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With 42.000 spectators around the lake Wolfgang and 286 starts and landings on the lake the Scaleria Air Challenge 2015 was the biggest floatplane event that ever happened in Austria. Again it was a well organized and enjoyable event in the fantastic landscape of the Salzkammergut. Organized and sponsored by the Scalar Event Resort in St. Wolfgang - upper Austria the Scalaria celebrated its tenth anniversary in July 2015.

Flying participants were The Flying Bulls with its shiny fleet, the Breitling Super Constellation, the Baltic Bees Jet Team and Iren Dornier`s Do24. Beside that many smaller amphibian  and float planes from all over Europe visited the Lake. Flying highlights were the Flying Bulls P-38, Corsair and Alpha Jet formation, the Flying Bulls DC-6 formation with the Super Constellation and the Baltic Bees Jet Team display.

During the Scaleria we had the chance to meet the great crew of the Baltic Jet Team. A wide range of nice pictures on the ground and in the air were the result of that meeting.

The Baltic Bees are a professional civilian aerobatic jet team, that consist out of five Czech designed L-39C Albatross aircraft, which are light jet training airplanes designed for advanced aerobatics. The team consists of six Czech made L-39C Albatross airplanes which are light jet training airplanes designed for advanced aerobatics. The homebase of the team is Jūrmala airport (EVJA), 60 km west of Riga, Latvia.

The team was formed in 2008, performing as a two-ship formation. After two more jets were added to the team a full display program was created. The addition of a 6th aircraft allowed the team to create an advanced display program and gain reputation as a professional civilian aerobatic team. From the beginning of the team, flying instructor and creator of the display program in well known aerobatic and solo pilot Valery Sobolev. He was the only team member that had previous experiences in team aerobatics.

In the beginning of the last century brothers Wright have opened an era of aircraft having created the first-ever airplane. Since then much has changed and sky already dissect jet planes. L-39C Albatros takes a worthy place in this line.

The aircraft used by the “Baltic Bees” is the L-39C Albatross, a tandem 2-seat jet training aircraft in use by various, mainly European air forces. It was developed by Czechoslovak firm Aerovodohody within the program of the Warsaw contract, directed on creation of the uniform military training aircraft for preparation of pilots of the Air Forces.

Now the plane has found wide popularity all over the world, both among private owners of the plane, and aerobatic jet teams. Airplane possessing good technical, aerodynamic characteristics and simplicity in control. The aircraft includes zero-height ejection seats for pilot and Trainee.

On the first part of the ferry flight from Salzburg to its homebase in Latvija we had the chance to join the Baltic Bees. It was a great experience to fly on board on one of their L39 to Lodz in Poland.  

Dietmar Schreiber and Alex Schwarz, August 2015