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    • THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE RIO DE JANEIRO, MAY 8&9 7 BRL THE CHASE Peter Besenyei is on a hunt. His target: matching the tough pace set by the top three teams CHEERS! Work hard, play hard. An evening out with World Champion Team Bonhomme RELATIONSHIPS “We’d like to be on every team.” Lycoming’s liaison visions on air racing’s future WWW.REDBULLAIRRACE.COM 1 LUCKY STAR Adilson Kindlemann believes in luck and fate and RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE has faith. Meet the man who lives his dream
    • insight content Hello and Welcome... to another exciting season of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, and welcome to its official magazine. 2 010 is a year that has already caused a great stir after only two race stops – and fortunately there are six more to go. The championship Cover Photography: Markus Kucera/Red Bulletin; Photography: Hamish Blair/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race, Vladimir Rys/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race, Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images, Markus Kucera/Red Bulletin now has its strongest-ever roster of pilots, who bring with them the most technologically advanced race planes we have ever seen. And the magazine is there with them, reporting from each race stop and every hangar. The last race stop in Perth was a nerve- 20 PORTRAIT “I used the air bottle. Then the divers were coming towards me like fish.” Adilson Kindlemann racking thriller that hopefully won’t be repeated – with a plane crashing into the water for the first time in the history of has a second life, a second birthday to celebrate. But what is he really like? Find out. the Red Bull Air Race. Luckily nobody was hurt. Some call it a miracle, others pure luck, we think it’s pure fate. Adilson Kindlemann was pulled out of his destroyed MXS-R race plane in only 60 seconds. And the tribute goes to the 10-strong rescue team. Normally 24 INTERVIEW 28 Off-TRAck 36 BAckGROUND they are the invisible guys who are based Besenyei: “I push and hope All work, no play? See how Safe solution: standard engine? on two or three boats, plus jet skies, I know where the limit is.” Team Bonhomme relaxes. Check out what Lycoming thinks positioned just outside the perimeter of the race track. “We saw the plane go down and we reacted like we trained,” 04 GALLERY The best of the Perth race no play will drive anyone insane. Spend an says Jeff Williams, one of the rescue 12 BULLEVARD A race review of the evening out with Team Bonhomme divers. “Adilson did a great job inside, second round of the championship and 32 TEchNIcs More on Pete and Ted’s which made my job a lot easier. He got a preview to the race in Rio. Plus: find out fantastic adventure during the off season. We the canopy open by himself and he had what Michael Goulian would ask Michael reveal that modifications have been made the seat belt off. He was great. He said Jackson if he was still around, read about 36 BAckGROUND Lycoming supplies just now that it was only seconds from how Yoshi Muroya manages to keep himself the basic engine to the Red Bull Air Race, the the time he got the canopy open until fit and healthy, and discover the biggest tuners are the ones who turn it into rockets. I grabbed him and pulled him out.” We numbers in Alex Maclean’s life We visit the manufacturer and find out more hope that the rescue team will never 20 PORTRAIT Adilson Kindlemann about his future plans in this sport have to be deployed again in this sport gives an insight into his childhood and 40 TRAVEL Read our pleasure guide and that this is its one and only accident. tells us how he made his dream come to sights to see and experiences to enjoy true. It certainly wasn’t an easy path 44 PROfILEs Close-ups of all 15 race And now, let us welcome you again. 24 INTERVIEW Does Peter Besenyei pilots and the aircraft flown The following pages are packed with still push to the limit or has he taken a step 46 ThE RULEs More about the rules action, interviews and behind-the-scenes back? Plus find out what he thinks needs to and an explanation of the format information, which we hope you enjoy be done in order for him to stay successful 48 cALENDAR All the 2010 race stops reading as much as we do writing. 28 Off-TRAck Relaxation isn’t the first 50 LOcATION All you need to know thing on race teams’ minds, but all work and about the locality and racetrack Smoke On. imprint THE RED BULLETIN GMBH, Heinrich-Collin-Straße 1, 1140 Vienna, Austria e-mail: redbullairracemagazine@at.redbulletin.com Managing Directors Karl Abentheuer, Alexander Koppel Project Director Boro Petric Editor in Chief Nadja Žele Editor Matt Youson Chief Sub-editor Nancy James Art Directors Erik Turek, Markus Kietreiber Designer Dominik Uhl Photo Editor/Photographer Markus Kucera Illustrator Dietmar Kainrath, Seso Media Group Producers Michael Bergmeister, Wolfgang Stecher Lithography Josef Mühlbacher, Clemens Ragotzky Printed by Offset 5020, Bayernstraße 27, A-5072 Siezenheim www.redbulletin.com 2 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 3
    • Gallery “The volume was almost switched off and with the engine at idle I could just about hear the race director, but at full rpm I could hardly hear anything. While I was in the holding area I tried to find a solution but I couldn’t. I went to the track unprepared and unfocused, the flight was bad. This influenced my flight.” Sergey rakhmanin had iSSueS with the radio juSt before hiS flight in the wild card SeSSion Photography: Vladimir Rys/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race red bull air race magazine 5
    • “I made mistakes and had two pylon hits. I had enough time to aim between the gates, but the wind pushed me out of my line in the track and I didn’t make the correction. I don’t know why I did that, but it’s definitely all experience. But I’m not worried about being at the bottom Photography: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race of the table as it’s only my second race.” Martin Šonka on the race in Perth red bull air race magazine 7
    • “Given that I thought I might have hit two pylons in the Top 12 – it must have been turbulence – I didn’t think I’d progress through to the next round, but I ended up in the Final so that’s pretty good. Coming fourth is not great, but what I did was backed off to avoid the penalty and that’s what effectively cost me the race.” Nigel lamb oN his fourth-place fiNish iN perth Photography: Paul Kane/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race 8 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 9
    • rookies “I really am looking forward to getting our new motor. But we wouldn’t have made it anyway. The 2-second penalty was my fault and I can’t blame it on the plane. I guess the vertical turns were the secret here, and I was still a little too high and that probably hurt my time.” kirby chambliss on his eighth-place finish Photography: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race 10 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 11
    • BULLEVARD WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS REVIEW PERTH Pos Pilot Nationality Plane Points 1 Paul Bonhomme GBR Edge 540 22 2 Nigel Lamb GBR MXS�R 18 3 Hannes Arch AUT Edge 540 14 4 Matt Hall AUS MXS�R 14 5 Pete McLeod CAN Edge 540 14 6 Peter Besenyei HUN MXS�R 11 7 Kirby Chambliss USA Edge 540 10 The week hadn’t started well, with the it was anything other than an anticlimax. his lead in the Championship. Splitting 8 Matthias Dolderer GER Edge 540 10 Race Airport temporarily abandoned Hannes Arch, the 2008 World Champion, Arch and Bonhomme was Australia’s own The Perth podium: Matt Hall 9 Michael Goulian USA Edge 540 9 because of inclement weather, the course won his first race in a year having flown a Matt Hall, recording his highest finish and in second, Hannes Arch in first 10 Nicolas Ivanoff FRA Edge 540 9 proving almost impossibly difficult and typically gutsy, stunning final round that formally dispelling any remaining doubt and Paul Bonhomme in third. 11 Yoshihide Muroya JPN Edge 540 5 one pilot crashing for the first time in the put everything on the line. Meanwhile, as to his championship credentials. 12 Alejandro Maclean ESP MXS�R 0 history of the Red Bull Air Race – although reigning World Champion Paul Bonhomme Perhaps best of all was the fact that finished third, ending his string of each of the Final 4 flew clean and, as 13 Sergey Rakhmanin RUS MXS�R 0 he had a lucky escape. But for the weekend the sun shone. It dried out the wet grass consecutive victories at three and halting a race director Drew Searle dragged out the 14 Martin Šonka CZE Edge 540 0 of the runway at the Race Airport, there remarkable run of consistency that has tension, each must have thought he was 15 Adilson Kindlemann BRA MXS�R 0 were huge crowds of spectators and seen him finish first or second in every in with a genuine chance of being named against the blue, blue sky over the Swan round since Perth 2008. No doubt the victor. As the gap between them River, we had a real contest on our hands. Bonhomme landed down-hearted, though was tiny, the championship moves on After the chaos of Abu Dhabi, Race Day in with an eye on the bigger picture, he to Rio de Janeiro with that which every Perth seemed exceptionally normal, though actually managed to increase racing series craves: unpredictability. Photography: Balazs Gardi, Paul Kane/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race, Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race PREVIEW RIO So here we are, back in Rio for our first visit since 2007. Back then, in front of the biggest Nigel Lamb is consistently racking up the finals and is due something better. Meanwhile, two of sporting crowd in Brazilian history, the track last season’s rookies, Matt Hall and Pete McLeod, proved to be a happy hunting ground for Paul have dragged themselves into contention by virtue Bonhomme, who managed to beat Alejandro of their performances in the first two rounds of Maclean in the head-to-head final. Paul has gone 2010. McLeod is sure to take the step up into on to bag 10 more victories since then and is the the Final 4, while Hall won’t be satisfied with reigning World Champion; Alex is still searching his second place in Australia for very long. But for that elusive first win – but who knows, maybe changes are afoot further down the order with Rio will work its magic? There’s plenty of other rumours of game-changing new engines and contenders: the combination of Hannes Arch aerodynamic modifications refusing to go and the Edge 540 V3 looks incredibly quick; away. The only thing to do is watch the skies! 12 RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE 13
    • BULLEVARD logbook Pitlane news Planes under water, power plants that accelerate to podium finishes and tough stewarding that won’t accept any compromise. 