National fly-off slated for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

Redbird Flying Challenge
Precision Landings is one of the flight skills featured in the Flying Cup Challenge announced at Lakeland, April 1. Photo credit: Redbird Flight Simulations

April 2, 2014 – Redbird Flight Simulations announced the Flying Challenge Cup on Tuesday, April 1, at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo. Pilots and non-pilots are being invited to try three flying-skills scenarios on Redbird simulators – precision landing, steep turns, and lazy eights – honing their abilities and possibly winning a free trip to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014.

The Challenge provides an early example of Redbird TRACE technology, making flight training “more engaging, more effective, and more affordable all at once,” said Charlie Gregoire, Redbird vice president of sales and marketing.

“This is much more than a flour-bombing contest amped up to a global scale,” he said. “The simulator watches the pilot, measuring, coaching, adapting, scoring, and recording his or her progress.”

Redbird has partnered with Bonnier Publications, publisher of Flying magazine, and 10 other sponsors including EAA to conduct the competition. The top 12 scoring competitors now through July 7 will be invited to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 where they’ll perform a fly-off for the title, live on the AirVenture Main Stage Wednesday morning, July 30 (time TBD).

Each challenge has three parts: a training video with an overview of the skills involved, a training flight where the participant flies the skills challenge with guidance from TRACE, and a challenge flight where the same skills are evaluated, but with no assistance. For every attempt, assisted or not, scores are shown onscreen and uploaded to the participant’s account.

Participants also receive a coupon at signup, so the first half-hour of simulator time at any school is only $15. The system is designed so individual schools can run local events and contests based on the challenges.

Challenge participants can create a profile at the Flying Challenge website and receive a PIN, which will allow them to log onto a Redbird simulator at any participating flight school to launch the challenges. The site also includes complete rules and information for the Challenge.

The top 12 sim pilots will receive round-trip tickets to Oshkosh and lodging. Finalists will include one participant from each of the three categories with highest combined scores across all three challenges (3) and one participant from each of the three categories with the highest score in each individual challenge (9).


Originally from the EAA’s Website.

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