After graduating from college, Harvey joined the military where he served as a pilot with an operational fighter squadron in Europe, followed by a tour with a pilot training unit. During his military career he held positions as Flight Safety Officer, F-18 Maintenance Test Pilot, Senior Instructor Pilot, Instrument Check Pilot and Flight Commander. Harvey has over 30 years of global flying experience, holding Airline Transport Pilot Licenses in three countries. He has flown a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft ranging from light aircraft to the F-18 Hornet and 747-400, and currently flies for a major international airline.
Dave was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up in an airline family. He soloed at the age of 16 and obtained his Private Pilot License on his 17th birthday. Dave is a Certified Flight Instructor, advanced aerobatic competition pilot and past Certified Aerobatic Judge. Dave holds and Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, is type rated in the SA227, MD80, B727, B757 and is an international B767 Captain for a major airline. He graduated from National University in San Diego, California and has logged over 26,000 hours of flight time.
Paul has 25 years of commercial flight experience with over 7,000 hours of flight time in aircraft ranging from a Piper Cub to the Airbus A300. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Flight Engineer Certificate and is a Gold Seal Flight Instructor with single and multi-engine instrument ratings. Paul is a former Captain and held positions during his airline tenure in the Engineering Test Flight Department, Flight Standards Department and Flight Crew Training Department. Paul is type rated in the A-300, CE-500, CE-560XL and G200 and currently flies for a privately-held corporation.
Pete has been flying and working on airplanes for over 30 years. He has an A&P Mechanics license along with an Airline Transport Pilots license. He has over 15,000 hours and in his spare time away from Team Aerostars is a Captain for a major airline. Pete supports Team Aerostars by servicing and ferrying the team's fleet of Yak-52TW's.
The Aerostars have dazzled air show audiences across the country for more than a decade with their interpretation of teamwork, precision and excellence in the air, formation aerobatics at its best! The regular repertoire includes aerobatic day and night performances as well as non-aerobatic event flyovers.
Highlights of the Aerostars‘ aerobatic performance include tight formation loops and barrel rolls, flown at distances no more than three feet from each other as well as the team‘s signature maneuvers like the heart in the sky, the twinkie roll and the flip and flop. Combining these maneuvers with the thrill and excitement of the roaring Yak warbird engines provides a truly unique experience to all air show participants.The team‘s day and night performance lasts an average of 17 minutes.
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From high overhead, the Aerostars will perform a 3⁄4 loop to a downward bomb burst. Watch closely as number two and three fly simultaneous 1⁄2 Cuban 8’s and end up heading straight at each other. (35- 40 sec before the start of the second maneuver)
From your right a big roundhouse loop in a tight VIC formation. Wings are overlapping 4 feet!!!
From your left/right the team will do a barrel roll in VIC formation. Hardest maneuver to do in formation as the leader is constantly changing his aircraft in three dimensions. The wingmen are definitely warmed up after this maneuver.
Another very difficult formation to maintain due to the lack of visual cues for the wing men
Begins with a half loop with a quarter roll on the down line. The team makes a crossing break followed by a head on near miss pass between 2 and 3
Lead and 2 rejoin for flip and the flop maneuver rolling together in close trail formation while 3 makes a head-on opposing pass.
For the sweethearts in the crowd. Lead and two make a heart with smoke. The heart is completed with the piercing of cupid’s arrow.
Line abreast changing to VIC formation during the loop! Immediately followed by a game of follow the leader in a simulated WWII dog fight.
All three aircraft roll together to create braided smoke trails
Lead aircraft inverted while two and three remain in a tight VIC formation. All aircraft roll to the upright Vic formation
The Jay is more than a simulator—it's a flight experience device supporting training, proficiency, and just plain fun! In addition to the free flight mode where you select the aircraft and conditions, the Jay has a scenario mode where you can load a preset scenario and fly it. A scenario could range from a simple flight challenge to a complex flight with multiple potential outcomes.
For example, a magazine article on an aircraft accident could be linked to a mission where the Jay owner flies that scenario. Redbird Media, a company specializing in curriculum for simulation, will create many of these scenarios in partnership with AOPA Pilot and other training outlets and magazines. The scenario exchange will be open to any company wishing to create scenarios for the Jay. A one-button update on the Jay will load the latest scenarios available for free or that the owner has purchased.
The Jay home screen also has a built-in web browser to access scenario add-ons, such as video, or download simulator extensions such as additional aircraft or scenery. The Jay is built by Redbird, a company whose full-motion simulators see thousands of hours of abuse every year. The Jay chassis is metal, not plastic. Control smoothness is paramount. The parts should last indefinitely.
