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Flying Competitions Introduced to Popular UAE Air Show

July 7th, 2015

ABU DHABI - The 11th Al Ain air show will feature a new championship competition format this year, according to news reports from The National, Gulf News and Arabian Aerospace Magazine.

The Al Ain Air Championship - formerly known as Al Ain Aerobatic Show - will also have more on-the-ground entertainment, said organizers the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority.

Flying aces from around the world, military teams and civilian aerobatic pilots will square off against one another in a three-day series of contests. They will be scored in four style categories by a panel of aviation experts and celebrity judges. Digital voting by spectators will also count towards competitor totals. The overall winner will be crowned Grand Champion during a huge closing ceremony to be staged in front of show crowds on December 19.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a 197,000-square-foot Championship Village, where they can view new aircraft, interactive stands, runway demos and parades. A main stage performance in the center of the village will host nightly musical entertainment.

The event takes place at Al Ain International Airport from December 17 to 19.

(Photo: The Breitling Wingwalkers entertain the crowd at the 2013 edition of the Al Ain Aerobatics Show. Silvia Razgova/The National)