First of all, let us welcome you on this long-awaited occasion on behalf of the Chief and the Deputy Chief of the Organizing Committee of CISM 42nd World Military Parachuting Championship, and on behalf of the Deputy Commander of Hungarian Defence Forces 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base.
It is a great honour for our country, for the Hungarian Defence Forces (HDF) and also for the city of our home base that the 2018 year’s World Parachuting Championship can be organized here, in Szolnok, in the city, which houses the HDF 86th Szolnok Helicopter Base and its related Szolnok-Szandaszőlős Airfield. We are proud of the fact, that the whole amount of the Hungarian military parachuting training is carried out here, in this place, which is also the home of our world champion National Parachuting Team.
Our Parachuting Team won the CISM 40nd WMPC’s team overall in accuracy, in 2016, in Kubinka, Russia. Following that, a narrow decision-preparatory team started to work so that Hungary can organize this level of competition. In 2017, our Defence Minister, Mr. István SIMICSKÓ, PhD made his decision to have officially declared our will to organize the 2018’s WMPC at CISM’s 72nd General Assembly and Congress in Athens, Greece.
The organization of a competition of this magnitude is a long and complex process that our colleagues have been pursuing ever since November 2017. The competition’s technical, logistical, and infrastructural and security-related tasks could only be accomplished by the co-operation of several HDF units, numerous foreign nations and the city of Szolnok.
A special emphasis should be placed on Slovenia’s contribution, which grants aircraft to the competition, Germany, which provides manning and technical assistance to the Manifest, and the Czech Republic, which provides ‒ along with Germany ‒ the technical background for style evaluation. Likewise, we have to thank Colonel Gernot Rittenschober (CISM PCSC Parachuting), who has tirelessly advised our Organization Committee on the championship related issues.
Efforts and enthusiastic, persistent work always bear fruit. We hope that you will feel this fantastic atmosphere in the forthcoming days in respect that you can participate in a joyful and problem-free competition.
We wish you and your team a successful competition and unforgettable memories upon your leave from the CISM 42nd WMPC.
Friendship through Sport!