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Super Dave

"Super" Dave MatheisonDave Mathieson, better known as “Super Dave” in the airshow community, was voted the #1 aerobatic pilot in Canada… by his mom. (It’s on the side of his airplane, so it has to be true!)

Mathieson currently flies the world’s most advanced aerobatic aircraft called the MX2. The aircraft is designed for plus or minus 16Gs, and has an incredible roll rate of 500 degrees per second and is powered by a380HP motor giving the aircraft a top speed of 300 MPH.

Dave started flying with the Royal Canadian Air cadets at age 15 in gliders and got his first float flying job at the age of 18. Dave flew bush planes on floats for most of his career including Beech 18, Norseman, de Havilland Beaver, Otter, Twin Otter, Buffalo and Dash 8.

He flew for AirCanada Jazz for five years but found the job too boring, and they frowned upon doing aerobatics with 100 people in the back of the airplane.  Dave soon left AirCanada Jazz and went on to become the co-owner and president of Summit Air Charters based in Yellowknife Northwest Territories, Canada.

One season while flying a Cessna 180 on floats, the control stick for the aircraft disconnected from the dashboard, losing both aileron and elevator. Dave managed to keep the aircraft flying by using the trim wheel, his body weight, and opening the doors to steer the aircraft back to his base. Dave flew the airplane like this for almost one hour before landing it smoothly on the lake. From that day on, his friends dubbed him “Super Dave”.

Dave is a true believer in chasing your dream.  He uses air shows to inspire people young and old alike to show them all that every dream is possible if you just work hard at it.

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Scheyden MX2

Scheyden is proud to have “Super” Dave Matheison fly the MX2, one of the world’s most advanced aerobatic aircraft. Custom wrapped for Team Scheyden, this plane is capable of rolling at 500 degrees per second.

The MX2 is a carbon fiber, two seat tandem sport aircraft produced by MX Aircraft of North Carolina. The MX2 has been used by competitors in the annual Red Bull Air Race World Championship. The MX2 was based on the Giles G-202 aerobatic trainer, the first prototype was a modified G-202 and first flew in May 2002. The first aircraft of the initial production batch of five first flew in May 2005. The MX2 is a carbon-fibre low wing cantilever monoplane with full span ailerons and a conventional landing gear with a tailwheel.[1] It has an enclosed cockpit for two in tandem on recling seats and a single piece canopy. The MX2 is powered by a 260 hp (194 kW) Lycoming IO-540 flat-six piston engine with a three-blade tractor propeller. Optimised for aerobatic speed and agility the MX2 can pull a G-load of plus and minus 12 Gs, giving it tight turns and loops and a range of aerobatic maneuvers.

Come see how pilot “Super” Dave Matheison can push this 1300 pound, 385 HP aviation machine to the limit. Just like the MX2, Scheyden is all about PRECISION! Our message is simple; Work hard! Give your best! And be precise! No matter what, never stop chasing your dreams! Booyah!

Jon Melby

Jon Melby is an air show pilot with over 35 years of flying experience. He is surface level aerobatic qualified, formation aerobatic qualified, and holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating.  He has flown dozens of aircraft types and currently performs in a highly modified Pitts S-1-11B bi-plane.

Jon first learned to fly at age 8, when he created a pile of leaves in his Duluth, Minnesota lawn, climbed onto the roof of his 2 story home, and jumped like a bird into the leaves.

Jon MelbyAt the age of 12, he had the opportunity to meet the legendary air show pilot Bob Hoover at a local air show. Bob Hoover’s sincerity and great personality gave him the inspiration to pursue his dream of flying. When he was financially able, he made it a goal to solo in a non-powered glider before his 16th birthday. In only 8 flights, he achieved his goal by riding a bicycle 45 miles, on hot Arizona July summer weekends, to the nearest glider airport!

It was this type of determination that inspired him to purchase an airplane at age 19, and then hired an instructor to learn to fly it!  Receiving his pilot’s license by flying every day for a period of 3 weeks, yet eventually yearned to do so much more in an airplane. After owning several Cessna passenger type aircraft, in 1996, he purchased a Pitts S2B Bi-plane and spent 3 months training to compete in Aerobatic Contests.

