PAST AND CURIOUS

Here you’ll find archives, memories and moments of the last 50 years of SAA. Please, feel free to share pictures, documents, rankings and stories !

To send any documents, pictures or stories, please, contact the SAA President.

Thank you to the contributors :

Jacques Beyeler
Georges Brocard
Jean-Pierre Besson
Georges Caron
Jérôme Cusin
Jo Gitchenko
Pierre Marmy
Hanspeter Rohner
Markus Rüesch
Giustino Scalfo
Béatrice Tétaz
Laurent Zehnder

The SAA Milestones

1970 Fondation of the SAA (December 15). Introduction of the Elite, Promotion and Espoirs Categories.

1972 Buying the first Acrostar, the HB-MSA.

1974 Buying the second Acrostar, the HB-MSB.

1978 Christian Schweizer is Swiss Aerobatic Champion powered and glider !

1982 Destruction of the HB-MSB in Pau (Eric Müller during an airshow, September 19).

1983 The HB-MSA is bought by 3 SAA members, the plane is based in La Côte (1984), then Yverdon.

1985 Eric Müller is ranked 3rd at the 5th European Aerobatic Championships (best swiss result).

1985 Christian Schweizer is Swiss Aerobatic Champion powered and glider !

1985( ?) Introduction of the Sportmen Category between Espoirs and Promotion.

1986 Christian Schweizer is ranked 5th at the 15th World Aerobatic Championships (best swiss result).

1987 Eric Müller is ranked 3th at the 6th European Aerobatic Championships (2nd best swiss result).

1988 New Aresti Catalogue. Eric Müller did a lot of work for it.

1990 Death of Eric Müller (June 16).

1990 Organisation of World Aerobatic Championships in Yverdon from July 29 to August 11.

1998 Introduction of categories according the FAI-CIVA and categories names : Sportsman (Espoirs), Intermediate (Sportsmen), Advanced (Promotion) and Unlimited (Elite).

1998 Death of  Christian et Daniel Schweizer in a accident with a Mustang P-51.

2006 Organisation of the 15th European Aerobatic Championships 2006 in Grenchen. Swiss Unlimited Team ranking : 3rd.

2019 Introduction of Excellence Category, between Advanced and Unlimited.

The Former SAA Presidents

1970
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19…
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19…
1988
Jean-Claude
Rinolfi
1988
1990
Alain
Grimm
1990
1994
Pierre-Alain
Schneider
1994
1998
Béatrice
Tétaz
1998
2003
Aurelio
Vassali
2003
2007
Hans
Meli
2007
2013
Felix
Reinert
2013
2016
Suzanne
Volgelsang
2016
2019
Ariel
Lüedi
2019
Jérôme
Cusin

The Greatest Swiss Champions

1940’s

Francis Liardon, 3x Swiss Champion

1950’s

Fritz Hügli, 3x Swiss Champion

Albert Rüesch, 4x Swiss Champion

1960’s

Arnold Wagner, 5x Swiss Champion

1970’s, 1980’s and 1990’s

Eric Müller, 9x Swiss Elite Champion

Christian Schweizer, 15x Swiss Elite Champion

2000’s and 2010’s

Pierre Marmy, 10x Swiss Unlimited Champion

Bruno Müller, 5x Swiss Unlimited Champion

1937

Tail slide was already a “must” !

1964

1st WAC, Bratislava

Albert and Hansrüedi Rüesch  at the 1st WAC in 1960 (18th and 28th). Albert was the oldest pilot (51).

1970

In 1969, the first Swiss National Team was formed by AéCS, which brought together Arnold Wagner, Eric Müller, Christian Schweizer, Michel Brandt, Denis Hügli and Alexandre Leitner.

The following year, three of these members of the Swiss National Team decided to buy the brand new and revolutionary Acrostar, developed and designed by Arnold Wagner. The riders were: Eric Müller, Christian Schweizer and Alexandre Leitner. The Swiss Aerobatic Association was born.

The SAA was founded on 15 December 1970 in Riehen (BS) at the home of Eric Müller.

