Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Heavy Metal Jet Team Announces Complete Pilot Roster for 2011 Air Show Season

North America’s newest five-ship civilian jet team members introduced at the International Council of Air Shows annual convention

Las Vegas, NV (Tuesday, December 7, 2010) – Heavy Metal Jet Team, the new five-ship aerobatic civilian-owned jet team sponsored by United Bank Card, Inc (UBC), is introducing its full line-up of pilots to members of the air show industry this week at the annual International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention in Las Vegas, NV.  The Lancaster, PA-based jet team will include three veteran military pilots, two active-duty military pilots, and two civilian world record holders.  Joining the previously announced Heavy Metal Jet Team pilots Lt. Colonel Jerry “Jive” Kerby, USAF (ret.), Jared “Rook” Isaacman, and Captain Dale “Snort” Snodgrass, USN (ret.) are Doug “H-Dog” Demko, Major Sean “Stroker” Gustafson, USAFR, Major John “Slick” Baum, USAF, and Lt. Commander Michael “Buick” Eberhardt, USN (ret.). 

“We are fortunate to have such exceptionally talented pilots joining the Heavy Metal Jet Team for its premiere air show season,” states Lead Pilot Lt. Colonel Jerry “Jive” Kerby, USAF (ret.).  Kerby continues, “It’s exciting to be working with a group of pilots who have such high levels of professionalism and skills both as aviators and as performers.” 

Joining Kerby, Isaacman, and Snodgrass on the Heavy Metal Jet Team are the following pilots:
Doug “H-Dog” Demko who is one of the current record holders of the fastest time around the world Eastbound having broken the previous record in 2009.  Major Sean “Stroker” Gustafson, USAFR, who has just completed his second and final year as the Slot pilot of the USAF Thunderbirds in the #4 jet.  Major John “Slick” Baum, USAF, who has also completed his second and final year as a member of the USAF Thunderbirds having flown as the Left Wing pilot in the #2 jet.  Lt. Commander Michael “Buick Eberhardt, USN, (ret.), a former F-14 and A-4 pilot who is currently one of the Collings Foundation’s TA-4 civilian instructor pilots as well as a veteran air show pilot with the Geico Skytypers.

The Heavy Metal Jet Team Web site, which went on-line on Monday, December 6, has more information about each of the pilots.  www.heavymetaljetteam.com

Heavy Metal Jet Team is a dynamic five-ship jet team led by Jerry “Jive” Kerby with featured performer Dale “Snort” Snodgrass.  It is fully sponsored for 2011 by United Bank Card. To inquire about the booking the team and for more information, please contact LM Sawyer at 813-964-6259 or lunar@flyjivefly.com

United Bank Card is a premier payment and transaction processing organization based out of Hampton, New Jersey.  As founder and CEO, Jared Isaacman has led United Bank Card from a fledgling start-up in his parent’s basement ten years ago, to a 10 billion dollar payment processing company serving business owners around the nation. Ranked by the Nilson Report as one of the largest payment processors in the United States, United Bank Card currently handles the merchant accounts for over 130,000 business locations. It is consistently recognized as a leader in innovation, United Bank Card is a five-time consecutive Inc. 500 company (2005-2009) and was ranked on Deloitte’s 2008 “Technology Fast 50” list.   For more information on United Bank Card please visit www.unitedbankcard.com.

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