Hartzell Extends Sponsorship with Michael Goulian for 2015 Red Bull Air Races

Michael Goulian of the United States of America poses for a photograph during the training for the second stage of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship in Rovinj, Croatia on April 11, 2014.Hartzell Propeller has extended its sponsorship relationship with Michael Goulian for the 2015 Red Bull Air Race World Championship. This is the second consecutive year for the partnership between the aviation superstar and Hartzell.

“We were so pleased with being able to sponsor exciting airshow veteran Michael Goulian for the Red Bull Air Races in 2014 that we wanted to do it again. He personifies the excitement for aviation and flying that as a company and as individual aviators we fully embrace,” said Hartzell Propeller President Joe Brown.

“The Hartzell Claw propeller on my Red Bull Air Race Edge 540 performed perfectly and, of course, reliably during all of the 2014 race events,” said Goulian. “With the Hartzell Claw I have one less thing to think about during the races because it performs as expected every time I fly.”

As the official propeller technical partner for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, Hartzell will also provide its three-blade structural composite propeller known as The Claw, carbon fiber composite spinners and lightweight governors to each of the race teams. In addition, Hartzell is providing complete propeller technical support and maintenance services for all of the race entrants.

Hartzell’s three-bladed structural composite propeller was nicknamed the Claw due to its high thrust and low gyroscopic forces and inertia. These characteristics, coupled with the strength of the composite construction, make it an ideal match for the race series.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship is an official World Championship, accredited by the FAI – The World Air Sports Federation. Since it was launched, the Red Bull Air Race World Championship has become globally renowned as the fastest and most exhilarating motorsport on the planet.

Devised by the Red Bull sports think-tank, the initial goal was to create the most advanced aerial challenge the world had ever seen; what has evolved into the Red Bull Air Races has far exceeded original expectations. It is a visual spectacle unlike any other. A combination of high speed, low altitude and extreme maneuverability make it only accessible to the world’s most exceptional pilots.

mgas_rbar_2015_abu_hartzellappliedAbout Hartzell Propeller Inc.
Hartzell Propeller is the global leader in advanced technology propeller design and manufacturing with over 3,800 propellers delivered annually to business, commercial and government customers. The company designs these next generation propellers with innovative “blended airfoil” technology and manufactures them with revolutionary machining centers and robotics. With ASC-II™ composite technology, Hartzell delivers optimal performance, strength, and durability with carbon fiber blades.

Hartzell Propeller and its sister company, Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC, form the general aviation business unit of Tailwind Technologies Inc. This growing aerospace technology company also includes Hartzell Aerospace and Mayday Manufacturing. For more info on Hartzell Propeller go to www.hartzellprop.com.

Goulian’s Abu Dhabi Red Bull Air Race Thoughts, Interview and Footage

Michael Goulian (USA) - LifestyleWell, an early end to our day in Abu Dhabi. The wind changed direction just before my flight and I didn’t realize it. Getting out of position cost me two pylon hits. Totally inexcusable on my part. I’m disappointed in my performance but I feel bad that I let my team down because they were amazing all week long. They overcame serious electrical issues early in the week and then major engine issues yesterday and even this morning on race day. I am lucky to have some great guys. We will be strong this year and will overcome a bad start by me.

Goulian Gains Speed in Practice; Qualifies 7th

The qualifying round of the Abu Dhabi installment of the 2015 Red Bull Air Race challenged all of the competitors with high temperatures and shifting winds. A record number of pylon hits were recorded as the pilots fought to maintain their lines through the course. With only one shot at posting a fast time, the pressure was on for all. Michael Goulian posted a time worthy of a 7th place finish despite being hindered by a clogged fuel injector nozzle; reducing his available horsepower to that of a 5 cylinder engine.

Back in the race hangar, the problem was fixed and the #99 Edge 540 is poised to duke it out with French pilot Nicolas Ivanoff Saturday morning at 10.00 UTC (5:00am EST) #Race99 #AirRace


Michael Goulian (USA) - Action



Red Bull Air Race Action Starts Now

Michael Goulian (USA) - ActionJoin in on the action by watching the live stream of images, video and timings on Red Bull Air Race’s live ticker (ScribbleLive). The opening round begins in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The chat stream is already in action today (Thursday) – Qualifying Day starts Friday (February 13th) and Race Day is Saturday (February 14th). This live ticker allows you to chime in with your comments and share with your friends. Join us to follow Team 99!

Fans in the US can only watch the live ticker (chat, images, video) – the live videocast will not be available in the US, but you can watch the full highlights broadcast exclusively on FOX Sports 1 on 2 March at 2100 ET.


Goulian’s Race Team Prepped and Ready for Abu Dhabi

Pre-Season Edge

It’s the dawn of a new year for Team Goulian Race #99. After a short and cold off-season in eastern United States, Mike Goulian takes his new Edge 540 VX (EVX) to the skies under below freezing temperatures for the first pre-season flight testing sessions in Burlington, NC.

For Team Goulian, 2015 started as soon as the Spielberg race was in the books. A new team was formed and challenged with creating a clean sheet design natural born race machine. Within days, a brand new airplane was in the making at Bully Aero’s facilities in North Carolina. The goal: build the most efficient, lightweight, fast and safe race plane possible.