During his first aerobatic competition against 23 pilots, he achieved 3rd place, and in the next two Jon by Cockpitcontests won first and second place, awarding enough points to become the Arizona State Sportsman champion. This all took place the first year of competition aerobatics. It was then that he knew that aerobatics was his  “passion and groove” and it’s been an adventure ever since.

Now, flying “extreme” freestyle aerobatics at Airshows, Jon can encourage both adults and children to pursue their dreams, much like Bob Hoover did for him.

The aircraft Jon flies is the awesome looking Black and Yellow factory built Pitts “Muscle” Bi-Plane.

Pitts S-1-11B in formationThere are only two factory built S-1-11B aircraft flying in the world today. With a 330+ H.P. six cylinder Lycoming (AEIO-540) motor, Cold Air Induction, 10.5 to 1 High Compression pistons, and 3 bladed Hartzell “Claw” Propeller, this aircraft has all the ingredients for a great air show performance. The S-1-11B has only a single seat and it is very light weight (1085 pounds dry), providing a perfect platform for flying high energy aerobatics! The Pitts bi-plane is made of metal tubing frame, wood spar/ribs, and mostly fabric covering. This helps keep the airplane light weight. However, fabric is sensitive and can quickly puncture if not careful!

This S-1-11B cruises at 195 MPH and can climb nonstop vertically from zero to 2,500 feet at sea level. During normal climb out, it does an amazing 4,000+ feet per minute climb rate!  Compared to a small single engine passenger plane that climbs at around 750 feet per minute.

Fuel capacity on this aircraft is 28 gallons in a single main tank and 15 gallons in a reserve tank. Fuel burn at cruise is approximately 14 gallons per hour. During the airshow routine, the S-1-11B is burning approximately 25+ gallons per hour.

The smoke you see behind the airplane is created with special oil which is the same consistency asTaxi Out salad oil. Usually using Canopus 13 or Dialys-ax grade of oil.  This is stored in a 6 gallon smoke tank located under the main fuel tank. The smoke oil is pumped to the aircraft exhaust via a standard automotive fuel pump. Once the oil hits the hot exhaust pipes, it turns into smoke! The oil does not catch on fire if the aircraft is moving. The burnt oil doesn’t smell great, especially in the cockpit.


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Tiger Squadron

TigerSquadronLogoThe 2014 Scheyden Catalina Air Show is proud to host Southern California’s Premier Formation Flying Team, the Tiger Squadron! Tiger Squadron specializes in keeping crowds on their toes with a range of exciting formation flying maneuvers at events and air shows throughout Southern California. In our shows, we primarily use two aircraft, the Chinese built Nanchang CJ6A and Russian built Yak 52.  Their 9-cylinder radial engines have gotten crowds on their feet at every event.

Tiger Squadron is a precision formation flying team and aircraft display team based in Southern California. The team consists of four to eight aircraft with displays that include multiple passes in exciting formations. The sweet roar of radial engines and Tiger Squadron’s skilled pilots and vintage warbirds are sure to thrill the audience. The team is made up of military pilots, instructors, airline pilots, and experienced civilian pilots with thousands of hours of combined experience, an unblemished safety record, and all required formation credentials.

The team has participated in flyovers for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library, the USS Battleship Iowa, the Palm Springs Air Museum, the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Parade, Sun-N-Fun, Copperstate EAA, Green Hills Memorial Park, Pierce Brothers Memorial Park, Quail Motorsports Gathering, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the Cable Air Show, the Riverside Air Show, the Chino Air Show, the Camarillo Airshow, the Porterville Air Show, the Torrance Air Show, the Jacqueline Cochran Air Show and is excited to add the Catalina Air Show to their repertoire.


Rich Piccirilli – Just In Time Skydivers

Rich Piccirilli

The 2014 Scheyden Catalina Air Show is proud to have Rich Piccirilli of Just In Time Skydivers join us on October 4th!

Just In Time Skydivers started in 1967 on the East Coast. Based out of Lakewood, New Jersey, the team jumped the then-current low-performance round parachutes into air shows and other special events.

Moving to the West Coast in 1970 they now operate out of Lake Elsinore, California and jump state-of-the-art equipment and high-performance ram-air parachutes. Through the years they have jumped into places like Dodger Stadium, Santa Anita Racetrack, the Queen Mary, the Rose Bowl, and the bottom of the Grand Canyon!

The team’s latest trip abroad was in August of 2003 when they jumped into the closing ceremonies of the World Aerobatic Championships in Debrasen, Hungary, where they jumped from AN-2s, the old workhorse bi-planes from Russia.

IMG_0564More recently 20 of them jumped from a DC-3 into the Phoenix 500 Air races where freefall footage of their jumps was played back instantaneously on a 50×50 foot Jumbotron screen.

The team jumps with as many as thirty skydivers. The core group of four is headed by Rich Piccirilli and Lynn Fogleman. The team freefall photographer is Kent Gifford, whose father was one of the aerial photographers on the movie The Gypsy Moths (1969).

Vicky Benzing

Vicky Benzing Born and raised in California, Vicky Benzing is an accomplished pilot, aerobatic competitor and Reno racer. With over 6000 hours of flight time and over 1100 parachute jumps, Vicky has a passion for everything airborne.

Vicky Still remembers her first flight in her uncle’s airplane when she was just a small child. Inspired by that flight at a very young age, Vicky was lucky enough to learn to fly while in college, earning her pilot’s license in a family friend’s antique Taylorcraft in her hometown of Watsonville, California. She was thrilled by the spins, loops and rolls that her ex-military instructor taught her and subsequently took aerobatic instruction from the legendary pilot Amelia Reid. Since then, her flying career has spanned over thirty years and today she holds an Airline Transport Pilot rating as well as a commercial rating in helicopters and seaplanes.

In 2005, Vicky began training with air show legend and trainer to the stars, Wayne Handley. Working her way up the ladder, Vicky competed in International Aerobatic Club competitions throughout the US. In 2006, she won first place in the Intermediate Category in both Northwest and Southwest Regional Championships. After moving up to the Advanced Category she won third place in the 2008 and 2009 Northwest Regional Championships and placed in the top 10 finishers at the US National Aerobatic Championships in 2008. In between flying competitions, Vicky began performing at local air shows. Today she focuses her energies on her air show performances where she continues to thrill and inspire audiences up and down the West Coast.

WaveIn 2010, Vicky added to her list of aviation accomplishments and began racing in the National Championship Air Races, held each September in Reno, Nevada. Competing in the Sport Class she won her very first race ever and was awarded the honor of being chosen the 2010 “Rookie of the Year” by her fellow Sport Class racers. Last year, Vicky qualified to race an L-39 Albatross in the Jet Class and in September, she was named “Rookie of the Year” for the Jet Class, finishing in the gold at 425.547 mph on the course.

In addition to her aerobatic pursuits, Vicky holds a PhD in Physical Chemistry from UC Berkeley and has enjoyed a successful career in the Silicon Valley high-tech industry. She is on the Board of Directors of the International Aerobatic Club and on the Board of the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA. The museum is special to her because of its mission to capture the interest of young people through the adventure and excitement of aviation and inspire them to study math, science and technology.

Vicky is grateful for the sponsorship of Oregon Aero, the maker of seating systems and helmet and headset upgrades, and the sponsorship of Hooker Harness, the producer of custom seatbelts and harnesses.


Captain Adam Runge – CF-18

Photo May 04, 12 31 05 PMCaptain Adam “Manik” Runge is the 2014 CF-18 Air Demonstration Team Pilot. The Hanover, Ontario, native has over 800 hours on high-performance military aircraft and has logged missions around North America and over the Pacific and Arctic Oceans.

Currently a member of 409 “Nighthawks” Tactical Fighter Squadron at 4 Wing Cold Lake, Alberta, Capt Runge was introduced to aviation in the Air Cadet Program where he earned his Glider License at age 16 and his Private Pilot License at 17.

He joined the Canadian Forces in 2003 and attended the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) where he spent his summers as an instructor and tow pilot at the Central Region Gliding School in Trenton, Ontario. Capt Runge graduated from RMC in 2007 with a Bachelors of Mechanical Engineering degree.

After earning his pilot wings in the summer of 2009 at 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Capt Runge trained on the CT-155 Hawk – the Royal Canadian Air Force’s lead-in jet training aircraft. By early 2010, he was flying the Hawk with 419 Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta.

