Goulian to receive Bill Barber Award

By Amanda Betts, EAA PR

Airshow pilot Michael Goulian will receive the 2009 Bill Barber Award for Showmanship during EAA AirVenture 2009, according to World Airshow News.

The award will be presented to Goulian at EAA‘s Theater in the Woods on July 27. He joins a list of honorees that reads like an airshow hall of fame.

Goulian is an accomplished aerobatic competition pilot. He has been U.S. National Champion in the Advanced Category, Fond du Lac Cup Invitation, two-time Silver Medalist in the Unlimited Category, represented America at the World Aerobatic Championships, U.S. National Unlimited Champion in 1995, and currently competes in the Red Bull Air Race World Championship.

His impressive background in aerobatics continues as Goulian contributes to the future development of his beloved sport. As a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS), Goulian became an Aerobatic Competency Evaluator to help amateur performers begin their aerobatic careers. Goulian is also the co-author of Basic and Advanced Aerobatics, which is a best-selling series of aerobatic training books.

Along with Sean D. Tucker, a previous Bill Barber Award recipient, Goulian mentored six future airshow pilots as part of the program “Stars of Tomorrow” that introduces new talent at EAA AirVenture.

The Bill Barber Award for Showmanship, which began in 1987, is awarded to airshow performers or teams that have demonstrated great skill and showmanship. The award is presented annually by World Airshow News and the friends and family of the late Bill Barber.

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