Sky Grand Prix of Aerobatics - 16 June 2023

By Brian Spurr

24.04.2023



The extremely popular Sky Grand Prix of Aerobatics will return to the skies of Durban on the 16 June 2023 at Virginia Airport, Durban. Get ready for an electrifying event that will leave you on the edge of your seat, it promises to be an aviation extravaganza unlike any other. This will be the third Sky Grand Prix.



The event is a Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) and FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) internationally sanctioned event.

The Sky Grand Prix of Aerobatics is a competition, which will see eight experienced aerobatic pilots, six from SA and two from abroad, competing against each other in this unique event. The competition requires these highly skilled pilots to perform breath-taking manoeuvres using 25 metre pylons as markers. The pilot's technical manoeuvres will be analysed by a panel of CIVA accredited judges and will ultimately result in a champion being crowned.

The pilots participating are as follows: -


Nigel Hopkins
Boeing instructor and professional aerobatic pilot
Resides - Johannesburg
Age - 50 Years Old
2x SA Unlimited Champ
World Air-masters Champion 2011, 2nd World Aerobatic Championship
Sky Grand Prix 2014 & 2016


Patrick Davidson
Business director and professional aerobatic pilot
Resides - Port Elizabeth
Age - 40 Years Old
1x Sky Grand Prix Champ
4x SA Unlimited Champ
8th in AWAC Hungary 2012
Sky Grand Prix 2014 & 2016
Red Bull Air Race Veteran


Elton Bondi
Qualified business scientist and business director in IT, professional aerobatic pilot
Resides - Johannesburg
Age - 52
3x SA Advanced Champ
30+ Years of Flying
Sky Grand Prix 2014


Eugene Du Preez
Businessman and professional aerobatic pilot
Resides - Johannesburg
Age - 50 Years Old
Advanced World Aerobatic Competitor
SA Advanced Champ 2019


Aude Lemordant
Pilot for Air France and professional aerobatic pilot
Resides - France
Age - 40 Years Old
2015 World Champion
2013 World & French Champion
2012 French Champion & World Champion Runner Up
Sky Grand Prix 2016 Competitor


Barrie Eeles
Business owner and professional aerobatic pilot
Resides - Johannesburg
Age - 56 Years Old
1x SA Advanced Aerobatic Champion
Competed at 6x world championships - best place 26th
30+ Years of Flying
Sky Grand Prix 2014 & 2016 Competitor


Mark Hensman
Professional aerobatic pilot
Resides - Cape Town
Age -
2x SA Champion
Competed 5x at World Champs, best placing 2nd in 2007 & 2010
5th at 2010 China International Air Sports Fiesta
4th in World Air Masters, China 2011
Sky Grand Prix 2014 & 2016


Aarron Deliu
Professional aerobatic pilot
Resides - Australia
Age - 38 Years Old
World aerobatic championship 2022 - 7th
Australian Unlimited Aerobatic Champ (current)
Australian Unlimited Freestyle Champ (current)
Australian Advanced Aerobatic Champ (2018)
Red Bull Air Race Veteran

The judging panel comprises: - Quintin Hawthorne (Chief Judge - SA), Guy Auger (France), Laszlo Liszhay (SA) and Johnie Smith (SA). The jury president is Nick Buckingham (UK). The commentator on the day will be well known air show voice and an aerobatic pilot himself, American Mike "Spanky" Galloway. He commentated on the first two events. The sound system is going to be set up by Len Heine.

As added attractions, there will be other displays interspersed between the aerobatics competition flights. These are currently being negotiated.

Whether you're a seasoned aviation enthusiast or a first-time spectator, "The Sky Grand Prix" is an event you don't want to miss. It's a rare opportunity to witness some of the world's top pilots showcasing their skills. So, mark your calendar for the 16th of June 2023 and get ready to experience the ultimate aviation adventure at Virginia Airport in Durban. Book your tickets now!

Prices are as follows: -



Bookings can be made at Ticket Pro: -
www.ticketpros.co.za/portal/web/index.php/event/c53e9591-ace7-3841-c6ec-6441434495f1

To visit the Sky Grand Prix web page, go to: -
www.skygrandprix.com

The Sky Grand Prix Facebook page is at: -
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100089724021133

Here are some photos taken during the first two Sky Grand Prix competitions.



























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