In addition, there are pilot-centric touches. For example, the yoke travel is equivalent to a typical Cessna or Piper single—about three times as far as most plastic flight sim yokes move. The software powering the Jay is Lockheed Prepar3D (pronounced "prepared"). Prepar3D is an evolution of Microsoft's FSX, enhanced and expanded for professional-level simulation, including Redbird's full-motion simulators. This means most of the many plug-ins, aircraft and communities designed for FSX will work flawlessly on the Jay.
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Redbird and the Aerostars have teamed up to give air show spectators a chance to try out the challenges of formation flying first hand in our one-of-a-kind simulator trailer. Equipped with 5 Jay simulators loaded with a mission specifically designed for the Aerostars by Redbird.
The challenge starts on the runway at Oshkosh in the front seat of Dave Monroe’s Yak-52. Just ahead and to the left is the Yak-52 of Lead Pilot Harvey Meek. After takeoff, the visitor must hold position on Harvey’s right wing, while the voice of Aerostars Right Wing, Dave Monroe supplies helpful hints as if he was riding along in the back seat. Completing the entire challenge requires holding position through several tight turns and landing back at Whitman Regional airport.
The simulator trailer will be featured at most of the team’s shows and we welcome anyone, young or old to experience the joys and challenges of formation flying. The team pilots regularly visit the trailer, so who knows, you might have one of the pilots looking over your shoulder and giving you helpful advise as you complete the challenge.
On behalf of the men and women of David Schultz Airshows LLC and all of the numerous support staff and volunteers of the 2008 Caribbean Airshow at San lsidro Air Base, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, I wobrd like to thank you for your wonderfbr performances, dedication, and hard work in support of this special event; the Fuelza Aerea Dominicana's 60th Anniversary Airshow.
We appreciate the Aerostars supporting this event which was a positive life changing experience for everyone in attendance. Your inclusion in this event helped to showcase the close cooperation between the United States and the Dominican general public and military personnel as well as 'Vov? a huge crowd of over 40,000 on Saturday and over 70,000 on Sunday. Your performances will be talked about for years by the tens of thousands that got to meet you, see you fly, and be amazed by your team talents.
We look forward to working with you in the future at other airshows and wish you continued success during the 2008 Airshow Season.
The Yak 52TW is a tailwheel derivative of the famous Yak-52 aerobatic trainer designed in the late 1970’s. The Aerostars chose the Yak 52TW for its new construction, sturdy airframe capable of withstanding +7 and -5 g-forces and its unique fuel and oil systems that allow for three minutes of inverted flight. The team’s fleet of Yak-52TWs are powered by the M-14PF-XDK, a nine cylinder, supercharged radial engine rated at 400 horsepower. More than 2,000 Yak-52s have been manufactured to date.
Even though our aircraft convey the classic warbird look, they are actually only about 12 years old. The team purchased all three aircraft brand new from the factory in Romania and being the first owners is really reassuring when flying the type of maneuvers that we do.
Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company carries everything a pilot could need, including pilot supplies and aircraft parts, always at the lowest prices.
Aircraft Spruce supplies components for a wide variety of homebuilt aircraft including the Lancair, Vans Aircraft, Cozy, Starduster and Europa, as well as factory built parts for Cessna, Piper, Beech, and Mooney. Products include Garmin avionics, tools, charts, propellers, spruce, software, instruments, aircraft engines, aviation headsets, landing gear components, and composite materials.
We also carry a full line of aviation grade hardware, covering supplies and materials, electrical components, and steel and aluminum.For airplane parts and pilot supplies, Aircraft Spruce is the leading aviation supply house in the world. Call Spruce for all your aviation needs.
AirVenture visitors can fly formation with the Aerostars aerobatic team in Redbird’s custom-built Yak-52 simulator—and maybe the real airplane.
Oshkosh, WI (July 22, 2013) – It takes years of practice to earn a spot in the daily airshow over Oshkosh, but this season visitors can experience formation flying for themselves using a Redbird MX2 simulator at AirVenture. This custom-built simulator replicates a Yakolev 52TW, the 450-horsepower, tailwheel version of the fully aerobatic Russian military trainer flown by the Aerostars. Visitors can just try on the Yak for fun, or experience what it’s like to fly formation in the Aerostars flight challenge.
The challenge starts on the runway at Oshkosh in the front seat of Dave Monroe’s Yak-52. Just ahead and to the left is the Yak-52 of Lead Pilot Harvey Meek. After takeoff, the visitor must hold position on Harvey’s right wing, while the voice of Aerostars Right Wing, Dave Monroe supplies helpful hints as if he was riding along in the back seat. Completing the entire challenge requires holding position through several tight turns and landing back at Whitman Regional airport (Oshkosh).
