World Aerobatic Championships take off

Swiss watch manufacturer Breitling has signed on as a sponsor of the 27th World Aerobatic Championships, which began today in Texas and will run through Oct. 20 at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI). This is the first time in 10 years that the United States has hosted the championships.

Organized by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the World Aerobatic Championships (WAC) launched in 1960 and has taken place approximately every two years since. Previous host-countries include France, Spain, England, Germany and Russia, among others. The very best aerobatic pilots from around the world compete for national team and world champion titles.

Breitling pilot David Martin will be flying in his 8th performance at the World Aerobatic Championships this year on behalf of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team.

“After a decade of performing in this competition in locations around the world, I am excited the championships will finally be in the United States, and in my home state of Texas, no less,” said David Martin. “The World Aerobatic Championships bring together the best aerobatic champions from around the world, so the competition is fierce, but this time we have the home court advantage, which I am very happy about.”

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