Flying aces flying high as they clear up at European Gliding Championships

Fifteen times world champion and eight times European champion Sebastian Kawa (centre) took another gold at the championships in Stalowa Wola at the weekend. Sebastian Kawa/Facebook

Glider superstar Sebastian Kawa has won the 20th  FAI European Gliding Championship, making him European champion for the eighth time.

The flying ace took gold at the event in Stalowa Wola at the weekend beating off competition from 60 other pilots from 20 countries. 

And pal Karol Staryszak took silver in the 18 metres class, seeing the pair win two out of three categories and coming second in the team cup. 

In the multi-seat team Tomasz Rubaj and Christopher Matkowski dominated from the first day to the last, scooping gold in a well-deserved victory.

Karol Staryszak took silver in the 18 metres class while Tomasz Rubaj and Christopher Matkowski took gold in the multi-seat team.Sebastian Kawa/Facebook

Only France managed to surpass Poland in the Team Cup, a surprising feat, since they didn’t win a single individual medal.

The Championship in Stalowa Wola isn’t only a cause for celebration for the pilots, but also for the glider constructors. 

Polish company Avionic produced the Diana 2 and Diana 3 gliders which can successfully compete in the skies on an international level.Sebastian Kawa/Facebook

Polish company Avionic, the producer of Diana 2 and Diana 3 gliders designed two aircraft that can successfully compete in the skies on an international level.

Kawa, who flew the larger 18 meters Diana 3 said: “This is a great success for the brand new Polish glider Diana 3. In the last 30 or even 40 years Poland didn’t have a long-winged glider that could compete in the over 15 meters classes.

Kawa, who flew the larger 18 meters Diana 3 said: This is a great success for the brand new Polish glider Diana 3. In the last 30 or even 40 years Poland didn’t have a long-winged glider that could compete in the over 15 meters classes.Sebastian Kawa/Facebook

“I hope this project will continue developing. 

We have great traditions and predispositions in this respect, we have the best aerodynamic engineer in the world, Krzysztof Kubryński, who is the designer of Diana 2, the best in the 15 meters class.”