AIR RACE SERIES @ PORTUGAL AIR SUMMIT 2018

Portugal Air Summit

Ponte de Sor Welcomes the Aeronautic Industry

Lisboa, March 2018 

From May 24th to 27th, Ponte de Sor will welcome Portugal Air Summit, an event dedicated to the aeronautic industry in all its fields. With the goal of promoting the aeronautic sector, Portugal Air Summit will host a 4 day event with Conferences, Exhibition area, Music, Airshows and an unique Air Race Championship. 

The conference program will focus on the most relevant topics of the area such as sustainability, as well as the legislation regarding unmanned aerial vehicles and commercial aviation’s future and global impact. This analysis portrayed by key players both political and from the industry will be connected to the development of the area with regard to its economic value, growth and social significance as an area with specific human resources needs. 

The Air Race Championship will bring the best pilots and showcase their flying brilliance in an event that rallies the audience with this unique race. 350 kilometres per hour, 8 planes flying a circuit simultaneous, turning left and performing acrobatic manoeuvres, thus uniting the thrill of side by side races, timed races and aerial acrobatics. There will be two race classes and a demo Extreme: Vintage and Sport. Vintage class will have eight soviet Yak-50/52 (Як-52), the Sport class will feature eight Van RV-4 , -6, -7 e -8 from Europe and the demo Extreme will surprise the audience with several Extra 330s performing an incredible chicane match race.  

Entertainment will be provided by Sgt. Wilson’s Army Show, a golden era retrospective band with a repertoire spanning from the 1940s and 50s, that will perform on all four days of the event. 

Ponte de Sor’s Aerodrome will have a 6.000 square meters tent plus an exterior deck area to see the airshow, divided between general admittance and VIP Area, in a total area of 10.000 square meters. Inside the tent there will be several areas: Exhibition Area, Foodcourt, Meeting room, Race Club, Auditorium and Press Room. 

lisbon air race 2016

On the 2nd and 3rd of Juy 2016 Lisbon received the LISBON AIR RACE combined with the LISBON INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW.

The spectacular SPORT, VINTAGE and EXTREME CLASS races along with military side acts and demonstrations made this the largest aviation event ever held in Portugal

There was a massive crowd turnout at Parque das Nações to watch the first race of the AIR RACE CHAMPIONSHIP circuit that included the participation of pilots from all over the world. A show to repeat.

1st pylon racing training camp, ponte de sor

The Municipal Aerodrome of Ponte de Sor, in Portugal, will host the first Pylon Racing Training Camp (PRTC) for the Air Race Championship World Tour 2016 (ARC) from the 12th to the 19th January.

At the invitation of the ARC organization and the City Council of Ponte de Sor on January 16th at 15h30, an air show will be organized, within the ongoing training program, which will include the participation of several instructors and pilots commanding their high-performance aircraft as well as a very special participation of the Portuguese Air Force. The PRTC is a training center to evaluate, preselect and admission of pilots who will be participating in the ARC international championship.

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Qualifications NOS Air Race Championship

During the day today, the two classes of aircraft in the competition, the Extreme and the Vintage, performed two qualification rounds each: the special round and one to qualify for the race. July 5th marked the phase preceding the actual contest of the NOS Air Race Championship. The aircraft flew between 250 kph and 350 kph over the Bay of Cascais against the pressure of the clock, and the expectation of the many spectators present.

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NOS Air Race Championship Cascais

Emotion is perhaps the word that best describes the last day of the NOS Air Race Championship. The sun returned to Cascais Bay and shone on the air races and the special guest participants.

At the end of the competition, there was a Portuguese presence on the podium in both classes, and also a feminie triumph. The 1st place in the Extreme Class went to the Italian race pilot Santiago Sampietro, 2nd place was secured by the American pilot Bob Mills and our own Portuguese Jorge Facades gained 3rd place. In the Vintage class, the British pilot, Kenneth Tomsett took 1st place on the podium, the American pilot Jessy Panzer - the only woman in the race - achieved 2nd place and the 3rd place prize was collected by the Portuguese Fernando Marinho Pereira.

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