competitions in his natal country.
Kingsley Just, an Air traffic controller from Australia, will attempt a Guinness World Record in his Pitts. Specifically, he will need to perform more than 408 rolls consecutively without stopping. To make the challenge more exciting, he will also have to remain in sight of the observing judges at the airfield all the time, so he will have to turn in a holding pattern around the runway while rolling. Just is undertaking the feat to raise money for research into zinc absorption that it could help his son Kaelan.
Eric Vazeille, World Unlimited Champion 2000 in Muret (France), is taking over Claude Bessière, widely-known as "Coco", as the coach of the Unlimited French Team. The Fédération Française Aéronautique (FFA) announced this in a press release. They had decided to trust Vazeille to train the French pilots for the next FAI World Aerobatic Championship, which will be held in France in August 2015.
Silvia Carré. Catalan aerobatic pilot, 38 years old, graduated in Translation and Interpreting, and she is the mother of two sons. She was one of the 20% of the world population who suffered from aerophobia. Nevertheless, 8 years ago forced by her family she overcame the fear of flying airplanes by taking a special designed course to get rid of that dread. In 2011 she got the private pilot license and discovered the world of aerobatics.
Surprisingly, nowadays flying is one of her passions. Last October she competed in her first aerobatic championship, the Pyrenees Cup and Championship of Catalonia in the primary category.
Having a young spirit, and being a friendly and forthcoming person she is the perfect example of self-improvement.
Six South African Pilots have been selected to fly in the newly formed Red Bull Aerobatic Team of China. The team, started by Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Wei, is flying four brand new XtremeAir XA42 aerobatic aircrafts, showing the Red Bull China colors. The team will be performing at the international air show circuit, starting in Shenyang, the capital and largest city of the Liaoning Province in China and the place where they are currently based.