Friday Fabulous Flyer
(photo compliments of Red Bull)
If you saw a helicopter doing these maneuvers in your local practice area, you might wonder about the pilot’s blood alcohol levels. But rest assured that Chuck Aaron always has the Red Bull stunt helicopter under control – no matter how crazy it looks.
Photo Compliments of Red Bull
With more than 18,000 hours, Chuck is the only civilian licensed to perform rotorcraft aerobatics in the United States and one of only three people in the world. He was the first helicopter pilot to earn the Art Scholl Showmanship Award and did so after just three years in the business. At an impromptu mid-flight interview during his performance at AirVenture 2012, when the announcer asked him about some of the more technical aspects of his aircraft, Chuck said that while he “can’t share everything about it,” he could say that it was a lot less stable than a normal helicopter and had some nonstandard materials in the rotor blades.
“I’m nervous every time I get in an aircraft for an air show. I have this ritual where I sit in the helicopter for 30 minutes and redirect my thinking to the maneuvers and the safety mechanics. But risk is what it takes in life.” Chuck Aaron.
The above information was sent by Christine Hollingsworth. Which I am grateful for, as I know how busy she is. She hasn't been able to write much with school, family, and flying. But hopefully she'll be back soon.
Chuck Aaron is an amazing individual. I had the great opportunity to see him in Oshkosh. The most difficult challenge was getting the photos because you didn't want to take your eyes off him. There is nothing crazier than seeing a helicopter fly upside down. This defies all aerodynamic logic. He's nervous? I'm nervous for him too.
It appears to me that Chuck Aaron is an all-around great guy entertaining everyone with his passion for flight, and living each day sharing that passion with others. HangarChat.com
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What I love to see is that Chuck uses the power of visualization to rehearse. This is how I prepare to fly... a necessity when you don't fly often. I also have been spending many hours in bed trying to sleep, but visualizing the ending of my novel instead. Visualization works. It also enhances the memory
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