Red Bull Pilot to Provide GameBird Training

Game Composites breaks more barriers to market entry.

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The team at Game Composites has put together four GB1 GameBird aerobatic airplanes.Courtesy Game Composites

Game Composites has achieved several firsts in the recent past, snagging the first standard airworthiness certificates for the first two serial numbers of the GB1 GameBird. With four airplanes now built and serial number 10 already in the starting blocks, the company has hired French pilot Francois Le Vot to head up training for the two-seat aerobatic machine.

Le Vot is moving to Bentonville, Arkansas, where Game Composites is headquartered. He will set up courses for GB1 GameBird transition training for customers as well as aerobatic training. The training promises to be a world class experience as Le Vot is a former French Air Force pilot, the 2014 Aerobatic World Champion and a five-time competitor in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

Meanwhile, the Part 23 airplane achieved FAA validation for the Garmin G3X system, the highly capable glass avionics that was initially designed for the experimental market, but was recently approved for certified aircraft.

Two aerobatic teams has selected the GB1, Los Halcones Aerobatic Team, which is part of the Chilean Air Force, and The Blades Aerobatic Team from the United Kingdom. With such success for the budding company, plans are to produce two airplanes per month.

“Bringing a new airplane to market is an all-out effort. I’m very proud of what our small team has achieved in a comparably short period of time,” said Game Composites CEO, Philipp Steinbach. “The issue of the first airworthiness certificate is in a way the end of the beginning. Now we can focus on quality in production and further developments of our business and the airplane.”

Read more about the GB1 GameBird in our flight report here.