In a nail-biting finale to four days of aerial amazement, Zoltan Veres of Hungry took top honours in the Al Ain Aerobatic Show’s thrilling Aero GP competition.
Spectators packed the main grandstand to capacity to watch six of the world’s top aviators, flying six of the world’s top competition aircraft, demonstrate their gravity-defying skills over the beautiful rolling red sands around Al Ain’s International Airport.
A formation manoeuvre being performed at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show.—KT photo by Asif Zaidi
And they weren’t disappointed, as flying-ace Veres showed why he is regarded as one of the world’s top aerobatic pilots with a stunning wire-to-wire victory to claim his second title in Al Ain.
Accepting his prize from Faisal Al Shaikh, head, Major Event’s Division of Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), which organises the Al Ain Aerobatic Show in conjunction with the UAE Air Force, Veres said it had been both a tough and exhilarating competition.
“Winning is always great, but in this event I felt that all six of us were winners. However fortune smiled on me today rather than the others,” he said.
With three disciplines — pylon racing, simulated dog-fighting and precision aerobatics — up for grabs, the final day was always a major crowd draw.
The Aero GP provided a fitting climax to what has been four days of aerial master-class, gravity-defying manoeuvres, never-before-seen displays and a wealth of interactive activities for the entire family.
With its largest and most diverse line-up in its eight-year history, including 23 international teams from 15 countries, the Al Ain Aerobatic Show kept fans entertained from the inaugural take-off to the final landing.