Monday, October 4, 2010

Entertainment Powerhouse at Wings & Waves Airshow Oct. 9 & 10

Featuring the Geico Skytpers, Corkey Fornoff, Rob Holland, and Jason Newburg on Oct. 9 and 10

WHO:                         Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Title Sponsor

WHAT:                       WINGS AND WAVES AIR SHOW

WHEN:                       Oct. 9-10, 2010

TIME:                         Show begins at 11 a.m.

WHERE:                     Daytona Beach, Fla., off the shoreline centered in front of

                                    the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort

ADMISSION:             Free and open to the public

Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 4, 2010 – Completing the lineup of entertainment at the Embry-Riddle Wings and Waves Air Show are acrobatic and aerial displays by seasoned aviators and a showing of the Plunkett WW1 Aviation Collection.

Corkey Fornof, who has 17,000-plus hours in over 287 different types of aircraft and has flown on every continent of the world except Antarctica, will demonstrate a high performance aerobatic flight routine at the air show.

Fornof has worked as a test pilot, corporate pilot, aerial coordinator, fixed-wing camera pilot, technical advisor, actor, and stunt pilot, including over 2,600 low-level aerobatic performances. He also formed the first civilian high-performance aerobatic flight demonstration team, using WWII fighters, and is currently director of flight operations and chief test pilot for LoPresti Aviation.

Also in the lineup is the Infamous GEICO Skytypers Airshow Team, a flight squadron of six vintage WWII airplanes performing precision flight maneuvers at select air shows across the United States. The team is the only civilian squadron appearing at air shows and flying the SNJ-2, a vintage WWII aircraft. Of the 11 remaining SNJ-2 airplanes still in existence, the team uses six.

The team performs a low-level precision formation flying routine combined with a thrilling aeronautical demonstration highlighting the unique capabilities of the aircraft. In addition, GEICO Skytypers are often found typing messages using the horizon as a back drop. These messages can be as tall as the Empire State Building and visible up to 15 miles away.

Flying the MX2 Aerobatic Aircraft by MX Aircraft Ultimate Airshows, Rob Holland brings unrivaled performance in the sky with a non-stop, action-packed air show routine. Stepping off his Gold Medal Finish at the 8th World Advanced Aerobatic Championships, he brings a whole new, exciting set of world-class maneuvers to his routine this year.

Holland pushes the envelope of the most advanced aerobatic aircraft in the air show industry today. With a high-energy mixture of high and low altitude maneuvers, he delights and amazes audiences while remaining well within his high margin of safety.

Jason Newburg will also be performing at the air show, bringing the kind of extensive, unlimited-level aerobatic experience that has produced the top air show performers in the industry today.

Newburg has been instructed and mentored by some of the aerobatics community’s most revered figures, including Michael Goulian, Sean D. Tucker, Jim Leroy, Clint McHenry, Nikolai Timofeev, and Bill Stein. He has built several aircraft and maintains many other air show performance aircraft.

A special addition to the air show is the Plunkett WWI Aviation Collection, which consists of the British Sopwith F.1 Camel the German Fokker DR.I Triplane. The Sopwith F.1 Camel, an agile, highly maneuverable biplane, got its name due to the humped fairing over its twin machine guns. It had powerful torque and killed a lot of novice British pilots, but the Sopwith Camel shot down more German aircraft than any other Allied plane.

The Fokker DR.I Triplane was built after the Sopwith Triplane. While not as fast as contemporary biplanes, the Dreidecker could easily outclimb any opponent. Small, lightweight, and highly maneuverable, it offered good upward visibility and lacked the traditional bracing wires that could be shot away during combat.

The Dreidecker is best known for its image as the aircraft flown by the “Red Baron,” Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the leading ace of World War I. Unique in its characteristic three-winged design and small rudder surface, the DR-I was a very capable dogfighter and a deadly foe with the right pilot at the controls.

The show will take place off the Daytona Beach shoreline, centered in front of the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort. The show begins at 11 a.m. daily and admission is free to all.

Sponsorship opportunities are available to businesses, organizations, and individuals for this major family-oriented, tourist friendly aviation event. For sponsorship involvement, volunteer opportunities, visitor information, and media registration, please visit

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the world’s largest, fully accredited university specializing in aviation and aerospace, offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in its colleges of Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Business, and Engineering. Embry-Riddle educates students at residential campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz., through the Worldwide Campus at more than 170 campus centers in the United States, Europe, Asia, Canada, and the Middle East.


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