Red Bull Air Race

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A Zivko Edge 540 passing a gate.

The Red Bull Air Race, established in 2003 and created by Red Bull, is an international series of air races in which competitors have to navigate a challenging obstacle course in the fastest time. Pilots fly individually against the clock and have to complete tight turns through a slalom course consisting of pylons, known as "Air Gates". The most used aircraft is the Zivko Edge 540.

Red Bull Air Race in FlightGear

Using a little addon, it is possible to fly an Air Race in FlightGear. It checks if the gates are passed in the correct order and attitude, if the aircraft touched the pylons and gives some information on the screen and the timing summary on the console once you have finished the entire track.

More information and a download can be found at this website.

Update 11/2015

Cquote1.png as some of you are probably aware of, the Red Bull Air Race is using FlightGear for various tasks during planing and preparation of their races. Our Zivko Edge 540 in fgaddon is often used to virtually test-fly a track and to create introduction videos for the racing teams.

We have already received some valuable feedback from the Air Race team. For example the EFIS and the g-load led strip indicator included in the Edge has been modeled after the real thing after being able to visit the team in Gdynia, Poland last summer.

Over the last years we have developed a very friendly relationship to the team, this year at FSweekend we had one of their members at our booth. Check the video at 2:44.

I think, none of us was able to complete the track, I usually crashed no later than the second gate while Alvaro, our pro always completed realistically in less than a minute while still looking relaxed. For the next season they are evaluating several new locations, one of them is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. To make their evaluation as realistic as possible, they need good scenery. Unfortunately, we don't have anything there and they are looking into FSX (insert some sound of disgust here). Here comes my challenge for our 3d and texture artists: Would some of you like to create a virtual motor speedway with all its buildings, signs etc and check them in into our scenemodels database? There are many photos available on the net, the racetracks itself are in OSM. The terrain generation tool is already working, but we need objects!

Be sure, some of the best pilots of world will see and like your work!
— Torsten (Nov 16th, 2015). Red Bull Air Race: Request for help with 3d models.
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