I'm thrilled to be selected as the US representative in Glider Aerobatics for the 2015 World Air Games to be held this December in Dubai. I attended the 2009 World Air Games in Torino, Italy as a part of the European Tour with Solar Flight's original single seat solar powered airplane. The event was the first time I whitnessed a glider aerobatics contest, so it I am very excited to be attending this time as a pilot!

The contest hosts in Dubai are sparing no expenses to create a spectacular event for the public. The contest runway resembles an earthen aircraft carrier nestled between downtown and the Palm Jumeirah. The competition box is over the water, below the height of most of the surrounding buildings. It will be outrageously cool.

About the FAI World Air Games

The World Air Games, conducted under the rules of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is the premier international multi-discipline air sports event fielding the world’s top Air Sports athletes.

The FAI World Air Games 2015 has been awarded to the United Arab Emirates and will be held in Dubai. This multi-discipline event will be organised by the Emirates Aerosports Federation under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and will take place from 1 to 12 December 2015.

A Memorandum of Agreement was signed on 4 June 2014 by Dr. John Grubbström, FAI President, and His Excellency Nasser Al Neyadi, President of the Emirates Aerosports Federation.

The FAI’s primary goals for this event are to determine “FAI World Air Games Champions”; to showcase air sports to the general public and promote public participation in air sports by attracting new participants to air sports disciplines; to promote FAI events to other sports organisations and create an attractive platform for TV, media and other external stakeholders.

The past editions of the Games took place in Turkey (1997), Spain (2001) and Italy (2009).