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Flying during an airshow is a process planned well in advance. From the aerial maneuvers to flight formations to releasing flares and performing duals, every move during a display is tested, verified, approved, rehearsed for months and perfected.

In an interview with Lidovky.cz, Czech Gripen display pilot Ivo Kardoš, winner of the best display award this year at the NATO Days in Ostrava and Air Force Days, talks about his job, and nuances of air displays.

Display flying is not for the faint-hearted. It’s a challenging task that requires a lot of expertise. “An aerial display lasts for only ten minutes. But is exhausting. By the end of it, you can see me sweating like I have run for miles,” he says

"You have to love your job, or else you cannot do it."

About a standard day at work as a Gripen pilot, Kardoš says it begins with a briefing on the weather and availability of aircraft. Thereafter, pilots get the schedule of their tasks of the day. "We record our flights and analyze it later to see if there is any room for improvement."

Kardoš, who flies at about 15 airshows in a year, says the pilot has to concentrate a lot during a display flight as one has to fly very close to the ground. "We fly at a height of 100-200 yards. There is no time for mistakes. You have to display the same maneuvers you have learnt all ...

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Gripen Pilot Stanislav Čejka is no stranger to breakneck speeds, the smell of gasoline, and executing gravity defying stunts mid-air. In an interview with a Czech daily, Čejka talks about his journey as a pilot, and his office i.e. Gripen cockpit. 

Čejka was interested in flying ever since he was 3, and this can be attributed to the fact that the local barracks were a short distance from his home in Dvůr. He always enjoyed gazing into the sky to look at planes, and by the time he was 16, he was paying regular visits to the local aero-club to fly glider planes. 

Cejka's main job is that of a Gripen pilot. On days when he isn’t busy flying Gripen, he leads his Flying Bulls Aerobatics team.

While he has flown several types of aircrafts over the course of his illustrious career, he maintains that his favorite aircraft is the Gripen C/D, which he considers to be his office. His career-cum-hobby as a pilot, he notes, takes him to some of the most beautiful scenic locations known to humankind, which he enjoys from the best seat in the house – a Gripen cockpit. 

But how is flying a fighter like Gripen and an aerobatics plane related? Well, according to Čejka, the two go hand in hand – the more one gets acquainted to flying fighter planes, the better one gets with maneuvering. 

"The two types of flying complement each other. The more you fly a ...

At the end of the day, the person at the controls makes all the difference. Brazilian pilots will go through classes, presentations and protocols to prepare for flight tests of the Brazilian fighter that will take place at the Embraer headquarters in Gavião Peixoto, São Paulo.

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For the first time ever, the Czech Air Force sent one of its 14 Gripen fighters to Turkey to participate at the Eurasia Air Show last month.

Star Czech display pilot Captain Ivo Kardoše presented Gripen aerial displays during the airshow. The specially designed Gripen was adorned with decals that set it apart from other fighters, making it a treat for watching eyes. Ardent fans of Gripen could immediately recognize the camouflage as Wildcat, a design that features model and actress Simona Krain and a tiger. 

In the 12 minute long display, Caption Kardose successfully implemented 25 dynamic aerial manoeuvres. Throughout the display, the adaptability of Gripen E was highlighted, with it plunging in as close to the ground as 30 meters. Kardose had been training for this performance with his team at the air base situated in Caslav for a month. 

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Image Courtesy: Eurasia AIr Show

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The annual Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton International Air Day at Somerset, England​, is back. Scheduled to be held on 7th July 2018, it will feature a spectacular five-hour flying display -besides an array of ground attractions - from engineering fairs to the latest defence technology exhibitions, simulators, fairground rides and helicopter pleasure flights. 

After last year’s remarkable performance, the Czech Air Force has confirmed their participation at the event for this year as well. They will return with the JAS 39C Gripen that won the title of ‘Best Fixed Wing Display’ last year.  

The RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day is expected to have up to 40,000 visitors. The event will include demonstration of the Maritime Capability and Air Power of not only the Royal Navy, but also the British Army and the Royal Air Force, which are celebrating their centenary year. The British Armed Forces’ NATO and European allies will participate too. The Air Day will have both static and flying displays from some of the world’s most skilled pilots and their aircrafts. 

Read the full story here.

​​​Flying a Gripen C requires minimal pilot workload. Hear one of our test pilots as he describes how natural the interaction is between a pilot and a Gripen.​​

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A Brazilian pilot takes a training in the Gripen simulator and flies the Gripen fighter in Linköping.

211th tactical squadron at the Caslav Air Base got Lieutenant Colonel Radoslav Matula as its new commander this year.

czech commander_150118.jpgLieutenant Colonel Matula taking over as the commander of the 211th tactical squadron.

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The ceremonial handover was held on 11 January at the 21st tactical air base. During the handover, Matula accepted the ceremonial sword from the hands of the commander of the base, Colonel Petr Tománek.

“I would like to thank Lieutenant Colonel Jaroslav Tomaňa for his guidance,” he said. “Apart from the continuous protection of the Czech airspace, we will also participate in international exercises like NATO Tiger Meet, Sky Avenger, Ample Strike, and Central Hawk. The preparation and planning for Baltic States’ Airspace protection mission will also start this year,” he added.

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Gripen Pilots at the Kecskemét Air Base in Hungary, took part in #Movember initiative, in which they raised money for cancer patients.

Movember is a popular worldwide initiative, with men growing beard and/or moustache and raising prostate cancer awareness.

The money raised will be used to train medical staff and buy medical supplies.

Read the full story here.

Photos: MH59

​Saab display pilot André  Brännström reveals facts about g-forces and what it's like to perform a flying display. 

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