Guinness World Record to be attempted at Wings over Wairarapa 2017

Photo Credit: Paul Johnson 

Photo Credit: Paul Johnson 

During the Wings over Wairarapa Air Festival 2017 the UK based glider display team GliderFX will attempt to break the world record for the most consecutive rolls by a glider being towed by an aircraft.  A roll is an aerobatic manoeuvre where the aircraft turns 360 degrees around its longitudinal axis. 

For the record attempt to be successful the glider cannot stop rolling, even a one second pause will stop the count.

The world record will be witnessed and verified by two qualified aerobatic judges who are affiliated to the relevant national FAI sports body, each judge will provide an individual witness statement and the world record attempt will be recorded by video camera installed on the aircraft and from the ground from the beginning to the end of the attempt.

GliderFX Team Leader, Guy Westgate says getting the go ahead from Guinness to attempt the World Record is the icing on the cake for their trip to New Zealand.

 “Not only are we going to be a part of this iconic Air Festival and debut our display for the first time south of the equator, we also get to attempt this World Record - That’s two of my ‘bucket list’ items ticked off.”

 “My new S1 Swift glider is the perfect aircraft to attempt the record; it’s a real pilot’s glider, with very light and responsive controls and big canopy, so it has great visibility.  We have christened her ‘Phoenix’ as she has a new flame LED graphics programme for our twilight display, and has metaphorically risen from the ashes of a neglected wreckage that I found in Texas six years ago.”

 “If we are going to get more than 15 rolls counted, I will have to learn to control the rolling glider in a turn, so we can keep the manoeuvres in view of the judges for the whole flight – right now, its my biggest challenge.”

Wings over Wairarapa Chair, Bob Francis says this is yet another stand out additional feature of the 2017 Air Festival.

 “The 2017 Air Festival is going to be packed with new ideas, performances and displays.  We’ve got the Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcon’s debuting for the first time in New Zealand at our Air Festival, Aerosparx and GliderFX gliders coming out from the UK to fly during the day, and putting on a pyrotechnic night display, and who will be attempting to beat a Guinness World Record.  To top it all off we have the Night Show which will be a completely different flying programme than during the two days and a very affordable night out for the family”.

 “To compliment all of these new additions to the Air Festival we will also have a programme featuring the much loved WW1 and WW2 aircraft on static display and flying as well.”