1 Down unDer. Serendipity struck Sergey’s had a revolutionary crankshaft that 1 the Perth race with the pilots undergoing an made anyone in an adjoining hangar think underwater survival course just two days before NASCAR had come to town. There will be more Adilson Kindlemann’s crash. Jandakot Airport, changes for Rio. The US teams are planning where the teams were based for much of the on changing their power plants. week, is home to ERGT Australia, a commercial safety training organisation specialising in 3 rules. There was a decrease in the preparing for that eventuality. The pilots got to number of penalties awarded in Perth, in practise their underwater egress techniques in the comparison with Abu Dhabi. It could have been pool using a bespoke submersible rig, as well as the more benign conditions, or simply that the refamiliarising themselves with the compressed pilots have now got the message. The officials 2 air bottles each plane carries and studying have decided to take a much tougher line this procedures employed by the rescue divers. year with infringements. Race directors Jimmy DiMatteo and Drew Searle are keen to improve 2 engines, engines. Thanks to a rule the overall consistency of decision-making and change, each team is allowed to travel with a are sticking to the letter of the law. DiMatteo: “The spare power plant this season. Before the race in judging is not any different than last year. There’s Perth, Hall, Besenyei and Rakhmanin all switched a renewed focus to make sure it’s consistent, their engines. Peter raced with a model carrying briefed to the pilots and followed through.” It’s the fewer kilos, Matt with his ‘hot’ power plant, instead iron fist in the velvet glove – though a couple of of the ‘safe spare’ he used in Abu Dhabi. And pilots are still arguing it’s the other way around… 3 INSIGHT IN THE THE NEW TOUGH HIGH SPECS FOR AIR RACING TRACK Photography: Balazs Gardi (1), Getty Images (2), Markus Kucera (1); Illustration: Seso Media Group Steve Jones, former Red Bull Air Race pilot and now race expert and co-commentator, takes us through the race in Rio de Janeiro. Think yourself into the position of a race pilot, get ready and start flying the track. Untitled-4 1 4/19/10 8:02:34 PM It’s a fairly straight line from Air Gate 1 to penalty seconds added to your lap time, for start tensing your muscles again for the GRAVITY DEFIER the chicane, so that will allow you to set up Incorrect Knife. Not good. So, angle off a little approaching Vertical Turn, it’s going to be GW-3000BD early for a smooth line through it. The first to make some space. Pause in knife flight just high G! Twist a little during the pull-up to big decision comes with Gate 3. When can you long enough to clear the Gate and then nudge adjust your line to Gate 8. This will be the start the right turn? Too early and you won’t be the control stick left and back, to reverse the finish Gate next time around, but not yet. The able to get your race plane’s wings level before bank and start the hard, high-G, 270-degree chicane will be more gentle the second time, reaching Gate 4. Too late and your time will be left turn. Remember to tense your stomach because your airspeed is lower. Concentrate An aviator’s watch that defies the forces of gravity slow. Every 10th-of-a-second delay here will and leg muscles to counteract the G-force. on super-smooth handling, and flying as close take you 10m in the wrong direction. The other Rock your head back a little to get early sight to the pylons as possible – take a bit of risk! Resistant to centrifugal gravitational force* race pilots will think you’re just sightseeing! of the approaching red Gate 6. Not too tight On this lap, you will have a little less G and a • Radio controlled (EU, USA, Japan, China) • Solar powered • 1/100 sec. stopwatch Now be careful. Having cleared Gate 4, if you a turn here though, because there still needs little more time between Gates. Even your best • Auto hand home position correction • Hybrid mount construction • World time • Alarm head straight towards the red Gate 5 there to be enough room to swap into right knife race engine cannot stop the speed reducing, • Full auto-calendar • Shock resistant • Vibration resistant • Water resistant up to 20 bar will not be enough space to get the aircraft before reaching the Gate. Pause until clear because of aerodynamic drag, in all the big *The performance to withstand the outward force (centrifugal gravitational force) on Matthias Dolderer into right knife flight before your race plane of the Gate, then roll hard left to line up with 7. turns. But less speed will allow you to cut a an object created when it is rotated, a force which is proportional to the object’s mass. Red Bull Air Race Pilot enters the gate. That little error will get two There’s a little breathing space here, but few corners and save a few meters, so go for it! 14 RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE www.g-shock.eu
    • BULLEVARD Lucky numbers career count Numbers are often just numbers, but there are others that really amount to something. 7 Alex Maclean is 40, he first solo-ed at 17 (totally illegal!), he enjoys celebrating his August 6 birthdays and races with the number 36. Check out his life as a pro in figures... AILERONS They control the aircraft’s ability to rotate around its longitudinal axis; they govern the rate of roll – and for a race plane that makes them the control surface with arguably the biggest impact on performance. 200 (In 2002, at only 200m, Alex's plane came apart during an aerobatic manoeuvre he was practising. He had to bail out.) “The control system of the plane failed and the chance of surviving inside that plane was 0.1 per cent. Everything happened really fast, (He’s been seventh 12 times so far.) “I don’t bother about standings. Even when I’m competing I’m not too concerned what place I achieved. That just builds pressure. The best thing is just to try and do things right and be as fast as possible. Ultimately, I don’t really remember it anymore. I bailed out, the parachute I’m chasing time, but in reality I’m opened, I saw the ground and I survived. It happened very close to chasing the right path, the perfect the airfield back at home in Madrid. I just walked in the direction line through the track. And eventually that I thought the airfield was and heard people shouting, “Alex, that should lead you to a good result.” Alex!” When I came back home after the hospital, my kids were sleeping. I just sat in their room and watched them sleeping and 41 asked myself: ‘Is this worth it and is it fair to them?’ And looking (Total number of races flown.) “I at this innocence sleeping, I came to the conclusion that it was, still get nervous, my stomach gets because that was my life and my soul and that was what I needed. 2 messed up before every race. When So the next day I went back to the airfield and flew.” you’re in holding position and waiting for your 30-second call and you know that you have to tune up (Second place, first podium the engine, set up the fuel mixture, finish in Rio 2007.) “At that prepare the smoke system… Every time I couldn’t believe it. One time I get into the track it’s like of the main reasons for the first time. But in a sport like achieving the podium was this, it actually could be pretty 11 the race format back then. I dangerous to be too relaxed.” was flying consistently, which led me onto the podium, not the fast time. When all those people were (Pylon-hits in total on race weekends.) “Either you can see cheering me on, I was really it coming and you can’t avoid it or, you can avoid it, but happy, amazed.” it’s more dangerous than just hitting it. And at times you just scratch it, don’t feel anything and don’t even realise it. “The aim is to optimise your ailerons which makes the surface more effective.” The devices are also weight-balanced Manoeuvring the plane between the pylons is like parking to have the most roll-rate for the least Aileron design is an area where the Edge to reduce ‘flutter’, ie unwanted vibrations a car on a parking lot during an earthquake and at high deflection,” explains Team Abu Dhabi 540 and MXS-R demonstrate different that can occur at high-speed. speed. Everything is shaking. You have to fly a precise technician Vito Wyprächtiger. “The bigger design philosophies. Whereas the MX has a While it’s possible to adjust ailerons for flight line and cope with tail wind, side wind, turbulence." the deflection, the greater the drag and full-span aileron, on the Edge they terminate particular conditions, it’s very rare for 180 Photography: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images the slower the lap. What you want is a before the wing joins with the fuselage. a racing team to do so. “Every pilot likes small deflection that doesn’t interfere “Providing it doesn’t restrict your roll-rate, a different feeling, ranging from rock with a fast roll-rate.” I think that’s probably an advantage for the solid to soft, and generally we just find In a simple trade-off, a faster rate of roll Edge, because you have less of a changeable a set-up at the beginning of the year and (Alex’s height.) “There is an optimal height for a pilot, requires a greater deflection of airflow, surface under G-loads,” says Vito. then leave it,” says Vito. “Changing the because of the size of the cockpit and the design of the but the Red Bull Air Race mechanics are The ailerons are assisted by ‘spades’ – the set-up has an enormous effect on the planes, so the rules regulate the global size of the experienced at minimising drag. “There flat metal plates attached by lever-arms to handling of the plane, and just like a wingspan, which relates to the size of the plane. A good are a few tricks,” says Vito, “such as closing their undersides, which reduce the force a racecar driver, a pilot wants to have his height would be between 175 and 182cm. I’m pretty much up the gaps where the aileron is hinged, pilot needs to apply to effect a manoeuvre. plane behave the same at every race.” there. I’m 180, but I’m very short-legged and have a long upper body. This doesn’t make it very comfortable.” 16 RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE red bull air race magazine 17
    • BULLEVARD ME AND MY BODY YOSHI MUROYA Flying with absolute precision under incredible pressure, coping with high G-forces, reacting in a fraction of a second – it’s almost impossible for the human body. How does the Japanese pilot cope? With a head for heights and a calm mental attitude… NUTRITION is really “The catering here offers quite healthy food, which comfortable for me. I’m eating everything and still I always IN SHAPE lose about 2kg during race week. I don’t know if it’s because “I like to keep in shape with running, and I like of the food or the flying. But normally I don’t lose weight easily. cycling and swimming and working out at the What I avoid are sweets. White sugar is not good, because it gym. Three days, I stop exercising before pushes your blood sugar up and down, and fortunately I don’t the race, to relax my muscles. That’s how you . For us gain maximum power. It’s only after the race, like it in general. In Japan, nobody eats a lot of sweets it’s weird to eat sweets after the main course.” when I get back home, that I do muscle training with heavy weights. But not too much, otherwise my muscles will grow too much.” MEDITATION “Zazen, that’s what I’m practising daily, usually in the evening, before going to bed. I’m used to it, so I can do it anytime, even after lunch. I sit down on the INJURIES floor and meditate for about 10 to 15 minutes. And “I’ve never broken anything, but I have I only need about 10 seconds to get into meditation two scars somewhere on my head. mode. On Race Day, when I’m trying to calm down, And that is because of flying. When I after about 10 minutes of Zazen I’m relaxed.” was a kid I was trying to fly. I climbed up on a tree, spread my arms, jumped and, well, it didn’t work out. I fell on my COMFORT ZONE head. My hand simply wasn’t a wing.” thoughts and questions Photography: Hamish Blair/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race, Vladimir Rys/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race; Illustration: Dietmar Kainrath What I’d ask... “When it comes down to race locations, I feel most comfortable in Australia, because it’s the same time zone. At all other races I suffer for about three days when I’m adapting. I have never PAIN been to Brazil. For me it’s the other side of the “My muscles are stiff from time to time, especially world. My flight from Japan to Rio is 12, five and around the neck during race season. I’m trying to Normally it’s the pilots who answer questions. Here, we turn the tables. So what 12 hours long. I’m travelling from Japan to the get massages, but as we are travelling around does Michael Goulian want to ask and who would he like to get an answer from? US and then from there to Brazil. If we went so much, it is hard to get a good masseur. So straight, it would be a 24-hour flight. I’m not I exercise before I go to bed and I stretch a lot.” ... a pilot. What’s your viewpoint … the brazilian national looking forward to the travelling, but I’m looking of the Red Bull Air Race? Should it football team. Do you feel forward to the race and Brazil in general.” be as much of a technology race pressure from your country to win as it is a pilot race? or do you play for yourself? FAMILY ... my biggest fan. What is it … a hermit. Do you live this life “My kids keep me busy. I don’t get a lot of that makes you a fan of Michael because it’s more peaceful than HEALTH sleep when I’m at home. During the day I work at Goulian? Is it my values, is it the dealing with society? “Normally I don’t drink alcohol. Maybe once the airport and I try to get back home early, at way I fly, is it because I am trying … my wife. Do you feel that a week, after I’ve worked very hard, I have one beer – around six o’clock to spend time with the kids. At to win? And, what do you think I’m caring enough and that maximum. Alcohol makes you lose yourself and then 10 o’clock, after they fall asleep, I go to the gym, of me as a person? I pay enough attention to you? you can drink forever if you start drinking. So, the next work out for an hour, then I do office work and … paul bonhomme. What is … the race director. When day you are just completely destroyed. The brain about five o’clock in the morning the kids wake up your secret for consistency? you see a certain pilot or pilots works slowly and the more often you drink alcohol, and want to play. That’s my normal life at home.” …. my father. I’d ask him if he coming through the start gate, the weaker your brain gets. I try not to drink at all.” was afraid when he was dying. do you worry and say: “God, just He was sick with cancer. get it over with and hope he … a homeless person. Are now more for the experience of it? they ended up where they are? doesn’t do anything stupid?” OUTDOORS you motivated to make a better life … steve Jobbs, apple. How did … my neighbours. Do you … michael Jackson. Watching “In winter I go snowboarding, but in summertime I’m FASHION for yourself or are you comfortable you create a culture of innovation, look at me as somebody you can the movie This Is It, I realised that too busy flying. There are a lot of mountains around my “I really don’t care about fashion. It just with where you are in life? perfection and ingenuity within turn to in a time of crisis? you were in an entertainment home city, Fukushima. I started snowboarding at the has to be comfortable, look good and … michael schumacher. a huge group of people? … a catwalk model. When league above anybody else. How age of 20, and back in the day I was really good at it.” the girls should like it. That’s it.” Having been the man to beat for … god. Is everybody good in you are walking down the catwalk, was it that you made life so so long and now coming back – do their soul? Are murderers and do you feel that you are in control difficult to the point where you you have the same burning desire rapists really good and it’s just of the audience or is the audience unknowingly killed yourself, to win at all costs or is the racing a matter of circumstances that controlling you? because of all your worries? 18 RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE red bull air race magazine 19
