Air show teams busy doing homework | News
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. -- The Geico Skytypers are preparing for the their last air show of the year already in position for this weekend's Sea and Sky Spectacular at the Beaches.
This six plane precision flying team for days has been reviewing the landscape of the Beaches so everyone is on the same page.
"So we have about four hours of briefing and debriefing," says pilot Jim Record following each 18 minute performance.
Record says this weekend's air show is their 12th of the year with the next one planned for the spring.
Planning, says Record, is critical as each venue has a unique landscape.
"We know exactly what he is doing (fellow pilots)...if we have a guy get out of position we know how he is going to get back into position," said Record who already is on the ground at Mayport Naval Station, which serves as their operations center.
Bob Johansen is also a member of the team and has been involved in precision flying for two decades.
Johansen says communication between pilots is critical, but they are prepared if one pilot is without it.
"Prefer not to, but we got where this is down to the point if anyone of us loses a radio we will continue the show," said Johansen.
The two day air show that features the Blue Angels gets underway Saturday morning at 9:30 and ending at 3:30 p.m. each day.
The show's event center is in Jacksonville Beach between Beach Boulevard and 6th Avenue North.
Air show teams will give a sneak preview of their performance Friday afternoon during a practice session over the Atlantic Ocean.