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L'équipe de voltige de l'Armée de l'Air

THE AIR FORCE AEROBATIC TEAM


French Air Force men and woman pilots of the aerobatic team represent France during international competitions.
They are aerial aces as rarely seen.
Since 2002 they have been flying at the Coupe Icare where they will surely wow us yet again for the 11th consecutive year.

The Air Force Aerobatic Team is part of the prestigious Équipe de Présentation de l'Armée de l'Air, composed as well of the illustrious Patrouille de France.

The EVAA flies the Extra 330, an airplane specially designed for top-level stunts.

The Coupe Icare is one of their favourite events to take part in due to the geographical conditions of the site and the warm reception and contact with the general public.

All EVAA pilots are former fighter pilots who hold the rank of Air Force captains. Every one of them has been at the controls of Mirage planes and undergone several years of training and participation in various missions for the Air Force.

  • Captain Alexandre Orlowski, world champion 2015 in both individual and team categories for Unlimited single-seater aerobatics. He represented France at the last European Championship which took place in the Czech Republic in August.
  • Caroline Paillier, is the latest pilot to be recruited by EVAA. Still in training for aerobatic competition, she participated in her first national tandem competitions this year.
  • Captain Pierre Varloteaux, who heads the aerobatic team is returning to the Coupe Icare


Three mechanics are fully integrated in the team.

Every day of the Coupe Icare, while one pilot engages in the aerial programme, another will comment over a microphone on his evolutions for the benefit of the public and a third will be present on site to answer questions from spectators.

Although aerobatics by plane do not quite fit in the disciplines categorized as free flight or ultra-light air sports, their presence at the Coupe Icare is not only a great honour, but offers a magnificent air show in meteorological conditions that often pose problems for other disciplines more appropriate to the event.

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LIFE ACCORDING TO EVAA


EVAA Headquarters is in Salon de Provence, on base 401, that also houses the Air Force School for officers.

Every EVAA pilot flies approximately 150 hr/year, including 60 hours devoted to aerobatics, representing 120 to 150 flights (competition training, competing, demonstration training and demos). The other hours are for transfers, travel and other EVAA activities.

The full team participates in about 40 air shows a year in France and nearby countries, which means about 15-20 engagements per pilot.

The Patrouille de France covers the events further away because the planes are designed for speed and distance. During competitions on other continents, EVAA and all equipment are transferred by cargo planes.

More informations : www.equipedevoltige.org

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2017....

The 44nd Coupe Icare will take place from 21th to 24th September 2017.

Giant screens

In St Hilaire (South Launch and Cafeteria) and Lumbin (landing area), with live broadcast of the costume parade and air shows.

Hommages

- Hommage to Pierre Bouilloux with the film « Le Triangle » (saturday at 4:30pm - chapiteau Festival)
- Hommage to Tancrède Melet with the film « Retour aux Fjords » (saturday at 4:00pm - chapiteau Festival)

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