Michael Goulian Wins RBAR Abu Dhabi – Leads 2018 World Championship

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Goulian Wins in Abu Dhabi

Well known airshow and Red Bull Air Race pilot Michael Goulian claimed his first RBAR win since 2009 on Saturday, when he beat defending World Champion Yoshihide “Yoshi” Muroya of Japan at the 2018 Abu Dhabi race.

Goulian claimed the second win of his career by finishing with a time of 53.695 seconds, just enough to beat Muroya.

“It was awesome. It’s been a long time coming to get to the second win and my whole team is over the moon,” said Goulian, who most recently was on the podium as part of a North American sweep at the Red Bull Air Race in Kazan, Russia last season. “Now we need consistency. There are 13 other great pilots in the Red Bull Air Race, and I feel nothing but excitement for the rest of the year.”

Michael Goulian - Red Bull Air RaceMichael Goulian - Red Bull Air Race

Goulian now leads the World Championship standings with 15 points. There are seven more stops on the Red Bull Air Race World Championship Tour schedule in 2018, with the series returning to the United States at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 6-7th.

The full Abu Dhabi 2018 results are:

1. Michael Goulian (USA)
2. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN)
3. Martin Šonka (CZE)
4. Kirby Chambliss (USA)
5. Matt Hall (AUS)
6. Ben Murphy (GBR)
7. François Le Vot (FRA)
8. Mika Brageot (FRA)
9. Petr Kopfstein (CZE)
10. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA)
11. Juan Velarde (ESP)
12. Cristian Bolton (CHI)
13. Matthias Dolderer (GER)
14. Pete McLeod (CAN)

American Kirby Chambliss Wins Budapest Red Bull Air Race

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Kirby Chambliss of the United States (C) celebrates with Pete McLeod of Canada (L) and Yoshihide Muroya of Japan (R) during the Award Ceremony at the fourth round of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 2, 2017. // Balazs Gardi/Red Bull Content Pool

American Kirby Chambliss has taken the victory in the 4th race of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Series.

Chambliss was the first to take on the track among the Final 4, which was made up of Pete McLeod (CAN), Martin Sonka (CZE) and Yoshihide Muroya (JPN). His time was 1:00.632, the second fastest time of the day among competitors. He edged out Pete McLeod by only 0.108s.

After the race Chambliss said: “I love Budapest. I have to thank my team, it’s not a one person effort, I can’t thank them enough. I’m super stoked. Winning is easy when you’re winning, it’s not when you’re not.”

Kirby Chambliss of the United States performs during the finals at the fourth stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Budapest, Hungary on July 2, 2017. // Armin Walcher / Red Bull Content Pool

American Michael Goulian finished 12th, after failing to make it out of the Round of 14. He exceeded the G-limit set by RBAR and was given a Did Not Finish (DNF). Goulian is a previous winner at Budapest, having won the race in 2009. In his post race interview, Goulian said he just slightly over G’d the aircraft and was proud of the way he flew.

Kirby’s win moved him up to fourth in the World Championship standings. Yoshihide Muroya continues to lead with 4 races remaining. The series moves onto the Kazan, Russia in three weeks for the 5th race of the season. The final race of the 2017 Red Bull Air Race World Series will be in Indianapolis, IN at Indianapolis Motor Speedway October 14-15th.

The final results were:

Red Bull Air Race Budapest Results

NBC Sports to Broadcast Red Bull Air Race

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Red Bull Air Race on NBC Sports
Red Bull Air Race fans rejoice! Qualifying and racing segments of the Red Bull Air Race 2017 season debut in Abu Dhabi will be available for viewing on the networks of NBC Sports.

The qualifying rounds will be available LIVE starting at 7am eastern on Friday, February 10th via the NBC Sports App available for Apple and Android. You can also view it on your PC by going to NBCSports.com .

Saturday’s racing can be seen on the TV network NBCSN at 9:30pm eastern, Saturday night.

RedBullAirRace.com will also host a live web stream starting at 7am eastern on Friday and 5am eastern on Saturday.

SUN ‘n FUN To Feature Red Bull Air Race Demo

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Red Bull Air Race - Sun n Fun

Attendees of SUN ‘n FUN on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 8-10th) will be in for quite a treat. For the first time at a North American airshow, 80 ft pylons will be raised on the airfield and two pilots will compete on the resulting race course to demonstrate how scoring and timing of the Red Bull Air Race series is conducted.

Red Bull Air Race pilots Michael Goulian and Kirby Chambliss will be performing the demonstration.

If you’re at the airshow, you can purchase tickets for upcoming races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. You’ll also have the opportunity to look at a pylon up close, fly a simulator, and purchase RBAR merchandise.

Airshow Pilots Prepare For 2016 Season

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The long winter stretch with little or no airshow activity is almost over! Soon the roar of jet engines and the sound of spinning props will ripple through the air, letting airshow fans know that the flying season is upon us!

A few airshows have already occurred this year – AIR FIESTA 2016 occurred in Brownsville, TX on Feb 13th and 14th and a few airshows were held in California in January. The Singapore Airshow was also held in February!

Kyle Franklin

But while the off season may be slightly depressing for airshow fans, it gives performers time to regroup and inspect their aircraft. During the winter, airshow pilots typically take them apart and look over every inch. Kyle Franklin did just that this year and posted this picture on his Facebook page. During the inspections, Kyle found a cracked exhaust flange on his high performance biplane known as “Dracula”. Kyle says the problem is fairly common with his exhaust and they have made adjustments so that it doesn’t crack as much.

Kyle Franklin recently posted a video on his Facebook page showing him starting up Dracula for the first time in 2016.

