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Aerobatic Pilot Matt Chapman Debuts New Performance Plane at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh

July 24, 2015

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Aerobatic Pilot Matt Chapman Debuts New Performance Plane at EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh

OSHKOSH, WI – Awe-inspiring aerobatics aren’t the only thing Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University air show performer Matt Chapman will wow the crowds with at this year’s EAA AirVenture at Oshkosh.

The champion aerobatic pilot will debut the new, custom-designed Embry-Riddle Extra 330LX aircraft in performances throughout the week at the iconic aviation annual convention and air show.

“The Extra 330LX is a great airplane,” said Chapman, who has performed in more than 120 air shows and previously flew an Eagle 580 sponsored by Embry-Riddle. “From the moment I sat down in the seat, strapped it on, I felt at home. Extra took the best of all previous designs and incorporated them into the LX. This plane has the performance and capability of even the most competitive of modern-day aircraft.”

Hand-built in Germany, the airframe is made from everything from tubular steel and carbon-fiber composite to fabric covering and boasts state-of-the-art avionics and engine instrumentation. Weighing in at around 1,400 pounds and specifically designed for unlimited-category aerobatics, the Extra 330LX is capable of up to 10 G’s and boasts 320 horsepower.

“We are thrilled to work with Embry-Riddle and Matt Chapman, who is a consummate professional and ambassador for our industry,” said Kramer Upchurch, President and General Manager of Southeast Aero, the manufacturer and distributor of Extra aircraft in the United States.

Flying professionally since 1980, Chapman has logged more than 18,000 hours of accident- and incident-free flight time. A Captain for American Airlines flying the Boeing 737, he has competed against the greatest aerobatic pilots in the world in two World Aerobatic Championships, the first in Oklahoma City in 1996 and then in Trencin, Slovakia, in 1998. Chapman won Silver and Bronze Medals in each of these World Aerobatic contests and also won the coveted Charlie Hilliard Award in 1998 for being the highest-ranking U.S. pilot at a world contest when he was the third-place male pilot. In 1994, Chapman was the International Aerobatic Club Unlimited Champion, and was the 1995 Fond du Lac Cup Champion.

Sponsored by Embry-Riddle since 2007, this is Chapman’s first two-seater performance aircraft. Other performers who fly the Extra 330 include National Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee Patty Wagstaff, who will join Chapman in the skies as part of Embry-Riddle’s Wings Out West air show and homecoming event OctoberWest Sept. 30 to Oct. 3 at the university’s Prescott, Ariz., campus. Also performing at Wings Out West is Embry-Riddle alumna and aerobatic pilot Melissa Pemberton, skydiver Rex Pemberton and Bill Stein in a Zivko Edge 540.

“The university’s relationship with Matt Chapman is about inspiring future aviation and aerospace leaders," Embry-Riddle Interim President Dr. John R. Watret. “The Embry-Riddle Extra demonstrates our commitment to excellence in the cockpit and showcases superior design and engineering.”

“Debuting the new plane at Oshkosh really signifies how special this is for the university and me as a pilot,” Chapman added. “Performing in this very special aircraft for Prescott’s homecoming for the students and graduates is really exciting, and truly an honor. Embry-Riddle is a leader in aerospace education. The Extra is a leader in aerobatics. It's a natural choice.”

Chapman is scheduled to fly solo performances at EAA AirVenture on Friday, July 24, and Sunday, July 26. For more information on Matt Chapman, go to

For more information on EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, go to

MEDIA CONTACT: Melanie Hanns, Director of University Communications/Media Relations, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; (386) 226-7538, (386) 283-0753;

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About EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is “The World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration” and EAA’s yearly membership convention. Additional EAA AirVenture information, including advance ticket and camping purchase, is available online at EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit Immediate news is available at
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