July 13, 2010
By Alyssa J. Miller
In the latest of a series of setbacks for the Red Bull Air Races, the company announced July 13 that it will cancel its race in Budapest, Hungary, scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20, citing “lengthy delays in the permissions process.” The announcement comes on the heels of axing the final race in Portugal because of delays in finalizing a host city in that country.
With the two final races cut from the schedule, the Red Bull Air Race World Champion will be crowned at the next race, set for Aug. 7 and 8 at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany. Going into this last race, 2009 champion Paul Bonhomme has a five-point edge over Hannes Arch, the 2008 champion.
In addition to the delays that have cost the series two races this year, Red Bull also suffered a number of scares.
On April 15, pilot Adilson Kindlemann crashed into the Swan River during a training session before the race in Perth, Australia. Emergency crews, who had just practiced underwater safety training two days before the accident, quickly reached Kindlemann and had him in an ambulance within minutes. He was treated for minor whiplash and released from the hospital after a precautionary overnight stay.
Arch, who hopes to surpass Bonhomme for the title after winning three of the last five races, was shaken after one wing stalled before the other, nearly sending him into the base of the pylon while preparing for the June 5 and 6 event in Windsor, Ontario.
Pilots in the Red Bull Air Race series fly 230 miles per hour, pulling as many as 12 Gs as they pass through 33- to 43-foot wide gaps in pylons—all while flying low over a body of water. The thrilling races have grown tremendously in popularity in its seven-year history, attracting millions of viewers in person and through live broadcasts.
AOPA Pilot will feature the June 20 New York Red Bull Air Race in the August 2010 edition, which will be in mailboxes in a few weeks.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
As the cold weather chills AOPA’s Headquarters in Frederick, many of us are inside generating new resources for flying clubs.
In my house, every Friday night is “Movie Night.” While the movies are rarely educational (I don’t think I learned anything from the Lego Movie), we look forward to the weekly opportunity to spend time together. Why not use the same concept for your Flying Club (with the addition of education, of course)?
AOPA Flying Club Manager Kelby Ferwerda posted the following on the AOPA Flying Club Facebook Page: “Recently I’ve talked with quite a few Flying Clubs about maintaining social activity through the cold winter months. Some clubs host Holliday Parties, others have Potluck Movie Nights. What does your club do to keep members involved during the chilly months?”
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