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AirVenture Schedule 2015!

Thank you for following Kirby and the team at AirVenture 2015, “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration!”

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~July 20th 

Arrive Whittman Field, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Dinner with Sponsors

~July 21st

Practice Flight 0700

Interview with BoldMethod 0700

Briefing 1200

AirVenture Air Show 1430

Dinner with Sponsors

~July 22nd

Practice Flight 0700

Signing Autographs 0900-0920 B&C Specialities (Building A #1155)

Signing Autographs 0930-1000 Concorde Battery (Building B #2053)

Signing Autographs 1015-1045 CJ Aviation (Building C #3086)

Signing Autographs 1100-1130 GoPro (Main Aircraft Display #393)

Briefing 1200

It’s a Surprise! 1400

AirVenture Air Show 1430

~July 23rd

Practice Flight 0700

Autograph Signing 0930-1030 Tempest (Building D #4079)

Autograph Signing 1100-1130 GoPro (Main Aircraft Display #393)

Briefing 1200

It’s a Surprise! 1400

AirVenture Air Show 1430

Dinner with Sponsors

~July 24th

Depart AirVenture to perform at the Global RallyCross in Detroit, MI 0700

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Red Bull Air Race Budapest – Race Day

The day ended much earlier than the team had hoped when Kirby took second to Hungarian favorite, Peter Besenyei, in the first head-to-head match in the Round of 14.  A two-second penalty for “climbing in the gate” put him 2.316 seconds behind Besenyei who had a time of 1:01:070. Kirby’s time of 1:03:386 put him in tenth position overall.

“It’s not the direction I wanted to go after the progress made in qualifying yesterday, but now it’s time to focus on the next race and flying fast and clean,” says Kirby.

 

For a full list of race day results, see below:

  • 1. Hannes Arch
  • 2. Paul Bonhomme
  • 3. Martin Sonka
  • 4. Pete McLeod
  • 5. Matt Hall
  • 6. Peter Besenyei
  • 7. Matthias Dolderer
  • 8. Nigel Lamb
  • 9. Yoshihide Muroya
  • 10. Kirby Chambliss
  • 11. Michael Goulian
  • 12. Francois Le Vot
  • 13. Juan Velarde
  • 14. Nicolas Ivanoff
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Red Bull Air Race Budapest – Day Three

It was a busy day of flights this Independence Day at the race in Budapest! Kirby started off a bit behind in the morning’s training rounds where he received penalties in each run. However, he flew clean in qualifying and finished with a time of 59.496 seconds (just two thousands of a second over his personal best). This placed him in fifth going in to the round of 14.

In the first match on Race Day, Kirby will face fellow Red Bull pilot and hometown favorite, Peter Besenyei of Hungary. Flying his new Edge 540 V3, Besenyei qualified with a time of 1:00.862.

As Kirby moves into tomorrow’s race, his plan is to stay focused and fly clean and fast!

For the full line-up of head-to-head races in the round of 14, visit http://www.redbullairrace.com/en_HU/results.

 

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Red Bull Air Race Budapest – Day Two

With only one day before qualifying, the pilots were able to train on the track for the first time this afternoon! Kirby spent his morning studying the course and mentally preparing himself for the race.

“We definitely don’t have as much time here as we’ve had in other places, so I’m pushing the limits in training to learn what I can do in the course for the fastest times,” said Kirby.

Kirby’s fastest, clean run of the day 59.494 seconds, leaving him in fifth place for that round. Matt hall set the pace for the day with the fastest time of 57.775 seconds. Once training was complete, the remainder of the afternoon was filled with fans from all over the globe! What a way to end the day!

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Red Bull Air Race Budapest – Day One

The team has arrived in the beautiful city of Budapest! Unlike the previous races this season, the aircraft did not need to be assembled. Instead, the morning was spent at a local airport where the aircraft was left for storage after the race in Budapest. From there, it was ferried to the race airport by technician Jason Resop. After inspections and few small maintenance items, Kirby was in the air for test flights! Everything ran smooth and the team left ready for practice runs through the course tomorrow!

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Budapest, Here We Come!

In less than a week, pilots will take to the skies at one of the most iconic stops of the 2015 Red Bull Air Race season! Held on the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, the racecourse resides in front of the parliament building at the country’s capital.

Air Race Budapest is also home to one of the most memorable grand entrances, with each pilot passing under the historic Chain Bridge prior to reaching the start gate! While the height of the river does change, there is usually about 20-30 feet of clearance between the water and the base of the bridge. With Kirby’s Edge 540 V3 standing at a height of 9 feet tall (when in straight and level flight), his margin of error is only 10-20 feet.

Being one of two stops in the original Red Bull Air Race back in 2003, Budapest has remained a stop seven of the nine previous seasons (the only other location to appear this many times is Abu Dhabi, UAE). After a six-year hiatus from hosting the race, Kirby and the team are excited to return to Budapest! And why wouldn’t they be; the team has had a great deal of success at this location in previous seasons, making the podium five out of seven times! Placements as follows:

  •      2003: 3rd
  •      2004: 1st
  •      2005: 2nd
  •      2007: 2nd
  •      2009: 3rd

After flying some very competitive times during training in Rovinj, Kirby is enthusiastic about the upcoming race. He and the team are looking to take home a trophy this Independence Day weekend, July 4th and 5th!

 

Stay up-to-date on the behind-the-scenes action by reading our Daily Diary entries and following our social media channels for live updates throughout the week!

 

 

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Air Race Rovinj, Day Six: Race Day

Rovinj, Croatia, was a tough break for Kirby! He faced fellow U.S. competitor Michael Goulian in Heat 5 of the Round of 14. Goulian flew first leaving the time to beat at 55.601 seconds. Kirby started fast and clean, which looked promising as he overtook Goulian in the first few gates.  Unfortunately, he received two two-second penalties for flying too high in gates five and seven. Kirby’s final time was 58.886 seconds, bringing his competition to an end.

Winners of the Super Eight who moved on to the Final Four were Martin Sonka of Czech Republic, Hannes Arch of Austria, Mike Goulian of U.S.A., and Matt Hall of Australia.

Hannes Arch took first place for his second time in a row at the Red Bull Air Race Rovinj with a time of 54.012 seconds. Martin Sonka took a close second with a time of 54.083 seconds, followed by Matt Hall in third with a time of 54.160 seconds. Michael Goulian did not finish due to an over-G penalty.

Kirby placement in Rovinj was 11th overall. The team holds high hopes for Red Bull Air Race Budapest on July 5, 2015, hoping to make the podium for the first time this season!

 

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Air Race Rovinj, Day Five: Qualifying

The windy weather in Rovinj proved to add difficulty during the qualifying rounds, increasing the number of pylon hits and total track times by all. Kirby’s net time during flight one was actually faster than his second at 55.818 seconds, but a 2 second penalty for an incorrect level left a time of 57.818 seconds. Finishing 7th, he moves forward to the round of fourteen with a clean time of 56.098 seconds and will face fellow U.S. pilot Michael Goulian. Britain’s pilot Paul Bonhomme still holds first place with qualifying time of 54.226 seconds.

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Pilot Bio

Kirby Chambliss
Kirby Chambliss
Years on Team: 20

History:

- Five time winner of the U.S. national aerobatic championship. - Current residence: Flying Crown Ranch, AZ - He is one of the best aerobatic pilots in the world. - One of only two American pilots ever to win the Red Bull Air Race world championship. - Flown more than 70 types of aircraft and logged over 26,000 hours ( that's three years!) in the air.