Future Aerobatic Stars Show Their Stuff
It's aviation's version of American Idol and aerobatic fans at Oshkosh AirVenture 2003 will be the winners. Aerobatic greats Sean D. Tucker and Mike Goulian have chosen six of the top up-and-coming air show performers to take part in the new Stars of Tomorrow showcase at Oshkosh. The young pilots range in age from just 20 to 30 years old but they share a couple of things in common, said Tucker. "Mike and I chose these six pilots ... not only for their exceptional flying skills but also for their passion for this art form and their humanity," said Tucker. And while performing at Oshkosh might be the pinnacle of their short careers so far, it's what will happen before AirVenture that may be more valuable. The six will spend a week of intensive training with Tucker and Goulian before doing a warm-up performance at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base air show near Detroit July 25-26. "Professional coaching and mentorship is key to their safety," said Goulian. Three of the young pilots will perform each day at Oshkosh on a rotating basis.