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

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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 http://events.fai.org/calendar?id=70
  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

More information you’ll find on www.airsports.tv and by accessing our Facebook official page here.

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

Mission completed – Helicopter flying at its very best

The weather Gods looked kindly upon us for the spectacular final day of the helicopter events. There was great tension among the local crowd who had come to watch; would the Italian crew maintain its position in the midst of the more highly experienced and medal-winning Russian crews? In short, yes; the Italians were able to celebrate great success and managed to secure themselves a podium place.

The two MI-2s met in the first of the two semi-finals with the Russians Viktor Korotaev/Nikolay Burov pitted against the female crew of Lyudmila Kosenkova and Elena Prokofyeva. The second semi-final saw the third Russian crew of Elena Zhuperina/Georgy Arbuzov compete against the Italians, Pierluigi Barbero/Luigi Marocco.

The story after the first round – Parallel Fender Rigging – was unexpected; the Russians Zhuperina/Arbuzov, who had won the fewest titles coming into the event, made the most of the opportunity and stepped out of the shadows to take first place, only 3 points ahead of the current world champions, Korotaev/Burov. Italy missed out on second by one point with the other Russian crew coming fourth.

The tables were turned in the next event – Parallel Slalom. In a nail-biting duel, Korotaev/Burov showed their prowess and took first place by four points, ahead of Zhuperina/Arbuzov. Russia were still in front, even though first and second had switched places. The same was to happen in third and fourth; the Italians slipped back with Kosenkova/Prokofyeva moving up.

The rules stated that the results from the two events should be added together to produce the pairing for the final; this was to be Russia (Korotaev/Burov) against Russia (Zhuperina/Arbuzov) – a “David versus Goliath” contest. Elena Zhuperina, David in this scenario, had nothing left to lose and had already scratched Goliath’s skin in the lead-up to this final. She was guaranteed a silver medal and could give it her all in the last round.

Once the semi-final results had been collated the bronze medal winners were decided: Italy with Barbero/Marocco, giving joy to the Italian spectators who celebrated with frantic cheers. The female crew of Kosenkova/Prokofyeva were therefore relegated to fourth, but in a subsequent interview, Lyudmila laughed amicably and declared; NO problem, NEXT time, this is helicopter sport! She too was a winner through losing gracefully.

The excitement grew at the prospect of an all Russian final: Korotaev/Burov had the calm and relaxed Elena Zhuperina breathing down their necks. Could the world champions take the pressure of being favorite or would nerves play a role?

The first event – Slalom – created a perfectly timed surprise result; with great speed and pinpoint accuracy the „outsiders“ manoeuvred their R-44 around the course to take first spot by six points. “David” had defeated “Goliath” for the time being, Zhuperina was leading Korotaev.

What would become of the final race? Both the spectators as well as the other helicopter crews were about to be treated to a rare sight: The outstanding pairing of Korotaev/Burov drew upon all of their skills to fly a Fender – Rigging course as never flown before to the amazement of everyone watching. It was a master class, bringing them the maximum 300 points! A magnificent achievement, befitting of the favourites and one which guaranteed them first place.

The World Air Games proved to be a superb event from a competition and also a safety point of view – the Games remained accident free – thanks to the dedication of the crews, Judges and Officials of the LOC.

Mission completed – see you NEXT time!