I have watched the Red Bull Air Races on television several times during the past few years. Early in October, I attended the Red Bull event at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway as a guest of the FAI, which was involved in the
race. Seeing this full-scale racing event in person is quite an
experience. If you ever have the chance to see a race, do it!
You won’t be unhappy.
When we arrived at the race, Dr. Thomas Drekonja, the
doctor in charge of the health of the Red Bull pilots, met us.
He explained his involvement and illustrated how enthusiastic
his efforts were. Each pilot has telemetry that monitors his or
her health conditions. The health concerns of the pilots varied
because of different issues including age, environmental air
temperature, and diet.
We then met the FAI Safety Delegate Ben Ruijs. Ben is
a former Chief of Flight Safety in the Dutch Air Force and
has been the FAI Safety Delegate since 2008. His role was to
supervise all of the safety aspects of the Red Bull Air Race in
correlation with the FAI.
The actual rules of the competition were generated by Red
Bull and checked by the FAI delegate. The aircraft must be fit
to fly by fit pilots. FAI involvement ensures a fair competition
that is devoid of political, commercial, and partisan
As the weekend of racing concluded, we were
invited to the award presentation by Erich Wolf,
the general manager of the Red Bull Air Race.
Champagne saluted the winners, and I
was reminded of the same type
of celebration at an FAI World
To experience the Red Bull Air Race
as I did will live long in my memories.
Thanks to all for a super experience.
I also appreciate the Indianapolis
Motor Speedway and Red Bull
for inviting the AMA
Education trailer to be
included. Perhaps a
could be considered in
the future if the
During Labor Day weekend,
the International Aeromodeling
Center in Muncie, Indiana, hosted
four events: the 2016 MultiGP Nats,
the Indiana Warbird Campaign, the
RC Skydiving Rally, and the F3K Team
Trials. Six venues on the site were utilized
without conflict. Nearly everyone enjoyed
watching what the other competitors were doing.
MultiGP, the AMA-recognized Special Interest Group for
multirotors, illustrated that a nationwide qualifying format can
generate considerable interest in Nats participation. During the
summer, various MultiGP chapters held qualifying races. The
race winners then participated in the national championship.
The multirotor competition was also streamed live to a large
internet audience. It is now possible for us to watch events
on our computers. We are fortunate that these multirotor
pilots have the enthusiasm and intelligence to introduce
us to the future.
Thanks to all who were involved.
The Red Bull Air Race