28 November 2014
Enid have been busy in the weeks leading up to this by slowly adding more aircraft to the formation and increasing the complexity of the routine. Once this initial phase is over Enid then begin flying through the display route, slowly adding in the smoke and formation calls, when Enid reach this stage parts of the second element, known as Gypo, can join the group.
Here for your viewing are a couple of screenshots of the flight,
25 November 2014
We hope you enjoyed VFAT this year and we'd like to congratulate all the participating teams. We would like to take this opportunity to make an announcement to prevent any confusion. The VRA were unable to display at VFAT this year. As of 3 months ago we decided to cut all ties with VEAO and the DCS Hawk development project. Due to a termination of service contract we are unable to discuss this further. However we want to make clear that we are not affiliated in anyway with VEAO or related teams. This was necessary in order for us to continue doing what we love. Our fans are what drive us to strive for that perfect show and we always enjoy reading your feedback and words of support.
In moving forward we are continuing to train and hope to share exciting news and teaser screenshots with you in the coming weeks. Remember we are recruiting new pilots for our 2015 season so if you think you have what it takes, please get in touch.
VFAT 2013 Arrival Flight Screenshots
20 November 2013
If you missed the flight you can still catch a replay by clicking here.
Here are some stills taken of the flight:
VFAT 2013 Arrival Flight (Live)
15 November 2013
The purpose of this flight is to test our connection with the Virtual Airshows streaming server in preparation for our full live display in early December. The test flight allows us to check various technical aspects such as streaming quality and audio levels. This will be a short live flight with all 9 pilots and the team cameraman.
Pending a successful test, the flight will briefly show you what to expect of the VRA at VFAT 2013 this year, we welcome viewers and hope you enjoy the short routine.
There are a few other arrival test flights being conducted following the VRA so be sure to stick around on the streaming channel to see what other teams have been working on this season.
Tune in at 19:00 GMT on the 17th by clicking here.
Magpie and David Make Active
18 September 2013
Both men have shown a great passion for what we do and have been studying our procedures for the past 12 months! Due to the complexity of our shows it's vital that every recruit dedicates a huge amount of time to theory and 'self drive' to perfect skills outside the official team training schedule, (using our phantom training server). Whilst it has taken our core team many years to reach this point through experimentation and RAF references, it's unrealistic for us to expect new pilots to be able to train to the standards we expect in a shorter period of time.
Both Brett and David have an astonishing amount of phantom training hours between them. We demanded the need for two stable inner pilots, both embraced this challenge and met this goal. The Virtual Red Arrows would like to extend our thanks to both pilots for their dedication to our group and we very much look forward to watching their continued progression in their active slots.
P.s Brett seems to fly better with a broken shoulder!
May 2013 Training
15 May 2013
An image from the rear seat of RED8's jet in the Corkscrew. 3 barrel rolls are performed in opposite directions from both RED8 and RED9 while RED6 and RED7 fly inverted at 350 Knots. A lot of trust is gained by the pilots in Gypo over our training period for such maneuvers as this.
Gypo in the Corkscrew. We mounted a camera on the left wing of RED9 looking directly in front in view of all the aircraft. Tight rolls have to be made by REDs 8 and 9 in order to not gain too much momentum, spoiling the effect. At the end of the maneuver RED6 and RED7 have to precisely roll the aircraft from inverted to climb away behind display datum.
This image shows the comeback of our famous Goose maneuver. The camera is mounted on the left wing of RED9's jet as Ghost begins the 8G pull up through the centre of Enid. On the 'POWER' call of RED1, REDs 1-5 vigorously reform Big 5 formation and open the throttles up on their Adour Engines. The speedbrakes are extended throughout half of the maneuver to create a good thick stream of smoke out the back of the jets.