Red Bull Aerobtic Helicopter Making First Visit to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in 2008
Pilot is only aviator authorized in U.S. to perform these chopper aerobatics
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (March 10, 2008) — "You can't do that with a helicopter!"
That's a typical reaction after seeing the Red Bull Aerobatic Helicopter, the only aerobatic helicopter performing in North America, which will fly at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008. The 56th annual edition of EAA AirVenture, "The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration," is coming July 28-August 3 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
"We are always looking for exciting and interesting performers to EAA AirVenture's daily air show, which is the greatest annual gathering of the world's best civilian air show performers," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president and AirVenture chairman. "The Red Bull Helicopter is certainly one of most innovative air show acts to emerge in recent years, and we're very eager to welcome it to Oshkosh this summer."
Red Bull's BO-105 CBS helicopter, a stock Eurocopter/Messerschmitt Boelkow Blohm, is flown by Chuck Aaron, who holds the distinction as the only pilot authorized in the United States to fly aerobatics in a helicopter. His performances feature aerobatic maneuvers achieved previously only in fixed-wing aircraft, including loops and rolls, but also nearly the entire regimen of maneuvers reserved for fixed-wing aircraft. Among those are the Split-S, Immelman, Half Cuban Eight, and even the challenging Lomcevak, slightly modified by Aaron for the helicopter.
"I ended up having a maneuver named after me - the Chuckcevak," Aaron jokes.
The helicopter derives its power from two 425 hp Allyson Rolls Royce C-20B turbine engines that drive composite rotor blades mounted to a solid titanium fixed rotor head. Normal versions of the rotorcraft can be configured for a variety of flight operations, from air ambulance to off shore oil drilling support. The Red Bull Helicopter is certificated in the experimental exhibition category, allowing the pilot to push the envelope of the aircraft's flight capabilities.
The Red Bull aerobatic helicopter made its worldwide debut in November 2006 at the Aviation Nation event at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. It will perform at EAA AirVenture through at least the first several days of the event.
EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket purchase, is available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org.