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Hunter locals soar to victory at aerobatic championships

In a stunning showcase of their sky-high skills, Hunter locals have proven themselves as champions at the Australian Aerobatic & Freestyle Championships in Narromine.

Led by the legendary Paul Bennet and his Paul Bennet Airshows team, the Hunter contingent left an indelible mark on the competitive world of aerobatics, celebrating extraordinary achievements that underscore their unwavering commitment and passion for the sport.

Returning home after a series of international airshows, Paul Bennet himself emerged as the 2023 Australian Freestyle Champion, demonstrating his unmatched prowess in the skies. Another standout from the team, Glenn Graham, made a triumphant return to competitive aerobatics after an eight-year hiatus, earning the coveted title of Australian National Aerobatic Champion.

The competition in the Advanced category was fierce, and Michael Newby showcased remarkable skill and precision, securing a well-deserved second place. Highlighting the bright future of the sport, Jett Bennet, son of Paul Bennet, clinched the top position in the Intermediate category, followed by Riley McDonald in second place and Stephen Robinson in fourth place.

Sam Perceval, the head flying instructor at the local Aerohunter Flight Training, displayed his own expertise by triumphing in the Sportsman category and achieving the highest score ever for a first-time Sportsman entrant.

These remarkable accomplishments underscore the exceptional talent in aerobatics within the Hunter region, solidifying its position on the national stage.

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