Debby Standefer has joined Team Chambliss as team coordinator for the upcoming 2014 Red Bull Air Race season.
With an aviation career spanning over 25 years Standefer, currently working on her fixed wing rating, took a different path to the sky as a commercial Lighter Than Air Balloon pilot and instructor. She is the owner of D&D Marketing Concepts, an integrated marketing and public relations firm specializing in aviation, as well as producing airshows.
“I am super excited to have Debby on board with the team and looking forward to a great 2014!” said Chambliss.
“I am thrilled to be a part of Team Chambliss and look forward to working with Kirby as he vies for his third Red Bull Air Race World Championship,” Standefer said.
Chambliss is one of the most consistently successful pilots in the history of the Red Bull Air Races. He has two World Championships and eight race victories under his belt and is looking for his third championship this year. He has landed on the podium at least once in all seven years he has competed with his RBAR career spanning back to 2003.
“My team and I are very excited about racing again in 2014. As always, I will be pushing hard to win!” he said, noting that he has spent so much time flying his Zivko Edge 540′s he now jokes that the plane controls and wings are a mere extension of his own arms.
Chambliss began flying at 13 and by 24 became the youngest commercial pilot at Southwest Airlines. After his first aerobatic flight he was immediately hooked. He is a five time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and has accumulated 13 medals in world aerobatic competition. Named one of the top 15 aerobatic pilots in the country, he was invited to compete in the first Red Bull Air Race events in the early 2000s. Along with the Red Bull Air Race schedule, he will be performing his aerobatic routine at airshows throughout the United States and South America.
2014 brings the races back in the skies with a seven race World Championship staged in six countries and on three continents. Two United States locations will be held in Dallas/Ft Worth at Texas Motor Speedway Sept. 6-7 and in Las Vegas at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Oct.11-12. The 2014 Red Bull Air Races kick off in Abu Dhabi February 28th.