As the year draws to a close, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to my family, my team, sponsors, friends and extended family for their continued support for 2014! It was a year filled with ups and downs, but the silver lining was some great learning experiences! I’ve met some incredible people out there, got to see parts of the world that I have never seen, and connected with old friends from all parts of the globe.
My team worked hard this year! Jason Resop is family in every sense of the word, and my right hand man. Stan Gray, an important part of our team, who came to the rescue many times this year. John Hanlon and Grant Groathouse, always there for me and the rest of the team. We will miss Danny Onofryton, due to his return to the University of North Dakota, but wish him the best and know that education is so important. I welcome Kayla Layton as the new Team Communications Coordinator, recent graduate of Arizona State University. The team is looking forward to working with and getting to know Kayla. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by such terrific people!
We begin testing as soon as 14KN returns, which should be next week. We have a lot of work to do before the airplane ships out the middle of January. I’m looking forward to the Red Bull Air Race Championship, to our Air Shows and Exhibitions and to seeing all of you in 2015! I appreciate you following along this year! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
If you like planes and cars, the ExpoShow in Atlixco/Puebla Mexico is not to be missed! ExpoShow is the new Oshkosh South of the Border that is attracting top aerobatic performers and exotic car dealers from around the world! Make your plans early to be in Mexico for the 2015 show! Kirby says, “I’ve flown the ExpoShow for three years now and always enjoy the tremendous hospitality! The Team has a blast!”
A terrific shot from the ExpoShow in Puebla/Atlixco, Mexico! Kirby Chambliss and Jason Resop having a great time, can you tell? Photo by the new GoPro Hero4!
1. Famous Hangar 7 in Salzberg, Austria
2. Home of Red Bull
3. Apple Strudel
4. The Cool, Crisp Air and…
5. The Styrian Mountain Region, the Green Heart of Austria
The Spielberg Race was a magnificent finish to the 2014 season, a sold out crowd of 35,000+ spectators in Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring. Britain’s Nigel Lamb came out on top winning the 2014 Red Bull Air Race World Championships. Lamb’s second place finish in Las Vegas put him over the top in the point standings. Hannes Arch, the local favorite, had a disappointing day taking 4th place in the Red Bull Ring, meaning his bid for the World Championship was lost. Nicholas Ivanoff, never to be counted out, was the winner of the Spielberg Race! Nigel Lamb, a close second followed by Martin Sonka.
Going into the Top 12, Kirby was matched with Matt Hall, only split seconds apart, Matt received a 2 second penalty and Kirby inched into the Super 8. Kirby, finishing 7th overall with a time of 58.298.
“I ran real nice lines yesterday, happy with my flying but missing the final four by a half a second. We’ll spend the winter working on the airplane, testing and practicing, making all necessary changes to secure to top spot for 2015. I appreciate all the hard work from my Team. Jason Resop, my Crew Chief had been supportive, doing a fantastic job! We are going to miss Danny Onofryton, who started out as an intern and ended up being my Team Communications Coordinator. He’s returning to the University of North Dakota to finish his college education. Grant Groathouse and Stan Gray, also terrific! I am looking forward to working with Michael Reid, our aeronautical engineer and newest member of the Team. Looking ahead to 2015 and expecting great things!”
Smoke off for now, from the Red Bull Air Race World Championships!