Vintage Aerobatic World Championship 2019

August 15-18, Gera Airport, Germany



The Mantra of Vintage Aerobatic World Championship

Hardy Vad, VAWC 2016 champion in category “Rolling the Circle” (KZ8) created a Mantra of VAWC:

“VAWC gives these fabulous old-timers a new sense of purpose, and do re-ignite their proud owners and pilots. VAWC unites the competitive and social SPIRIT and gives you personally a sense of going somewhere, rather than retreating…”

Dear fellow Vintage Pilot…

Our beloved vintage airplanes are capable of performing the most beautiful manoeuvres in the sky. Add the sound of a Gipsy Major, Renault or Tigre … or a radial. We can do air-ballet, soaring towards our piloting dreams and romantic flying desires. Every one of us loves to fly! Let’s do it together! Let’s connect and have some fun. Teach some old dogs new tricks, and give some young pup’s useful tips. Build some fun-flying relations. If you own a vintage airplane capable of aerobatics, please read on. If you don’t, read on anyway, we might need you on the judging line and/or in the bar! Many type of aircraft is welcome – Tiger Moth, Chipmunk, Bücker Jungman, SAAB Safir, KZ-2, KZ-8, Klem 35, Stearman, Zlin, you name it.


  1. Vintage category: Airplanes with type certificate (or alike) before 1955 and a least 65 years old.
  2. Classic category: Airplanes with type certificate (or alike) before 1975 and after 1955, and a least 45 years old.
  3. Replica category: Replicas of Vintage or Classic airplanes. Re-engined/modified vintage- and classic airplane.

Borderline cases will be accepted or denied by the steering group of VAWC.

To respond to many participants desire for learning new “stuff” and improve their flying elegance and precision we will arrange for a “Teaching the Tricks” flying/coaching day the day before the competition. Pilots to coach each other. Judges present to judge and coach pilots. Box starting order and briefing to be arranged.

At VAWC 2019 we will build on the success of the special free-style-flight flown to music of your choice (please insert this during your registration). For 2019 we will again have “The Performance” split in two sub-groups: SoloPerformance and TeamPerformance. The “scoring principle” will still be based on all pilots and judges functioning as a collective judging team. Great fun and socially intense! Please be aware that pilots flying “The Performance” shall explain/”dance” their Performance Flight at the bar-room floor the evening before the flight… allowing their colleague judges to know and understand their creative intention with the air ballet. (and choice of music??!!) TimeWinder competition: Try to BEAT CLAUS! (again!)

We will invite to a social competition for the award evening: Who – pilot or team – can dress up to their plane? (..and time-age). Special judges will be hosting this great-fun-competition… actually with an ambition, that we will end up in a fantastic HangarParty!!!

Register today

Experienced Judging line

Judgeline will consist of international judges with huge experience from as well national and international aerobatic competitions:

Chief  Judge : Jan Guldbæk Maxen (DK)
Chief Judge Assistant: Annelise Kristensen (DK)
Judge 2  Micael Garbers (DE)
Assistant: tbd
Judge 3  : Hanna Raiha (Finland)
Assistant: tbd
Experienced competition management:
Contest Director:  Rainer Bernd (DE)
Head of Jury : LG ( and reserve judge)
Jury Member:  Rainer Berndt, Hanna Raiha, Josef Ecker (AUS)
Scoring Office: Gabi Zipf (DE) (Hanna as back-up)


THINK BIG! (Immer gross denken). We – the organizing team – will listen and reach for the stars, and plan for a GREAT future for VAWC as a recurring event, with public interest. But we will INSIST on keeping the social/flying ambition balance. Please pre-register already now, and please do SPREAD the world in your social network. (PS: Spouses and “Ground Team” really make an important part of the atmosphere at VAWC. Please bring your “team” to Gera) Søren Dolriis VAWC Founder