Gone West: Andrew Wright
It's never easy reporting the loss of an air show performer, or aviation professional. When it happens to someone who is close to you, it makes it even more difficult. Andrew Wright was an up and coming aerobatic pilot who we have watched over the last few years grow into an exceptional performer.
We first met Andrew at the 2011 Bluebonnet Air Show in Burnet, TX when he was limited to a 500 ft. level. Even then we could see his precise maneuvers and great energy. Over the years, his waiver got lower and lower and his performance became even more exciting. We felt competition aerobatics might be in his future.
Andrew had traveled to New York for the air show this weekend (8/29-30) and was then going to fly at the Atlantic City Air Show (9/2-3). It was there he was going to attempt to break Spencer Suderman's Inverted-Flat-Spin World Record. We met with Andrew just 3 days before he left central Texas and talked about the attempt. We then went out to his practice area to watch him fly. He was excited about the shows and very confident about the world record.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and the greater air show family. Although it seems the aircraft experienced a very rare structural failure, anything more would simply be speculation.
LiveAirShowTV was about to post a story on his Atlantic City show, but then turned our efforts to remembering Andrew through video. This is the Andrew Wright that we will always remember.
Blue Skies and Tail Winds