    • portrait Lucky Man Adilson Kindlemann has a second life, and a second birthday to celebrate. It’s April 15, a Thursday, 11:50am when he crashed into Perth’s Swan River. His reactions made the crash survivable, but surely luck or destiny must have played their part too; otherwise Adi’s “I feel fine” quote would not have echoed around the world. Words: Nadja Žele “ I feel fine, I’ve had X-rays and medicals, and Sudden rain showers, changing wind, towards me like fish. It was unbelievably fortunately I’m 100 per cent. The people cloud and then dazzling sunshine. The quick. They did a fantastic job.” who rescued me from the water were Brazilian pilot passes the Start-Finish gate Adilson Kindlemann escaped with unbelievable. And the underwater survival for his first training session in the tight, nothing more than minor whiplash training that we had here on the Monday highly technical track. Kindlemann is injuries. That’s all. He was lucky – before really prepared me for this,” says snaking his MXS-R through a very tough a commodity most racing pilots need Adilson Kindlemann only nine hours after chicane, he is approaching Gate 3 and from time to time – but then luck has what must presumably be THE most experiences an aerodynamic stall. His always been a part of Adi’s life. Luck, horrifying moment of his flying career. aircraft loses lift, like an F1 car that is or possibly destiny. It’s April. Kindlemann arrives in Perth, losing grip and beginning to slide. It’s “I grew up in the country; in Registro, the Western Australian capital. He has nothing unusual, it’s correctable, but the a very small city, located in a poor part of precisely one race’s worth of experience MXS-R is low to the ground and committed the state of São Paulo,” says the 37-year- under his belt. Abu Dhabi – his racing to a merciless turn. “Everything happened old pilot, speaking of the Kindlemanns’ debut – didn’t go quite the way he thought so fast!” says Kindlemann. “I managed to wooden house in which the family of it would. The race weekend was mired in keep the plane in a good position. I tried seven lived, surrounded by banana and swirling desert sand, constantly changing to fly up, but the tail touched the water tea plantations. His father was a truck winds and a merciless sun that heated the and then the plane flipped over.” driver, his mother a housewife – not ground like a Swedish sauna. Intolerably It’s 11:50am. Time stands still. exactly the classic aviator’s background, cruel flying conditions for anyone, but ‘Kindlemann has crashed’ echoes over with an airline captain for a father and especially the greenest of rookies. But the two-way radios of the teams. Shock. flight attendant mother or, even better, in the Brazilian race pilot managed to fly Deafening silence. Pessimism spreads a family who own a flying school. “I really Photography: Markus Kucera/Red Bulletin safely, nominally better than those who out in waves – how could anyone survive don’t know where my passion for flying were disqualified for dangerous behaviour. a high-speed impact? “I was upside down. came from, sometimes I believe it’s maybe He learned and improved with each run The water was coming in. It was dark. from a previous life. Planes were always he made it through the track and headed I said to myself ‘Adi, stay calm.’ My eyes just so familiar to me. As a child I built to his next race stop with a plan: watch, were closed. I was feeling around in the them out of wood and I made ‘fight kites’. learn, improve and avoid penalties. cockpit, reaching for the lever to open the You kite-duelled and basically tried to cut Thursday, April 15, 11:49am. canopy. I used the air bottle and started the other guy’s kite using a string studded Unpredictable weather conditions in the to escape, opening the canopy about with shards of glass. These kites were usually innocent Western Australian skies. 20cm. Then the divers were coming designed for high manoeuvrability, really red bull air race magazine 21
    • portrait agile. And maybe that’s where my interest in aerobatics came from.” Adilson Kindlemann was 14 years old when he first took off in a real aircraft. “My uncle took my cousins and me to a flying club in São Paulo and I got a surprise gift. This flight, the moment when we took off, was the moment that made me utterly convinced in my dream of becoming a pilot. Flying was definitely it.” A long phase of strategic planning, stamina and very hard work followed. “After my first time experiencing the sensation of flying, I built a helicopter for a science fair at my college and I sent a letter to the owner of a factory for gyroplanes. He answered and invited me to meet him in Registro. He had a runway there and was planning to establish a flying school. Not very much later I was there, working at his airfield, refilling and cleaning the planes. At the end of the day, I’d get my flight. I was 15 years old. Of course I never flew alone, because I was too young, but then one day an old man who owned a plane told me to simply take his and fly. My first solo-flight! I was probably 17 years old, maybe. Shhh, that’s Adi and his saviours on the day after (top); a secret,” says Adi with twinkle in his eye. Kindlemann was pulled out of the cockpit He needed luck – or fate – to make his underwater in less than 60 seconds (above left); Coach, mentor and friend Klaus Schrodt (left); dreams come true. Becoming a pilot was Abu Dhabi 2010 – the rookie’s first-ever race. not what his family wanted for him. “My mother didn’t agree, because she thought it was too dangerous, and my father just in Burgos, Spain.” Schrodt, Germany’s it would be easy to see who is the best. couldn’t see any possibility to finance it; renowned World Aerobatics Champion I told Klaus that I wanted to make it into we didn’t have that sort of money.” Still, and a future Red Bull Air Race pilot, air racing. He smiled and said: ‘Are you Photography: Mike Hewitt, Vladimir Rys, Cameron Spencer/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race, Markus Kucera/Red Bulletin Kindlemann continued his weekend became Adilson’s mentor. really sure about that?’” Adilson was, pilgrimages to the airfield. “My initial “Klaus came to Brazil from time and as so many times in his life before he plan was to enter the Air Force, because to time and started to coach me. We worked hard for it. He trained like crazy that would have mean money and flying. were analysing every single detail of the to get into the Qualification Camp, proved I studied for the tests in two different aerobatic manoeuvres I flew and he taught his potential, made it into the racing schools, in the mornings in Curitiba, me his flying style in the two-seat Extra. world, quit the job at the airline and there where we moved to when I was 19, and Klaus had a different style than my he was the rookie from Brazil joining the at night in another school in Registro.” previous coaches. His was a mixture elite group, aviation’s best of the best. The Air Force was not the right path in of Russian and French styles.” “Maybe I am a really lucky guy? I did the end, but Edmundo Bertelli, an aerobatics Adilson Kindlemann was challenged meet the right people at the right time. enthusiast, was. “I met him at the airfield again, he was learning, improving. He Sure there were disappointments, I made and he saw my talent. He taught me thrilled air shows with his performances mistakes in my life, but I never gave up everything about planes, the history, and, at the 2007 Red Bull Air Race and I never looked back. OK, sometimes everything. And from then on everything weekend in Rio de Janeiro, had a crowd you have to take a look, and a small step else just evolved.” Kindlemann got a job of over a million spectators roaring their backwards because this isn’t easy. But at the airfield in Curitiba, started to fly approval with his display. “I flew a display I am just very determined.” aerobatics, flew commercial planes for with my Sukhoi. It was just amazing! So Racing, he says, stirs the soul; seeing GOL and TAM (from 1995 to 2009) and many people, my country.” the planes power through the turns became Brazilian champion in aerobatics In fiction that would be the point and whip through the gates makes the (unlimited category) in 2001, 2002 and where Adilson decided to become a race heart beat faster. “If you really want 2003. But success brings its own problems pilot, in reality that particular conversion to become a racing pilot, you have to and for Adi something was missing… had happened much earlier. “When I feel it deep inside. You have to be sure “If you are always number one, there is found out about the Red Bull Air Race in about what you really want to do; that no challenge anymore. I needed to be able 2001 I thought: ‘Yes, this is the solution it is what you love. Then you need to to compare myself to others if I was going for everything.’ It wasn’t aerobatics, which put your heart in it. Maybe you’ll never to improve. In 2001 I met Klaus Schrodt is really complicated for the spectators to reach your goal, but at least you tried at the World Aerobatics Championships follow. Here a sport was about to be born; and lived with passion.” 22 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 23
    • interview This pilot has seen it all, gone through good times and bad times and he still isn’t fed up Photography: Hamish Blair/Getty Images for Red Bull for Red Bull Air Race with his job. Maybe he’s simply passionate. But is Peter Besenyei ever pessimistic and po-faced? Sometimes, but it’s on rare occasions. Revitalised, yet? Words: Nadja Žele 24 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 25
    • interview “If a pilot flies close to a pylon, wind now. A pilot who pushes the limit, doesn’t feel it and always goes beyond the limit is not alive for very long. I’m not worried pushes him, the wing stalls, he hits the about my skill. I won’t make a mistake and crash into the water. This is something eter Besenyei is an icon. The pylon, makes a wrong decision – that’s I just cannot imagine. Engine failure, yes, that’s something I can imagine. Hungarian pilot is Mr Red Bull How fast can that happen? Air Race. His ears were the first to hear about the idea for this sport, back in 2001. one second. If it’s engine failure, we In a second. That’s why it’s so important to put safety in first place! If a pilot flies His mind and flying made it reality and suddenly he was living the challenge. Peter have 10 soconds to get on the ground.” close to a pylon, wind pushes him, the wing stalls, he hits the pylon and makes a wrong was in contention for the title in 2005 and decision – that’s one second. If it’s a pilot 2006, and both years he finished as runner- mistake. If it’s engine failure, we have 10 up. Then in 2007 he slipped into third in technology and professionalism. Is safe and learning. Don’t fly for the time, seconds to get the plane on the ground. position. In 2008, he only managed fifth the platform, the organisation lagging fly clean, without penalties, then accelerate What if that leads to death, is that the overall and the streak of bad luck continued behind now? Should further steps be together with the experience. end of the sport? to last season where he ended up in eighth made in order to keep up? But this rather sounds like gaining If only the pilot died, I’m quite sure that spot. What was going on? Was it the fact Several things are under discussion with experience with each time in the track... this wouldn’t mean the end of this sport. that he swapped planes like crazy, from the organisation, the management, and They must be experienced as a pilot, as an It’s part of the game. It shouldn’t be of Edge to Extra from Extra to MXS-R? Was it also with the pilots. I don’t want to say aerobatic or air show pilot. Of course the course, and we are not waiting for that. a weak engine, insufficiently experienced anything regarding that, because nothing Red Bull Air Race experience is different, But that’s a technical sport. And even technical backing? Time to ask. is decided yet. There are some points that but it’s based on previous flying experiences. bicycle competitions can have fatal should be changed and maybe will change. How much track time do the rookies get accidents. So, we are just hoping, that we Do you have your spark back yet? Is the creation of a permanent test before the first race and is that enough? can delay this moment as much as possible. Well, I haven’t come to my turning point racetrack included in this discussions? Before the first race of the season there is And that’s why the selection of the pilots yet. That will come with my new plane, Well, that would be great. To test the an additional training camp for all pilots is so important, and the rules and that the Corvus, in Windsor. In the first years of planes and get some training, but especially and during race week we have four the race director pushes the button at this sport we didn’t have so many different for the development. training sessions. the right moment. Because if he doesn’t, engines. That’s when I did well, even with Is that under discussion at this stage? Which probably isn’t enough for everybody goes for more and more. a heavy plane. But when the technology No, not now. somebody who is new to the sport? Some pilots are not amused about the started to improve, I was always behind. Comparing today’s planes with the ones Nobody is new, everybody already flew in strict judging. What do you say? Hannes Arch’s team is setting a tough that you flew in 2005, even in 2007. Is the training camp in Abu Dhabi. The first Before the season started, all pilots agreed pace in terms of development. Are this huge developmental leap forward race always has extended training. that the race director should press the you able to keep up? a good thing in aviation? For air racing veterans like you, don’t button before the accident and not after, I wasn’t, my team wasn’t and my technician On one hand yes. We are shaking still you already know how to fly in the when it’s too late. When the race stewards wasn’t. I should have changed that years water, moving something in aviation. On track under pressure. Isn’t it extremely see an uncontrolled flight, when the ago. My new technician is Jim Reed. He’s the other hand, if it happens too fast and difficult for new pilots to get everything reaction of the other pilots watching is: really good, motivated and he never says if there’s too much focus on performance, into their system? Also, the planes are “Aouuh!” then it’s time to push the button. that something is impossible. it can get dangerous. Developments are real rockets nowadays, you could slowly How would you like to see the sport What does Arch have that you don’t? good and welcome, but at the same time adapt to the faster planes… in 10 years from now? Technical backing, information and it is important to keep safety up. We have Of course it’s more difficult. But that’s why The biggest step would be to eliminate a strong engine. Now I finally know what different factors that keep the safety levels for them it cannot be the target to win the things like high and low in the gate, not to do. And if I’d order an engine today, I’d up. It starts with the selection of the pilots, race and push beyond the limits and take knife edge, turning in the gate or even get it a different way, but it’s too late. the technical rules and regulations – Part E the risk. Just fly lazy, comfortable. dangerous flying. If it could really be Was there a point in your career so far, – and the track design to mention a few. Is it possible to fly lazy through high- an objective race that would be the best where you wanted to retire? The rookies who join the championship speed tracks? They are extremely and I think it’s possible. No, never. If this point comes, I will turn don’t have much time in a track before challenging, especially this year. No penalties anymore, no judging? my back to it immediately and go home. they get into an actual race. Is that Well, if I say lazy, I don’t mean cruising There can be penalties, but maybe they I always try to find solutions and I knew, something that needs to be worked on? around. But, you don’t need to fly too close should be judged by laser or another for years, that my weakest point is the No, everyone of us started out like that, to the gate, you can extend the turn a little thing that works precisely and then it’s technical background. My sponsor can’t so that’s why it is important to be careful bit, give it more room, more time to turn. no question. But actually the judging help me with that, he’s not a manufacturer. regarding the selection of the pilots. The It’s impossible to fly around slowly. system has improved a lot. If I look back... Photography: Markus Kucera/Red Bulletin I have to solve this problem, but I’m only pilots who are flying here should not gain Let’s face it, you are all putting your lives For years the stewards didn’t even notice a pilot, I have no idea about engines. experience, we need already experienced at risk. This is an incomparably safe, but that a pilot flew knife edge in a gate It’s a team effort here. You need a good pilots. Because even in the training, in the still an extreme sport. Do you still push instead of level. He even won the race! technician, good technical backing and Besenyei’s expectations for Rio: “I’d first flight, one can die if there is a lack of the limit nowadays, or have you taken a If a genie turned up right now and a good pilot to make a good result. wish to race with a good plane. I love Rio experience. So, we select the best of the step back? gave you three wishes. What would Are you satisfied about development and the people here! But with this plane best, and then of course everybody has to I push the limit, but hopefully I know where you want to come true? now it’s just impossible. Of course, one of the Red Bull Air Race in general? start and fly the track. A rookie shouldn’t my limit is. All my aviation life was exactly A strong engine and a light plane. should never say impossible, miracles Yes, definitely. It’s amazing. can happen. I’ll try to fly to the limit of have the goal to win at the first couple of about that. And if I wouldn’t have known And the third wish? The teams are setting high standards the plane and do my best.” races. At the beginning it’s all about flying my limit, I wouldn’t be talking with you I’m not telling you! (laughs) That’s a secret. 26 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 27
    • off-track off track, on course Team Bonhomme are in the bar for an interview and photoshoot. It wasn’t their idea, but sometimes the cause demands sacrifices. Words: MATT YoUsoN “It’s important to… decompress,” says Red Bull Air Race World Champion Paul theory; the incongruity of having a dictaphone whirring away on the Bonhomme, as team co-ordinator Nigel table between them rather negates the Warren silently hands him, and technician idea of time off, but Team Bonhomme Wade Hammond, frosty glasses. “We run are nothing if not accommodating; and around an awful lot, and unless you faced with the choice of a group interview specifically make time for yourself, you at the hangar, or a group interview in Photography: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race can get stuck in the cycle of waking up, the pub; the pub wins hands down. “It “we run around running around all day, going to bed, certainly has advantages,” says Warren, waking up and doing it all again. Do that bag of crisps in hand. for 10 days and it can get tiring – that’s Bonhomme, Hammond and Warren an awful lot, why you need to do things like this.” Paul gestures around the bar; ‘this’ refers to The Grosvenor Tavern – slightly are often held up as the defining example of how a close-knit team functions better; how the whole can become greater than it’s important to too well-heeled to be the working man’s boozer of Australian folklore, but it’s a the sum of the parts. Given the praise heaped upon their apparent cohesiveness, decompress…” decent enough watering hole close to the it seems strange that in between races, Race Airport that is the race’s home in and for most of the off-season, they Perth this week. It’s R –4, or Wednesday scatter to the four winds, rather than Paul Bonhomme in the common parlance; nominally at retiring en-masse to scheme, experiment least the day’s work in finished and Team and train on a Red Bull Air Race version of Bonhomme has drifted into the bar to Tracy Island. Paul (volcanoes permitting) unwind just a little. Or rather that’s the lives in southern England, Nigel in the 28 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 29
    • off-track American Midwest and Wade… “Wade lives in Red Bull Land,” says Warren. “The plane doesn’t have a home: it travels between races and it spends the winter in whichever location suits us best – Wade basically goes wherever it does.” This is what the rest of the team likes to call ‘Wade’s World’. The reason, of course, is time pressure. Of all the race teams at the airport, Bonhomme’s are the most openly enthusiastic for a future in which the Red Bull Air Race becomes a Formula One-style technological arms race. And with limited windows in which to develop, fabricate and test new components, every day away from the aircraft is an opportunity missed. So while the rest of the Western world was tucking into Christmas dinner, Wade was putting in another long day in an Arizona hangar, AVIATION “Yeah, Christmas was special,” says the technician mournfully. “I celebrated with a couple of cheeseburgers and a Big Mac.” “That’s true dedication,” says Warren. He’s joking, but at the same time he isn’t. Bonhomme taps the table in appreciation. Team Bonhomme meet Thomas Patrick O’Donohue, Wade is, however, planning a break landlord and resident raconteur of The Grosvenor Tavern PASSION at the end of this year, but nothing as mundane as a beach resort. He’s driving home (he does have one) from the final Bonhomme still gets to White Waltham, A shared affinity for all things aeronautic race in Lisbon to South Africa. “The plan though claims it’s often at the insistence is a common bond among most of the is to drive down to Dakar, turn left, get of his wife. To better juggle racing and race crews, but the realities of working to Nigeria, turn right and then just keep family life, he’s stopped flying 747s for for a team don’t necessarily accommodate going until I arrive.” The Paris-Dakar the moment. It means that when he’s the romance of flight. “I took the job with rally used to go down the first part of not racing, he’s underfoot at home in an eye of getting more flying done, but that route, before relocating to South Cambridge, “and when I’ve been at home the reality for Wade and myself is that America for safety reasons. “We’ll be for three weeks or so, she’ll suggest I go in the last couple of years, with all the taking résumés in case we never see him off and do a ‘Hong Kong’ or a ‘Cape Town’. charging around, we’ve had fewer At Cirrus Aircraft we are inspired by, and committed to, those who share our passion for flight. We again,” jokes Warren, “…and obviously These days that just means disappearing opportunities to fly than ever,” says understand their dedication to innovation and their demand for the very latest state-of-the-art technology – we’ll auction his kit as soon as he sets off.” for a bit, down to White Waltham for a Nigel. “It’s worth it, to be part of this, While the team is spread today, before few beers with the boys.” but it isn’t necessarily what I expected.” after all, these are the attributes that have made Cirrus the world’s best-selling aircraft in its class. the diaspora, their backstories converge Bonhomme gets teased when he They drink up and head off. The at White Waltham airfield, home of the mentions beer. Mindful of the cameras, day job is done, but there’s still work Because of our shared passion, we are excited to partner in the West London Aero Club. “All three of us and possibly an overarching desire to to do. Paul heads off to a meeting; Nigel come