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New Zealand Team wins model aircraft World Championship

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In a World Championship competition for model aircraft, the New Zealand Team took the gold medal competing against 39 other nations.

The contest is for gliders with a wingspan of 4 metres and is being held in Trnava, Slovakia. Today is the culmination of seven days of intense competition. The Team consists of Joe Wurts, Kevin Botherway and David Griffin with Rob Leigh Johnston as Team manager assisted by Dave Pratley

The competition has been held over 15 rounds each lasting ten minutes. The gliders are launched into the air with an electric motor and then must stay airborne using warm air currents and land at exactly the end of the 10 minute period and precisely on the 1 metre target.

The team have been flying planes designed in New Zealand by Joe Wurts who is a world famous aerodynamics expert. The planes are called Plus X and are manufactured in Ukraine by Vladimer’s models. Kevin Botherway is a businessman from the Hawkes Bay and both David Griffin and Rob Leigh Johnston are Air New Zealand pilots.

This is the first time that this contest has been held as a World Championships. The success of the New Zealand Team is an echo of the first time a competition was held for smaller gliders in 2011 and a team consisting of Joe Wurts, Kevin Botherway and Peter Williams took the first ever gold medals in that contest.

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