- Mike Goulian – For the past two decades Goulian has entertained crowds, having earned the U.S. National Advanced Champion title (the youngest ever at age 22 in 1990) and the Unlimited National Aerobatic Championship and represented the United States three times in the World Aerobatic championships. He also was one of the Red Bull international race pilots. www.mikegoulian.com
- Matt Chapman – Sponsored by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an airline pilot when not performing, Chapman began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. At the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships, Chapman was the highest-ranking American pilot, finishing third in the world with a bronze medal and led the Men’s Team to a silver medal. Look for Chapman and Rob Holland to wow the crowds with a duo performance. www.mattchapman.com
- Rob Holland – Flying the MX2 aerobatic aircraft by MX Aircraft Ultimate Airshows, Holland recently earned his second title in a row as U.S. National Unlimited Aerobatic Champion and will be part of next year’s World Aerobatics team. He also is a World Gold Medal winner in freestyle aerobatics for his advanced aerobatic aircraft show with a mixture of high and low altitude maneuvers. www.ultimateairshows.com
- John Klatt – During his more than 23 years with the Air National Guard, Lt. Col. Klatt flew combat, air support and humanitarian missions in the F-16 “Fighting Falcon” and the C-130 “Hercules” and served multiple missions in Iraq. In partnership with the Air National Guard, he rolls, soars, tumbles and dives his state-of-the-art all carbon fiber MXS aircraft at speeds of more than 250 mph. www.johnklattairshows.com
- Corkey Fornof – A test pilot, corporate pilot, aerial coordinator, fixed-wing camera pilot, technical advisor, actor and stunt pilot, Fornof has 17,000-plus hours in over 287 different types of aircraft. His resume includes more than 2,600 low-level aerobatic performances, and he formed the first civilian high-performance aerobatic flight demonstration team, using World War II fighters. He also formed and led the first civilian jet demonstration team, flying BD-5Js. www.corkeyfornof.com
- Jason Newburg – Instructed and mentored by numerous top air show performers in the industry (including Goulian, Sean D. Tucker, Jim Leroy, Clint McHenry, Nikolai Timofeev and Bill Stein), he flies high-performance solo and formation performances in several types of aircraft, including the Pitts S1C. He also is the former vice president of the Embry-Riddle Sport Aviation Club and builds aircraft as well as flies them. www.viperairshows.com
- Cheryl Stearns – Embry-Riddle alum and former US Airways captain, Stearns also is one the most successful competitive skydivers globally with 30 world records in parachuting (including a Guinness World Record for the most parachute jumps in 24 hours by a woman, 352 jumps Nov. 8-9, 1995) and more than 17,000 jumps logged. She also was the first female member of the U.S. Army’s elite parachuting team, the Golden Knights. www.stratoquest.com
- The Plunkett WWI Aviation Collection – Former Daytona Beach campus professor, Air Force pilot, international airline pilot and test pilot Tim Plunkett will present this special performance featuring Great Britain’s Sopwith F.1 Camel and the German Fokker DR.I Triplane. Nicknamed for the humped fairing over its twin machine guns, The Camel shot down more German aircraft (1,294) than any other Allied plane. The Dreidecker, a small, lightweight and highly maneuverable dogfighter, is best known for its image as the “Red Baron’s” aircraft during WWI as it was flown by ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen.
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, Canadian Forces Snowbirds and Black Diamond Jet Team Headline Oct. 13-14 Air Show.
ER is sponsoring aerobatic pilot Matt Chapman, and two high-tech Embry-Riddle training aircraft, a Diamond DA-42 and a Cessna 172, will be on display.
Flying for Prescott are pilot Shelby King and co-pilot Anna Chrzanowski, while pilot Valdeta Mehanja and co-pilot Danielle Erlichman will fly for Daytona Beach. This year’s race begins at Tri-Cities...