Aerobatic flight is one of the purest forms of flying: no electronics, flight management systems or complex avionics, just stick, throttle and endless combinations of loops and rolls to explore the flight envelope… from zero to maximum airspeed! This “Flight Unlimited” is the reason why I am fascinated with this sport.
My name is Kristof Cloetens and on this website I will provide you more information about the sport of aerobatic flying and how I try to perfect my skills.
Name: Kristof Cloetens
Born: 4 November 1979
Profession: military pilot
Aerobatic plane: Extra 330 SC
A little over 100 years ago ‘basic aerobatics’ emerged from military piloting maneuvres for aerial combat. Now it has evolved into a pure form of flying to perfect flying skills for any pilot.
In 2009, at my first aerobatic competition in Amiens, I was utterly surprised to see that the aerobatic box was so tiny and that my fellow competitors were tremendously prepared for every sequence they would fly. Needles to say I finished last in the final ranking, having accumulated practically every possible penalty. On this page I aim to provide you with essential information on the sport aerobatics, such asthe aerobatic box, categories, judging criteria, aerobatic aircraft and limitations, sequence design, training and preparation. This way you would engage in competition aerobatics, you’ll be better prepared than I was at the time.
We organised training camps with the best aerobatic pilots and trainers of the World:
April: Training Camp 1, @ Albert Bray (FR), trainer: Pierre Varloteaux
May: Training Camp 2, @ Albert Bray (FR), trainer: Pierre Varloteaux
May: Training Camp 3, @ Albert Bray (FR), trainer: Mikhail Mamistov
June: Training Camp 4, @ Albert Bray (FR), trainer: Pierre Varloteaux
August: Training Camp 5, @ Albert Bray (FR), trainer: Pierre Varloteaux
July: Belgian Open Aerobatic Championship @ Koksijde (BEL): First place in the Unlimited category, Belgian Champion 2017!
International Sanicole airshow: A successful 40th edition!
As soon as the low clouds lifted, all participants were able to fly their full presentations, all be it in fairly windy conditions.
Nice atmosphere, a lot of visitors and a professional organization.
The biggest surprise for me was the Patrulla ASPA, flying 5 Eurocopters EC120. All presentations were seamlessly announced by two enthusiastic commentators, one of them, Ric Peterson made this great review clip: