by Pat Purcell
USA Unlimited Teeam
L-R Bob Freeman, Robbie Gibbs (alternate), Mike Ciliberti, Mark Nowosielski, Jim Bourke, Craig Gifford, Tim Just, Rob Holland, not present Mike Gallaway
2016 FAI WORLD ADVANCED
August 4-14, 16 Radon, Poland
It is an amazing accomplishment to send a team and aircraft to the World Aerobatic Championships every year. There is much fund raising involved and then the travel and getting the planes all around the world. The pilots will be involved for weeks with the travel, prepping, practicing and then competing. The Worlds are a big stage and the US stands tall on it year after year. The pilots are selected in the preceding year at the National Championships in September and then compete the following August at locations that change each year.
The US 2016 Advanced Team stood on the podium in Poland proudly wearing Silver Medals. The French team took the Gold with the Russians taking bronze. The top three scoring Americans were Cameron Jaxheimer, 5th, Craig Gifford, 6th and Foster Bachschmidt, 13th.
USA Advanced Team Silver Medal 2016 World Championships
L.-R. Foster Bachschmmmidt, Captain, Craig Gifford, Kevin Coleman, Mitch Wilde, Mark Fullerton, Cameron Jaxheimer, John Wacker, Stan Moye
September 19-26, 2016 Denison, Texas
The 2016 National Aerobatic Championship was a rousing success and a bitter sweet occasion. Since 1972, the National Championships (exception 1983) have been held at North Texas Regional Airport, Denison, TX. They will move to Oshkosh, WI in 2017.
The new World Unlimited team was named with Rob Holland being top in the Unlimited for the sixth consecutive year. There will be a very strong team heading to Hoedspruit, South Africa to compete from August 16-26, 2017.