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The Red Bull Air Race in Gdynia Poland 2014!

Incredible week of intense competition in Poland! The Team arrived early to install a new engine due to our Team feeling that are current engine had fallen below the 2% parameters. Early in the week, Kirby and Jason flew quit a few hours to break in the new engine. It proved to be a good one and before we knew it, it was time for the practice runs and qualifying…

Kirby had  good times in practice and qualifying, enough to qualify 8th with a time of 1:13.25. On Race Day Kirby finished 4th at1:12.91 with Hannes Arch winning the with a blistering time of 1:09.89.

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Race Day, Red Bull Air Race, Poland 2014!

It proved to be an exciting day in Gdynia, Poland for Kirby and his Team! Kirby moved into the Super 8’s with a time of 01:12.31, flying against Matthias who had two penalties, while Kirby incurred only one.

Ivanoff, Bonhomme, Besenyei, and McLeod took penalties in the Super 8, leaving Arch, Lamb, Hall, and Kirby to duke it out in the Final Four! The winning time was 01:09.895 by Hannes Arch with Nigel Lamb close behind. Kirby will head to Ascot in the coming weeks looking to make some improvements. Till next time…

Smoke On!

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Qualifying Day, Red Bull Air Race, Poland 2014!

A thrilling day in Gdynia, Poland! Kirby had some great runs in practice and held 2nd place in qualifying  until Martin Sonka edged by with a time of 01:12.45. Kirby ended the day 8th with the time to beat coming from Paul Bonhomme, 01:10.98. It was overcast with a few drizzles and completely packed, wall to wall crowds for Quali.

The times are close and the competition incredible! Kirby comments, ” Tomorrow will be tough, I’ll be pushing hard!”

We’re all looking forward to a great Race Day! Stay tuned!

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Poland 2014!

Countdown to Race Day!

Kirby flew through the track on two separate training sessions, trying to find the line that he likes best. Jason spent the evening working out a few small details and we’re ready for Quali. There are a couple of training sessions before qualifying late afternoon. Rain is expected, should make the track very interesting….

Smoke On!

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Poland 2014!

The pilots didn’t get to fly on the track yesterday, the wind was up with the waves on the Baltic being too high for the barges that hold the pylons. Kirby managed to fly three times between meetings, a photo shoot and a loose fitting on the fuel tank being adjusted.

The Team is in good spirits, hoping for good track results today with the new engine. So far the pierogis and the Polish beer have been a big hit with all the race teams.

Tomorrow is Qualifying, with Race Day on Sunday, coming up fast! Stay tuned for more….

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Hot Off The Press, Red Bull Air Race, Poland 2014!

The day in Gdynia was packed full of interviews, briefings, and meetings. In addition to the full schedule Kirby and Jason flew five hours breaking in the engine.  After an oil change, everyone seems to be happy with the new engine. The Team stayed late to fix a trim servo that had failed on the last flight. Jason will tell you, it’s never boring, always something to do!

We are excited to be here in Poland for the first time! The weather has been great, nice and warm, the people are super friendly. Race day is coming up fast! Till next time…

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Hot Off The Press! Red Bull Air Race, Poland 2014!

The Team got an early start finishing the assembly of 14KN! Surprise…We decided to do an engine change. There is a provision in the rules that allows an engine to be sent back if you feel it is not making the horsepower that was initially assigned to that engine. We must pay a specific amount to do this, so we are definitely taking a chance on the engine coming within the 2% parameters, however we felt like it was worth it! We have a new engine on and we are ready to rock, hopeful this new engine is a good one with plenty of HP’s

The Team has been working super hard! Wish Kirby lots of luck and some great runs here in Gdynia! The Red Bull Air Race is Sunday the 27th and Qualifying the 26th! Smoke on!

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Photo Of The Month!

Caution: Objects appear farther away than they really are! Kirby Chambliss along with Miles Daisher and Mike Swanson, take to the skies at Hill AFB in Ogden Utah! Photo by GoPro

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The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration, AirVenture Schedule 2014!

*Kirby arrives Tuesday, with the Team following on Wednesday, due to the Red Bull Air Race in Gdynia, Poland.

~Tuesday night~1800 sponsor dinner

2000 ICON Welcome Party

~Wednesday~0700 early morning practice

0730 Media

0830 Introducing our AirVenture Intern for 2014

Night Show- wouldn’t miss it!

~Thursday~0700 Early morning practice

0730 Photo shoot with Mike Shore

1000 Autograph session at the Tempest Booth 4079/4080 Hangar D

1115 Autograph session at the Parker Aerospace/Cleveland 3087/3088 Hangar C

1200 Autograph session at the B&C Specialty Products Booth 1155 Hangar A

1330 Interview at the AirVenture Announcers Stand with Steve Buss

1400 Special appearance

1830 Sponsor dinner

~Friday~0700 Early morning practice

0800 Media

1000 Autograph signing at Kiddie Hawk Air Academy located at KidVenture

1030 Autograph signing at MGL Avionics 2139/2140 Hangar B

1110 Autograph signing at GoPro 393/394 Main Aircraft Display

1200 Briefing

1315 Press Conference and Award Ceremony at GoPro

1430 AirVenture Air Show begins

1900 Sponsor Dinner

~Saturday~0700 Early morning practice

0800 Media

1000 Autograph signing at A/C Air Technology 360 Main Aircraft Display

1030 Autograph signing at CJ Aviation 3086 Hangar C

1110  Autograph signing at GoPro 393/394 Main Aircraft Display

1200 Briefing

1400 Special appearance

1430 AirVenture Air Show begins

Night Show

~Sunday~ Depart the World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration!

*Schedule is subject to change, please continue to check back with us for updates…

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