Perkoz at WAGAC 2011

This summer, July, 26th to August, 7th, in Torun, Poland, 2nd FAI World Advanced & 14th Glider Aerobatic Championships took place. The pilots weren't discouraged by unfavourable weather conditions.

Among the gliders (mainly Swift S-1 and MDM-1 Fox) was SZD-54 Perkoz flown by Denis Hartmann, aeronautics engineer and experienced aerobatics pilot with years of experience, who has trained, among others Erik Piriou, bronze medal winner in Torun. SZD-54 Perkoz was the only two-seater glider, which wasn't created strictly for aerobatics. Hartmann managed to defeat many pilots flying agile Fox or Swift however it was difficult to fit in the box.

Denis Hartmann in SZD 54-2 PERKOZ

We asked Denis what he thought about Perkoz. 'I like flying Perkoz. It's a safe glider. And what also matters is that it's a new model, appropriate for training, soaring and aerobatics. Fox is good for aerobatics but you can't use it for training. Perkoz might be used for basic training.'

The new glider aroused curiosity especially among Polish competitors. "At first they thought I was Polish because I had a Polish trailer and a Polish glider (I also needed Polish version of my licence to fly a Polish glider in Poland). They would come and say: 'Oh, you fly Perkoz!' But I don't speak Polish..."