Photo:Taro Imahara / T.I.P.P.

Yoshi joined the FAI World Grand Prix last year when he competed in the 2007 Aerobatics Japan Grand Prix.  Motegi 2008 will be his 2nd Grand Prix competition.

Japanese Flag Flying hours: 2’000
Nationality: Japanese
Date of birth: 27 Jan 1973
Place of birth: Japan
  Resident: Fukushima, Japan
  Marital Status: Married, 1 daughter
  Interests: Flying aerobatics and gliders
Extra 300S

Yoshi had his first glider lesson in 1992 at a University Glider Club. He was 18 years old. Four years later, at the age of 22 he had won 3rd place in the Japan National Glider Championship. Today he is a glider instructor and developing his technique with long range cross country flights in Australia.

Yoshi obtained his powered airplane license in 1993 and after several years of general aviation instruction, started training aerobatics in 1996. The following year he was a member of the Japanese team in the Advanced World Aerobatic Championships.

In 1998 he started flying air shows in Japan with the Extra 300L and North American T6 aircraft. Today, he is well known to the Japanese fans.

In 2002 he switched to the Sukhoi 26 aircraft and started training for unlimited aerobatics.
The following year he participated in his first Unlimited World Aerobatic Championship. He was ranked 32nd (male) in both the 2005 & 2007 World Aerobatic Championships and was the only Japanese pilot representing Japan.

2007 he was accepted to compete in the FAI World Grand Prix competition.




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