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"30th FAI World Aerobatic Championships 2019": the winners

The event was divided in five categories

The French Aerobatic team won in both the team event and three of the other four programmes at the "FAI World Aerobatic Championships", which took place from 22 to 31 August.

French pilot, Louis Vanel won the Mixed and Men’s events, with star female pilot Aude Lemordant –also on the French team– taking first place in the Women’s competition.

In the Freestyle programme, Robert Holland (USA) once again climbed to the top of the podium to continue his years-long run as FAI World Champion in that category.

Held at the Châteauroux-Déols airport in central France, this 30th FAI “WAC” involved some 18 teams from countries including Australia, Switzerland, Russia, and the USA.

Split into five categories (Team, Men, Women, Mixed, and Freestyle) the event was blessed with dry and mostly very hot conditions, and attracted tens of thousands of spectators.

Local organisers the Fédération Française Aéronautique (FFA) and Châteauroux Métropole also put on a spectacular entertainment programme, highlights of which included demonstrations of other air sports, test flights and, on the final day, an air show including a wing-walking display and a superb performance by the "Patrouille de France" national aerobatic team. 



1 Louis Vanel (FRA)

2 Alexandre Orlowski (FRA)

3 Mikhail Mamistov (RUS)


1 Aude Lemordant (FRA)

2 Svetlana Kapanina (RUS)

3 Bénédicte Blanchard (FRA)


1 Louis Vanel (FRA)

2 Alexandre Orlowski (FRA)

3 Mikhail Mamistov (RUS)

Final Freestyle

1 Robert Holland (USA)

2 Castor Fantoba (ESP)

3 Martin Sonka (CZE)


1 France


3 Russia.

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