|Text & Pictures: Alain Debras - Translation: Marc Arys © sbap 2016|
like 5 years ago in 2011, the Fédération Française Aéronautique (FFA
- the French Aeronautical Federation) had chosen the airfield of Dijon
Darois and the Aéroclub de la Côte d'Or (ACCO - Côte d'Or Flying
Club) to organize the French Aerobatic Championships of 2016.
|FRENCH AEROBATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016|
During these championships the participants are grouped in three categories: National 1, Excellence and Elite.
Each pilot has to fly three programs - known free, unknown free 1 and unknown free 2, with an individual ranking in each class and a general ranking by team.
Presentations are flown within a cubic delimited airspace, called the “Box” - 1km by 1km by 1km, starting at a minimal altitude of 100 meters, and made up of various successive figures coded and described in the “ARESTI” catalogue - see example below.
The judges are installed next to the box and rate the figures based upon the quality, the sequences, the smoothness, the precision,... etc.
The ranking is obtained by adding the points of each judge and a percent on the theoretical maximum is also calculated as to allow the comparison between the flights.
Individual results 2016
The female French champion is Bénédicte BLANCHARD from Dijon Voltige (73 %) who flew in Elite.
Team Ranking 2016
Vendée Sports Aériens (basé à La Roche-sur-Yon)
to the high level of the French competitors since several years now (they
regularly win the titles of European and World champion - individual and
by team), the Elite-competition allows to admire the performances of the
best world aerobatic pilots.
This year, the actual world champion, Alexandre ORLOWSKI of the Equipe de Voltige de l'Armée de l'Air (EVVA - French Air Force aerobatic team) won the title following up Olivier MASUREL, champion in 2015.
Captain-aviator ORLOWSKI (nicknamed "Popov"), aged 34, is a fighter pilot within the French Air Force (FAF) and was based at Dijon Longvic with the 1/2 Cigogne and then with the 2/2 Côte d'Or (a few kilometers from Darois!) from 2005 to 2009, flying Mirage 2000. He also received the Renaud ECALLE trophy from the hands of Aude LEMORDANT, actual female aerobatic world champion.
of the French team in the world 'Unlimited' class was announced by the
national technical director, Loïc LOGEAIS, at the end of the
championships and will represent France during the European
championships which will be held in Czech Republic from August 20 till
|CAP 231||EXTRA 330SC - Aerobatix|
|EXTRA 330SC - EVAA|
|EXTRA 330SC - Breitling||EXTRA 330SC - HR MTM|
|EXTRA 330SC - Lubexcel||EXTRA 330SC - P.R.B.|
|EXTRA 330SC||XA 42|
|Sukhoi SU-26||EXTRA 330LX|
|EXTRA 330SC Pilot office||The flight plan|
AÉRO-CLUB DE LA CÔTE D'OR (ACCO)
in 1923, based originally at Longvic and moved to Darois in 1957 (almost
60 years ago). Inauguration of a concrete runway of 800 meters in 1987
and since 1997 developing its aerobatic activities and night flying as
well as organizing training sessions for the Brevet d'Initiation
Aéronautique (Aeronautical Initiation Certificate) for the Dijon
youngsters. 200 saw the inauguration of the new clubhouse and 2016 three
new hangars. Have 250 members and 2.800 annual flying hours.
European federation with more than 41.000 members, 600 flying clubs,
2.500 airplanes, 2.200 instructor pilots, more than 600.00 flight hours
in 2016 and 24 regional committees.
|The new hangars|
DAROIS (ACCO) AIRSHOW 2016
during the championships of 2011, the ACCO took the opportunity to
organize an airshow on the closing Saturday gathering various
participants mixing together ancient and modern airplanes, civil and
military, solo or within a team.
|Robin DR400 from the Aeroclub de la Côte d'Or||Robin DR400|
|Robin DR400||Robin DR400|
|Sequoia F.8L Falco||Piper L-4B Grasshopper|
|Pitts S.2B||Stampe & Vertongen SV-4A|
|Bücker B131 Jungmann|
|Magni 16 autogyro||C101A Pegase|
|Rockwell OV.10B Bronco||Cirrus SR.20 French Air Force|
|Local conception, the XA-42|
|CAP 232||EXTRA 330LX|
|EXTRA 330SC||EXTRA 330SC|
|Stampe & Vertongen SV-4A||Stampe & Vertongen SV-4A|
|Skyloop Aerobatic Team|
|"Patroulille Apache" another one leaded by Jacques Bothelin|
|Christophe Jacquard and his Sea Fury FB.11|
|Wing folding...always amazing|
|Back in his nest at Dijon-Darois|
|Mr Jean Wiacek ACCO President, Mr Jean-Michel Ozoux FFA President & Mr Pierre Robin|
|Elite podium: Brageot, Orlowski & Masurel|
Excellence podium: Claudin, Dorey & Wilhelem
|National 1 podium: Vienne, Libaud & Lovicourt|
|Renaud Ecale Trophy...and the winner is: Alexandre Orlowski|
|All the winners together for the 2016 edition souvenir... Congratulations to all of them!|
We would like to thank Mr Jean-Michel OZOUX, chairman of the FFA, Mr Jean WIACEK, chairman of the ACCO and Ms Odile WIACEK, deputy director of FROMM France for their warm welcome and collaboration, without which these pages would not have been possible.
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