Come out and watch Grace take to the sky in her Eurocopter EC 120, the world’s quietest helicopter. Grace will demonstrated the unique flight characteristics of the EC120 and even give a bow to the crowd.
Flying has been a part of Bud's life since he was 9 years old. He and his brothers were playing when they saw a Tiger Moth biplane glide to a landing on their uncle's farm. They ran to see the plane, and were amazed to find that their Dad was the pilot. He had secretly earned his flying license. Bud and his two brothers were hooked on aviation after that. Their father made a career of flying, and saw his three children begin their lives in aviation.
Bud joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1956 after earning his wings with a Royal Canadian Air Cadet scholarship. He was awarded honor scrolls at basic, and advanced flying schools in the flying the T-6 and T-33. He served 3 years flying the F-86 Sabre in Baden-Baden, Germany. He was a member of the Canadian gunnery team which won the NATO competition for the third straight year.
Bud then instructed on the T-6 Harvard at Red Deer Alberta. He was selected to be the base solo demonstration pilot on the Harvard, thus starting his career as an airshow pilot. A civilian who had purchased a World War 11 surplus P-40 for $150 asked Bud to fly his plane at local airshows. This was Bud's introduction to WW2 type aircraft. Bud became an A-1 instructor, and served in Standards flight and as base instrument check pilot.
Bud lives in Bellevue Washington. He flew for United Airlines until retiring in 1997. He has six children.; three of them served in the Canadian Armed Forces. Two flew with the Snowbird aerobatic team, and are now airline pilots. Ross flies with United, Chris with Air Canada. Deb flies the 737 for Alaska Airlines. Bob chose the Navy, and is now a Captain with BC Ferries, but also ferries the T-6 or Yak-55 to airshows
The T-6/Harvard, Yak-55, or the Fouga Magister are the usual airshow planes. He also flies a formation aerobatic act with his son Ross using his Yak-55 and Ross in theYak-18T. You may see Bud flying museum airplanes around Seattle; classic warbirds like the Mustang, P-40, P-47, TBM Avenger; maybe a British Hawker Hurricane or Spitfire; a German ME-109E, Feisler Strorch; or an old biplane; a Russian “ night witches” Polikarpov PO-2; a World War One JN-4 Jenny, N3N, or Stearman.
Ross Granley comes from a large family of pilots that include grandparents, uncles, parents, cousins, brothers, and sister Deb, and wife, Shari. He was born in Red Deer, Alberta Canada in 1963, A Royal Canadian Air Force base, where his father was instructing on the Harvard/T-6
The third of six children, Ross showed an early love of flying and a strong desire to make it his life’s ambition. Ross joined the Canadian Air Force in 1985. He received his wings in 1987, then instructed in the Canadair CT-114 Tutor aircraft in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. This aircraft is still used by the Snowbirds. He earned his A2 Instructor's rating, then was selected to fly as #2 with the Snowbird's 1990 and 1991 team. After his tour of duty with the Snowbirds he moved on to fighters at Cold Lake, Alberta. He underwent basic and advanced fighter pilot training in the CF-5 and CF-18. He earned top honors in both courses then flew the CF-18 with 416 Tactical Fighter Squadron for three years. In 1996 Ross was selected as a team member for Canada’s participation in the William Tell air combat competition. This included teams from all commands in the US Air Force. Canada swept the competition in nearly all categories including top team.
In 1997 with 3,100 hours military flight time, Ross, his wife Shari and son Gregory, transitioned to life as civilians. They moved to Everett, Washington where Ross lives while working as a pilot with United Air Lines, based in SFO Ross purchased a Yak-18T in Moscow which he flies in a formation aerobatic routine. The Yak-55, flown by his dad Bud, and the Yak-18T make an unlikely and unbelievably entertaining act.
Jon Melby is an airshow pilot with over 35 years of flying experience. He is surface level aerobatic qualified, formation aerobatic qualified, and holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating. He has flown dozens of aircraft types and currently performs in a highly modified Pitts S-1-11B bi-plane.
Jon first learned to fly at age 8, when he created a pile of leaves in his Duluth, Minnesota lawn, climbed onto the roof of his 2 story home, and jumped like a bird into the leaves.
At the age of 12, he had the opportunity to meet the legendary airshow pilot Bob Hoover at a local airshow. Bob Hoover’s sincerity and great personality gave him the inspiration to pursue his dream of flying. When he was financially able, he made it a goal to solo in a non-powered glider before his 16th birthday. In only 8 flights, he achieved his goal by riding a bicycle 45 miles, on hot Arizona July summer weekends, to the nearest glider airport!
It was this type of determination that inspired him to purchase an airplane at age 19, and then hired an instructor to learn to fly it! Receiving his pilot’s license by flying every day for a period of 3 weeks, yet eventually yearned to do so much more in an airplane. After owning several Cessna passenger type aircraft, in 1996, he purchased a Pitts S2B Bi-plane and spent 3 months training to compete in aerobatic contests.
During his first aerobatic competition against 23 pilots, he achieved 3rd place, and in the next two contests won first and second place, awarding enough points to become the Arizona State Sportsman champion. This all took place the first year of competition aerobatics. It was then that he knew that aerobatics was his passion and groove and it’s been an adventure ever since.
Now, flying extreme freestyle aerobatics at Airshows, Jon can encourage both adults and children to pursue their dreams, much like Bob Hoover did for him.