Capt Runge reached his goal of becoming a fighter pilot in the summer of 2011 after completing the Fighter Pilot Course with 410 Squadron in Cold Lake, which led to his current post with the “Nighthawks”.

“Manik” credits many of his accomplishments to his family and makes a point of thanking his wife, Ashleigh, and son, Paul, for their support ahead of the 2014 air show season.

Doug Matthews

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Born in San Francisco to a career Air Force officer/pilot, Matthews spent his early years in Europe. On returning, he spent his teens washing airplanes, flying and teaching flying while preparing for an aviation career. Receiving a Presidential appointment to both the Air Force and Naval Academy, Matthews selected the Navy so that he could fly from aircraft carriers.

At Annapolis, he majored in Aerospace Engineering. Additionally, he was promoted to a leadership position within the Academy ranks. Graduating during the peak of the Vietnam conflict, he took a delayed set of orders to flight training in order to serve a tour as a gun-boat skipper in the South Vietnamese jungles. His first commanding officer? Paul Grey, Captain USN, for whom the Bridges of Toko-ri was written and filmed. Completing a distinguished year, he reported to flight training as the most decorated Ensign in the Navy. Matthews instructed in the Navy and in the local community until leaving active duty. He was selected as a production test pilot for the Citation jet factory. There, his varied background and experience was called upon as he tested and delivered many of the first 50 Citations ever built. Additionally, he was a prime Flight Demonstration Pilot for the factory.

With his business success, he was able to compete in aerobatic competition in his Pitts Special, and fly air shows in his own F-86 SabreJet and F-5 Freedom Fighter. Doug also races in the Unliimited Division of the Reno Air Races.

Matthews is a retired Lt. Commander in the Naval Reserves, a director of the Naval Aviation Legacy Foundation and the sponsor of Classic Fighters of America. He was Lead of the Tailhook Legacy Flight 2006-2008.

Oshkosh 2011Licenses & Ratings:

  • Airline Transport Pilot / First Class Medical (no limitations)
  • Type Ratings-IA-Jet (IAI Westwind 1124), Learjet, Citation, JetStar, Gulfstream II and V, DC-9, B-727, Douglas SBD, North American P-51, Grumman F6F Hellcat, Grumman F8F Bearcat, Vought F4U Corsair, Sea Fury, T-33, Iskra and L39.
  • CFI-Airplanes, Instruments, Multi-Engine
  • Total Time: 16,000 hours
  • FAA-approved aerobatic low-level authority and FAST Check Pilot


Clay Lacy


Clay Lacy (born August 14, 1932) is the founder and chief executive officer of Clay LacyAviation, established in 1968 as the first executive jet charter company in the Western United States.[1] His professional career includes serving as airline captain, military aviator, experimental test pilot, air race champion, world record-setter, aerial cinematographer and business aviation entrepreneur. Lacy has flown more than 300 aircraft types, logged more than 50,000 flight hours and accumulated more hours flying turbine aircraft than any other pilot.

With 29 world speed records under his belt, Lacy’s name has appeared in many newspaper headlines and aviation record books.

On Sept. 19, 1962 in California’s Mojave Desert, Lacy and fellow Air National Guard pilot Jack Conroy attracted national attention when they made the first flight of thePregnant Guppy, a Boeing 377 Stratocruiser modified to carry the Saturn rocket booster in support of the U.S. space program. The aircraft carried its first payload forNASA to Cape Canaveral one year later.

IMG_7042_xxIn 1973, Lacy and fellow United Airlines pilot William Arnott made aviation and education history by organizing an around-the-world flight in a chartered United Airlines DC-8 jetliner for aeronautical students from Mount San Antonio College located in Walnut, California. Two years later in 1975, Lacy and the same crew flew students on an eight-day South American sojourn. These tour flights named “Classroom in the Sky” pioneered the concept of education from a jet plane.

One of Lacy’s most notable achievements was setting a new around-the-world speed record in 1988 with his 36-hour, 54-minute, 15-second flight in a Boeing United747SP called “Friendship One.” With U.S. astronaut and Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong on board as guest of honor, along with other aviation notables and celebrities, this record-breaking flight raised $530,000 for children’s charities worldwide. Lacy and his wife Lois, along with long-time friends Bruce McCaw and Joe Clark, organized the flight, which averaged over 623 miles per hour and topped the previous record by 112 miles per hour.

