Al Ain Air Championship 2015
Here in the UAE this is the best time of the year. And for anyone who is into outdoors activity then there’s nothing short of one. Yesterday, the 2015 Al Ain Air Championship come to an end. For three days, this Al Ain airport turned into a busiest tourist and spectator’s hotspot. A staggering 50000 visitor footfall was recorded to view the prestigious event. Formerly known as formerly known as Al Ain Aerobatic Show displaying a massive number of aerobatic events, combining military and civil aircraft, stunt displays and competitions, cultural and family activities since 2003.
Organized by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), this year the rules of engagement were changed. Instead of just an airshow with acrobats it was turned into an acrobatic styled championship. About eight to ten invited aerobatic teams from eight countries around the world- including military flying aces and civilian daredevils landed for the spectacular show-off to impress the judges, win the hearts of fans and be crowned Grand Champion of the skies of Al Ain.
Fursan Al Emarat (The Knights) Crowned Champion
After a thrilling three-day aerobatic event that adopted a competition format for the first time, Fursan Al Emarat has been crowned as the 2015 Al Ain Air Championship victor. The UAE’s national aerobatic team took the title after impressing a prestigious judging panel, as well as an adoring crowd of onlookers who were given the ability vote for their favourite acts for the first time. The award was presented by Jasem Al Darmaki
Acting Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, to Lieutenant Colonel Nasser Al Obaidli, Fursan Al Emarat Team leader on the final day of the championship amongst thousands of excited spectators.
“This year has been a spectacular for us and the new championship format has proved to be a success. We’ve had over 50,000 visitors at the event and this has been beyond our expectations. We are proud to have hosted this event in Al Ain. We’d like to take this opportunity and congratulate Fursan Al Emarat, the Grand Champion of Al Ain Air Championship 2015 and also thank all the participating teams for an impressive line-up of acts that they performed. We look forward to the next edition and hope to offer the visitors a memorable experience again,” said Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director of Tourism Sector, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority.
The Grand Champion, showcased an excellent display of skill and precision, impressed the audience and led the scoreboard by 51.06 points, then Bravo 3 Repsol came in second with 51.05 points, followed by Breitling Wingwalkers with 50.22 points and Richard Goodwin in the fourth place with 47.8 points. The scores are a cumulative result of the points secured over the three days of the championship.
“We’d firstly like to thank the UAE government and our great leaders for their constant support and encouragement, without which we wouldn’t have been where we are today. It is a huge honour for us to win the first Grand Champion title of the Al Ain Air Championship 2015. We’d also like to thank all the cheering spectators who helped us perform even better than we had planned,” says Lieutenant Colonel Nasser Al Obaidli, Fursan Al Emarat Team leader.
Participants were also being judged for the Breitling Style Awards in four categories, namely, Power, Grace, Pride and WOW factor. In the category of Power, the winner is Bravo 3 Repsol, while in the category of Grace; the winner is Glider FX Aerobatics. In addition, Fursan Al Emarat won for the best showcase of Pride and Breitling Wingwalkers won the WOW factor category.
Teams from all over the world traveled to the Al Ain for this electrifying event, which offered as many cultural and entertainment activities on the ground that included drifting performances, hot-air balloon shows, live music and performances, and an exciting and vast gastronomic experience. Al Ain Air Championship 2015 is presented by Tourism and Culture Authority, Abu Dhabi and supported by the UAE Air Force (UAEAF) and the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC).