Bentley: Stay sharp, Sly! Iceland and Belgium will be at each other's throats up there, but you're still outnumbered!
Sly Cooper: Relax, mom, this is gonna be great!
― Before starting the competition[src]
Sly went over to the team hangar to suit up and prep his plane for the semifinals. Prepared for take-off, Sly was in the plane, positioned at the top of the ramp. Bentley first warned Sly to stay sharp, as he was still outnumbered even though Iceland and Belgium were going to be at each other's throats. Sly showed no fear as he flew down the ramp and took off to the dogfighting arena, expressing his excitement in competing in the event.
Once at the arena, Sly was up against 25 planes. Bentley provided some safety tips, while Dimitri gave commentary throughout the competition. Once Sly defeated all of his opponents, Dimitri declared Team Cooper's qualification for the finals.