On 3 and 4 June of this year, the Japanese city of Chiba was taken over by the Red Bull Air Race. Lightning-quick flying skills and a spirited crowd ensured a spectacular race.Faber Audiovisuals provided the highest-quality audiovisual materials to ensure that the 90,000 visitors could watch the air show on large screens.
This was the third year in a row that Faber Audiovisuals provided the video screens for the Red Bull Air Race in Japan. The Red Bull Air Race is an international competition where pilots manoeuvre their planes along a course marked out by 12-metre-high inflatable pylons. The two-day event starts with training and qualification rounds on Saturday, followed by the finals on Sunday.
After several weeks of preparation, fifteen modular screens and one mobile LED screen were transported to Chiba, Japan. “We placed these screens at Chiba beach overlooking Tokyo Bay, at the airport, and at the festival grounds nearby,” says project manager Hans Galama. “We worked with a entirely Japanese crew of 25 people with great work ethics. Despite the fact that most of them didn’t speak a word of English, we were able to understand each other really well by using non-verbal communication and a translation app.”
In terms of the technical side of things, Faber Audiovisuals’ contribution to the air show went off without a hitch. Galama: “We are able to work independently, so the organisation didn’t have to worry about us at all. They were completely unburdened.” The organisers were fully satisfied with the event. Although visitor numbers were slightly disappointing on the first day, the beach was almost completely sold out on the second day. Yoshihide Muroya (a Japanese pilot) winning the air race made for a perfect conclusion to the event for the organisers. “The organisers of Red Bull Air Race Japan were very satisfied with our performance. If the relevant permits are renewed, Faber Audiovisuals will return again next year.”