from there in one way or another,” provide good value for the sponsors, he’s to commune with social networking global aviation phenomenon that is the Red Bull Air Race. Photography: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race says Warren, “and you really can’t beat ordered himself a glass of something cyberspace, writing updates and it; wherever you go in the world there’s colourless. It could conceivably be promoting Paul’s oddly satisfying www. somebody who’s from there, or been there Stolichnaya Vodka and tonic; it could be teambonhomme.com blogs. And Wade and added to Wade’s book of contacts, it’s soda water. He adopts an air of battered heads back to the hangar because… a valuable part of our wider network.” dignity in the face of his team-mates well, that’s just what Wade does. “It’s a great place to learn – whether playful derision – but he also holds onto The team do a good line in relaxing, PHOTO TAKEN BY RICARDO BECCARI. it’s flying or ops or engineering,” adds his beer, out of shot under the table. without necessarily being relaxed. Bonhomme. “It oozes common sense The pilot’s responsible public persona Paul admits that the monkey is off his and it’s always been like that. There’s aside, the thing they talk about most is, back, having finally won the World no bullshit; and if you do get caught predictably, flying. They’re interested in Championship, but the collective ethos bullshitting, pretty quickly someone will Arch’s V3 (not yet convinced it’s the right seems to be that one challenge has simply tell you to wind your neck in. It teaches way to go) and Besenyei’s Corvus but also been exchanged for another. The task, you to do things the right way – and we events and machines far removed from explains Nigel, is obvious: “No one’s won all come from that background.” the insular world of the Red Bull Air Race. back-to-back championships in the Red “I just though it was a fun place If it has wings, chances are it will crop Bull Air Race yet; so we’re setting out Join us at CIRRUSAIRCRAFT.COM/AIRRACE or call 800.790.2914 +1 218.529.7292 to be,” offers Wade. up in the conversation at some point. to be the first to do the double.” © 2010 CIRRUS DESIGN CORPORATION. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. CIRRUS AIRCRAFT IS A SPONSOR AND SUPPORTER OF SAFE, RESPONSIBLE FLYING. CIRRUS AIRCRAFT DESIGNS, MANUFACTURES AND SELLS AIRCRAFT WITH SAFETY IN MIND. OUR AIRCRAFT ARE INTENDED STRICTLY FOR EVERYDAY FLYING BUT NEVER FOR ACROBATIC FLYING OR MANEUVERS. 30 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 31
    • technics To the layman, Pete’s 2010 Edge 540 (above) may look similar to its 2009 vintage (right) – but to the Air Race community it’s a whole new animal. P Photography: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race, David Chidley/AP Photo via RBAR ete McLeod is generally quite serious, the 2010 edition bears the same registration though at the moment he’s laughing. letters, and a similar livery, but under the Pete and ted’s Team McLeod technician Ted Reynolds paint it’s a different animal. Last year it was the plane is grinning too, but that’s what happens “In essence, and without listing every nobody wanted, but a when you ask a stupid question. Their venerable-but-antiquated Edge 540 single detail, what went on over the winter was a total rebuild of a race plane,” says winter makeover turned underwent a comprehensive winter Pete. “No detail was too small to pay excellence Pete McLeod’s Edge 540 makeover – was Pete able to physically feel a difference in the cockpit, or did he attention to. We had it in pieces; genuinely in pieces with everything disassembled into hot property. have to rely on the stopwatch to know down to the smallest components. After whether the modifications had worked tearing it down, we studied the details and Words: MATT YoUsoN or not? “Oh man, it was like going from then rebuilt it the way we wanted. Every a VW Beetle to a Ferrari.” single item was considered for weight. If Pete’s plane has previous. It’s won a we could save one one-hundredth of an adventure World Championship and is of an excellent ounce on a nut, we’d do it – and we looked vintage – but just as you wouldn’t race at the whole aircraft from that level.” Mika Häkkinen’s 1999 McLaren MP4-14 Rather than listing the changes that against a 2010 Red Bull RB06, so Pete’s have been made for 2010, it’s more 11-year-old Zivko Edge looks a little expedient to ask Team McLeod what, if outdated alongside the current crop of anything, they didn’t alter. It’s a question race planes – or at least it did in 2009; that gives Ted and Pete pause for thought. 32 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 33
    • technics Team McLeod’s winter work involved a complete strip- down and rebuild of their aircraft. Very few original parts remain. In 2007 Hannes Arch used the aircraft for his rookie season. He scored only three points, but Kirby Chambliss won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in 2006 using the plane learned a lot about the equipment he would need to win the World Championship in 2008. that Pete flies today – though the technical upgrades make it virtually unrecognisable. Photography: Alex Schelbert for Sports & News, Victor Veres for Sports & News, Team Mcleod (4) “I think the seat is the original one,” hasn’t gone on in other hangars, but argue initial expectations, the actual performance which was a real stock 2006 spec 10:1 repainting, they’re carbon-fibre experts and got rid of all the filler than makes ventures Ted. “…But we did modify it,” for teams longer established, the process differential they encountered in Abu Dhabi motor. Those were just the facts and it and were able to take care of the time- a plane look nice up close. This is racing, completes Pete. has been one of incremental development still came as a surprise to Pete. “We knew isn’t an excuse, because even if we had a consuming labour-intensive jobs, freeing and there aren’t many race vehicles that Eventually a list is coaxed out of them. rather than a one-shot makeover. Of course we weren’t going to have the wildest plane fast plane last year, we probably wouldn’t me up to look at the bigger picture. look pretty when you get up close because The plane retains its tubular steel frame, the aircraft isn’t new to the Red Bull Air on the track, because we didn’t have some have been able to capitalise on it – but I wouldn’t say it was easy – because it’s just dead weight. What we got in its flight controls and its wheels, beyond Race, having been flown by both Hannes of the aerodynamic pieces the other teams this season, with the experience we’ve there was a hell of a lot of work – but exchange isn’t a showpiece – but it’s fast that everything has been shaved, optimised Arch and Kirby Chambliss, but Arch, who had, like wheel pans and wing tips, but gained, it will make a difference.” they made it as easy as it could be.” and that looks really good to me.” and rebuilt with a minimalist aesthetic. flew it in his rookie 2007 season was at Abu Dhabi was a real eye-opener. It In practical terms, the growing pains Given that the plane has everything While Matt Hall was taking the “Essentially, if we were allowed to that time interested more in personal demonstrated just how far behind we of 2009 helped hone the team’s to-do list from new instruments to a reskinned belly, rookie plaudits last year, many of the change it, then we probably did,” says development than upgrading his equipment, were; how big a penalty the extra weight for its winter overhaul. The plane went it’s difficult for the team to point to the one experienced pilots talked in approving Ted. “I wouldn’t be surprised if I gathered whereas Chambliss won a world title with was and how strong some of the other back to London, Ontario, home of sponsors big change that makes the most difference. terms about Pete McLeod’s performances: more data on the mundane little stuff it the previous year, at a time when the guys’ engines were. It was a shock.” and technical partner XU Aviation. “Ted Obviously having a box-fresh Ly-Con race he didn’t make mistakes; he didn’t try to than anybody else here. We questioned nascent Championship was still heavily Pete pauses for a moment before pretty much lived there over the winter,” engine provides much-needed extra grunt, drag the plane into places it didn’t want the existence of every single component, canted in favour of pilot skill rather than continuing with a rueful expression. says Pete. “He would’ve set up a cot in but both pilot and mechanic opt for their to go; he had, they said, the right set of ‘What is this?’ ‘What is it for?’ ‘Do we the modern equation of talent plus “I guess for some people it got kind of old the hangar if he’d thought he’d get the new coat of paint as the thing that really mental tools to become a force in the World really need it?’ ‘Can we make it lighter?’ technology. “Back then you still had guys last season, hearing me talk about having opportunity to use it.” stands out. “We talk about repainting and Championship – given the right equipment. We really did weight the nuts, bolts and like Klaus [Schrodt] racing in an Extra that a heavy plane, or an underpowered plane. “XU were a massive help,” says Ted, who it sounds simple,” says Pete, “but we got Pete now has that, or something close to washers to find the ones with a 0.006oz was 20 seconds off the pace – since then It sounds like the easy way out – but didn’t have a cot but did have a key. “We a net reduction of 11-14kg by doing it.” it. It might not be quite a match for the weight advantage.” things have definitely changed,” says Pete. anyone who thought like that, hadn’t seen wouldn’t have been able to do everything “It’s not just paint, but what’s newest generation of Edge 540s and The Canadians acknowledge they Team McLeod went into 2009 assuming our plane on the scales, where it was 70lbs we wanted to do without their expertise underneath the paint,” adds Ted. “We MXS-Rs, but it may be close enough for haven’t necessarily done anything that they would struggle, but despite their low overweight; and didn’t look at our engine, and facilities. They have a proper shop for sanded the plane down to the carbon fibre the pilot to make the difference. 34 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 35
    • background AEIO Force Driving 540 The engine, heart of a race plane, is subject to constant improvement. Clearly development needs a certain will to take risks. So, how much does supplier Lycoming risk? Words: Nadja Žele W hat would happen if…? All discussions that take place at engine manufacturer Lycoming, even if they seem to be purely philosophical, generally focus on one Americans having handed over the design work of the engines to their own company, Unlimited Aero Engines. To think that only one company can FAA-certified engines could be used for the Red Bull Air Race. That would be the end of all high-speed aircraft. The engine would, however, be safer as issue: optimisation. The company can do outstanding tuning jobs and still meet under the terms of certification one only guarantee that their core product all safety requirements on an engine may only use certified components. But won’t malfunction if the engine has would be naïve. But it’s those others saying this, I don’t mean to imply that been souped up in the company’s own who, one dark day, might pose a threat to the experimental engines put to use in tuning department, Thunderbolt, and safety issues with their actions. But, this the Air Race aren’t safe. We do build nowhere else. And only under these is far too pessimistic an outlook on the safe engines, I just can’t speak for other circumstances can the durability of whole picture, since everything is subject tuners. Others may use parts that aren’t the materials be assured. The company to regulations. The very strict Part E of as durable. If only certified parts could does not vouch for the products of tuners the Red Bull Air Race’s body of rules be used for the engines and the teams who might implement high-risk ideas. determines what is technically admissible trusted in us as suppliers of excellent That would be impossible anyway, for and what is not, and all teams are engines and didn’t make any changes once the individual components have supervised by the technical director, themselves, the safety standards left the site of their creation, there is who very quickly dampens all too-daring would be much higher.” no way of keeping track of them. dreams. And one should always question Rick Karaschin, engineer and On the one hand, Lycoming is the anyone who gives cause for even if the manager of the Lycoming Advanced only engine manufacturer for the Red slightest doubt, especially because they Technology Centre, says: “By utilising Bull Air Race and delivers these engines, are, understandably, about to distribute certified engines one would have a set split into their component parts, to their products in the market. quantum. Yet the contest, the design handpicked workshops, so-called tuners, So, would only an engine certified possibilities and the development would who then install the race engines for by the Federal Aviation Administration be handicapped. All engines would be their customers. On the other hand, (FAA) serve as suitable solution for all alike. In the Air Race, the AEIO-540- Lycoming is also in fierce competition ‘what if’ situations? Would rule out D4D5 with a cold air intake system is with these tuners, since they themselves any future regrets? Wouldn’t it be great, put to use. The engine in its original form Photography: Balazs Gardi also tune their AEIO 540, in their own if everything could be handled in a has 260hp and is driven to 320-350hp – Advanced Technology Centre named conservative way, as in general aviation? depending on the dynamometers one The standard race engine Thunderbolt. However, this company Or alternatively, wouldn’t it be boring? uses and the results that derive from used for the Red Bull Air Race doesn’t provide the tuned engine, but According to Jeff Schans, manager these. Pushed to its ultimate limit it may is a Lycoming AEIO-540-D4D5. Tuned and pushed to its limit, does provide its expertise to the racing of Thunderbolt: “High performance reach 400hp. But once the 350hp mark it could reach 400hp. teams Chambliss and Goulian, the two wouldn’t be possible anymore if only is crossed, only very little can be said for 36 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 37
