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.
Advocates for Santa Monica Municipal Airport gathered Aug. 25 to rally support for Measure D, a ballot initiative that would require voter approval before the airport can be closed or redeveloped.
“I never went to an FBO I thought was fun,” said Michael Thayer. Determined to change that, he opened Flying Tigers Aviation at Chino Airport in Chino, California, in June 2013.
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