Red Bull Air Race

The world series of the Red Bull Air Race belongs to the best-known motor race with the 15 best world pilots. It is the combination of speed, accuracy and skill. Pilots are flying the fastest, the most dexterous and the lightest aerobatics aeroplanes with the high speed of 370 km/h. They fly between pylons and they have to hold out the overload up to 12 G. This year the races are taking part in 8 towns all over the world, over open air landscape or water surface.

The live broadcasting of individual races is transmitted in 180 towns from all over the world. This event watch more than 400 million people. On average 530,000 visitors watch the races at the real place of action and expenses on the advertisement of these races are totally up to 700, 000 €. The pilots have to fly through the given truck with its length of approximately 5 or 6 km between pylons and with prescribed aerobatics elements. They have to give off the smoke at the time of flying. The highest permitted speed of the aeroplane is 370 km/h, when a pilot has exceeded it by 9 km/h, he gets 1 punishable second. In case that the speed limit is exceeded of more than 9 km/h, a pilot is disqualified. The biggest permitted overload is 12 G. In case of the insufficient work of a smoke producer, a pilot is obtaining 2 punishable seconds after his flying range. The lowest pilot’s weight is 82 kg and the maximum aeroplane’s weight is 540 kg.

The track consists of pylons from the soft texture whose parts are zipped. They are stuffed with air and they split in case of the direct contact with an aeroplane. The pylons can be organized one after another and they formed “the chicane” or side by side and this formation is “the gate”. The gates have got two different colours – red and blue. The blue gates are flown through by horizontally way and the red one vertically, this is called “the knife fly”.

Pilot can obtain 2 or 6 punishable seconds during the flying time on the track or he can be disqualified. Pilots obtain 2 punishable seconds for too high fly-by the pylons or in the case of inaccurate horizontal or vertical fly-by the gates. Pilots get 6 punishable seconds for the contact with pylon. Disqualification is for the very dangerous flight, for the flight above the visitors, for the speed overloading, for the divergence in specified flight course or for the undischarged aerobatic trick.

The race is divided into 4 days and contains the following parts – training, qualification, wild card, Top 12, Super 8 and Final 4. The trainings are taking place 2 days before the qualification and every pilot have to pass minimum 2 of them. The time of final training depends on order of pilots in the qualification. Each pilot passes the track twice during the qualification day. The fastest time is counted. The first ten pilots automatically move forward to the Top 12.The winner of the qualification obtains 1 point for his chart. The wild card is flown first during the race day. The slowest five pilots from the qualification start again and the two fastest complete the Top 12. The wild card establish the order on the 13th – 15th position. The pilots in the Top 12 compete for the positions in Super 8 and the Top 12 establish the 9th – 12th position at the same time. The eight fastest pilots from the Top 12 compete for the advancement to the Final 4. Super 8 then establish the order on 5th – 8th position and the one with the fastest time wins the Final 4. The order on the 1st – 4th position is established at the same time. The winner of the race obtains 12 points to the chart and the 11th place is the last pointed position.