On May 6th, CIVA President Nick Buckenham announced that the 2020 World Advanced Aerobatic Championships will be postponed until 2021. Originally scheduled to be held in August in the Czech Republic, the coronavirus pandemic has caused the cancellation or postponement of most FAI air sports events this year including aerobatic championships.

The U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team was making plans for training camps and practice and participation in the WAAC up until the pandemic broke out throughout the world. However, all eight team pilots have committed to competing in the 2021 championships and the 2020 team will remain the same and intact for next year. Though there is deep disappointment in the postponement of this year’s event, they look forward to flying for medals and trophies next year. The 2021 WAAC will most likely be held in the Czech Republic and additional details will be provided by the organizers in the near future.

CIVA's announcement today included their thoughts on future events that were already scheduled for 2021 and 2022. Discussions are underway to move all of these events forward by one year to 2022 and 2023. Nick stated that over all it is a difficult matter to resolve, but when they have secured final agreements for these events they will post information to their website and circulate to all interested parties.

A separate announcement regarding team selection at this year's U.S. National Aerobatic Championships will be made by the IAC board of directors.
By Mike Heuer
Team Manager
U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team