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Michael Goulian

Great performance, extreme and challenging would be a few words that describe Michael Goulian as a pilot. The ex-Red Bull Air Race competitor talks with LiveAirShowTV about his career, passion for flying, performance and sport aviation. You can see all his answers in the interview below:


Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett at start – first update

UPDATE 27th Sept 2010

20 Gas Balloons launched from Bristol for the Gordon Bennett Gas Balloon Race on Saturday 25th September, 12 balloons are still flying after 32 hours of flight.

The balloons launched from Bristol at midnight on Saturday 25th with a wind direction that took them south and over the channel at Lyme Regis at around 4am.

32 hours later 12 balloons still flying, including two balloons flying over the Mediterranean Sea, heading for Italy.

Balloons have been flying for 32 hours, with two pilots in each 1.2 metre squared basket.  20 teams have travelled from 11 countries to compete in this historic and unique aviation event which first launched in Paris in 1906 thanks to the organisation of James Gordon Bennett Jnr.

All teams pilots who have landed are safe and well, and beginning the journey back to Bristol for dinner with event Patron HRH Duke of Edinburgh on Saturday 2nd October.  The retrieve crews set out from Bristol after the midnight launch on Saturday and most are within an hour of the pilots who have landed.

For the first time since James Gordon Bennett Junior held his infamous gas balloon race in 1906 it launches from Great Britain, thanks to the winning race flight of intrepid explorer David Hempleman-Adams and co-pilot Jonathan Mason who flew 1767 kms from Albuquerque to the shores of Lake Michigan North of Chicago, winning the 2008 race.

Event President Anthony Smith said “The British Balloon and Airship Club are delighted to host this magnificent and historical lighter-than-air race in Great Britain for the first time.”


The 54th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett had a great start this weekend on 25th of Sept in Bristol. The breeze delayed the inflation of the balloons by a couple of hours but the audience was patient and relaxed waiting for the big moment to come up.

The public watched the inflation of the balloons and just before midnight all 20 launched into the night.

Check out the status of the flights and the official reports on the Gordon Bennett website.

3DX Ukraine final results

The 3DX competition in Kiev/Ukraine took place over the weekend of 9-11 July, with 12 pilots from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus as well as 4 judges from Ukraine and Russia.

The competitions were well organised and made some excellent flights

1st Place: Anton BEREZHNOY

2nd Place: Sergey PLAKHOTENKO

3rd Place: Leonid NAZARENKO

July’s air sports

This month don’t miss these incredible air sports events from all over the world:

  1. 1-10 July – 13th ASIA Parachuting Championship & Indonesian Merdeka International Open – skydiving event
  2. 3-10 July – 2010 Gliding Spanish Nationals and 2010 Swedish nationals
  3. 3-11 July – British Nationals gliding
  4. 3-18 July 31st FAI World Gliding Championship
  5. 4-16 July – 2010 Flatland Cup, Szeged, Hungary
  6. 7-8 July  Aviation Outlook in China Beijing
  7. 7-11 July – Arlington Fly In
  8. 8-18 July 2010 Schengen 25 Anniversary, White Nights, 71° Nord Kap, Luxemburg – Norway
  9. 11-17 – 2010 Paragliding Pre World Piedrahita, Piedrahita, Spain
  10. More details in this calendar
  11. 17-18 July Duluth Air Show 2010, Minnesota, USA
  12. 17 – 18 July Vectren Dayton Air Show, OH, USA
  13. 19-25 July – Farnborough International Air Show, UK
  14. 24 – 25 July – Sunderland International Air Show 2010
  15. 24-25 July Alberta International Air Show, Alberta, Canada
  16. 26 Jul – 1 Aug – EAA airventure in Oshkosh, WI

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British pilots prepare for the EAC and the WAAC

Sywell airfield near Northampton will be the place to see the best British aerobatic pilots as they compete to win two national titles on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th, Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th July. The breathtaking freestyle displays will be flown in some of the World’s most capable aerobatic aircraft, flying figures that almost defy the laws of physics, and entrance is free.

The Nationals are part of the build up for the European aerobatic championships in the Czech Republic and the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Poland and both teams will be at Sywell to prepare their challenge for European and World championship medals.

Each pilot will have to fly four routines, including the advanced freestyle which is a sequence of figures of the pilot’s choice designed for the ‘wow’ factor that leave the audience wondering how the pilot makes the aircraft fly in a way that appears impossible. The sequence figures are the most complex and difficult to fly, presenting the pilot with both a physical and mental challenge as he fights to keep the airplane in a one kilometre cube aerobatic box while working in three dimensions, both upright and inverted, at over 200mph.

The winner is the pilot who presents the flown figures to the judges in the most geometrically perfect way. The sport of aerobatics is great for spectators who will see aircraft performing more extreme manoeuvres than they would normally see at airshows and is a great showcase for what these aircraft are really capable of, hitting 10G positive and 6G negative and changing direction quickly to remain in the tight aerobatic display box and avoid penalties.

Let there be clear sky and great flying!

This week news

–          8th June – Airshow 100 celebrating 100 years of Irish aviation. Punchestown, Naas, Co Kildare, Eire.

–          8 – 13 June 2010 – ILA Berlin AirShow- Centenary show

–         9th June Carolina Fest, Chester, USA – skydiving

–          12- 14 Queensland State Aerobatics Championships. Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield, Queensland, Australia.

–          10 to 13 June – 13th Schmittenpokal PG 2010, Zell am See, Austria, paragliding cross country

–          10 – 13 June – Portuguese Championship / 5° Open de Parapente de Mirandela, Mirandela, Portugal, paragliding cross country

–          10 – 13 June International Paragliding Swiss Championship Grindelwald, Switzerland

–          10-14 June Abierto “Copa Iyomá” / “Iyomá Cup Open”, Roldanillo, Colombia, class 1 cross country

–          11-13 June – Jempol International Paragliding Competition, Malaysia

–          11 to 13th June Quebec Air Show

–          11 Jun to 24 Jun 2010 – gliding – Ukraine Open National Gliding Championship, open/standard class

–          12 Jun to 19 Jun 2010 – gliding event –  Arboba Open, Arboga Sweden,  open/standard/15 meter/ club class

–          13th June – Aeromiting 2010, Godine, Croatia.

–          13 Jun to 18 Jun 2010 – gliding – Romanian Challenge Cup, Oradea, Romania, club class/handicapped

–           13-19 June Canadian National Hang Gliding Championships – Lumby, BC, Canada, class 1 cross country, open solo class

–          13 -19 June – South African National Championship: Barberton Open, Barberton, SA