Chuck Aaron

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Chuck Aaron
Full name Charles Aaron
Born (1948-11-21) 21 November 1948 (age 65)[1]
San Antonio, Texas
Nationality American
Aviation career
Known for TAH-1F Cobra
Helicopter Aerobatics
"Red Bull Air Force"
First flight 1968[1]
Flight license Fixed-Wing & Helicopter Pilot,[2]
Helicopter Aerobatics (2005)
(all FAA)
Awards Art Scholl Showmanship (2009)
SETP Member (2011)
Living Legend of Aviation (2013)
HAI Pilot of the Year (2014)
Website
chuckaaron.com

Charles 'Chuck' Aaron (call sign "Malibu") is the only pilot licensed by the FAA to perform aerobatics in a helicopter in the United States,[3] and one of only three such pilots in the world.[4] In 1980, Aaron worked on the air rescue program for NASA's Space Shuttle, and he founded his own company, FX Helicopters in West Lake Village, California in 1997.[5]

Aaron is also an experienced test pilot, having test-flown a tracking system for the Boeing AH-64 Apache; and an infrared vision system as the first helicopter pilot to deliberately fly into brownout conditions. He is also an FAA certificated Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic, known for having assembled three working TAH-1F Cobras from surplus parts.[6]

Aaron performs aerobatic maneuvers—loop, roll, vertical climb, Split S, Cuban Eight, Immelman, and “Chuckcevak” (modified Lomcovak)—at air shows and other demonstrations in an MBB Bo 105, with proprietary modifications invented by Aaron, that allow it to perform maneuvers previously impossible for helicopters.[5] He serves as Chief Pilot and Director of A&P Maintenance for the “Red Bull Air Force”.[5] One of Aaron's TAH-1F Cobras is flown on the European air show circuit, by “The Flying Bulls”.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Chuck's Details". Chuck Aaron. Red Bull. 2013. 
  2. ^ Fawkes, Gregg (28 January 2003). "Upgraded: Chuck Aaron, Julia Schmitt". Aero News Network. 
  3. ^ Paur, Jason (1 June 2011). "Licensed to Loop: America’s Only Aerobatic Copter Pilot". Wired.com. 
  4. ^ Cotnoir, Stephanie (17 June 2013). "Chuck Aaron: a Living Legend of Aviation". RotorNation.com. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f Padfield, R. Randall (25 February 2014). "Pilot of the Year Award: Chuck Aaron". HAI 2014 Heli-Expo News. AINonline. 
  6. ^ Helicopter Association International (26 February 2014). "Salute to Excellence Awards". HAI (rotor.com). 
  7. ^ "Chuck Aaron". Red Bull Air Force. Red Bull.