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Eastbourne International Airshow 2017

TEAM RAVEN Team Raven is

TEAM RAVEN Team Raven is a formation aerobatic display team that formed in May 2014. The Ravens use Van’s RV aircraft with a mix of one RV4 as the lead aircraft and five RV8s. Entirely self-funded, the team has striven to create a professional and effective display to showcase to you today at Eastbourne Air Show. The team name ‘Raven’ came from a play on the letters ‘RV’ and makes more sense if written ‘RaVen’ as per the badge on the sides of the aircraft fuselages. All aircraft on display are self built aircraft, albeit only Ravens 2 and 4 have been self built by the team. They are all of aluminium construction and use standard Lycoming io-360, 180hp engines coupled to constant speed propellers, which given their light weight, results in an agreeable power to weight ratio. They are fully aerobatic with a decent ‘g’-limit range and have been modifiedwith smoke systems. FLYING TIMES Thurs 14:36; Fri 13:30; Sat 12:53; Sun 14:45 DIMENSIONS Height: 1.70m; Length: 6.40m Wingspan: 7.32m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 221mph POWERPLANT 1 x Lycoming IO-360 four cylinder, fuel injected engine, 200hp. DID YOU KNOW? The team have some distinctive manoeuvres to look out for - ‘Thread the Needle’, ‘Delta Loop’, ‘The Cross Break, Caterpillar Loop’ and ‘The Heart’! 56 EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL aIR S HOW 2017

RICH GOODWIN PITTS SPECIAL See pilot Rich Goodwin in the skies above Eastbourne in his highly modified Pitts Special S2S - his ‘Muscle Biplane’! G-EWIZ has been specially modified to provide the ultimate biplane for air show entertainment. It might look like a Pitts Special but the aircraft’s extensive modification programme has given this biplane, the aptly registered G-EWIZ, enhanced capabilities which allow Rich to perform a unique and extraordinary brand of aerobatics where high energy gyroscopic forces have been combined with aerobatic manoeuvres to produce a very dynamic routine. Watch this special biplane hover like a Harrier, perform double-hammerheads and the amazing Tower of Power, complete torque rolls, backwards flight and highalpha knife-edge flypasts! The original Pitts first flew in 1945. G-EWIZ is a Pitts S2S, one of only 30 aircraft ever built. FLYING TIMES Sat 15:07; Sun 12:45 DIMENSIONS Height: 2.02m; Length: 5.71m Wingspan: 6.10m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 210mph POWERPLANT 1 x Textron Lycoming AE10-540 engine DID YOU KNOW? The new colour scheme is based on the Union Jack; fitting for a man who served in the Royal Air Force as a Tornado GR1 ground attack pilot and flew in combat. WWW.EASTBOURNEAIRSHOW.COM 57

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