JETfly, Hungarys biggest online aviation magazine organized the European Flightsim Championship, the FORTIS Dogfight Cup already for the second time. It’s a multiplayer competition where virtual pilots engage in 2vs2 dogfights based on the most comprehensive commercially available combat flight simulator programs, Lock On: Modern Air Combat and IL-2 Sturmovik.
Having organized five successful national championships and the exclusive rights to organize a European championship awarded by the developers of the two simulation software are both signalizing the organizers experience and recognition. Two categories were open for the ambitious: Lock On (modern jet aircrafts) and IL-2 (classic World War 2 aircrafts). Registrations were accepted until the 15th July. The best teams from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Latvia, Russia, Sweden and Hungary complemented with pilots of the Swedish and Hungarian Air Force met each other in Budapest. They competed against each other in the final on the 9th and 10th September in Budapest to decide, which team is the best section (a team of two fighters acting in concert against the adversary – a basic fighter formation) on Europe skies. Thanks to the main sponsor, the Switzerland based watch manufacturer FORTIS, the best of the best returned with a unique pilot watch. After a two day struggle the winners could be determined:
IL-2:FB Category:1. SLI SLI=Vector_01=/SLI=Sofa_07= – Russland2. V4 V4.Vogel/V4.Maggi – Ungarn3. His Majesty’s Air Force VNVV=ED/ =VNVV=Maestro – Bulgarien
Lock On Category:1. Goonz! Nomad/Packman – Schweden/Litauen2. Reservoirs virtual Elite =RvE=FoxteR/=RvE=Paploo – Kroatien/Frankreich3. SLI SLI=BeRusa_82=/SLI=Kemper_99=
We plan to make the next step in 2007 and accept registrations not only from Europe but also from North-America. For further information please have a look at the official web site (http://www.european-dogfightcup.com/).
A napokban megérkezett az első, speciálisan a sarkvidéki körülményekre felkészített Mi-8AMTS-VA típusú szállító-harci helikopter a Csendes-óceáni Flottához.