1972

The first SAA Acrostar, HB-MSA


Picture by Brian Bickers, La Ferté-Alais (1989)

1974

The second SAA Acrostar, HB-MSB

Picture by Tom Cole in 1980 in EGTC

Picture by Stuart Jessup in 1975 in LSZG

1978

World Championships 1978 at Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic.

Georges Brocard, Michel Brandt, Pierre Burdet, Werner Schiller, Christian Schweizer

Michel Brandt and Christian Schweizer at WAC 1978


In 1978 Christian Schweizer was Swiss Aerobatic Champion in powered and glider aerobatics !

1979

Championnat Suisse  Altenrhein. 1979.
Eric Hagander, Véronique Yerly, Georges Brocard, Christian Schweizer, Paul Taramacaz, Jean-Pierre Besson, Jean-Pierre Freiburghaus

1980

SM/CS in San Vittore. Aero-Revue 11/80.

1974-1982 (?)

HB-MSB in Ecuvillens

Jacques Beyeler, Alphonse Rotzetter, Pierre Bays, Georges Brocard, Jean-Claude Rinolfi, Véronique Yerly (right in the canopy)

1982

Eric Müller crashed the HB-MSB in Pau on September 19, 1982. HB-MSB was destroyed.

“libre intégral”, p.18, reprint 1998

1983

Due to financial problems, the SAA decided to sell the HB-MSA.

Eric Müller and Annette Carson famous “Flight Unlimited”, 1st edition. A “must have”.

1985

In 1985, for the second time, Christian Schweizer was Swiss Aerobatic Champion in powered and glider aerobatics.

1986

Championnat Suisse 1986 in Yverdon

Members of Aérovoltige at Championnat Suisse 1986 in Yverdon (ph. : M.T.Huguenard).
Standing : Pierre-Alain Schneider, René Piccand, Alain Berger, Jean-Pierre Besson, René Egg, Alain Grimm, Daniel Mauris.
Kneeling position : Willi Arpagaus, Eric Müller, Cédric Tétaz, Marie-Thérèse Huguenard.

1987

Championnat Suisse 1987 in San Vittore

Eric Müller in his Extra 230

The french translation of “Unlimited flight” by Bernard Chabbert, the famous book of Eric. A “must have”.

1988

Walter Extra present the prototype of the Extra 300 during the Championnat Suisse 1988 in Bex.

Giustino Scalfo and Walter Extra with the Extra 300

Giustino Scalfo is having a flight lesson with Eric Müller in the Cap 10 HB-SAV.

1988 SAA documents

“Why aerobatics ?” by Eric Müller.

Check-list for camps/competition (still valid !)

 

Competition pilot

1989

Les aventures de Dan Cooper “La vrille”, Dargaud edition.

With an genuine drawing of Albert Weinberg, tribute to these 4 pilots who made an air show in Château-d’Oex in 1989.

1990

AeroRevue tribute to Eric Müller (deceased June 16, 1990) and an interview of Christian Schweizer.

Test flight of the brand new Sukhoi 26 M by Christian Schweizer at the end of the WAC 1990 in Yverdon.

WAC 1990 in Yverdon

From July 29 to August 11, 1990

The 29th of July, the 1st Breitling Master started with :
80 pilots
350 followers
80 volunteers per day, just for the competition, mainly SAA members

1995

AeroRevue SAA 25th Anniversary

1997

HB-MSR, the Cap 231 EX flown by Daniel Schweizer in Championnat Suisse in Bex. HB-MSO right behind.

Sukhoi 31M with Paul Boshung and Olivier De Sybourg (CS 1997)

Christian Schweizer at take-off with HB-MSC his Extra 231 EX (CS 1997)

Brand new painting for HB-SAV (CS 1997)

Jérôme Cusin and Gilles Küpfer in front of HB-MSC (CS 1997)


1st World Air Games. Antalya , Turquie, en 1997
Marie-Té Huguenard, Pierre Marmy, Daniel Schweizer, Nicole, Peter Gafner, Christian Schweizer, Georges Brocard

1998

Swiss National Unlimited Team at WAC 1998 in Trencin, CZ.

Georges Brocard, Peter Gafner, Pierre Marmy, Olivier Favre, Christian and Daniel Schweizer

Daniel and Christian Schweizer in Trencin two weeks before the accident.


