Authors

Matt Chapman

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Jerry Kidrick

Publication/Presentation Date

Fall 10-4-2017

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is proud to sponsor one of the top airshow performers in the world, Matt Chapman. Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each summer. He 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, he 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 (WAC), Matt 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. Matt also won the prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995. Matt’s exciting competition aerobatics led him to airshow performing. Matt is both a solo performer and is the flight leader of the 4CE formation aerobatic team. Matt is also a respected airline captain at American Airlines with tens of thousands of flight hours.

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