Redbird Flight Simulations was established in 2006 with the specific purpose making simulation more accessible to the general aviation industry. Since its inception Redbird has delivered innovative, reliable and high-quality training devices to flight schools, colleges, universities and individual pilots around the world. With more than 800 devices in service worldwide, Redbird has quickly become the fastest growing and most innovative simulator provider in the industry.
Total Control of Technology AvMap key to success is the control of the GPS technology. AvMap is the only example in the industry capable of engineering and manufacturing internally both software and hardware for its devices. This in-sourcing policy has proven to be a competitive advantage, as AvMap can provide know-how in all the stages of production:
B&C Specialty Products began in 1980, building lightweight dependable parts for the home-built aircraft industry. Making its start with alternators, B&C has since developed starters and introduced RG batteries and is continuing to develop innovative and reliable products, and offer a superior long-term value. Such an approach may not make our products the "cheapest," but that's not necessarily our mission. Our emphasis has always been on providing quality products at a reasonable cost...and serving our customers well.
B&C has also developed products that were needed for production aircraft. Many of our parts are STC's and PMA'd for installation on your aircraft. B&C has developed stand-by power systems as standard equipment on new Bonanzas, Pipers, and Mooney's.
B&C also provides electrical system supplies for aircraft including switches, wire, terminals, connectors, circuit breakers, fuses and fuse holders, panel lamps, tools, and more.
The Mission of Byron Bank has remained constant: to provide our customers with unrivaled financial service, professional attention to detail and personalized red carpet service. Our focus remains doing what is best for each customer. We take pride in getting to know you, remembering your history and making your banking quick and painless. Our goal: For you to be known at your bank.
We also understand our customers' needs - from a Cessna 150 to an exotic warbird. That is why we participate in a wide variety of aviation events - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the Reno Air Races, AOPA seminars, North American Trainer Association gatherings and many others. We are there to get acquainted with our policyholders, learn from them, and be proactive in our business relationship.
We not only participate in these events, we also take an administrative and organizational role in them, particularly the National Warbird Operator Conference. Safe operating practices and the latest maintenance information is paramount to our entire community. We're proud to be the leaders of this annual gathering of warbird operators and maintenance technicians.
General aviation, sport flying, warbirds, corporate aviation and flight schools... We want to be your agent. Give us a call so we can be of service to you.
Since the dawn of powered flight, aviators and technicians alike have counted on the Champion® brand name for performance-proven aviation ignition components and systems.
The original Champion Spark Plug Company was formed in 1903 in Toledo, Ohio, and, within just a few years, it had become the undisputed leader in supplying quality spark plugs and ignition components to the aviation industry.
For decades, Champion products brought power to flight, incorporating breakthrough technology and innovative product developments. Throughout those years and now into the 21st century, the famous Champion “bow tie” stands as a worldwide symbol for superiority in product ingenuity and service integrity.
No need to worry anymore about landing in remote areas and having to get your plane started again. Since the E-Z Heat system draws less than 300 watts of power, a small portable generator will get you off and flying!
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A century ago, Goodyear built the first aircraft tire. It was just the beginning of greater things to come.
Goodyear would be the first tire company to invent an aircraft tire testing machine to help produce consistently high quality tires. It was also the first to develop aircraft tire retreads and radial aircraft tires.
Our overall vision for the future is reflected in the goals we've set for our Aviation Division. From experimental aircraft to military flight operations and spacecraft, this industry is growing and changing at an unbelievable pace. In order to meet the new demands of our customers, we have committed our resources to stay on the leading edge of technology.
We've been making aircraft tires that perform and keep performing under the most stringent demands. With over 3,000,000 landings in our testing department, that ongoing commitment to quality has made Goodyear the world's leading supplier of aircraft tires.
Our aircraft tires are the first choice of pilots, fleet managers and technicians worldwide. So when you choose Goodyear aviation products, you're not only getting what we believe are the best products available, you're getting a commitment to service that extends above and beyond the life of your tires.
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If you haven't been to Galt lately, stop on by! We have recently seal coated and re painted our 3000'x50' runway.
On the east side of the airport, there is a cabin, stocked fishing pond, and firepit, all available to our hangar tenants. Go fishing for the afternoon, or reserve the campground for the whole weekend....it's up to you. You can even taxi your airplane to the campground for the full "grass roots" experience.
But, what we're most proud of is the fact that our airport isn't just a gathering place for aviators....it's a community. The local EAA, Chapter 932, is very active and coordinates many events. We've hosted flour drop competitions, a Luau, and even "Galtoberfest", just to name a few.
Our events are fun for the whole family (pets included), and separate us from being simply a "place to park your airplane".
We are ALL proud of this airport, customers and employees alike. We are proud to be a part of all of the events that help expand our aviation community.
So, drop in, say hello, and we're sure you'll see what makes Galt a great place to be.
