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Breighton to stage 2022 Vintage Aerobatic World Championship

Vintage Aerobatic World Championship
Photo: Chris Hall

The 2022 Vintage Aerobatic World Championship (VAWC) will be staged at Breighton Aerodrome from 18 to 21 August – the first time it has been held in the UK.

The four-day event has an emphasis on elegance and refinement in the flying with ‘normal’ aerobatic sequences rather than extreme manouevres.

There are three categories:

  • Vintage category, for aircraft with type certificate (or alike) before 1955 and a least 65 years old
  • Classic category, for aircraft with type certificate (or alike) before 1975 and after 1955, and a least 45 years old
  • Replica category, for replicas of Vintage or Classic aircraft, and/or re-engined/modified vintage and classic aircraft.

Both powered and glider aircraft are welcome. ‘Borderline cases’ will be decided by the VAWC committee.

Charles Sunter, chairman of the organising Real Aeroplane Club, said, “The Vintage Aerobatic World Championship unites the world of vintage aviation with an exciting and prominent showcase event. Bringing together contestants, family and friends for a few days of fun, laughter and excitement.

“Vintage aviation isn’t for everyone, and quite often the draw of shiny home build kits means that the  skill, flair and passion required to fly vintage aircraft is a being lost. To fly aerobatics well in such aircraft requires more than just a basic understanding of energy management, it requires the pilot to be truly at one with their machine.

“You don’t have to be an aerobatic ace to take part, in fact it can be more fun if like me you are not. All we ask if that you fly safely and enjoy the experience.”

Breighton Aerodrome

Breighton Aerodrome, home of the Real Aeroplane Club. Photo: Andy Wood

Breighton Aerodrome is in the corner of a WW11 heavy bomber RAF base, in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

“With over 35 years of vintage aviation heritage and approximately 90 vintage aircraft within 13 hangars we have a real synergy with the VAWC,” continued Charles.

“With an 800m grass east/west runway and a flying zone in front of our new 300sqm café/ bistro, competitors and their partners, friends and support crew can expect an incredible atmosphere and a warm Yorkshire welcome.

“As for the Saturday night party, bad weather days, day trips for those who wish to visit local attractions, we have all that covered.

“With more than 35 years of organising the most amazing parties and being in an area full of both historical and aviation history, we will be looking after everyone, no matter what they wish to do (including shopping trips!).

“Don’t be overwhelmed by the event. After you have registered to take part you will receive a welcome pack with all the information you need.”

For insurance reasons, the VAWC event is not open to public spectators. ONLY members of the Real Aeroplane Club will be allowed airfield access to watch this amazing event. Membership for the remainder of 2022 can be purchased for £20.

“Come and immerse yourself in grass roots vintage aviation and passion,” added Charles.

To register for the Vintage Aerobatic World Championship 2022, click here, or contact Charles Sunter, t: +44 (0)7903 112542, e: [email protected]

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Vintage Aerobatic World Championship

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