Many other pilots spend the winter season training for the upcoming season. Michael Goulian and Kevin Coleman will be participating in the Red Bull Air Race this year. Kevin will be competing in the Challenger Cup.

The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds have also been preparing for the season. The Blues “crested” many members of the 2016 team today at El Centro. The team has been flying practice flights at El Centro to get ready for the season. The Thunderbirds will fly their Creech AFB Appreciation Show on Tuesday, March 8th to thank the airmen of Creech for their support during the season. The Thunderbirds use Creech as a training airport.

The off season also gives us and many other aviation photographers a chance to catch up on photo editing, clean the camera, and just maybe get some new equipment! We’re ready for the season to start and excited to bring you coverage of this year’s airshow season. Stay here through the season for the latest in airshow news, photos, and videos!

In 2014, we did a RideAlong! onboard cockpit video with Kyle at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Check out the video below!

2016 Dates And Locations Announced For Red Bull Air Racing

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Red Bull Air Race 2009 - Windsor, ON

The 2016 dates for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship were announced today, and the 8-stop world tour will conclude with two stops in the US. The 7th stop will take place at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN before the series wraps up by returning to Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. The stop in Indianapolis already has Midwest airshow fans abuzz as it is the first stop in the region since 2010. The full 2016 schedule is below.

    March 11-12 – Abu Dhabi, UAE
    April 23-24 – Spielberg, Austria
    TBD – Japan
    July 16-17 – Budapest, Hungary
    August 13-14 – Ascot, Great Britain
    September 3-4 – Lausitzring, Germany
    October 1-2 – Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
    October 15/16 – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Each race will be broadcast in the US on Fox Sports 1 on a schedule to be announced later.

Each air race is arranged as a time trial event. Carefully selected pilots from around the world fly small aerobatic planes such as Edge 540s and Extra 300s through gates made of inflatable pylons. These pylons are specially designed to not damage the aircraft in the frequent event of contact. There are multiple rounds per event and the pilot with the fastest time through the course is the winner.

The flexible setup allows the course to take on a new layout at each race location, often in a small footprint. While many of the earlier events took place over open water, race tracks have seemingly become a favored location since they do not have many tall obstacles, the track can be used as a temporary airport, and the crowd can sit in pre-existing grand stands.

The series was created in 2003 and soon branched out from Europe to the US and around the world. Previous US events have been held in Monument Valley, Reno, San Francisco, San Diego, Detroit (along with adjacent Windsor, Ontario), and New York City. The races were not held in 2011, 2012, or 2013. In 2014 and 2015, the series concluded with stops in Texas and Las Vegas. Stops outside the US have included Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Sweden, the UAE, and more.

Red Bull Air Racer Mike Mangold Killed In Plane Crash

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Mike Mangold
Photo: mikemangold.us

Mike Mangold is dead after he was involved in an L-39 Albatros crash Sunday afternoon. Witnesses to the crash say that the aircraft was attempting to takeoff from Apple Valley Airport in Apple Valley, CA when it encountered an issue and crashed.

Apple Valley Fire and Police Department spokesman Jason Nailon said that as “the jet was taxiing down the runway, someone spotted flames coming out of the engine.”

A second person onboard at the time of the crash was also killed, but authorities have not released their name.

Mangold was famous for his airshow flying and for his time as a Red Bull Air Race pilot. During his flying career, which spanned 38 years, Mangold flew for the USAF as well as commercially and as an airshow pilot. He won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2004, 2005 and 2007, and took home gold, silver, and bronze medals at the US National Aerobatic Championships.

He is survived by his wife and two children. AirshowStuff sends our sincere condolences to Mike’s family and friends. Godspeed.

Wind Causes Issues with Red Bull Air Race in Las Vegas

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Red Bull Air RaceThe 7th stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship series didn’t go as planned Sunday, as high winds forced event organizers to cancel Sunday’s flying portion of the race.

Pete McLeod of Canada was the eventual winner, decided on by qualifying times from Saturday. Nigel Lamb of Britain moved into the World Championship lead, finishing 2nd over Germany’s Matthias Dolderer who came in 3rd.

Wing gusts to over 30kts causes issues with the pylons and caused a high number of penalties before event organizers canceled the rest of the flying.

The full results were:

  1. Pete McLeod
  2. Nigel Lamb
  3. Matthias Dolderer
  4. Matt Hall
  5. Hannes Arch
  6. Nicolas Ivanoff
  7. Paul Bonhomme
  8. Martin Sonka
  9. Yoshihide Muroya
  10. Michael Goulian
  11. Kirby Chambliss
  12. Peter Besenyei

The next Red Bull Air Race will be in Austria on the 25th to 26th of October.

Fans who attended the race can get a 50% credit towards next years race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, scheduled to be held October 17-18th, 2015. The following information was posted on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway website.

Those looking to receive a partial credit for Red Bull Air Race Las Vegas, please mail your ticket to the address provided below. You will then be registered for a 50-percent credit for the October 17-18, 2015 Red Bull Air Race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. This policy is not applicable to Race Club, Sky Lounge or complimentary guests. Deadline to receive credit is December, 31, 2014. For more information, please email ticketservices@lvms.com. All guests who purchased their ticket through ticketportal should contact ticketing@redbullairrace.com.

Please include:
Name of original ticket purchaser
Actual Red Bull Air Race Las Vegas tickets

Mail to:
ATTN: Red Bull Air Race Tickets
7000 Las Vegas Blvd. North
Las Vegas, NV 89115

Note: Your ticket had to be scanned on Sunday to be eligible for a credit.