Kelly Manufacturing Company is the manufacturer of the R.C. Allen line of instruments. KMC is the largest manufacturer of general aviation aircraft instruments in the world and has two manufacturing plants. One is situated in the downtown area of Wichita, Kansas, and the second is located in Grenola, Kansas. Both plants also operate FAA licensed repair stations.
R.C. Allen Inc. was founded by Ralph C. Allen (1884-1967) in 1932, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Later, it became known as R.C. Allen Business Machines Inc. and was one of the leading manufacturers of business machines. Thousands of old R.C. Allen cash registers, adding machines, and typewriters can still be found across the country today.
Today, the R.C. Allen brand still retains its position as aviation’s most trusted line of aircraft instruments worldwide. KMC manufactures a wide range of quality instruments for a variety of military and general aviation aircraft. With the introduction of the new RCA 2600 Series Digital Horizon and the new Emergency Standby Power (ESP) battery backup, KMC stays on the cutting edge of aviation technology and safety.
XeVision™ was founded in early 2002 by Daniel Blumel, president of Reliable Equipment and Engineering, Ogden UT, and Jurg Sommerauer, president/owner of Aero Visions International, Inc., Ogden UT. Reliable Equipment and Engineering is in business since 1987 providing industrial product sales. Aero Visions International (see web site) is in business since 1992 with experience in R&D, aircraft design, system integration, and builder assistance Principals are pilots and experimental aircraft builders.The purpose of this joint venture is to offer the very best in technology, reliability and performance in HID Xenon metal halide arc discharge lighting systems for Aerospace and Industry.
- Implement cutting edge technology for HID lighting
- To be one step ahead of the competition
- Reliability of all ™XeVision products
- Maintain high standard for customer/product support
- Create a safe flight environment “See and be seen" for aircraft
With several patents pending, our proprietary electronic ballasts, HID pulsing system, and specially designed HID products makes XeVision the leader in HID lighting technology.
2013 Warbirds Over Monroe
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2013 Sun 'n Fun
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2013 Sun 'n Fun
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2013 Battle Creek Field of Flight and Balloon Festival - Twilight Show
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2009 Blue Angels Homecoming Airshow
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2013 AirVenture Oshkosh Arrival
2012 Wings Over Whiteman Air Show
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2012 Homestead Airshow
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"The Aviators" Season 3
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Hanging (Upside Down) with the Aerostars
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2009 Battle Creek Field of Flight and Balloon Festival - Day Show
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2009 Pax River Air Expo
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Aviation has fascinated mankind ever since the Wright Brothers first took to the skies more than 100 years ago. Since then advances in aviation technology have made it possible for more and more people to experience the beauty of soaring through the clouds. Taking the controls of an aircraft and learning to fly is a dream that many of us share! However becoming a pilot was and still is a challenging task that demands discipline, courage and the necessary financial resources. Hence for many it remains a dream!
Live Your Dream wants to help turn some of those dreams into reality!
Sennheiser Aviation first started Live Your Dream as a small scholarship competition in 2011. Fueled by the overwhelming level of participation and the quality of submissions Sennheiser quickly realized that Live Your Dream is here to stay. In fact, it was time to turn it into something bigger. When Sennheiser took the idea of a broader scholarship program to some of their friends and partners in the aviation community including us at Team Aerostars, they received nothing but positive feedback and new ideas. Everyone wanted to find a way to support Live Your Dream in the best way possible. Being Live Your Dream ambassadors allows the Aerostars to demonstrate how we lived our dream and what it took to achieve our goals. Sennheiser’s corporate supporters are providing valuable prizes to the scholarship winners and are helping to grow the program even further. Live Your Dream has turned into a true team effort and we are thankful for the opportunity we have been given to support the aviation community by getting more pilots into the air.
Ultimately, Live Your Dream is all about living dreams and by knowing we can help someone take to the skies, we are living ours! We hope you will join us on our journey.
Click on the Live Your Dream logo to find out more.
The Aerostars are proud supporters of EAA’s Eagle Flights, a program created to help everyone interested to discover the fun, freedom and accessibility of personal aviation through a hands-on introductory flight experience with an EAA member pilot in your area. An Eagle Flight is an opportunity to experience all that aviation has to offer.
As part of the team’s involvement with the program, our pilots not only participate in local EAA chapter events, taking Eagle Flight candidates on introductory flights but we also had the opportunity to host many soon-to-be aviators in our simulator trailer at this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh.
As a team of passionate aviators we are very excited about our affiliation with EAA’s program since we are also all about making aviation as accessible as possible for everyone and we feel the Eagle Flights do just that.
If you are interested in finding out more about the program please don’t hesitate to contact us or click on the EAA logo above to find out more.