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The Jet World Masters is a biennial world championship contest for model jets. The previous competition was in Germany. Model jets are remote controlled aircraft that have real jet engines and they usually depict a real-life aircraft in a smaller scale. In Jet World Masters the goal is to imitate the appearance and the flight pattern of the modeled aircraft. Jets compete in two classes: 13,5 kg and 20 kg (dry weight). The top speed of the jets vary from 250 to 350 kph. The current world champion in 13,5 class is Pavel Lapshov from Russia and in 20 kg Vitaly Robertus also from Russia. Both are strong favorites to win also the JWM 2017.
The competition will be held from 13 to 19 August 2017, on Jämijärvi (EFJM) Airfield. Including the practicing week the whole event lasts about two weeks. Competitors are expected from 25 countries. In addition to competitors, exhibitors and tourists will come to Jämi and few of them will fly there directly, because one of the two runways will be open for air traffic during the competition. Jet World Masters 2017 is much more than a world masters contest for model jets: it is a spectacle of aviation where more than 15,000 people and hundreds of airplanes from all over the world are expected to visit.
The opening ceremony and airshow will be held on Sunday, 13 August 2017. The theme of the airshow is Jet Power and therefore both model jets and jet aircraft will perform. At this moment the Fouga Magister and Saab AJS 37 Viggen are coming to display at the airshow. The guardian of the event is Finnish Air Force Colonel Juha-Pekka Keränen, the Commander of the Satakunta Wing. The official language of the competition is English. The website will be published in English with abridged versions in Finnish, German and Russian. The sponsor logos will appear in all language versions.