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Have you seen the Red Bull Air Races?
For anyone with an interest in aviation and/or motorsports, these races are a blast.
The best in aircraft technology, combined with the latest in communications technology has brought the races right into people's living rooms and given the world a ring-side seat to the action and excitement.
Pilots dice with death as the try to save every possible millisecond by cutting close to the pylons and pulling as many G's as possible in tight turns or pull-outs. It really is a buzz for armchair adrenaline junkies, the vast majority of who lack the skills, courage and finances to actually fly these aircraft themselves.
Sadly, for safety reasons, the events are held as time-trials, rather than having multiple aircraft battling it out, wing-tip to wing-tip (as they do in the Reno Air Races).
However, air-racing is about to get even more hi-tech, with "drone racing", perhaps coming to the skies near you!
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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