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Eastbourne International Airshow 2017


FIREFLIES The FireFlies Aerobatic Display Team will be performing two special displays at this year’s Air Show. An afternoon display featuring close formation aerobatics, opposition and synchro work with white smoke filling the sky, and a fully aerobatic dusk display, with the use of pyrotechnics to create a truly unique spectacle. The Fireflies consist of two Vans RV4 aircraft flown by Pilots Jon Gowdy and Andy Durston. The Van’s series of sport aircraft are the most successful line of build-it-yourself kit planes. Well over 9,000 RV’s have taken to the skies around the world and the RV4’s that the team fly are a development of the original, single seat RV3. Weighing in at an empty weight of approximately 500kg the RV4 is fitted with a 5.3 Litre 160HP engine giving it performance like a hot-rod. Normal cruising speed is about 160 mph but during the display the Fireflies make the most of the entire flight envelope and will be travelling at everything from zero to over 200mph. FLYING TIMES Sat 14:55; Sun 14:33 & 20:10 DIMENSIONS Height: 1.65m; Length: 6.20m Wingspan: 7.1m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 200mph POWERPLANT 1 x Lycoming O-320, O-360 or IO-360, 150-180hp DID YOU KNOW? Jon flies the lead aircraft of the Fireflies, guiding the team through their dynamic sequence of manoeuvres, ensuring that every display is as safe as it is exciting. 58 EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL aIR S HOW 2017

TWISTER AEROBATICS TEAM FLYING TIMES Sun 20:20 Formed in 2010, the team have performed at events across Europe and the Middle East showcasing the highly efficient Silence Twister aircraft. The team, led by Peter Wells, are very versatile performing daytime aerial ballets and unique evening displays with specially developed pyrotechnic effects and are the only formation team in Europe performing this style of display. On Sunday 20th August you will be able to witness the acclaimed pyro display in the skies above Eastbourne ahead of the firework finale! As well as the wingtip pyrotechnics, the aircraft also feature high powered spot lamps to illuminate the display smoke and coloured LEDs along the aircraft fuselage. The Silence Twister started life as a world beating radio controlled aerobatic machine simply known as the Twister. It had been developed by Matthias and Thomas Strieker in Germany and was so successful that they decided to build a “real” version of the model. DIMENSIONS Length: 6.18m Wingspan: 7.5m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 161mph POWERPLANT 1 x UL-Power UL260iSA engine DID YOU KNOW? The production technique used in the Twister bucks the trend in light aircraft as it uses a honeycomb core rather than a foam core to separate the thin layers of glass fibre for the fuselage and wing to make the structure lightweight and very tough. WWW.EASTBOURNEAIRSHOW.COM 59

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