However because of the wide range of competitions, some of them took also place at the Skydive Dubai desert campus, about 30-45min inland from the city center. Because of the different locations, it turns out hard to be able to follow all of the disciplines; one has to pretty much pick and choose at the start of the day.
The first few days were mainly concentrated around Aerobatics; both glider aerobatics, which I didn't have that much previous exposure with;
and the standard "powered" aerobatics, using high performance aircraft like the Extra 330SC and SBach's,
Some top-class aerobatic pilots were competing in Dubai, such as FAI World Aerobatic Champion, Aude Lemordant, and Freestyle World Champion Robert Holland.
Skydiving had a wide range of disciplines, such as precision landing;
And of course free-fall disciplines such as 4-way Open, with the Belgian team "Haybusa" winning the competition! Congrats to my countrymen...
Microlights were competing along a pylon circuit in both the "Trike" class (Motorised Delta Planes);
And the Gyroplane class;
A very unfortunate accident happened during the competition on December 9th, just after 2pm, where one of the Dutch pilots (Arend van Randen) lost control (reason unknown for now), of his "borrowed" Gyroplane over the water. My thoughts are with Arend and his family, and we are all hoping on a full medical recovery! The image below is of the crashed gyro, earlier that day, during an engine off landing with a different pilot as part of the competition.
Post-editing: Unfortunately Arend lost his battle with life and passed away on Friday December 18, 2015.
It was probably the Ballooning competition that got most of the attention as more than 50 hot-air balloons took to the skies at different locations around Dubai, for several sunset and sunrise flights.
Beside all the competitions, there were also a few "mini-airshows" just before sunset, with demo's of the UAE National jet team, Al Fursan;
The Breitling Wingwalkers;
Zoltan Veres with his Aerobatic team;
I'm very pleased to see more of the Aviation Sports to be promoted in the UAE; hopefully this is only the beginning of more to come!
My photographic set-up for all of the images, consisted of a Fujifilm X-T1 body with the 50-140 lens + 1.4X Teleconverter and the X-T10 with the 18-135 lens. Something that worked very well and that I will also be using for the upcoming Al Ain Airshow in the UAE this week!