    • background CHASING AFTER SPEED Michael J Kraft, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Lycoming Engines, loves competition. Being a former technical manager, he indulges in his passion: performance optimisation. K raft understands very well how much about, which allow us to get even greater the AEIO 540 can take. What causes efficiencies in combustion in the overall him discomfort, he says, is the fact cycle, to be able to push the performance of that he does not know if the tuners are the engine higher. Some of our pilots, who also aware of this or, actually, if they care we are closely associated with, have those at all. “If a modification is made, it should technologies for the 2010 races. undergo the same test programmes as How much horsepower can Thunderbolt the ones we use, in order to fully qualify get out of an engine? for use,” Kraft explains. Race teams More than 300. consistently chase after more speed. There Well, more than 300hp is pretty are ways to operate within the permitted standard. Would 400 be possible? range providing an engine with more If people claim to get more than 400hp power; however, certain limits ought to out of their engine, they might manipulate be observed, this also applies to tuning. the info given by a test bench. There are definitely ways to do so, but you would Do increasingly lighter engines pave need a different type of fuel system. the way to the winner’s rostrum? In the Red Bull Air Race, would 400hp There are many alternative materials that make any sense? one can use for experimental engines – a If you get to 400hp, with a highly efficient light magnesium alloy, aluminium. In order airframe and propeller, the physical limits A final check before delivery: every to reduce weight, modifications are made of both the aircraft and its pilot will be screw, every bolt must sit right (top). to airframes and highly strained engine reached very quickly. Endless lines of Lycomings, the factory parts. What some do not realise is that What is Thunderbolt’s long-term goal? can produce and deliver an engine in there’s an enormous strain that has an We would love to count all the teams 60 days (above right). Mechanics effect on the aircraft in a 12G manoeuvre. among our customers. We don’t want to overhauling engines (below, right). How does Lycoming make sure that be on every plane because people like safety will not become a minor matter? us, but because they have understood We work closely with Red Bull Air Race in that we deliver the best performance. order to maintain safety standards. Even And where would the competition the safety of certain essential parts like aren’t just safe but also offer lots of speed, However, as both experts state, the engines for the teams. Of course, there though high G-forces only have a short aspect be? the crankshaft. I don’t mean to say that that will change,” explains Schans. Thunderbolt engine is of such exceptional are concerns that some might go too far.” impact, Mother Nature does not care about At the end of the day, it’s up to the pilot some people design unsafe parts; that is Lycoming’s standard engines are quality and so safe that it might just as If asked where all individual parts that time periods. We want a race with strong and his or her technical team to find the not the case. The lifespan of the products known throughout the aviation scene well be certified. “Only the pistons aren’t are used for tuning actually come from, competition, we want the audience to be right combination of engine, airframe and is altered if they use different materials. to be highly reliable. Until recently, certified, due to the 10:1 compression Schans and Karaschin would not be able excited; being engineers and technicians, so on. There’s enough space within the The race engines are experimental, built a rather conservative approach has rate and a few other parts. But the to say. For their part, they do their work at the same time, we have to make sure aircraft and propeller design, the pilot to last for 500 hours and may never be been rigorously pursued to further propulsion system, the crankshaft and with scrupulous thoroughness, testing that the engines stay in the plane. People and his or her personal way of staying deployed for more than 100 hours strengthen this image. According to control shaft are all certified. We haven’t every new invention down to the smallest can only stand a certain number of G over the course. I think it would take a while before they are dismantled.” their own statements, the company’s modified these at all. Other tuners, detail. “The pistons we use have been a certain period of time without becoming before all engines became the same. So how does a Lycoming engine top management supposedly turned on the contrary, would do that. They designed for this purpose. To make sure unconscious. The same applies to a plane. How would you maintain credibility? get to tuner A, B or C and then on to a very deaf ear whenever modifications enhance the performance exactly there, that all parts are of good quality, we have It can only tolerate a certain number of G We are well aware that information is to the racing team? Usually tuners order and the introduction of experimental but thereby lower the safety standards. tested them right here on the engine for before suffering structural damage. be treated confidentially. So, if we work a disassembled engine from Lycoming. engines were brought up. This approach And this is treading the fine line between a period of several hundred hours. They What makes an engine tuned with a pilot who possesses our magic dust, If new parts are ordered then new parts apparently changed dramatically with safety and performance. It depends on have gone through a test certified by the by Thunderbolt so special? this particular magic dust will be will be delivered, guaranteed. But only the change of leadership in the company. what you want,” says Schans. To some FAA. Once we have finished, the engine is It’s the magic dust that we exclusively used by him or her. carefully selected workshops, deemed Thunderbolt now designs insiders playing the safety trump might disassembled again and has to undergo a sprinkle on top of the engine. Do you think that, in Within the current design a way, there might be suitable by the company, are delivered to. experimental engines, develops and appear to be shrill, neon-coloured metallurgy test in order to investigate its there are many things personal preferences “It may happen that a tuner might buy modifies them, for speed-driven perimeter advertising. level of strength and stress resistance. that you can do. There are regarding some of second-hand parts which he will then customers around the globe. In 2009, To what extent is it bearable for They all passed. I cannot speak for other some technologies that the pilots? send to another partner to have them a cylinder kit that was said to be very Lycoming if third parties mould their tuners; I don’t know, how many of them we don’t talk publicly We try to be the racing touched up. We at Thunderbolt only use impressive was developed for Michael replacement parts into racing engines make use of these kinds of analyses,” says team’s extended arm. Photography: Markus Kucera/Red Bulletin brand new parts,” affirms Karaschin. Goulian and it pushed him to the very possibly pushing things to the limit? Karaschin clearly, albeit in a subtle way, It goes without saying Thunderbolt can rely on up to 50 top in the race in Budapest. And all “Everything that leaves our factory questioning his competitors. “That’s a that it is ideal if, on top Lycoming engineers for its tuning this evolved from start to finish in the as part of a complete engine has been two-edged sword,” Schans adds. “You can of that, the chemistry is department. But why is it that not company’s own experimental laboratory. tested thoroughly, so that safety is have a safe engine that is a bit slower, and Michael J Kraft right. Would we want to a single race pilot is having his race Or maybe there was also some help from guaranteed. If we send assembly kits to all is good. But if you change to the other grew up in the be on every aircraft? We engine tuned at Thunderbolt in 2010? Goulian’s former team technician and factories, it is beyond our control what side, not giving a rip about safety, that can automotive do, but not every personality surroundings “Thunderbolt is a young company. now Unlimited Aero Engines boss, happens to those replacement parts. We lead to problems.” Relax, there is Part E. might be the perfect of Detroit. We’ve only been around for three years. engineer Timothy Hess? “Yes, this was do not have the right to tell anyone not But then again, the unexpected can always match. The glove Once we’ve proved that our engines a co-operation,” confirms Karaschin. to alter them. The tuners work on the happen, just as problems come and go. has to fit. 38 red bull air race magazine
    • travel Frequent t Windsor nex p 5-6 June sto If you’re spending the race weekend in Windsor, then count yourself lucky as it’s simply not possible to see Flyers everything in one day. Three for your list: Odette sculpture Park The Odette Sculpture Park features a display of large-scale sculptures. Internationally renowned sculptors have created a collection of artworks that stretch for more than 3.5km along Check in and find out what else the Red Bull Air Race offers besides the Detroit River. A definite must-visit open-air experience for art lovers. spectacular racing. Our travel guide gives you some ideas of what you 2450 McDougall Street can do on the ground at each of the race stops – but only before and Pelee Island after watching what goes on in the air, obviously This island is the biggest on Lake Erie and is Canada’s most southerly inhabited Words: Nadja Žele laid-back attitude of Rio. To soak up the a spectacular view of Leblon beach. atmosphere, there’s nothing better than What more could you want? we e Abu Dhabi · Al Jahili Fort the original Gula Gula in Ipanema. 