Jurgis Kairys was born in Krasnojarsk, Siberia, on May 6, 1952, where his parents were stationed however the family were able to return to their home country of Lithuania when Jurgis was still a small boy. His interest in flying started at an early age when watching planes landing and taking off at an airstrip near his home in Lithuania. He became an airframe engineer and was able to start flying aerobatics at the Kaunas Flying Club in Lithuania. His talents and determination were obvious and he soon became a member of the elite National team.
The style of acrobatics we see today was developed over twenty years ago by Lithuanians Stepas Artiskevicius and Jurgis Kairys competing with each other while on the Soviet team, and coaching each other. Today every unlimited pilot flies in the style promoted by the Lithuanians in the seventies.
His engineering and piloting skills were recognized when he was asked to work with the Sukhoi Design Bureau to develop the Sukhoi 26, 29 and 31 series of completely new aerobatics aircraft using new ideas future to dominate the Unlimited World Aerobatics Championships. This was achieved with the aircraft winning many championships from the European Championships to the World Grand Prix of Aerobatics piloted by Jurgis and the Russian team members. This legacy continues to this date with the Su31 winning again in the 2003 WAC in Lakeland, Florida.
Jurgis' forte has always been Unlimited Freestyle aerobatics which has allowed him to develop his quest for new flight possibilities from himself and his aircraft. He recently flew his own creation in the form of the "JUKA" aircraft and has since been fine-tuning this aircraft for future displays and competitions.
He has invented several aerobatic maneuvers including the "Kairys Wheel", "Small Loop” and was the first to successfully perform the “Cobra” maneuver in a propeller driven aircraft, and has the talent to hover his aircraft like a helicopter.
1974 Started flying aerobatics, Aircraft Zlin 326A
1976 Member of Lithuanian Aerobatic Team
1977 Member of Soviet Aerobatic Team, until Lithunian Independence in 1990
1979 First Gold medal in International Competition in Hungary
1981 First Gold medal in European Championship in Austria
1982 First Gold medal in World Championship in Austria
Started the development of Aerobatic Aircraft SU-26 at Sukhoi Design Bureau
1984 For the first time competed in World Championship with an aircraft SU-26
1988 Silver medal in WAC 4 min. Freestyle flying Su26, Bronze medal Overall
1990 Gold medal in WAC 4 min. Freestyle flying Su26
1992 Third overall in World Championship in France
First test flight of SU-31,
Breitling Masters, 1 Silver medal
Demonstrated Jurgis originated worlds first Slip Hover pass, Cobra and
Small Loops at Farnborough
1993 Breitling Masters, 2 Gold, 1 Bronze medals, Su31
1994 Gold medal in WAC 4 min. Freestyle in Su26
Breitling Masters, 2 Gold, 2 Silver medals, Su31
1995 Breitling Masters, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze medals, Su31
1996 Silver medal in WAC 4 min. Freestyle, Su26
FAIWGPA 1 Gold medal, Su31,
First in the World official permitted Under bridge flight in Kaunas, Lithuania,
1998 FAIWGPA 1 Gold, 1 Bronze medals, Su31
1999 FAIWGPA 2 Gold medals, Su31.
Special Millennium flight under all 10 Bridges in the City of Vilnius, Lithuania
2000 FAIWGPA 1 Gold, 1 Silver medals, Overall series winner, Su31
Worlds first ever officially permitted inverted under bridge flight in Kaunas,
2001 FAIWGPA Unable to compete due to damaged aircraft,
2002 FAIWGPA Motegi, Japan, Winner , Su31
2003 Winner, first Red Bull Air Races, Zeltweg, Austria, Su26
General modifications were made to "Juka"
2004 FAIWGPA Al Ain, Emirates, Winner, flying"Juka"
First demonstration Flights in the Southern Hemisphere At Warbirds
2005 FAI WORLD GRAND PRIX WINNER - 5TH SERIES
2004 - 2005 at the 2005 FAI CENTENARY AIR SHOW, Lausanne, Switzerland .
Jurgis Kairys becomes overall top placed pilot over 10 years of FAI World
Grand Prix Competitions!
Jurgis Kairys wins the prestigious 2005 Trofeo REGGIANI competition at
the Aero Club of Milano in Italy
2006 January. Jurgis wins the Al Ain Cup in solo aerobatics freestyle competition.
2008 For the first time the competition is organised under the rules of JK Formula
invented by Jurgis Kairys.
2009 Silver medal in FAI World Aerobatic Freestyle Championship.
FAI WORLD ELITE AEROBATIC FORMULA event is organized in MAMAIA,