From top, Matt Chapman, Jack Knutson, Rob Holland, and Bill Stein comprise The 4ce aerobatic team that makes its AirVenture debut this year. (Photo courtesy of Scott Slocum)
April 3, 2013 - Four aerobatic all-stars with outstanding individual resumes will bring their exciting joint show to EAA AirVenture this summer, as the members of "The 4ce" make their formation debut at Oshkosh.
The four members of The 4ce - Matt Chapman, Bill Stein, Rob Holland, and Jack Knutson - are already well-known performers at air shows throughout North America. They have combined their talents to form one of the newest and most exciting formation teams in aviation. The team's talents will add to Oshkosh's already impressive air show lineup, where annually the world's best civilian air show performers fly during the afternoon and night air shows, presented by Rockwell Collins.
"Adding the excitement and dynamics of more formation aerobatic flights at Oshkosh this year not only highlights these aviators' finely honed skills, but also more air show entertainment value for the spectators," said Jim DiMatteo, EAA's vice president of AirVenture features and attractions. "The 4ce team brings together four of the best in the air show community today. I'm eager to see their performances in front of aviation's most knowledgeable crowds at Oshkosh."
Chapman (lead pilot), who flies the Embry-Riddle Eagle CAP 580, has been flying aerobatics for nearly 30 years and has been a member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team, finishing as high as third in world competition. He is also an airline pilot with tens of thousands of hours of flying time.
Stein (slot pilot) has logged more than 5,000 hours of aerobatic and formation flying, with performances in front of millions of people throughout North America. That included hundreds of hours as part of the legendary Red Baron Stearman Squadron. He currently flies a state-of-the-art Zivko Edge 540.
Holland (right wing) is the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Champion and also was Freestyle category champion in the 2011 World Aerobatic Championships. Holland received the Art Scholl Award for Showmanship, one of the air show community's highest honors, in 2012.
Knutson (left wing) flies both solo aerobatics and a formation act called Firebirds Xtreme with Holland. Flying an Extra 300, Knutson has flown air shows in the U.S. and Canada, as well as Central America.
The exact dates of The 4ce performances at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be announced as they are finalized.
DATES: 2014: July 28-Aug. 3;
2015: July 20-26; 2016: July 25-31; 2017: July 24-30