During his first airshow for the season, not including the Red Bull Air Race season starter in Abu Dhabi in March, Michael Goulian unveiled a new bold design on his aerobatic Extra 330SC airplane. After Whelen’s aviation division merged with LoPresti Aviation to form Whelen Aerospace Technologies (WAT), Goulian’s look was rebranded to fit his main sponsor.
The gold, black and chrome design was conceived by AircraftStudioDesign, headed up by Italian designer Mirco Percorari, with the help of Goulian himself. “Secretly, I have always loved black and yellow paint schemes on aerobatic airplanes,” said Goulian. “The colors are so dramatic in the sky and I think those colors more closely resemble the bold style that I try to accomplish with my flying. I just love it!” The tail section features an Alpina watch.
Goulian’s Extra is powered by a 350 hp Lycoming Thunderbold AEIO-580 engine spinning a three-blade Hartzell Claw propeller. The airplane can withstand +/- 12 G and has a whipping roll rate of 420 degrees per second.
Goulian flew in the afternoon airshow on Tuesday and will perform today and Saturday as well. You can also find him at several meet and greets in various locations during the week.