Thursday, October 20, 2011

Heavy Metal Jet Team Announces Name Change to Black Diamond Jet Team

Retains Pilots, Crew and Sponsor United Bank Card

Growing Team Recently Acquired Seventh Military Jet 
for Dynamic Airshow Displays
Two Exciting Florida Shows Remaining for the 2011 Season

Lakeland, FL (10/19/2011) - Heavy Metal Jet Team, the six-ship aerobatic civilian-owned jet team sponsored by United Bank Card, Inc. (UBC), announced today an immediate name change for the team to Black Diamond Jet Team. The change reflects the continual growth of the team and desire to take it into new and bigger directions. The pilots, support staff, and sponsor for the team remain unchanged.

The Black Diamond Jet Team will add another MiG-17 aircraft to their 2012 season roster as an Opposing Solo, enabling the team to present a more uniform flying show. The seven-ship, high-performance jet aerobatics will be inclusive of the five L-39s and MiG-17 currently being displayed.

“Our amazing team is growing. Our performance, capabilities, pilots, crew and aircraft are all exceeding expectations. As we close out the 2011 season and begin preparations for our seven-ship act in 2012, we wanted a team name that reflected skill, challenge and expertise. This is why we selected the Black Diamond Jet Team.” said Lead Pilot Lt. Colonel Jerry “Jive” Kerby, USAF (Ret.). “Black Diamond Jet Team is bringing the same team members and dedication to an exciting 2012 season that promises to entertain air show fans throughout the country.”

“United Bank Card is very proud to continue our sponsorship of the Black Diamond Jet Team,” said Jared Isaacman, founder and CEO of UBC who is also the Right Wing pilot for the team. “We wanted our fans, friends and members of our airshow family to see our name transition during the airshow season. We wanted to say goodbye to our old Heavy Metal Jet Team and usher in the new Black Diamond Jet Team at an airshow performance and not during the offseason.”

The two remaining 2011 shows for the Black Diamond Jet Team are the Cocoa Beach Air Show, from November 5 - 6 in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and the Stuart Air Show, from November 11 - 12 in Stuart, Florida. The 2012 season schedule for the team will be released in December during the annual International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Convention in Las Vegas, NV.

For more information about the new Black Diamond Jet Team, visit:
The Team also has new Facebook and Twitter pages;!/BlackDiamondJet or Tweet us; @BlackDiamondJet

About Black Diamond Jet Team

Black Diamond Jet Team is a dynamic seven-ship jet team led by Jerry “Jive” Kerby with featured performer Dale “Snort” Snodgrass. It is fully sponsored for 2011 by United Bank Card. Black Diamond Jet Team is unique in that it’s the only civilian seven-ship aerobatic and formation jet team in North America. The team features a combination of five L-39 jet aircraft with two opposing Mig-17 fighter jets. The 2011 season is dedicated to the Make-A-Wish-Foundation, and the team members and United Bank Card are working with local chapters to raise awareness for the organization. To inquire about the booking the team and for more information, please visit

About United Bank Card

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

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