Our Team arrived on Sunday and Kirby on Monday! The eleven hour time change has been tough for the entire Team! It’s like flipping your live upside down, along with your mind and body! A week in, we’re getting the hang of it.
The first few days we were putting the airplane together, lots of team work involved! We also were getting the telemetry equipment installed, which can be time consuming. We have had fire training, interviews, photos, tons of meetings and briefings prior to Kirby being able to fly on the track.
As all the preparations are taking place, there is an air of excitement. It’s the bigger picture and to be a part of the rebirth of the Red Bull Air Race is incredible and exciting!
Kirby has had some terrific practice sessions and has the airplane flying just like he likes it! Is it fast, you ask? Of course, but there will be plenty of competition with all the very experienced pilots! Kirby says, I’m just pumped to be on the track and getting some good runs in!”
Team Chambliss is assembled and ready to rock for 2014!
We are stoked about the first race in Abu Dhabi and look forward to the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championship Series! Kirby comments on the first race, “My Team and I are very excited about racing again in 2014, as always we will be pushing hard to win!”
Lucky to have such terrific and qualified people in our corner, Jason Resop serves as the Team’s long standing Crew Chief and Ferry Pilot. John Hanlon is our favorite IA, and helps with all maintenance on the fleet. Jay Stewart and Grant Groathouse work for the Team part-time throughout the year, including ferrying airplanes. Debby Standefer is our new Team Communications Coordinator at each Red Bull Air Race.
Danny Onofryton (not in photo) is our first Intern and worked for Team Chambliss at AirVenture Oshkosh in 2013.
Welcome aboard and smoke on!
To read more about the Team, check out our Team Page! Stay tuned for a daily diary from the Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi, UAE!
Can you imagine four days of complete insanity? Four days of opportunity for radical, awesome, creative thinking with Kirby Chambliss and the most elite group of skydivers in the world? That is exactly what the #RBAFCamp was all about!
The Red Bull Air Force is comprised of the twelve best skydivers on the planet! Their flying skills are unmatched when it comes to the human body’s ability to fly! It is an invitation only fraternity! This is not your typical 9-5…
Throw Kirby in the mix and what do you have? Yes, the ride of your life! Here are a few shots from this years event at the Flying Crown Ranch!
There are many people who are involved in aviation and are dedicated to promoting general aviation and we don’t always see those faces. This segment, Faces of Aviation, will introduce us to a few of those terrific people!
~Born in South Africa, Matt started flying microlights when he was 16. Matt comments, “Flying open air has always had such an appeal – to fly like a bird.”
~Matt has been running MGL Avionics in California since 2001, supplying functional and flexible avionics for the Experimental and Light-Sport markets. He likes the fact that this brings him into contact with people building some of the most interesting aircraft out there, like one-of-a-kind designs, racing airplanes, aerobatic airplanes, replicas, and everything weird and wonderful. Matt feels this is a real perk to his job, the Wright brothers were home builders too!
~Matt is rated in Airplane Single Engine, Multi-Engine, and also in Gliders and Weight-Shift Control (trikes). He is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner for Sport Pilots and Instructors in those categories.
~Matt says with a big smile on his face, “Every day that I work in aviation, and every day that I fly the MGL Avionics Christen Eagle biplane, I feel like the luckiest person alive.” Besides running MGL Avionics. Matt also has an interest in a company importing light aircraft from South Africa – The Airplane Factory.
Air Force Sky Diver Sean MacCormac came around and gave us a great reason to go truck towing in the Utah desert. With that kind of altitude, there’s only one thing to practice – the barrel rolls. Sean went from speed flying zero to hero in just a few days. We wouldn’t expect anything less from him. Bring on the video Sean, I dare you to try and top the High-G-Face that Santa throws down in this video.
Kirby took delivery his AC Air Technology Tug, the T1, last week. Kirby is thrilled and says, “This product is really cool and fun to operate. Now, it’s almost as much fun to tow my airplane, as it is to fly it!”
The AC TrackTech, World’s First Remote-Control and Portable Aircraft Tug. You can move your airplane and take your AC TrackTech with you to the next airport! The T1 weighs approximately 48 lbs. and will move a 5,000 lb. airplane. There are also models for wheel fairing type airplanes & larger airplanes.
Barbara James, National Sales Manager for AC Air Technology commented, “We are delighted to welcome Team Chambliss to our AC Air Technology family. Kirby received his T1 last week. Kirby will be using our tug around the world at the Red Bull Air Races. Many thanks to Kirby and Team Chambliss!”
There are many people who are involved in aviation and are dedicated to promoting general aviation and we don’t always see those faces. This short segment, Faces of Aviation, will introduce us to a few of those terrific people!
Jeff Lee, President of LiveAirShowTV, has been in television production and broadcasting for 34 years. He started out directing 6 and 10 o’clock news at a local station and moved into commercial and corporate production. One of his clients was into warbirds and connected Jeff with the Reno Air Races. As they say, the rest is history! Jeff has been able to merge his love of story telling and aviation into the airshow industry’s leading live production team.
*LiveAirShowTV’s live events include: Aviation Nation, Little Rock AFB 50th, Barksdale AFB, Joint Service Open House/Joint Base Andrews, National Aviation Hall of Fame, AirVenture, Rocky Mountain Air Show, and of course the Reno Air Races.
*Jeff is a multi-award winner of the ICAS Marketing Awards, Telly Awards, Communicator Awards, and Aurora Awards for his airshow commercials and aviation projects!
*Jeff is a native Texan and a proud Baylor grad, happily married and a father of two, and grandfather to one with another one on the way!
*Jeff is a master sandcastle builder and makes some pretty mean Christmas candy!
Watch for LiveAirShowTV on the ramp at an airshow in2014!