Steve Jones (aviator)

Summary

Steve Jones (born 5 January 1960) is a British airline and aerobatics pilot who competed in the Red Bull Air Race World Series, flying a Zivko Edge 540. He is now the championship's head judge.

Steve Jones
Steve Jones aviator.jpg
Steve Jones in 2010
Born (1960-01-05) 5 January 1960 (age 62)
Nationality Great Britain
WebsiteProfile at air-races.com

Jones had his first flying lesson at just five years old, in 1965, in a Cessna, on the knee of a family friend. He became a pilot both commercially and competitively.

Commercially, Jones was formerly a captain for British Airways, flying a Boeing 747. He spends his off-season working on and racing vintage cars. His company is also rebuilding two vintage wooden racing aircraft.

Since 1994, Jones has flown competitively and as a display pilot with Paul Bonhomme in their Red Bull Matadors Team. They have taken their show around the world from the UAE to Japan. Jones flies as the wingman. Jones was a competitive Red Bull Air Race pilot from the first UK race which took place in Kemble UK in 2004. In the Red Bull Air Race series of 2007, he won in Porto, Portugal, defeating Mike Mangold.

Jones retired from Airrace as a competitor at the end of the 2008 season. He spent the next two seasons as technical commentator for TV and Internet coverage.

Red Bull Air Race took a 3-year break, returning in 2014. Jones came back as race director and head of training.

Jones is not to be confused with Steve Jones, glider pilot, who was winner of the 2001 and 2014 World Gliding Championships.

1995 British Aerobatics ChampionEdit

  • 1995 UK Freestyle Aerobatics Champion
  • FAI WGP Championships – three 1st place medals, one 2nd place medal
  • All FAI WGP results in the formation team category as the Sukhoi Duo/Matadors

Flying achievementsEdit

  • 2000 FAI World Grand Prix, Gold Medal, Japan
  • 2001 FAI WGP, Silver, Japan
  • 2002 FAI WGP, Silver, Czech Republic; Gold, Japan
  • 2004 FAI WGP, Gold, U.A.E.
  • 2005 FAI WGP, Gold, Switzerland
  • 2005 FAI WGP, Bronze, U.A.E.; Gold, Switzerland
Steve Jones at the Red Bull Air Race World Series
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Points Wins Rank
2003  
NC
 
DNS
0 0 NC
2004  
2nd
 
4th
 
7th
8 0 3rd
2005  
2nd
 
5th
 
5th
 
6th
 
6th
 
6th
 
9th
12 0 6th
2006  
8th
 
10th
 
7th
 
CAN
 
8th
 
1st
 
DQ
 
DQ
 
5th
8 0 6th
2007  
5th
 
8th
 
7th
 
12th
 
CAN
 
4th
 
6th
 
5th
 
1st
 
4th
 
CAN
 
10th
17 0 5th
2008  
7th
 
9th
 
7th
 
3rd
 
9th
 
2nd
 
4th
 
CAN
 
6th
33 0 6th

Legend:

  • CAN: Cancelled
  • DNP: Did not participate
  • DNS: Did not show
  • DQ: Disqualified
  • NC: Not classified

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

  • Red Bull Air Race World Series website
  • Steve Jones website
  • Aerobatics maneuver and videos website