Air Force

April 12, 2012

Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who brings thrills to millions of airshow fans each summer. Chapman began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics–the unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, Chapman won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998.

At the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships, Chapman was the highest-ranking American pilot, finishing third in the world with a bronze medal. He led the men’s team to a silver medal. Along with this impressive finish came the coveted Hilliard Trophy, awarded to the highest finishing U.S. pilot at the WAC.

Chapman also won the prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995.

Chapman’s exciting competition aerobatics led him to airshow performing. Chapman is both a solo performer and flies formation in a thrilling show with fellow performer Mike Mancuso.

Chapman has flown in front of millions of fans at airshows all over. He has appeared on ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports Network, Real TV, The Learning Channel’s “Amazing America” and SpeedVision.

Chapman is also a respected airline captain with tens of thousands of flight hours.

In addition to all that, Chapman is a respected voice in the airshow business, with a reputation for safety and diligence. Chapman enjoys building and flying radio-controlled aircraft of all types.

Chapman flies the beautiful Embry-Riddle Eagle 580.

The Mudry CAP is well-known name in aerobatic championships as there are only five other CAP 580’s flying today.

Chapman’s Embry-Riddle Eagle 580 Specifications:

Weight: 1,300 lbs.

Wingspan: 24’ wing span

Top Speed: 240 mph

+/- 10 g’s

400 degrees/second roll rate

Lycoming IO-580 engine, 330hp

Hartzell 3-blade composite propeller

Garmin Navigation Systems




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