5 Joao Lira w eR e her March 26-27 · Al Hosn Fort 57 Henrique Dumont www.bardapraia.com.br Abu Dhabi is an awe-inspiring Find more information about all these www.gulagula.com.br coastal city with impressive mosques and attractions on: www.visitabudhabi.ae Devassa Ipanema futuristic new buildings, so there’s plenty Bar d’Hotel Devassa or ‘Kinky’ is a Rio-brewed beer for architecture lovers to see. Or head out This bar has a beautiful view of the with its own chain of bars. The one in to the desert and hire a dune buggy. ocean, but you’ll probably be focused on Ipanema has the finest crowd. Include on your sight-seeing tour: we e Perth the sexy stars who tend to frequent this 416 Prudente de Morais point. With pristine beaches, vineyards w eR e her April 17-18 place. Fusion food and highly potent www.devassa.com.br it’s also a haven for birds and butterflies. · Grand Mosque Surfboard owners should head caipirinhas are extra temptations. Rent a bike, enjoy lunch or visit one of the · Al Ain Oasis for Scarborough Beach, while the colonial 696 Delfim Moreira NIgHtCluBs: wineries before catching the ferry home. · Jabal Hafeet port of Fremantle has lots of specialist (Marina Hotel) For ferry info call 1-800-661-2220. · Sir Baniyas Island shops and a vibrant cafe culture. Also try: www.marinaallsuites.com.br · Liwa Oasis Coventry gardens and Peace · Yas Marina Circuit · Bicycles at Parker Point on Juice Co Fountain · Abu Dhabi Corniche Rottnest Island Where fruit juices are concerned, Rio This park occupies 10 acres of created · Emirates Palace Hotel · Cottesloe Beach is the capital of the world. Oh, and it’s parkland and is located directly across · Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort · Lotterywest Federation Walkway also a very cool restaurant. from Detroit’s Belle Isle. During the · Falcon Hospital Kings Park 889 General San Martin, Leblon summer months, Coventry Gardens · Dolphin Feeding at Monkey Mia attracts crowds of people who go there · School of yellow stripe goatfish Bars to enjoy the view of the spectacular · Ningaloo Reef Veloso Nuth Peace Fountain, with its ever-changing · Cape naturaliste Two options, both certain bets: patterns of coloured lights and water · The Gap, Albany Nuth Lounge at Barra district (899 sprays. And if you’re lucky, you may Further information on: Armando Lombardi) find your visit coincides with an Photography: Corbis, Tourism Western Australia, www.picturedesk.com www.westernaustralia.com Nuth Club in Lagoa (1244 Epitácio open-air concert. Pessoa) Riverside Drive East at Pillette Road www.nuth.com.br How to get to Windsor: wee rio de Janeiro Baronneti Check out the best opportunities at aR e her 8-9 May Where the most beautiful people go to www.firstbusinesstravel.at Once the smoke is turned off pose, dance and be seen. For tickets and hospitality packages and the race planes have been pushed This place is a classic Bohemian hangout 354 Barao da Torre for the race visit: redbullairrace.com back into their hangars, make sure you in Rio’s affluent Leblon district. www.baronetti.com.br party on at the following places… 44 Aristides Espínola www.barveloso.com.br Melt RestauRants Good food, live music and dancing come Gula Gula Ipanema Bar da Praia together in the Leblon district Defining its food as ‘Bossa Nova’, the Gula A choice of over 30 creative cocktails, 47 Rita Ludolf Gula chain symbolises the typical the fresh fish and seafood, great music and www.meltbar.com.br 40 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 41
    • travel Gellért Thermal Bath Lukács Thermal Bath If your idea of heaven is to relax in The Lukacs Thermal Spa is a very warming spa waters while admiring attractive complex, with the 16th- exquisite Art Nouveau architecture, century thermal baths and two outdoor then the very grand Gellért Thermal swimming pools, plus a sunbathing area Bath and Hotel, opened in 1918, is up on the roof. The natural hot springs the perfect place for you. keep the pools heated all year round. Kelenhegyi út 4 Surrounding the spa is a huge park, www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/en/ which is a popular meeting place for gellert the city’s artistic community who come here to meet up and bathe in the Rudas Thermal Bath outdoor pool. You can also try drinking The Rudas Thermal Bath was built in the curative waters. The baths have the 16th century during the Turkish been renovated recently and the occupation. Under the 10m diameter wellness section offers manicures, dome, through which sunlight filters pedicures and a tanning salon. in, you can relax and take in the unique Frankel Leó u. 25-29 atmosphere, as this has the reputation www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/en/lukacs of being the most calming spa in Europe. After enjoying the healing properties of the thermal waters, you can have Moritzburg and Saxon Switzerland. from Lisbon, the best route is to follow g New York Cipriani Downtown a sauna or swim in the pool. Although g EuroSpeedway Ruhlander Strasse 75, Schwarzheide the A8 highway, which takes around an min co o o n 19-20 June World famous Cipriani’s Soho location these baths are primarily for men, there min co o o n Lausitz www.ramada.de hour by car (120km). s s The best way to get to know is a less formal version of the original. is a special family pool area. You can 7-8 August New York is by exploring it on foot. But You can dine outdoors, weather also visit the drinking hall, as the waters You may have been wondering where Westin Hotel Dresden all those hours of walking can give you permitting, and they serve dinner late provide an effective drinking cures a good place to stay would be when The pièce de resistance of the Westin Hotel is quite an appetite. Satisfy your hunger at into the evening for a party atmosphere. for a range of ailments. heading for the Eurospeedway in Lausitz. the magnificent gardens, unusual for such a one of these well-known restaurants: 376 West Broadway Döbrentei tér 9 But don’t worry, we have some insider central location. These gardens and terraces www.cipriani.com www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/en/ information for you. Check out the on the banks of the river Elbe have Bagatelle rudas region’s top three hotels and book your wonderful views of the Church of our Ladies A touch of the South of France in New room sooner rather than later. and Semper Opera House as well as the Old York City. With its European atmosphere Town’s skyline, also known as the ‘Canaletto and cuisine, Bagatelle is a great place for g Budapest view’. The hotel also has a beauty spa which dinner. If you’re looking for a party, you min co o o n August 19-20 offers Ayurvedic massage and a full range of Mountain Bike in Monsanto s will find the city’s sophisticated crowd Since Roman times people beauty treatments. Monsanto is the major green area in here on Saturdays and Sundays for a have flocked to Budapest for its spas and Grosse Meissner Strasse 15, Dresden Lisbon and its forest has become the brunch that lasts well into the night! thermal baths. Soak and relax in warm, www.westin-dresden.de natural sanctuary of the Portuguese 409 West 13th St healing waters which are full of minerals. capital. In the woods there are plenty of www.bistrobagatelle.com Among those to try are:: dirt tracks to explore by mountain bike Király Thermal Bath Harry’s Steakhouse Széchenyi Thermal Bath These baths were constructed in 1565, Pullman g Lisbon Hang glide in Costa de Caparica Harry’s offers a traditional steakhouse originally built by the Turks who wanted min co o o n 4-5 September Just a few minutes from Lisbon, Fonte s menu. This famous restaurant still a bath house inside the city walls in case If you’re a city lover, then da Telha beach is a famous spot for hang Photography: Getty Images (1), Pullman (1), Red Bull Photofiles (2), www.picturedesk.com (4) has the original murals and leather of a siege. They have no water source there’s plenty of stunning architecture gliders. Many schools choose this spot banquettes from the 1700s. so they had to build a pipeline. Unlike and culture in Lisbon to keep you busy. since it is an ideal place to start. Landing 1 Hanover Square the most of the other baths in Budapest, And the areas around the city can keep in the sand is a magical end for each www.harrysnyc.com these are small and hidden away but nature and sport lovers occupied too. flight experience, solo or tandem! they are worth the trek, just look out Abe & Arthur’s for the copper Turkish dome. There is Sailing in the Tagus river With contemporary American cuisine also a hammam. Do remember: these Lisbon was the gateway for the mixed with sleek, trendy decor, this The Széchenyi Thermal Bath – the baths are primarily for men only, so The Pullman Dresden Newa is located on Portuguese explorers in the 14th century, bustling city restaurant has the sort of largest thermal bath in the city – is check before your visit. the famous shopping boulevard Prager so sailing on the Tagus River is certainly ambience that attracts a celebrity crowd. actually situated in the City Park. Its Fő u. 84 Strasse in Dresden. Experience a sense recommended and there are several 409 West 14th St thermal springs were discovered in 1879 budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/en/kiraly of wellbeing, enjoy fantastic views over sailing clubs in the area. If you’d rather www.abeandarthursrestaurant.com and the neo-baroque baths were built the city and relax in a stylish interior. let someone else be captain, pick from in 1913. There is a choice of 15 pools, Prager Strasse 2c, Dresden one of the day cruises on offer . Valbella three of them outdoors, providing www.pullmanhotels.com A chic restaurant featuring Northern a range of temperatures. A wellness Surf in Peniche Diving in Sesimbra Italian cuisine. Valbella also has an centre offers saunas and a steamroom, Ramada Schwarzheide Supertubos beach is one of the main This fisherman’s village is the perfect extensive wine list that has won the beauty services and massages. This modern hotel, situated on the spots to go surfing around Lisbon. It was spot for divers. And as it’s close to Lisbon, Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Állatkerti krt. 11 southern border of the federal state of here that Mick Fanning won a world title residents love to escape here at the 421 West 13th St www.budapestgyogyfurdoi.hu/en/ Brandenburg is the ideal starting point and since then the place has become weekends for the wonderful beach-front www.valbellany.com szechenyi for trips to the Spree Forest, Dresden, a landmark for all surf lovers. Travelling fish restaurants. 42 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 43
    • PROFILES PILOTS & EDGE 540 The small one-seater plane (a two-seater version is also available) is as precise and controllable as it is aggressive. The Edge is a ‘Shoulder Wing’ plane with extremely sti f MANUFACTURER: Zivko Aeronautics, USA PLANES LENGTH: 6.30m (20.7ft) wings. The use of a steel-tube frame with composite fairings WINGSPAN: 7.43m (24.4ft) results in an extremely light, durable and stable fuselage. WEIGHT: 540kg (1190lb) POWER: 340hp TOP SPEED: 426kph (265mph) ROLL RATE: 420°/sec MAX G: +/-12G ENGINE: AEIO 540 EXP WING DESIGN: Symmetric, carbon- ibre PROPELLER: Hartzell PILOTS FLYING IT: Arch, Bonhomme, Chambliss, Dolderer, Goulian, Ivano f, McLeod, Muroya, Šonka Experience, precision, skill and speed are the attributes required by every race pilot. Here they are, the 15 heroes of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. HANNES ARCH PETER BESENYEI PAUL BONHOMME KIRBY CHAMBLISS MATTHIAS DOLDERER AUSTRIA, EDGE 540 HUNGARY, MXS-R ENGLAND, EDGE 540 USA, EDGE 540 GERMANY, EDGE 540 DATE OF BIRTH: September 22, 1967 DATE OF BIRTH: June 8, 1956 DATE OF BIRTH: September 22, 1964 DATE OF BIRTH: October 18, 1959 DATE OF BIRTH: September 15, 1970 BIRTHPLACE: Leoben, Styria, Austria BIRTHPLACE: Körmend, Hungary BIRTHPLACE: Buckinghamshire, BIRTHPLACE: Corpus Christi, TX, USA BIRTHPLACE: Ochsenhausen, HOME: Salzburg, Austria HOME: Herceghalom, Hungary England HOME: Flying Crown Ranch, AZ, USA Germany TEAM MEMBERS: Vito Wyprächtiger TEAM MEMBERS: Jim Reed (chief HOME: Cambridgeshire, England TEAM MEMBERS: Jason Resop HOME: Tannheim, Germany (chief technician), Claudia Maur (team technician), Sandor Kordas (team TEAM MEMBERS: Wade Hammond (chief technician), Jocelyn Buras TEAM MEMBERS: Kelley Brow co-ordinator) co-ordinator) (chief technician), Nigel Warren (team (team co-ordinator) (chief technician), Marco Gröbner WEBSITE: hannesarch.com WEBSITE: besenyeipeter.hu co-ordinator) WEBSITE: kirbychambliss.com (team co-ordinator) MXS R RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: WEBSITE: teambonhomme.com RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: WEBSITE: matthiasdolderer.com 2010: currently 3rd, 2009: 2nd, 2008: 2010: currently 6th, 2009: 8th, 2008: RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: 2010: currently 7th, 2009: 4th, RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: World Champion, 2007: 10th 5th, 2007: 3rd, 2006: 2nd, 2005: 2nd 2010: currently 1st, 2009: World 2008: 3rd, 2007: 4th, 2006: World 2010: currently 8th, 2009: 9th Champion, 2008: 2nd, 2007: 2nd, Champion, 2005: 3rd 2006: 4th, 2005: 5th MICHAEL GOULIAN MATT HALL NICOLAS IVANOFF ADILSON KINDLEMANN NIGEL LAMB The MXS R is a new breed of aircraft representing the latest in state-of-the-art USA, EDGE 540 AUSTRALIA, MXS-R FRANCE, EDGE 540 BRAZIL, MXS-R ENGLAND, MXS-R design and technology. The plane was designed using advanced computer solid modelling with emphasis on aerodynamic e iciency. It stands alone in that it is constructed entirely of ‘Aerospace’-grade carbon- ibre which provides superior strength and durability never seen before in an aircraft of this type. DATE OF BIRTH: September 4, 1968 DATE OF BIRTH: September 16, 1971 DATE OF BIRTH: July 4, 1967 DATE OF BIRTH: May 4, 1973 DATE OF BIRTH: August 17, 1956 BIRTHPLACE: Winthrop, MA, USA BIRTHPLACE: Scone, NSW, Australia