May 11, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Click the image above to view a slideshow. Photos courtesy of Patrick Smith & Red Bull
Promoters of the Red Bull race series claimed a crowd count of 55,000 in San Diego this past weekend as pilots flew a low-level pylon course for points. It was the only time this year that the 15 pilots will race in the United States.
Ivanoff Nicolas of France won, remaining in second place for the series standings behind Hannes Arch of Austria. Americans Mike Mangold came in seventh, Kirby Chambliss came in twelfth, and Mike Goulian came in fourteenth. The next race is in Windsor, Canada.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
A new FAA policy on obstructive sleep apnea that addresses many of the concerns raised by AOPA is scheduled to take effect March 2.
AOPA and the National Business Aviation Association have jointly filed an amicus, or friend of the court, brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the ongoing legal battle over the future of Santa Monica Municipal Airport.
AOPA worked with the flight training industry and FAA to quickly resolve a problem that suddenly put many rating applications on hold.
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