More than a graphic, the Red Bull Air Race “Ghost Plane” gives fans a gripping view of the action that is absolutely unique to the sport. Producing this exceptional apparition takes both technology and teamwork.
Imagine being upside down, under water and strapped into a cockpit. That is what Red Bull Air Race pilots experience in their mandatory Shallow Water Egress Training. SWET takes these aviators literally out of their element, but safety means preparing for even the most improbable situations. Here are the insights from the participants...
One of the greatest secrets kept by the teams of the Red Bull Air Race is how the pilots fly the perfect line. Here Paul Bonhomme talks to Neil Furness from The Blades Racing Team about how they remain competitive...
Some of the most iconic aerial photographs ever taken of Red Bull Air Race pilots have been "extracurricular" shots, taken away from the race venues. And for these shoots, the rivals from the racetrack need to work in perfect harmony – with each other and with the photographer. "These shoots are different, because everyone is more relaxed. The pilots aren't thinking about racing," Mitter says.
"This job isn't only about data analysis to find the best line through a racetrack," says Anselmo Gamez, a flight instructor, commercial pilot and championship-winning aerobatic competitor who is tactician for Team Velarde. "I work on recommending new techniques for flying and training, and am involved in developing the plane and its modifications.
It's all well and good flying that one perfect run in the Red Bull Air Race, but it will only get you so far in the competition. Three-time World Champion Paul Bonhomme explains why the key to success is practice and consistency.
The judges can be found in Race Control, along with the Race Director and Head Judge. Each has their role to play. The Race Director will call the pilot into the track safely and handle communication, the head judge will watch the pilot fly through the track and the judges will watch the pilots' every move using the Judging Terminal.
It's not just the raceplanes that are filled with the latest technology, but the judging panel terminal is also a highly specialised piece of equipment. It was originally developed in 2014 and is constantly being improved.