Jerzy Makula

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Jerzy Makula (born 1952[1] in Ruda Śląska[2]) is a Polish pilot who won the FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships six times.[3][4][5]

Glider aerobatics[edit]

Achievements in international FAI aerobatic championships (unlimited category)[6][7][8]
year competition ranking team ranking glider/plane
2011 14th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 1 1 Solo Fox
2010 10th FAI European Glider Aerobatic Championships 10 3 Solo Fox
2008 9th FAI European Glider Aerobatic Championships 18 Solo Fox
2007 12th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 3 Solo Fox
2006 8th FAI European Glider Aerobatic Championships 2 MDM-1 Fox
2005 11th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 2 2
2004 7th FAI European Glider Aerobatic Championships 1
2003 10th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 2 1 MDM-1 Fox
2002 6th FAI European Glider Aerobatic Championships -no results- -no results-
2001 9th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships and 2nd World Air Games 2 1
2000 5th FAI European Glider Aerobatic Championships 2 1
1999 8th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 1 1 MDM-1 Fox
1998 4th FAI European Glider Aerobatic Championships 1 1 MDM-1 Fox
1997 7th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 5
1996 3rd FAI European Glider Aerobatic Championships 2 2 MDM-1 Fox
1995 6th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 2 2 MDM-1 Fox
1993 5th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 1 1
1991 4th FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 1 1 Swift S-1
1989 3rd FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 1 1 Kobuz 3
1987 2nd FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 1 1 Kobuz 3
1985 1st FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships 1 1 Kobuz 3
1982 11th FAI World (Powered) Aerobatic Championships 48 Zlin Z-50L

He was World Glider Aerobatic Champion in 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993,1999 and 2011. In 1995, 2001, 2003 and 2005 he was World Vice-Champion. In the World Glider Aerobatic Championships 1997 he was fifth, and in 2007 he won the bronze medal. In 1998 and 2004 he was European Champion. In 1996, 2000 and 2006 he was European Vice-Champion.[3] Additionally, he won Polish National Glider Aerobatic Championships at least 14 times.[5][9]

He is a member of the aeroclub of ROW Rybnik.[10][5][11] In recent contests, he usually flew the "Solo-Fox", which is a conversion of the MDM-1 Fox prototype into a single seater with retractable undercarriage. MDM stands for Margański-Dunowski-Makula.[12]

Awards and movies[edit]

In 2003 he was awarded the Paul Tissandier Diploma,[13] and in 2005 he was awarded the Centenary Medal of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.[4] Additionally, he was awarded the Phoenix Sariensis in 2005.[10]

There are two documentary films with and about Jerzy Makula: Wniebowzięty by Ewa Świecińska (2000) and W chmurach by Maciej Starczewski (2002).[14]

Occupation and offices[edit]

He works as a Boeing 787 captain at Polskie Linie Lotnicze.[5]

For many years he has been Vice-President of the Aero Club of Poland and Polish FAI Aerobatic Commission delegate (Commission Internationale de Voltige Aerienne, CIVA).[13] He is chairman of the CIVA Glider Aerobatics Sub-Committee.[15] Besides, he is a glider aerobatics trainer[13] and accredited as a judge in international glider and power aerobatic championships.[16]

Relatives[edit]

He is a nephew of Edward Makula.[14]

His sons Stanisław[17][18][19] and Mikolaj[20][21] Makula fly glider aerobatics, too.

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