US air show star and Red Bull Air Race pilot Michael Goulian announces landmark 2017 season
Thirty years on from his air show debut, the award-winning aviator will thrill crowds across three continents this season.
(Plymouth, MA) The 2017 season will mark a milestone for US pilot Michael Goulian: 30 years since his debut air show performance as an exceptionally talented teenager in 1987. He’ll celebrate with a packed calendar that includes shows across the USA plus eight international stops as a contender for the Red Bull Air Race World Championship. At every destination, he’ll share the skills that have earned him the top step on competitive podiums and a triple crown of industry honors.
Goulian’s first air show flight was a home affair at Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts, right where he’d learned to fly. Thirty years later, his calendar includes flying his Extra 330SC at “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, with over half a million visitors from 80 nations in attendance.
Team Goulian kicked off their 2017 racing season by claiming the DHL Fastest Lap Award at the opener of the Red Bull Air Race in Abu Dhabi on February 10-11. Goulian will pilot his custom Edge 540 V2 raceplane against the best in the sport at seven more stops, including the World Championship’s first-ever visit to the Russian sporting capital of Kazan, and races in home skies at San Diego, California and Indiana’s legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Flying and racing amazing planes around the globe is something I never imagined possible when I was a kid. But now that I have been living this dream for many years, I feel lucky and privileged to be doing so, and I never take any flight for granted,” says Goulian.
Not taking flights for granted is part of what has earned the former U.S. National Aerobatic Champion a host of honors including the rare air show trifecta of the Art Scholl Memorial Award, the Bill Barber Award, and the ICAS Sword of Excellence. The pilot also has a deep appreciation for the exceptional organizations that partner with Goulian Aerosports, noting, “We’re very proud to announce that our longtime partners Goodyear Aviation, Whelen Engineering, and Aviall will again be joining forces with us for the 2017 season.”
Back when the young Goulian made his air show debut, he was thrilled to receive a letter of thanks from a local US Air Force Lieutenant General, never suspecting that 30 years later he’d be starring in shows along with the USAF Thunderbirds, the Snowbirds of the Canadian Forces, and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels (who have made him an honorary member).
“One of the great honors bestowed upon me each year is to be able to share the sky with our military,” Goulian states. “The example of excellence and selflessness they show to their fellow performers and our nation is simply inspirational. I’m honored to call many of them friends, but I am still awed by their dedication to professionalism.” Now in the best shape of his life and with a passion for aviation that has only grown with time, Goulian is eager for the season to unfold, saying, “Even though I flew my first show in 1987 at a very young 18 years old, I still look at each air show and each race with the same excitement as I did many years ago.”
For more on Michael Goulian’s 2017 season, including updates on air shows, the Red Bull Air Race, and more, visit the newly re-launched Goulian Aerosports website at mikegoulian.com
Goulian Aerosports 2017 Calendar
February 10-11: Red Bull Air Race, Abu Dhabi, UAE
March 24-26: Wings Over the Golden Isles – Brunswick, GA, USA
April 4-9: Sun ‘n Fun Fly-in – Lakeland, FL, USA
April 15-16: Red Bull Air Race – San Diego, CA, USA
April 29-30: MCAS Beaufort Air Show – Beaufort, SC, USA
May 6-7: Defenders of Liberty Air Show – Shreveport, LA, USA
May 13-14: Memphis Air Show – Memphis, TN, USA
May 20-21 Rhode Island National Guard Open House – N. Kingstown, RI, USA
June 3-4: Red Bull Air Race – Chiba, Japan
July 1-2: Red Bull Air Race – Budapest, Hungary
July 22-23: Red Bull Air Race – Kazan, Russia
July 24-30: AirVenture – Oshkosh, WI, USA
August 12-13: Westfield International Air Show – Westfield, MA, USA
August 26-27: Great State of Maine Air Show – Brunswick, ME, USA
September 2-3: Red Bull Air Race Round 6 – Porto, Portugal
September 5: Hartzell Anniversary Air Show – Piqua, OH, USA
September 16-17: Red Bull Air Race Round 7 – Lausitz, Germany
October 14-15: Red Bull Air Race Season Finale – Indianapolis, IN, USA
October 28-29: Fort Worth Alliance Air Show – Fort Worth, TX, USA