December 15, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
Mike Goulin accepting his award with wife Karin and daughter Emily.
Airshow performer and past national aerobatic Unlimited Class champion Mike Goulian has won the airshow industry’s top award given for making the greatest contributions over the past year.
With receipt of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Sword of Excellence, Goulian becomes only the seventh airshow professional to be awarded all three of the airshow industry’s top honors: the ICAS Sword of Excellence, the Art Scholl Memorial Showmanship Award, and the Bill Barber Award for Showmanship.
Goulian, author and co-author of two aerobatic training books, operates an FBO at Bedford, Mass. He competed in the Red Bull race series worldwide before those races were put on hiatus for safety concerns. In addition to winning the Unlimited national aerobatic competition earlier in his career, he also won the Advanced national championship.
Off the tarmac, Goulian is known for his efforts to promote the airshow industry and improve airshow safety. He is known for being generous with his time not only for sponsors, but also for fans.
With him when he received the award were his wife Karin and daughter Emily. Emily grasped the award with both hands, possibly indicating the budding of a future Goulian airshow champion?
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.
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