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Red Bull Air Race finnal round in Lausitz, Germany – highlights

Britain’s Paul Bonhomme won the 2010 Red Bull Air Race World Championship by taking second place behind Austria’s Hannes Arch in the final race of the season at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz in Germany on Sunday. In another thrilling duel, Australia’s Matt Hall got the third podium of his career with third place in the 50th race in the sport’s history while Germany’s Matthias Dolderer finished seventh to the delight of the big home crowd. A total of 118,000 spectators watched the racing this weekend.

Bonhomme, who also won the 2009 championship, finished the six-race season with 64 points and two victories, in Abu Dhabi and New York. Arch, the 2008 champion, ends the year with 60 points and four wins, in Perth, Rio, Windsor and Germany. Britain’s Nigel Lamb ended up third overall on 55 points.

Arch stopped the clock through the 15-gate track set up in the infield of the EuroSpeedway Lausitz race track in 1:12.30 while Bonhomme took second in 1:12.66 and Hall was in 1:17.41 – hurt by four seconds in penalties. Lamb was knocked out of the Final Four due to a flat tire suffered just before take-off.

“It’s very special,” Bonhomme said, who let out a loud celebration cheer over his cockpit radio after he clinched the title. Bonhomme, the most successful pilot in the history of the sport with 13 career victories, admitted he was disappointed that he failed to beat Arch in the season finale even though he did get a record 13th straight podium with second place on a sunny afternoon in Germany.

“It feels good,” Bonhomme said. “The key thing is that we won back-to-back championships, that’s what I’m going to be taking away. I’ve been saying all year I’ve been relaxed and had stayed that way right up to this race. But I knew this race could make or break the whole championship. The day didn’t go exactly as I planned but I’m very pleased about the whole year.” Bonhomme is the first pilot to win back-to-back titles and joins American Mike Mangold as the only two-time champion in the eight-year race history.

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Arch, who now has seven career wins, pushed Bonhomme to the limits all season and kept the pressure on his British rival to the final round. Bonhomme had posted faster times than Arch all weekend and had won the Qualifying point earlier on Sunday. But Arch pulled out all the stops in the Final Four, posting a blistering time that Bonhomme could not match.

“I knew I could win the race because the plane is fast and it’s a fast track,” Arch said, taking great satisfaction about winning four of the six races this year. “We might not have won the championship but we have four races and have lots of track records this year. We’re happy about that, it’s a good feeling.“

Bonhomme, Arch, Lamb, Hall and Dolderer told a news conference after the race they hoped the race would return to the EuroSpeedway in the future. “It’s a superb venue,” Bonhomme said. “We’re a motor racing sport and we worked beautifully together. I hope that when the Air Race season fires up again we have a lot more venues like this and that we indeed come back here again as well.”

Once again the races found its champion!

Unfortunately the 2011 Red Bull Air Race series had been cancelled and the organization will use this opportunity to fast track the technological advancements currently in the making which would further improve the already high levels of safety.

LiveAirShowTV to Broadcast the 49th Annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Ceremony

LiveAirShowTV announces its 2nd broadcast of the year, and a return to Dayton, OH for the 49th annual National Aviation Hall of Fame Enshrinement ceremony on July 17th.  Often referred to as “Aviation’s Oscar Night”, this event recognizes the true pioneers in aviation history.  Members of the Hall of Fame include: Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell, and John Glenn; air show performers Patty Wagstaff and Sean D. Tucker; and industry legends Walter Beech, and William Piper.

This year’s enshrinement class consists of: Apollo 12 astronaut Alan Bean, inventor Warren Grimes, aviation icon, Reno air racer, and aerial cinematography pioneer Clay Lacy, and Arctic flight expert and founder of Alaska Airlines Noel Wein.

The broadcast will begin just before 7:00pm EDT and can be seen at: www.Livestream.com/LiveAirShowTV Please visit our Livestream page prior to the event and check out the other broadcast archives from the Barksdale AFB air show this past April, and last year’s Reno Air Races finals.

More information on the National Aviation Hall of Fame can be found at: www.nationalaviation.org

More information on LiveAirShowTV can be found at: www.LiveAirShowTV.com

We’ve got our kix start

Indoors skydiving or maximum adrenaline. Airsports team tried it for real! It was amazing as none of us did this before. The kick was maximum. I am sure you’re wondering what is it feel like. Nothing hard to imagine. You start with your terms and conditions, than they play a DVD for you, so it’s easy to imagine what’s gonna happen in there. After you’re familiar with the “indoor situation” you receive a special costume, goggles, helmet and you’re ready to start! As we entered into the tunnel chamber, things got really crazy. The instructor helpped us to relax and we started the flying. It’s really an interesting situation. The atmosphere inside the tunnel is not something you felt before, is quite anusual. We did pretty good, tried to practice turns and 360 from the first time.   The whole experience was extraordinary for all of us and maybe after a few sessions we’ll make the huge stept of jumping from 5000 ft.

WeFly Team at 2010 Al Ain Aerobatic Show

Yes, you can fly! This is the message that Wefly wants to get across through their participation at Airshows.  Wefly Team comes from Venice and it is the world’s only disabled pilots aerobatic team. The team are the official representatives for “Baroni Rotti”, the federation of Italian Disabled Pilots, and also the official demo team for Fly Synthesis, the manufacturer of the Texan Top Class.

The team first formed in 2005 at the request of Baroni Rotti, to represent the federation at an important Italian Airshow. This began with only 2 airplanes flown by Alessandro Paleri and Fulvio Gamba. In 2007, Kustatscher and Cherubini joined Paleri and Gamba and the Wefly team was born. Alessandro spoke to us in an interview and you are very welcomed to watch it here.

Aero GP at Al Ain Aerobatic Show

had some very good days here at the 2010 Al Ain Aerobatic Show. The Aero GP 6 pilots: Andy Bickmore, Zoltan Veres, Castor Fantoba, Nigel Hopkins, Gerald Cooper and Smokey Young performed at their best to impress the audience. The first Air Race, on 27th, was fantastic. The second one as well. Zoltan Veres won both of them, followed by Andy Bickmore in his new plane S-bach 342.

The air combat stage kept the audience’s attention. Castor is doing very well with his awesome techniques, Nigel’s combats are very calculated, Smokey won a few combats already, Zoltan’s moves are fantastic, Gerald was incredible as he won a few combats on the first day and Andy shows all the best he can in his Sbach, designed by Philip Steinbach. Andy is very lucky to have Philip with him at all time.

This time Aero GP has prepared a new task for the public: aerobatics to music. Basically in this task pilots are tested on their individual aerobatic skills and ability through various precision stunts. We heard a good mix of music for the aerobatics performances.

Here at the Al Ain Aerobatic Show the Aero GP LIVE Broadcast on Airsports.tv was amazing and very well welcomed.

The Final Podium looked like this:

The complete results below:

For more details about the formula one of aviation please go on www.aero-gp.com