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Newsletter #260     | News

All rise for Russian Rotorcraft champs


Russian helicopter pilots Alexander Zhuperin and Nikolay Burov received their rotorcraft gold medals at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Air Games 2015 held in Dubai


  • Russian helicopter pilots Alexander Zhuperin and Nikolay Burov received their rotorcraft gold medals at the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Air Games 2015 held in Dubai
  • The World Air Games, conducted under the rules of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is the premier international multi-discipline air sports event fielding the world’s top Air Sports athletes

    The World Air Games, conducted under the rules of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), is the premier international multi-discipline air sports event fielding the world’s top Air Sports athletes

  • Organised by the Emirates Aerosports Federation under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum took place from 1 to 12 December 2015

    Organised by the Emirates Aerosports Federation under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum took place from 1 to 12 December 2015



FAI, December 11, 2015 - “Russia! Russia!” rang out across the Skydive Dubai Palm Dropzone last night (December 11), as Russian helicopter pilots Alexander Zhuperin and Nikolay Burov stepped up for their Rotorcraft gold medals.

The new FAI World Air Games champions were joined on the podium by silver medallists Michal and Marcin Szamborski from Poland, and Austrians Thomas Morgenstern and Stefan Seer, there to claim bronze.

The Rotorcraft event is made up of parallel fender and parallel slalom competitions designed to test the pilots' skills across the board.

“All the pilots taking part had a very high level, so it was not an easy competition to win,” Burov said. “We are really happy to have come out on top.”

23041061924 aa1d1d7733_kTeam Poland was also out in force to congratulate the Szamborski brothers, who received red roses from their teammates to go with their silver medals.

“Surprised!” Marcin Szamborski said modestly, when asked how he felt about finishing in second place.

“We knew that the gold medal was out of our reach, but we had a secret dream about winning silver – and now our dream has come true.”

Austrian team members, former Olympic ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern and his teammate Stefan Seer, both wore traditional lederhosen to collect their bronze medals.

"The pressure is off now," a euphoric Seer said. “Our mission is complete.”

The medal ceremony concluded with the presentation of gifts from the Russian delegation for director of the FAI World Air Games, His Excellency Yousif Hassan Al Hammadi.

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