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Ocaña Airport (LEOC) in Toledo, Spain, was taken over by some of the best aviators in the world in May, when Red Bull Air Race pilots took part in a training week at the Spanish hub. As the official fuel and carbon reduction partner for the Red Bull Air Race we are also delighted to supply Jet A-1 and Avgas at Ocaña.
What does the training camp entail? It is designed to put existing Challenger pilots through their paces as they test the planes and themselves and develop their race strategies. Meanwhile new Challenger pilots get their first exposure to pylon flying, with coaches on hand to test their skill, offer guidance on race flying with pylons and ensure each pilot’s flying technique is safe.
The fuel is a key factor in a pilot’s success, as optimising the fuel mixture is one of the ways a pilot can rise above the level playing field.
“If you want to win, it’s very important to get the correct mixture setting to make the engine deliver maximum power,” says Challenger Class pilot, Daniel Ryfa. “In the training before every race, I always work on that to find the right setting.”
We have been supplying fuel and other services at Ocaña Airfield for over 20 years and it’s a popular location on our Spanish network. It’s situated very close (just 3km) to Ocaña town and serves as a gateway to Toledo – one of Spain’s most mesmerising cities and the surrounding Castilla La Mancha region.