In 1995, Lacy was one of the first aircraft owners to equip his Gulfstream jets with Blended Winglet™ technology developed by Aviation Partners Inc., founded by Joe Clark and Dennis Washington. That June, in a Gulfstream IISP inscribed with the words “Wings of Change” across its side, Lacy and Clark set world speed records during a flight from Los Angeles to Paris. The flight culminated with display of the jet at the Paris Air Show. On the way home, they also established a world speed record from Moscow to Los Angeles. Lacy and Clark set yet another speed record in the Gulfstream IISP in 2003 on a flight from Los Angeles to Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

During Lacy’s 1999 “Midway 2000” flight to celebrate the New Year, he and 40 guests traveled over the Pacific Ocean to be among the first to enter the new millennium. Lacy piloted his Boeing 727 from Southern California by way of Hawaii and Midway Island to the International Dateline. Cruising just one-tenth of a mile west of the imaginary line where every day officially begins, the passengers then passed into January 1, 2000 while it was still 4 a.m. on December 31, 1999 on the West Coast. In a period of one hour, the group traveled through five date changes before celebrating the New Year on the ground in Midway Island 24 hours later.

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Marcus Paine

Following the footsteps of former Alaskan aviator legends, Alaskan Marc Paine brings the thrill of aerobatic flight to his hometown of Anchorage, where he has lived for more than 40 years. Raised on a homestead in Rabbit Creek, Marc has been a pilot for over 20 years and is the founder and Chief Flight Instructor of Unusual Attitudes LLC at Merrill Field, and now at Marana Regional Airport in Tucson, a flight school that teaches Unusual Attitude Recovery, Stall/Spin Awareness and aerobatic flight. Marc is a skilled instructor adept at teaching pilots of all skill levels new ways of thinking about the principals of flight and mastering the airplane in every attitude. He is an FAA Safety Counselor, and a regular speaker on Stall/Spin Awareness at FAA Safety Seminars held throughout Alaska, and nationally at aviation events including Oshkosh and Sun n’ Fun. Marc’s teaching directly targets and impacts the stall/spin fatality rate that plagues Alaskan pilots, and now is available in the Lower 48!

Marc provides regular and recurrent training in Unusual Attitude Recovery, Stall/Spin Awareness and Tailwheel for The pilots of the U.S. Army, National Park Service, Civil Air Patrol, Alaska State Troopers, and for the Flight Inspectors of the FAA Flight Standards District Office. He and training partner Patty Wagstaff have provided the same training in Kenya to pilots of the Kenyan Wildlife Service who daily face low altitude, high risk patrol flights in search of illegal poachers.

He is a distinguished graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and a former U.S. Army Special Forces Officer, Airborne Ranger, and Jumpmaster. He commanded a combat dive A Team and worked projects throughout the Middle East and South America. EMT qualified, Marc was a member and instructor with the National Ski Patrol and patrolled regularly at Alyeska during the winter months for many years while he wasn’t flying and instructing. Now he spends the winters in a satellite location for Unusual Attitudes in Arizona!

Marc holds all airplane fixed wing ratings and endorsements and instructor certificates through Multiengine Instrument. He is an active aerobatic performer as well with an unrestricted, surface level Aerobatic Card, and has performed aerobatic routines in Alaska at airshows throughout the state, including the Valdez Airshow and Arctic Thunder at Elmendorf AFB for the past 10 years. Marc’s performance is one of the crowd’s favorites because of his ability to showcase the capabilities of the Super Decathlon and the Super Cub in a way that general aviation pilots and audiences can appreciate, relate to and apply to their own flying. He is sponsored by American Champion, the factory for the Super Decathlon and flies it low and very aggressively. And he is considered a wizard in the Super Cub! He does a unbelievable live in cockpit narrated stall and spin demo and never is above 500 feet! Marcus also is the primary pilot for Third Strike Wingwalking, and flies with Carol on the wing as well as solo in the 450 Stearman. He now is flying air shows throughout the U.S. and Canada in all three airplanes.