3 sports, 1 passion

Mélanie’s talent is versatile when she takes part in aerial meetings around the globe.
Her skills make her a favourite in races such as the Red Bull Air Race.
Agile in the aerobatics competitions, technical and creative in freestyle.

Red Bull Air Race: 14 pilots, 10 Gs, No limit

The Red Bull Air Race world championship is an international competition recognized by the FAI – Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

The Red Bull Air Race world championship is known throughout the world as the fastest and most exciting mechanical sport on the planet.

Invented by the sports think tank of Red Bull, the initial aim was to create the most advanced aerial challenge ever seen in the world. Today, this project bears the name Red Bull Air Race, and its success is even bigger than anticipated by its creators.

It is an unmatched visual show. A combination of high speed, flight at low altitude and extreme manoeuvres, only accessible to the most experienced pilots in the world.

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Freestyle : When creativity challenges technique

Freestyle aerobatics is a discipline where pilots are free to perform their favourite and most impressive figures.

The flight is with music background and is judged according to three main criteria: originality , technicity and harmony. This discipline is the most impressive for the spectators as the pilot will put his plane is all sorts of postures.

Aerobatics : A sequence of figures full throttle!

Aerobatics is an aerial activity consisting in using an aircraft to perform aerial figures, ie unusual aerial manœuvres. Aerobatics figures can be performed by planes.

Competitors take part in several types of programmes: programmes known in advance that they can rehearse ahead; free programmes that each pilot prepares according to common rules, which he can then repeat; unknown programmes that each pilot will perform for the first time the day of the competition. These are naturally the most selective.

In the top category, i.e. Mélanie’s, the pilots can present a free integral with unique figures that they have conceived themselves.

During a competition, the figures have to be performed in a cubic volume of 1000 meters each side. This volume is materialised on the ground by white marks nine meters by two. For security reasons, the pilots are not allowed to fly below 100 meters. The pilot must fly his programme in that cubic volume (the box) without going past the limits, otherwise incurring a penalty by the jury. The latter rates the symmetry and the precision of the figures, a little bit like in an ice skating competition.