Just before Christmas and New Year’s holidays all new titanium, carbon fiber and kevlar parts were fabricated, exhausting weight-savings work and aerodynamics improvements had been completed, virtual design models had been optimized. A newly designed engine cowl, canopy, and landing gear are the most visual mods, but what you don’t see is just as impressive. The EVX was flown for the first time on January 9th, 2015 and proved that weight, speed, and reliability goals were all exceeded.

The new team is just as impressive as the airplane. For this season Goulian has selected Team Coordinator Pablo C. Branco and Team Technician Dax Wanless for these key roles.

Pablo, born in Brasillia, Brazil grew up around aerobatic airplanes and motorsports. Always a fan of compatriot famous Formula 1 drivers Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna, Pablo comes from a Corporate Aviation background and is a fellow veteran team member in NASCAR, having flown for Nelson Piquet Jr during his years racing in Europe and the USA. His ability to combine his love for flying and racing makes him a natural for Team Coordinator.

American, Dax Wanless  is a veteran technician specializing in aerobatic and high performance aircraft. Originally from Platteville, Wisconsin, Wanless spent many years traveling the world with renowned airshow performers where he earned a reputation for his expertise not only as a mechanic but also aerobatic pilot in this demanding environment. Wanless’ experience and well rounded pilot skill will allow him to excel as the Team’s Technician.

“Our #99 Team is making the trip to Abu Dhabi as prepared as we have ever been. We have all worked very hard during the off season and this hard work has reflected on how our brand new race plane performed during our test sessions. I feel like we have such a great race plane, and I know that gives the whole team a lot of confidence to build the momentum we need for the first race. I believe this season will require even more consistency in every aspect, and that is what we will strive for. Speed and consistency.”

The season of the 2015 Red Bull Air Race kicks off February 13-14 over the sparkling blue waters of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the seven emirates.

On The Fly Videos with Mike Goulian: Episodes 14 & 15

Episode 14 – One Flying Machine

The synthesis of new technologies from a wide range of sources is the key to the Cirrus flying experience. That’s the message in episode 14 of “On The Fly With Mike Goulian.” Mike talks about how much has changed in general aviation in the last 25 year and how Cirrus led this trend by bringing together the best technologies for comfort, ergonomics and performance from automotive, aviation and other industries to create a very special airplane. “It is night and day. Flying can be just an amazing experience if you do it in and SR20. It makes for an experience that a lot of other machines just can’t match.”


Episode 15 – CAPS™ Saves Lives

“An airplane parachute system was a bold idea.” In this episode of “On The Fly With Mike Goulian,” Mike talks about the Cirrus Airframe Parachute System, the innovation that has defined Cirrus and has made the ultimate safety difference for over 100 families. “It makes everyone comfortable. It has saved a lot of lives. And that makes a big difference to someone who’s looking to purchase an airplane or someone who is sitting in it flying
every day.”

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You can also watch all of the episodes at cirrusaircraft.com/onthefly

Team Goulian Announces 2015 Air Show & Air Race Schedule

Team Goulian’s official 2015 calendar is shaping up. We are only a month away from the first of eight Red Bull Air Race World Championship events, kicking off once again in Abu Dhabi. We’ve also added a number of new U.S. air show locations including Melbourne, FL; Latrobe, PA; Gary, IN; Kansas City, MO; Owensboro, KY; and Peachtree City, GA. Check out our schedule for full details!

Click here to view the 2015 schedule.


On The Fly Videos with Mike Goulian: Episodes 12 & 13

Episode 12-The Winning Advantage

“Be more committed. Be more dedicated. Want it more than the person that’s competing against you. And you’ll get there.” That’s the message in episode 12 of “On The Fly With Mike Goulian.” Mike talks about how his father was a living example of how hard work and dedication are the keys to success, no matter what you are trying to achieve.

Episode 13-Cirrus Meets Race Technology

“It’s like a Formula 1 car that flies.” That’s how Mike describes his air show and race planes. Hear Mike explain how the advanced technologies and innovations of his high performance race and air show planes serve as inspiration for performance and safety innovations at Cirrus. “They care about making the next generation product. They care about doing the things that no one else has done before.”

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2015 Red Bull Air Race Schedule Announced

Here is the official 2015 Red Bull Air Race Schedule. We’re pumped for next year’s race season. Goulian’s Team #99′s new race plane is going through its race mod program right now. We…… will be ready!!! 

On The Fly Videos with Mike Goulian: Episodes 10 & 11

Episode 10-Free Time of an Aerobatic Champion

Red Bull Air Race pilot. Aerobatic pilot. Aviation entrepreneur. That’s a full plate for Mike Goulian. What does he do to relax? Mike talks about how he recharges his batteries when he isn’t racing or putting on one of his thrilling air show performances. “Going to the gym is probably the biggest release. I’ll go to a spinning class and get totally engrossed, but really just being with my family is the best thing.”

Episode 11-A Life of Competition

Mike talks about the competitive spirit that was a part of his life from the very beginning. Baseball. Hockey. Tennis. Golf. “My brother and I were competitors in everything we did. When I grew up, I could have done lots of things. I clearly had great hand-eye coordination. Maybe if I wanted to be a pro golfer I could have done that. But I wanted a life in the sky.”

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