Flying Challenge Pilots Face Off in Skills Competition

 - July 29, 2014, 10:15 AM
Redbird simulators are a popular feature at AirVenture 2014.

At 9 a.m. tomorrow at EAA AirVenture, 12 skilled flyers will face off in the Flying Challenge Cup, pitting their Redbird simulator flying skills against each other in three final events–a short-field takeoff, steep turn and precision landing to a full stop on a virtual Runway 18 at Oshkosh Wittman Regional Airport.

The Flying Challenge Cup invited anyone interested in testing their flying skills to practice in a Redbird simulator and compete for one of the 12 finals slots at EAA AirVenture 2014. More than 300 people flew the challenge, flying about 8,000 times and logging more than 500 simulated hours. The challenges tested the flyers’ skills in various scenarios, including precision landings, steep turns and lazy-eight maneuvers.

The finalists for the AirVenture event–which will be filmed–range from age 15 to 71. All 12 finalists received free transportation to Oshkosh, as well as complimentary hotel rooms.

Redbird Flight Simulations brought 29 simulators of various types to AirVenture this year, including its new full-motion VTO helicopter simulator.

Eight Redbird simulators are housed at the IFR Proficiency Center at AirVenture, which is hosted by the IMC Club. Visitors are encouraged to practice IFR proficiency on the simulators by flying various instrument approach scenarios, guided by teachers from the National Association of Flight Instructors. During the scenarios, pilots will be able to interact in real time with air traffic controllers using the PilotEdge live ATC service. There is no charge for participation in flying the IFR scenarios in the Redbird simulators, nor is there any charge for attending IFR Proficiency Center Tech Talks, two of which are being held each day during AirVenture.