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.
The Flying Physicians Association (FPA) has become the latest group to lend support to third-class medical reform and urge government officials to speed up their review of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). The NPRM would expand the number of pilots who could fly without needing to obtain a third-class medical certificate, a standard that has been successfully used by sport pilots for a decade.
California pilot Christopher Braun has created a revamped version of the cleco plier that is said to be lighter and more ergonomic.
There is no shortage of pilots in eastern Washington, but there does seem to be a scarcity of clubs in that part of the country.
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