On September 3, at the end of the CS/SM 1998 Christian and Daniel Schweizer

died in an accident during the ferry to Ticino of the P-51 Mustang “Temptation”, HB-RCW (former F-AZJM).

Probably the saddest day of all aerobatic history in Switzerland.

Considering the SR 111 crash near Halifax on September 2, this was probably the saddest week in swiss aviation history.

F-AZJM in Duxford, pilot Christophe Jacquart (picture autor unknown).

2004

Programmheft/Carnet de fête 2004

CS/SM 2004 in Bex

 

In 2004, 17 Sportsman were registered !

GVMC SPO Team 2004 : Alain Avanthay, Samuel Stragiotti, Hanspeter Fischer, Christophe Ruppen, Samuel Pesse, Rachid Kebli and Philipp Bachmann.

RESULTS CS/SM 2004

SPORTSMAN

INTERMEDIATE

ADVANCED

UNLIMITED

2005

Programmheft/Carnet de fête SM/CS 2005

The CS/SM 2005 was disturbed by the accident (30.08.2005) of the Captain Jean-Michel Delorme (EVAA) during the “Championnats de France de Voltige” in St-Yan : his Cap 232 was destroyed in flight due to a mechanical rupture. All Cap 231/232 were immediately grounded. All the swiss pilots were very concerned by this dramatic and exceptionally rare accident.

Dominic Andres blew up a tire !

Freestyle podium (left to right) : Gaby Schifferle, Suzanne Vogelsang, Pierre Marmy, Markus Ruesch and Dominic Andres

 

Unlimited podium (left to right) : Markus Ruesch (3rd), Pierre Marmy (1st) and Dominic Andres (2nd)

Jérôme Cusin and Patrick Paris

2006

CS/SM in Môtiers

SPORTSMAN Results


INTERMEDIATE Results


ADVANCED Results


UNLIMITED Results


FREESTYLE Results

Judges board
From L to R : Catherine Maunoury, Fabio Franco, Aldo Marengo, Nathalie Brunet (vidéo), Hermann Van Oos,
Georges Brocard, Pierre-Alain Schneider, Georges Chevalley, Rösli Chevalley and Simon Hubert.

Pictures : Jean-Charles Sautaux, Christophe Courvoisier, Andrew Birch and Pierre-Alain Schneider

Remark : we’ve got largely enough pictures to do a nice photobook. If interested, contact the President.

EAC 2006, Grenchen

Unlimited Swiss Team, 3rd.

2007

CS/SM in Birrfeld

Was wet and cloudy…

2008

CS/SM in Porrentruy

Was rainy and cloudy…

2009

“Championnat Suisse de voltige aérienne” and “Schweizermeisterschaft im Motorkunstflug” become “Swiss National Aerobatic Championship”

SNAC 2009, Yverdon

Was cloudy, cold and windy.

2010

SNAC 2010, Fricktal-Schupfart

EAC 2010, Touzim, CZ

Was wet, cold and cloudy.

Swiss Unlimited Team 2010 :

Pilots : Jérôme Cusin, Pierre Marmy, Hanspeter Rohner and Gaby Schifferle.

Coach and warm-up pilot : Nicolas Ivanoff

Support : Aziz Boussalem and Wolfram Edinger

2011

SNAC 2011, Bex

WAC 2011, Foligno, I

Was hot and sunny !

Swiss Unlimited Team 2011 :

Pilots : Jérôme Cusin, Pierre Marmy and Hanspeter Rohner.

Team Manager : Daniel Götschi

2012

2013

SNAC 2013 ST-YAN, 25-31 AUGUST 2013

SNAC 2013 RANKING RESULTS
SNAC 2013 PICTURES

2015

WAC 2015, Châteauroux, F

Swiss Unlimited Team 2015 :

Pilots : Emiliano Del Buono, Pierre Marmy, Hanspeter Rohner, Markus Rüesch and Isidor Von Arx.

2018

HB-MSC, former Cap 231 EX of Christian Schweizer left the Swiss Museum of Transportation…

Picture by Christian Bremer

… to go in the middle of a roundabout in Grenchen !

Picture by Hans Bärtschi

2019

“Swiss National Aerobatic Championship” become “Swiss National Aerobatic Championships