"From EAA 690 to Worlds Largest Formation Aerobatic Team" Mike Stewart talks about his journey and how the Chapter helped make it happen.
Our very special guest for the December, 1st Saturday in December Aviation program and Breakfast is none other than Mike Stewart founder and Flight Leader of Team AeroDynamix formerly known as Team RV. Team AeroDynamix fills the sky with a stunning display of precision formation aerobatics that engages audiences from start to finish with a graceful, powerful, and exciting aerial demonstration. From the moment Mike, call sign "Kahuna", Stewart calls "smoke on" in the opening burst, Team AeroDynamix masterfully maneuvers its fleet through air show center to create an action adventure performance for spectators.
No other air show act in the world puts as many aircraft before the crowd at one time as does Team AeroDynamix. The resulting nonstop action is one reason spectators rate this show among their favorites, said Stewart. "From the ground, people watch all of us flying into and out of difficult formations right in front of them, and they share the same sense of anticipation and exhilaration that we feel up in the air," he said.
The RV-series custom-built aircraft flown by Team AeroDynamix are stressed for 6 g's and attain speeds in excess of 230 mph. Most pilots built their own planes, and no two planes are exactly alike. Each paint scheme creates a colorful palette for spectators. Children, in particular, tend to choose their favorite aircraft and are quick to identify the pilots by the color of their planes.
Mike, a former member and officer of EAA Chapter 690 flies an RV- Super 8 he built and finished in 2006. Prior to that he built and flew his RV-6A for several years. Mike has 4000+ hours of flight experience, 3000 of those in RV's. He is an FFI (Formation Flying Incorporated) check pilot and has served as Chief Instructor for hundreds of formation student pilots around the country. He also flew as wingman with Falcon Flight, an RV formation team based in Texas, under the leadership of Stu McCurdy, the founder of FFI. Mike has 20 years experience in the Technology Industry, and served eight years at IBM as Vice President, Development Director, and Sr. Manager ISS. Mike has flown more than 200 young eagles and has served on multiple EAA 690 boards as chairman and treasurer. Mike also is a volunteer for Angel Flight since 2004, and his was the first experimental aircraft approved for use by the charitable medical treatment transportation organization. Stewart holds Commercial, Instrument, and Sea Plane ratings. He also is a test pilot for the RV series aircraft. Many of the Giant Scale R/C models hanging in the Chapter hangar are Mikes works having been an avid model builder prior to learning to fly.
Stewart now lives in Gold Hill, NC with his wife, Amy. To learn more about Team AeroDynamix, visit teamaerodynamix.com.
The Saturday, December 6th program, held in the EAA 690 Sport Aviation Complex, 690 Airport Road, Lawrenceville, GA will begin at 10:30 AM and is open to the public. An all you care to eat Pancake (and eggs, sausage, coffee, juice, etc.) Breakfast and/or refreshments are available beginning at 8:00 AM. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information contact Randy Epstein, email@example.com.
EAA 690 is a Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, located at Briscoe Field (LZU) in Lawrenceville, Georgia. A diverse chapter with over 150 members, we offer a wide range of aviation-related activities on a regular basis. While the Pancake Breakfast and our monthly meetings are the norm, we also are heavily involved in youth education through EAA’s Young Eagles program and our Aviation Explorer group, regularly conduct fly-ins, and host historical aircraft such as EAA’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” and the Ford Tri-Motor.
Our technical counselors are some of the best in the business, and willingly donate their time to homebuilders, as they progress through the various phases of constructing an aircraft. We have pilots with a wide variety of experience, from former airline and military pilots to general aviation pilots with a private certificate. “Hangar flying” is a fun part of the mix, and our facility is often used for aircraft annual inspections, meetings, special events, and training. We also have an extensive array of aviation tools for loan to members, and a library full of aviation information.
Come join us on the first Saturday of every month at the hangar to enjoy a $6 Pancake Breakfast, and to learn more about EAA 690.