FLV Aérosports is a set of human and technical competences entirely dedicated to François Le Vot and his partners’support. The complexity and international standing of aerobatic mandate a proper structure which offers:

  • Facilities: hangars and runways
  • Planes: maintenance and covering
  • Staff: mechanics and coaches
  • Communication: public relations and partnerships

Every competition or meeting has to be meticulously prepared by the pilot and his team. From the operational production, the representative mission, to the flight execution each step is thinking, testing, checking and re-checking. The partner is totally associated during all the process of the meeting or championship he chose to be part of.

With his pilot, his team, its planes and its infrastructure, FLV can participate in any aeronautical event (national, international, on all the spots of the planet.) It can also answer all your specific requests: participation in your internal events, presentations of acrobatics, private flights, etc.

Information, meeting, specific recommendations: using the contact form

The team

FLV’s success results from the quality of its team members. All of them are passionate, very close and great professionnals. It is another asset of François Le Vot to be able to get competent partners involved in his challenges. He knows they are part of a positive environment to perform and win!

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Javis Allison (FLV TECHNICIAN)

Javis Allison (FLV TECHNICIAN)
 
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Javis Allison (FLV TECHNICIAN)

Javis Allison, a Louisiana born and bred aviation enthusiast, joins François and Philippe adding an American impression to the former all-French Master Class team. As the team technician, Javis will travel to all eight global destinations ensuring that the Breitling Racing Team Edge 540 is fully optimised for François to climb up the leader board rankings. With extensive experience working on corporate jets, helicopters and privately owned aircraft ranging from a Cessna 150 to Boeing 757 for the last 19 years, he couldn’t be a more pertinent fit for his new role. Javis also understands the demands of aerial competitions having worked with some of the top aerobatics pilots in the world. He realises and doesn’t underestimate the requirements for high G, high speed, flying and is set to ensure that safety is the number one priority alongside the need for speed and performance. After working on a range of various aircraft, his personal favourite are the Edge 540, Extra 300 and the MXS, loving high performance machinery and cutting edge aerodynamics. Javis is relishing the challenge of pitching his skills against the best of the best and testing his ability to ensure the race aircraft is in tip-top condition to maintain energy and speed through the track. Now living in New Orleans, Javis follows the philosophy of “Joie de vivre”; the joy of living. Outside of work Javis’ passion is being on the water, being a keen wakeboarder, while on the land he appreciates and enjoy listening to the New Orleans jazz.

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Philippe Alberola (FLV TC)

Philippe Alberola (FLV TC)
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Philippe Alberola (FLV TC)

Philippe Alberola steps into the Team Coordinator role for the teams second season and will apply his extensive experience and managerial skills to ensure François gains some solid results in 2016. Philippe, joined François in December 2014 as the technician for the first season, preparing a race-ready aircraft in superhuman time and overcoming multiple challenges to ensure François could enjoy a safe and progressive introduction in to the Master Class Series. As Philippe has gained the full oversight of the Red Bull Air Race World Championships, knows the technical demands and understands the tough mental and physical requirements, he has the ideal attributes to transition into the team coordinator role. Formerly Philippe founded his own company Aerodelta, which operated 6 Gruman Ag Cat aircraft and a Piper PA -18, specializing in agricultural spraying. With his many technical qualifications and a season with his head under the cowlings of the Breitling Racing Team Edge 540 there will be a strong technical benefit to put the other teams under pressure. Being a pilot himself with over 3,000hrs mostly operating in low and difficult conditions, Philippe really understands the challenges Francois faces racing through the track. Marrying this experience with his true passion for aviation and a desire to innovate and advance aviation mechanics, Philippe will be able to give the maximum advantage for Francois to impress during his succeeding season.

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François Hanne (TRACK ANALYST)

François Hanne (TRACK ANALYST)
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François Hanne (TRACK ANALYST)

In 1995 the two François’ joined the French Air Force in the same year and were designated to fly the Mirage 2000 for the “Cigognes” (Storks) squadron. François le Vot was assigned the call sign ‘Zool’ François Hanne was donned ‘Petrole’ and as the two youngest pilots in their unit a friendship ensued that was strengthened by the steep learning curve and the difficult challenges they had to overcome. By applying their infamous humor they managed to optimize their time in the military. In the air they would respect and look after each other as either leader or wingman, however on the ground they generally pitched their wits against each other, to see who would have the last laugh. During 1999 – 2002 ‘Zool’ and ‘Petrole’ were both flight instructors on Alpha Jets during tours and perfected their double act, ensuring their abdominals had a daily work out of laughter and amusement. When “Zool” joined the aerobatic team, “Petrole” went back to operational forces mainly in an instructor’s role, based in Taiwan for 4 years. Currently he is still part of a test flight squadron focusing on assessing, optimising and implementing new technologies and procedures. When the opportunity arose for the pair to work on a new mission together ‘Operation Podium’ Petrole was keen to take up the track analysis challenge. If the tradition is respected the new adventure should be surprising, funny, entertaining and hopefully resulting in successful races.

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Pierrick Arrighi (PHYSICAL TRAINER)

Pierrick Arrighi (PHYSICAL TRAINER)
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Pierrick Arrighi (PHYSICAL TRAINER)

Pierrick Arrighi is the new guy of FLV Team. His mission : make François Le Vot in a perfect shape for running. Pierrick is used to intensive training and excellence. He became the Mountain Bike french champion in 1990, he was only 16 years old. After started his professional career in trading he decided to join professional and personal habilities in becoming a physical trainer. He get the best courses to join the French Air Force physical trainers’ team. He was the physical trainer of last 2016 FAI world Champion Alexandre Orlowski.
He knows aerobatics pilots’ needs to perform:
• Physiologic cycles planning for developpement and performance
• Mental preparation (pilot’s stress control and managment before flying)
• Control of pilots’emotional language
• Pilots’s potential analysis for best effort managment
• Pilot’s motivation and self-confidence
• Morphological and nutritional programmes
• He also planned physical traning course in Formula 1 trainig centre in Austria for François Le Vot.
Pierrick is not only a physical trainer. He is totaly involved in François Le Vot winning races in everyday warm-up and practice sessions.

The Planes

The Planes

ZIVKO EDGE 540 AIRCRAFT

In 2009-2010, Zivko improved Edge 540 and created a special Edge 540 for Red Bull Air Race, code-name “Edge 540 V3”.
There are only 5 models on earth!

Weight: 1170lbs (530kg)
Top speed: 422,4 km/h
Roll rate: 420 degrees per second
Max G: 12 g's
Motor: Lycoming ae10 540 exp
Cylinders: 6
Construction: Carbon fiber wings & steel tube fuselage
Wing profile: Wingspan 24.4 feet (7.4 Metres)
Propellor: Hartzell 3 blades composite
Autonomy: 350+ HP
Autonomie: 700 miles (1000km)
Conveying optima height: 2500m

ZIVKO EDGE 540 V3

3G Zivko Edge 540, V3 has been specially designed for the race. It has the same engine but its shape is clearly more aero-dynamic and it is lighter. The plane cut out for speed and in aerobatics. François Le Vot will start the season with the old plane ant then get this new one which should clearly improve his already outstanding results!