When not flying his airplane, Jon is a Technical Senior Manager for a major stock brokerage firm. Jon also enjoys many other activities other than flying. Jon plays Ice Hockey (since 4 years old), golf, snow sking, playing guitar, rides his Harley Davidson Motorcycle, and enjoys to travel no matter the destination.
Veteran airshow pilot and performer John Mrazek along with his Harvard Mark IV, "Pussycat II," will dazzle audiences, spectators, or anyone watching with a spectacular aerial ballet. With lots of noise, smoke, and skill, John's aerobatic performance will bring the entire airshow crowd to a standstill.
For a beautiful turbo-jet aerobatic and formation display, John is joined by his son Richard, both flying L29 Delfin's. Richard also flies a graceful aerobatic display in a Yak 18T.
John is a well known aerobatic airshow performer with over twenty five years experience flying the airshow circuit. When John is not flying airshows, he is instructing in the art of aerobatics, formation flying, and float flying. John also acts as an ICAS approved Airshow Certificate Evaluator.
As incredible as their airborne performances are, John and Richard realize that their effort on the ground is just as critical to the success of the show. Before and after each performance, you can find both signing autographs, taking pictures, and conversing with the fans to give even the biggest of events a personal touch that leaves the fans with an experience unmatched by any other professional sporting or entertainment event.
David grew up in Edmonton, Alberta and after moving through Toronto and Calgary, now resides in Beaumont, Alberta. David is a business owner of which he begain with his father over 20 years ago. Today he flies purely for recreation; he enjoys the discipline and skill required for aerobatic and formation flying.
In David’s younger years, he tagged along with his father and other Western Warbird Association members, flying (or riding) in everything from Chipmunks, Harvards, Mentors, Expeditors, and a wide variety of other warbirds.
He trained for his pilot’s license in the last Fleet Canuck in the Edmonton Flying Club fleet (C-FEOH) in 1985. Later that year, he immediately acquired a Harvard endorsement flying his father’s Harvard; the same aircraft he now owns and flies in the airshow circuit.
Over the years, David received some basic aerobatic training and has practiced aerobatics regularly since 2002. In 2007, he purchased a Yak-52 aircraft to fly competition aerobatics. David won first place in Sportsman’s category in 2009 - his first contest. David no longer competes, but now has focused his aerobatics in his Harvard.
David now combines his talents of aerobatics and formation flying to demonstrate his abilities to crowds in the Western parts of Canada and the United States.
Drew resides in Edmonton with his wife, Wendy, and two teenage children. Drew is a business owner in the information technology sector, providing consulting services to businesses in the Edmonton region. Drew is a lifelong learner who, among his aviation education, is a recent graduate of Grant MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Commerce program.
Drew’s passion for warbirds started when he had his first ride in his father’s ex-RCAF Chipmunk. Drew was exposed to more warbirds as he grew up while travelling to various airshows, fly-ins, and social gatherings with his father. At these events Drew managed to scrounge rides by cleaning airplanes for their owners; these rides were in a variety of ex-military aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang, B-25 “Mitchell” Bomber, Harvard, Cessna Crane “The Bamboo Bomber”, Stearman, and the Beech 18 ‘Expeditor’.
Drew purchased his first airplane, a Fleet Canuck, in 2000 and obtained his private pilot license in this airplane in 2002. Within two years, and a whole lot of practice, Drew was checked out in his father’s Harvard, now owned by his brother, David. Drew purchased his Harvard in 2002 from a family friend and used this airplane to get his commercial license shortly thereafter. Drew now mostly flies small twin engine airplanes for various companies in Central Alberta.
Drew can be found flying his Harvard with his brother, David, in the Ponoka, Alberta area or at various airshows in Western Canada and the United States.
The Sukhoi SU-29 designed and manufactured in Moscow Russia in 1995 has a 360 HP 9 cylinder radial engine with extremely sensitive flight controls. The SU-29 wingspan is over 26 feet and a length of 23 feet!
The aircraft was designed with one purpose and that was to win gold metals in world unlimited aerobatic competition! It did and still competes well with the newest designs! The SU-29 is still today the best two place aerobatic airplane training plane in the world!
The forward fuselage is comprised of high tensile stainless steel,while the rear fuselage,tail,and entire wing structure is comprised of composite materials.This result’s in airframe designed tested to within stand 23 gee"s at the wing and tail spars.The airplane weighs 1750 which is the same as a cessna 150!
The planes maximum speed is whopping 273 miles per hour, it is certified to 11 gee’s positive and 10 negative! Rate of normal climb 3150 per minute in a vertical climb, it is more than doubled!
Roll rate with the ailerons is 360 degrees per second, rolls with the rudder well exceed 400 degrees per second! Both types rolls will be demonstrated in today’s dyamic performance by Renny Price!
Renny is a veteran airshow pilot and performer! A former airline captain flying Boeing 737, Airbus a-320, McDonald Douglas DC-8's! His total flight time today is 25000 hours and currently flying a Sovereign C-680! Renny also teaches aerobatics out of his home airport of Aurora Oregon! Flights with renny in the Sukhoi can be arranged on site!
Please feel free to find and approach him he loves to meet and greet aviation enthusiast you can find him usally around the Sukhoi after flights!
Renny would like to thank you all today for participating in todays event and supporting aviation and honoring us with your presence here today! God bless you all and the Untied States! The best country on this planet or any other one for that matter!