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Combining both precision formation and graceful aerobatics, there is never a moment the spectators are not totally captivated by the Aerostars thrilling demonstration. Performing in the Yak 52TW, a 400- hp Soviet Trainer, the Aerostars fly within a few feet of each other at speeds exceeding 250 mph.

From graceful formation loops and barrel rolls to a break-away cross, bomb burst, and opposing passes, the Aerostars make formation aerobatics look effortless. A unique design of the Yak 52 allows the Aerostars pilots to perform sustained inverted maneuvers not possible in most other aircraft. The deep roar of three 9-cylinder radial engines singing in harmony and billowing smoke will surely bring crowds to their feet.

Meet the team:

Team Lead: Harvey Meek

Harvey first soloed at age 16 and earned a Private Pilot License shortly after his 17th birthday. After graduating from college, he joined the military where he accumulated 2500 hours in fighters and training jets. His military service included duty with an operational fighter squadron in Europe, followed by a tour with a pilot training unit where he held positions of Senior Instructor Pilot, Check Pilot and Flight Commander. Harvey has over 24 years of flying experience spanning almost every corner of the globe, holds Airline Transport Pilot Licenses in three countries and, at present, flies for a major international airline. He has flown a wide variety of military and civilian types, ranging from light aircraft, to F-18 Hornets to the 747- 400. Presently, however, the airplane he most enjoys flying is the Yak 52TW.

#2 Left Wing: Paul Hornick
Paul has 22 years of flying experience with over 6000 hours of flight time in aircraft ranging from a Piper Cub to an Airbus A300. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot Certificate, Flight Engineer Certificate, Gold Seal Flight Instructor Certificate with Single and Multi Engine and an Instrument Ratings. Paul is currently flying the Gulfstream G200 domestically and internationally.

#3 Right Wing: David Monroe

Dave was born in Minneapolis and grew up in an airline family. He soloed at the age of 16 and obtained his Private Pilot License on his 17th birthday. Dave is currently a B-767 International Captain for a major airline with experience as a Check Airman, Certified Flight Instructor, and Advanced Aerobatic Competition Pilot. Dave graduated from National University in San Diego and has over 23,000 hours of flying time in many different aircraft.

Maintenance/Ferry Pilot: Pete Helms

Pete has been flying and working on airplanes for 30 years. He has an A&P Mechanics License along with an Airline Transport Pilots License. Pete has over 15,000 hours and in his spare time away from the Aerostars is a Captain for a major airline. Pete supports the Aerostars by videotaping, servicing and ferrying the team’s fleet of Yak-52tw’s.

Learn more about the Aerostars at www.teamaerostars.com
Kevin Coleman

Kevin Coleman is only 21 years old and he has already made a name for himself in the air show business. Kevin, who is one of the youngest air show stars in the world, is a second generation pilot and second generation air show performer.
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