Upcoming Dinner Program
IMG 6028We are in for a real treat at our upcoming March 18th dinner program!  As many of you are aware, long-time DAFer Craig Ekberg is a founding member of the Tiger Squadron, an active, precision formation flying team with a track record of conducting successful flying performances at prominent outdoor events.  The Tigers routinely are invited to conduct precision flyovers at some of the most prestigious venues, including nationally televised college and NFL games at the Rose Bowl and the LA Coliseum; major festivals at the Long Beach and San Pedro Harbors; the Palm Springs Tennis Open; major city parades and veteran's events; missing man performances for memorial services; and, the EAA Oshkosh Airshow, to name but a sampling of recent Tiger missions.

Craig will describe what it takes to plan, coordinate and execute these large formation flyovers with precision timing. Craig routinely serves as flight lead of squadron formations of up to 12 aircraft arriving at the "target" within a second or two of timing accuracy.  Planning for such missions often takes place more than a month or two prior to the event; furthermore, close coordination is required with a multitude of external entities: the FAA for airspace waivers; television broadcast staff for timing; police helicopter operators for traffic avoidance; stadium operations executives for logistics; the ground-based Tiger forward air controller (FAC) for the time hack; and, local control tower operators.  This is in addition to the extensive flight training and formation proficiency required to safely conduct precision mass formation flights.  Pilots and non-pilots alike should find Craig's presentation fascinating and informative as he provides a unique, inside perspective of what is required to carry out the formation flyover mission.

About Craig Ekberg:  Craig "HeyZuse" Ekberg is a FAST Instructor pilot and is a founding member of the Tiger Squadron.  He is an experienced commercial, instrument, high-performance, complex and tail wheel pilot with more than 4,500 total hours and 3,500 hours of warbird flight time.  He has flown many aircraft, including the Yak-50, Nanchang CJ-6A, T-28, T-34, T-33, T-6 and an Alpha Jet.  Craig is in instructor for Formation flying, Tactical Formation and Aerobatics.  He owns both a Nanchang CJ-6A and a Yak-50 based at KTOA.