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Faces Of Aviation!

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!

Matt Liknaitzky

~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.


www.mglavionics.com
www.airplanefactory.com

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AC Air Technology, T1 Tug!

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!”

www.acairtechnology.com

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Faces Of Aviation!

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!

@LiveAirShowTV

www.LiveAirShowTV.com

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The Best Of 2013!

This year has been incredible, starting with the Dakar Race in Peru and ending with filming for the return of the Red Bull Air Race in 2014. This year has been very diverse and interesting, from working on the movie, Planes, to flying at the Motogp Race in Austin, Texas. I couldn’t do it without my sponsors and my Team, who really do give me wings!

We have a very productive year ahead, with the Dakar Race heading up the list! We are super excited about the return of the Red Bull Air Race, seven races, six countries and three continents.  This is great news, a renewed interest in aviation by many young people!  The Team is stoked about the international travel and connecting with our friends around the world!

Most of all I want to thank you for following us day in and day out with unwavering devotion! I want you to know that you are greatly appreciated! Please join me and the rest of  Team Chambliss at one of our many events in 2014!         ~Kirby

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Faces Of Aviation!

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!

Jessica Ambats~Editor of Plane & Pilot Magazine and an aviation photographer
-Passionate about aviation and photography. I feel very fortunate to be able to combine my two passions with air-to-air photography.

-Awarded the photography designation “Best of the Best” by Aviation Week & Space Technology

-Multi-engine instrument rated pilot, with a seaplane rating

-Favorite type of flying, low and slow.  I loved flying the Storch with Kirby!

-Native New Yorker, living in California

-Graduate of Harvard University

www.facebook.com/jessicaambats

www.planeandpilotmag.com

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By The Numbers-Kirby Chambliss in 24 Hours!

8 Airplanes

3 Hangars

Unlimited Red Bull

5am-I tend to wake up super early, no matter what time I go to bed! I usually run four miles on the treadmill, unless I’m near a beach, and finish by lifting a few weights.

6am-A good breakfast is on the list, something simple, like homemade granola with coconut milk or yogurt, maybe even a smoothie. Breakfast is a great time to catch up with my family!

7am-Practice time, early in the morning is always best, when it’s still and cool outside. Practicing in the morning gives me a feeling of energy for the remainder of the day.

8:15am-After I fly, I begin the process of answering my emails. On an average day I have 50-60 emails and most require a response! Keep them coming, I love hearing from you!

10am-By 10am at a show, we have already been to the briefing and are headed out to the hangar to give media rides. We might have three rides per day, maybe four.

12pm-Somewhere in there we have lunch on the go….I try to have something healthy, like a salad or some fresh fruit. If I have time between rides I return phone calls.

2pm-The Team might schedule a Q&A session for a local group or a speaking engagement. I really enjoy this, because it gives me a chance to tell people how incredible general aviation is and how important it is for young people to be involved.

3pm-The practice show is well underway and it usually lasts for several hours.

4:30pm Showtime!

4:50pm Sign Autographs, never have figured out why anyone would want my autograph….

5:30pm-After we get the airplanes taken care of, we head back to the hotel for a shower so that we can make it to the welcome party.

6:45pm-The show almost always host a party for the sponsors, performers and special guests of the air show. I like these events, gives me an opportunity to meet the local sponsors and have some fun with the organizers. We also get a chance to let them know how much we appreciate their hard work!

9pm-This is a good time to meet with the Team and make a plan for the next day, also to see which special projects require our attention.

10:30pm-Finally time for some shut-eye! I need to wind down so I watch a few minutes of TV or read.

11pm-Lights out!

~Schedule always subject to change due to the nature of the business!

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Pilot Bio

Kirby Chambliss
Kirby Chambliss
Years on Team: 19

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.