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[Event] : 2018 06 14 to 16 Press Release: The World's first ever Beach STOL Competition - for everyone.

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VintageAirRally Beach STOL Competition - Press Release


World's first aircraft Short Take Off & Landing competition on sand announced

Open to everyone, not just STOL or Vintage - Everyone!

Precision, if some times hair-raising, aviation action and visually stunning planes expected!

The World's first aircraft Short Take Off & Landing (STOL) competition on sand is set to take place in Belgium in the Summer. Organised by one of the world's top aviation adventure companies it is expected to attract pilots from all over the globe and establish some new world records. This first event, the VintageAirRally International STOL Competition,  will be attended by thousands of spectators who will witness some hair-raising if not gut-wrenching flying on this unusual day out on the beach!  


In addition, the beach will become a temporary international airport.  Thus you can arrive directly from the UK (for example), and your normal insurance should cover!  To meet health and safety requirements temporary air traffic control and flight management equipment will be set up on the beach in our very funky control tower.  Our ATC will work in conjunction with our marshalling and aviation event groundcrew.

The 'VintageAirRally International STOL Competition' will take place on the beach of the fashionable town of Knokke-Heist, Belgium. Pilots will engage in precision landing and take off manoeuvres with the shortest distance the winner. The ultimate goal is to establish some new world records at this spectacular aviation event!

Set to take place from the 14
th to 17th June 2018, this world's first ever vintage STOL competition is not only for modern specialised 'bush planes' it is also for the iconic visually stunning vintage biplanes and everyone in between.  They will enjoy the relatively smooth landings of the hard sand of a fine Belgian beach.

Throughout the event there will be exhibitors on the beachfront at Knokke-Heist for competitors and the thousands of spectators expected to attend the event. VintageAirRally will also establish a temporary exclusive 'Pilots Club' on the sand. The Pilots Club will be holding a series of events during both the day and the evenings with guest speakers from the world of aviation in Belgium and around the world.

There will be numerous categories for entries from vintage biplanes last seen in action in the 1920's and 30s to up-to-date aircraft ("bush planes") that can land in wildest locations. The winner of each category will be awarded a prize at this first ever STOL and beach landing competition in Belgium.


Media enquiries
to Tom Burns

More information and video here

Key dates
14 June, Set-up, first qualifier rounds, installation of exhibitors.
15 June, Second Qualifier rounds.
16 June, Vintage biplane competition, and other category competitions (TBA). The day finishes with the top five biplanes landing on the Royal Zoute Golf Course.
17 June, Remaining competition categories (TBA) and closes with a prize giving cocktail at the Pilots' Club.

Competition categories
Vintage Biplane (pre 1959)
Vintage Monoplane (pre 1959)
Biplane >750KG
Monoplane >750KG
Aeroplane >500KG <751KG
3-Axis Aeroplane <501KG


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