Matt is recognized as an extraordinary aerobatic pilot who thrills millions of airshow fans each summer. He began flying aerobatics in 1984 and quickly worked his way up to the highest level of competition aerobatics – the Unlimited category. Recognized for his skills, he won one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men’s Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998.

At the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships (WAC), Matt was the highest-ranking American pilot, finishing third in the world with a bronze medal. He led the Men’s Team to a silver medal. Along with this impressive finish came the coveted Hilliard Trophy, awarded to the highest finishing U.S. pilot at the WAC.

Matt also won the prestigious International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995.

Matt’s exciting competition aerobatics led him to airshow performing. Matt is both a solo performer and is the flight leader of the 4CE formation aerobatic team.

Matt is also a respected airline captain at a major US based air carrier with tens of thousands of flight hours.

In addition to all that, Matt is a respected voice in the airshow business, with a reputation for safety and diligence. Matt enjoys building and flying radio-controlled aircraft of all types.

Matt Chapman Portrait

Matt's RC Hangar

Viper Jet

This is a turbine-powered model. It burns jet fuel or kerosene. It has an auto start function that allows to start the engine with no external support equipment. It features retractable landing gear, working flaps and a full set of custom lights by Details 4 Scale. Wing leading edge lights, nose gear light, wingtip nav lights, double strobe light on the fin and belly and a beacon aft of the cockpit. This plane has a top speed of 180 mph!

KIT Sky Master
POWER Jet Cat USA P-160 SX, 36 lbs of thrust at 125,000 rpm
RADIO Futaba 12-Z FASST 2.4
WEIGHT 41 lbs