BIRTHPLACE: Ajaccio, Corsica BIRTHPLACE: Registro, SP, Brazil BIRTHPLACE: Zimbabwe, Africa HOME: Maynard, MA, USA HOME: Merewether, NSW, Australia HOME: London, England HOME: Curitiba, PR, Brazil HOME: Oxfordshire, England TEAM MEMBERS: Dennis Sawyer TEAM MEMBERS: Jack Moshovis TEAM MEMBERS: Bruno Marlière TEAM MEMBERS: Lance Winter TEAM MEMBERS: Craig Andrews (chief technician), Jennifer Staretorp (chief technician), David Lyall (chief technician), Jean-Paul Kie fer (chief technician), Janaina Marinho (chief technician), Rebecca Allen (team co-ordinator) (team co-ordinator) (team co-ordinator) (team co-ordinator) (team co-ordinator) WEBSITE: mikegoulian.com WEBSITE: matthallracing.com WEBSITE: nicolasivano f.com WEBSITE: adilsonkindlemann.com WEBSITE: nigellamb.com RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: 2010: currently 9th, 2009: 10th, 2008: 2010: currently 4th, 2009: 3rd 2010: currently 10th, 2009: 5th, 2008: 2010: currently 15th 2010: currently 2nd, 2009: 6th, 2008: 10th, 2007: 8th, 2006: 5th 9th, 2007: 7th, 2006: 8th, 2005: 7th 7th, 2007: 9th, 2006: 10th, 2005: 10th MANUFACTURER: MX Aircraft, USA LENGTH: 6.28m (20.6ft) WINGSPAN: 7.31m (23.9ft) WEIGHT: 540kg (1190lb) POWER: 350hp MARTIN ŠONKA TOP SPEED: 426kph (265mph) Photography: Hamish Blair/Getty Images for Red Bull Air Race ALEJANDRO MACLEAN PETE McLEOD YOSHIHIDE MUROYA SERGEY RAKHMANIN CZECH REPUBLIC, ROLL RATE: 450°/sec SPAIN, MXS-R CANADA, EDGE 540 JAPAN, EDGE 540 RUSSIA, MXS-R EDGE 540 MAX G: +/-12G ENGINE: AEIO 540 EXP WING DESIGN: Symmetric, carbon- ibre PROPELLER: Hartzell PILOTS FLYING IT: Besenyei, Hall, Kindlemann, Lamb, Maclean, Rakhmanin Animation: Peter Clausen Film & TV DATE OF BIRTH: August 6, 1969 DATE OF BIRTH: February 23, 1984 DATE OF BIRTH: January 27, 1973 DATE OF BIRTH: October 18, 1961 DATE OF BIRTH: March 26, 1978 BIRTHPLACE: Madrid, Spain BIRTHPLACE: Red Lake, ON, Canada BIRTHPLACE: Nara, Japan BIRTHPLACE: Chemnitz, Germany BIRTHPLACE: Dvůr Králové nad HOME: Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain HOME: London, ON, Canada HOME: Fukushima, Japan HOME: St Petersburg, Russia Labem, Czech Republic TEAM MEMBERS: Jesús Cañadilla TEAM MEMBERS: Ted Reynolds TEAM MEMBERS: Takashi Nishimura TEAM MEMBERS: Antanas HOME: Sezimovo Ústí, Czech Republic (chief technician), Carola Bisci (chief technician), Rob Hogan (chief technician), Rob Fry (team Marciukaitis (chief technician), TEAM MEMBERS: Gordon New (team co-ordinator), Eneko (team co-ordinator) co-ordinator) Philipp Kalitin (team co-ordinator) (chief technician), Josef Šonka (team Larumbe (team coach) WEBSITE: petemcleodracing.com WEBSITE: yoshi-muroya.jp WEBSITE: sergeyrakhmanin.com co-ordinator) WEBSITE: teammaclean.com RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: WEBSITE: martin-sonka.cz RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: 2010: currently 5th, 2009: 15th 2010: currently 11th, 2009: 13th 2010: currently 13th, 2009: 11th, 2008: RED BULL AIR RACE RESULTS: 2010: currently 12th, 2009: 12th, 11th, 2007: 12th 2010: currently 14th 2008: 8th, 2007: 6th, 2006: 9th, 2005: 9th 44 RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE 45
    • THE RULES ABOUT RACE RULES DISQUALIFICATION PENALTIES The following can result in NOT SWITCHING SMOKE ON FORMAT disquali ication: exceeding the start A one-second penalty is incurred if the race plane The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an speed limit of 205 knots (380kph) is not emanating smoke during the race (from international series of races with the objective to through the start gate (GPS ground ‘smoke on’ call until passing the inish gate). This navigate an aerial race track featuring air- illed speed as indicated on the device penalty is given whether a technical problem is pylons, known as Air Gates, in the fastest possible THE EFIS in the cockpit); not ful illing the minimum pilot ascertained or not. The race format features a QUALIFYING DAY time incurring as few penalties as possible. The weight of 82kg including compensation weight with all 15 pilots racing to be one of the 10 fastest total length of the racetrack is approximately 5km. (2 per cent margin); exceeding the maximum EXCEEDING THE MAXIMUM ENTRY SPEED. to take them directly through to the Top 12 session G-load factor of 12G; any form of dangerous lying A two-second penalty is incurred when a pilot on Race Day. Qualifying is also a race for ONE CORRECT FLYING like lying too low, crossing the safety line as well exceeds the maximum entry speed of 200 CHAMPIONSHIP POINT, which is awarded to as a deviation from the prede ined race track. knots (370kph) through the start gate (up to the pilot with the best time in Qualifying. LEVEL FLYING and including 205 knots). The Air Gates marked in blue must DID NOT START (DNS) A WILD CARD SESSION opens Race Day with be passed in a horizontal position. If a pilot misses his slot, for whatever reason, INCORRECT LEVEL FLYING the ive slowest from Qualifying getting a second he is not permitted to take part in the race and (2 SECONDS) RACE chance by battling it out for the inal two spots in the KNIFE FLYING it is recorded as a DNS. The pilot deviates from level light Top 12. The fastest eight from the Top 12 advance to Air Gates marked in red must be by 10° or more. the SUPER 8 and the four fastest go all-out against passed in a vertical position. SAFETY CLIMB OUT (SCO) the clock in the FINAL 4 – with the fastest pilot If a pilot decides at his own discretion to INCORRECT KNIFE FLYING being declared the winner. CHICANE discontinue lying the race track due to safety (2 SECONDS) The Chicane consists of single reasons and he communicates immediately via The competitor deviates from THE SCORING SYSTEM: Pilots can gain points pylons which must be passed radio the wording “Safety Climb Out” or obviously vertical light by more than 20° or at each race and the one with the most points in slalom light. discontinues lying in the race track because of tilts his plane to the wrong side. at the end of the World Championship becomes safety reasons, it is recorded as Safety Climb Out. the Red Bull Air Race World Champion. TURNING MANOEUVRE SCO has the same consequences as Disquali ied FLYING TOO HIGH The turning manoeuvre at the end of the course can with respect to participation in the Flying Sessions. (2 SECONDS) The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is supervised either describe a horizontal turn or a climbing (tilted) The pilot passes the Air Gate or turn up to a pure vertical light path including roll. It DID NOT FINISH (DNF) by the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale). has to be lown inside the safety area. If a pilot decides at their own discretion to stop lying chicane too high. The FAI oversees safety at each race. the race track for other reasons than mentioned under SCO, it is recorded as “Did Not Finish”. It TOUCHING AN AIR GATE (6 SECONDS) has the same consequences as Disquali ied with The competitor touches a pylon respect to participation in the Flying Sessions. with the wing or propeller. G RACE SUIT DAY 1 / QUALIFYING DAY DAY 2 / RACE DAY A revolutionary anti-G suit for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. QUALIFYING 1 QUALIFYING 2 WILD CARD TOP 12 SUPER 8 FINAL 4 POINTS TWO FLYING SESSIONS. BEST TIME COUNTS. FASTEST TWO FASTEST EIGHT FASTEST FOUR FOUR PILOTS WINNER RECEIVES ONE POINT PILOTS ADVANCE PILOTS ADVANCE PILOTS ADVANCE COMPETE FOR TO TOP 12* TO SUPER 8* TO FINAL 4* VICTORY* FABRIC Twaron/ PILOT 01 PILOT 01 1 PT PILOT 15 WILD CARD PILOT 08 PILOT 04 1ST 12 Nomex®, a non-stretch fabric. PILOT 02 PILOT 02 PILOT 14 WILD CARD PILOT 07 PILOT 03 2ND 10 PILOT 03 PILOT 03 PILOT 13 PILOT 10 PILOT 06 PILOT 02 3RD 9 PILOT 04 PILOT 04 DIRECTLY ADVANCE TO TOP 12 PILOT 12 PILOT 09 PILOT 05 PILOT 01 4TH 8 PILOT 05 PILOT 05 PILOT 11 PILOT 08 PILOT 04 5TH 7 PILOT 06 PILOT 06 PILOT 07 PILOT 03 6TH 6 FLUID MUSCLES Two at the front and PILOT 07 PILOT 07 PILOT 06 PILOT 02 7TH 5 two at the back. The tubes are each illed PILOT 08 PILOT 08 PILOT 05 PILOT 01 8TH 4 with 1 litre of water. PILOT 09 PILOT 09 PILOT 04 9TH 3 PILOT 10 PILOT 10 PILOT 03 10TH 2 The G-race suit was introduced at the 2009 Photography: Markus Kucera/Red Bulletin Abu Dhabi race stop. It’s the irst professional PILOT 11 PILOT 11 PILOT 02 11TH 1 G-protection for civilian race pilots. HOW IT WORKS: Four water columns in the luid PILOT 12 PILOT 12 PILOT 01 12 15TH 0 Illustration: Seso Media Group WILD CARD RACE FOR muscles build up pressure around the body under high G-forces causing the non-stretch fabric to contract. PILOT 13 PILOT 13 This, together with interactive muscle straining and breathing techniques, assists the pilot in keeping oxygen-rich blood in the head and upper muscle areas PILOT 14 PILOT 14 of the body. All race pilots are recommend to wear the G-race suit. If one of them decides not to wear it, a * STARTING ORDER FOR ALL SESSIONS ON RACE DAY IS DETERMINED BY PILOT 15 PILOT 15 penalty weight of 6.5kg is added to the plane’s seat. THE RESULTS IN QUALIFYING. THE SLOWEST FROM QUALIFYING FLIES FIRST 46 RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE RED BULL AIR RACE MAGAZINE 47
    • calendar 1 2 pos pilot NAt. plANe poiNts pos pilot NAt. plANe poiNts 1 Paul Bonhomme GBR Edge 540 12 1 Hannes Arch AUT Edge 540 12 2 Nigel Lamb GBR MXS-R 10 2 Matt Hall AUS MXS-R 10 3 Peter Besenyei HUN MXS-R 9 3 Paul Bonhomme GBR Edge 540 9+1 Red Bull 4 Michael Goulian USA Edge 540 8 4 Nigel Lamb GBR MXS-R 8 5 Pete McLeod CAN Edge 540 7 5 Pete McLeod CAN Edge 540 7 6 Kirby Chambliss USA Edge 540 6 6 Nicolas Ivanoff FRA Edge 540 6 7 Matthias Dolderer GER Edge 540 5 7 Matthias Dolderer GER Edge 540 5 AiR RAce woRld ABU DHABI, UAE 8 Matt Hall AUS MXS-R 4 8 Kirby Chambliss USA Edge 540 4 9 Nicolas Ivanoff FRA Edge 540 3 9 Yoshihide Muroya JPN Edge 540 3 pERtH, AUS mAr 26 & 27 10 Yoshihide Muroya JPN Edge 540 2 10 Peter Besenyei HUN MXS-R 2 Apr 17 & 18 11 Hannes Arch AUT Edge 540 1+1 11 Michael Goulian USA Edge 540 1 chAmpionship 2010 12 Alejandro Maclean ESP MXS-R 0 12 Sergey Rakhmanin RUS MXS-R 0 13 Martin Šonka CZE Edge 540 0 13 Alejandro Maclean ESP MXS-R 0 14 Adilson Kindlemann BRA MXS-R 0 14 Martin Šonka CZE Edge 540 0 15 Sergey Rakhmanin RUS MXS-R 0 Asia, North and South America, Australia and Europe provide eight unique spots, with skylines that are the perfect backdrop for the exhilarating race battles. Read the results from Perth, this year’s second stop, and follow 3 4 wInDSoR, ontARIo, CAn us around the globe to six more exciting destinations. RIo DE JAnEIRo, BRA Photography: Russell Cheyne/Red Bull Air Race via AP Images (2), Balazs Gardi (1), Mitchell Funk/Getty Images (1), Bela Szandelsky/Red Bull Airrace via AP Images (1), Imago/Schoene (1) mAy 8 & 9 JUN 5 & 6 Population: 6 million location: Brazil Population: 220,000 location: Ontario, Canada Time zone: UTC -3 hours Time zone: UTC -4 hours race history: race in 2007 race history: race in 2009 5 6 EURoSpEEDwAY, GER nEw YoRk, USA JUN 19 & 20 AUG 7 & 8 Population: 8 million location: United States of America Population: 1.4 million (Lausitz region) location: Lausitz, Germany Time zone: UTC -4 hours Time zone: UTC +2 hours race history: new location race history: new location 7 8 BUDApESt, HUn LISBon, poR AUG 19 & 20 sep 4 & 5 Population: 1.7 million location: Hungary Population: 564,477 location: Portugal Time zone: UTC +2 hours Time zone: UTC +1 hour race history: races in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 race history: new location 48 red bull air race magazine red bull air race magazine 49
    • location AreA MAp The third round of the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship season takes SUBJECT TO FURTHER CHANGES place only metres over the waters of Flamengo beach. Check out the viewing areas. CATETE SUBWAY STN. 15 minutes walk to Race T VE. MAR A AV E . VE. NGO A B E IR A IQ U E HENR LAME T E D. O D. F IN FA N AT E R R LGO. MACHADO SUBWAY STN. 15 minutes walk to Race T 04 11 03 10 T 1st round BEIRA MAR AVE. 2nd round 02 09 T 06 13 FLAMENGO SUBWAY STN. 15 minutes 05 12 walk to Race RC FINISH IN FA NT P AT ED ER M RO .H EN P D. RI FL QU AM EA EN VE GO . AV E. DRINK WITH CARE. STOLICHNAYA® Russian vodka. 40% Alc./Vol. 100% Grain Neutral Spirits. © 2010 Subject to further changeS 01 08/15 100 m 07 14 Mais informações: START www.redbullairrace.com 0423_areamap_bulletin_rio.indd 1 For more inFormation visit www.redbullairrace.com 4/23/10 3:14:17 PM the rAce Saturday, May 8 – Qualifying day 9:00 Doors Open Sunday, May 9 – race day 9:00 Doors Open Schedule 10:00 Pre Show & Entertainment 10:00 Pre Show & Entertainment Illustration: Seso Media Group ® 12:00 Qualifying 1 11:15 Race Starts, Wild Card 13:00 Qualifying 2 12:10 Top 12 16:00 Doors close 12:50 Super 8 13:20 Final 4 14:20 Award Ceremony 16:00 Doors Close The schedule is subject to change. 50 red bull air race magazine