November 23, 2014

Oshkosh 2013 – Airventure Recap

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Another Oshkosh is complete and what a fantastic Airventure week it was! For those of you who have been able to experience Oshkosh in the past, chances are you have memories of hot muggy weather or storms of enormous proportions (….or maybe both!).  This year was an unexpected break from both – we were lucky if we saw mid-80′s and only had a dusting of rain here or there throughout the week.  Needless to say it was an outstanding event!

I was lucky enough to be spending my 2nd Oshkosh with the amazing ICON Aircraft Team (my 6th Oshkosh overall) and it was, as always, great!  Although I wasn’t away from the booth much for a majority of the week, I did get the opportunity to sneak out for a bit and grabbed pics to share with Go Inverted.

A great friend and fellow aerobatic pilot, Michelle Kole (5g Aviation) and I were lucky enough to sneak a flight into Osh with a friend who was bringing in a Citation Mustang (jetAVIVA).  Within 5 minutes of being on the ramp in front of the Weeks Hangar we spied our first movie star!  Dusty was a hit with all ages, even flying during the show on a few of the days and then sharing his movie (Disney’s Planes) with everyone before it hit theaters on Friday night!

We spent the week meeting lots of amazing people at the ICON booth as well as seeing old friends – Oshkosh is the best place on earth to make new friends as well as catch up with old ones!

Kadie stopped by to say hello – she’s sure to be one of the next great aerobatic pilots so make sure to watch for her in the future!!

Chelsea, Jamie & Jessy

Chelsea & EAA Volunteer, John

Making new friends at Oshkosh is easy – everyone there is your friend whether you know it or not! It is such an amazing place where people with a passion for flying, fun and innovation gather once a year to share their passion for these things with others.  One of the most amazing things about this are the droves of volunteers that come every single year to help EAA make this show possible.  I had to take my picture with John, one of the volunteers at the exhibitor’s food tent (he made sure to keep us in line when we arrived each day) – how can you pass up a picture with such a fine young man, Oshkosh B’gosh overalls and all!?!

And of course I cannot go without mentioning all of the eye-candy that surrounded us this year!

Circling the Jumpers

The power house!

Father and son prepping the plane – what Oshkosh is all about!

Beautiful P-51 Mustang

Mustang Noses

As always Oshkosh provided the perfect setting for an amazing group of people to get together and share in the joy of aviation.  From the Weeks Hangar to the Sea Plane Base there were amazing sights to be seen and fantastic people everywhere! I can’t wait until next year when we get to see what people have been working on over the next 12 months and to see what the the latest and greatest additions to the show will be.  Maybe, just maybe, it will be this:

A Hellcat recently recovered from Lake Michigan – on it’s way to being restored!

 

 

 

Get Involved – Become an IAC Judge!

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Aerobatic judging is not only a fun and great way to get involved with the IAC, but also helps keep our sport alive.  There are lots of misconceptions when it comes to judging including thinking that you have to be aerobatic pilot.  News flash – you don’t have to be a pilot at all! Plenty of spouses and significant others attend judging school to learn how to be assistant judges or regional (and even sometimes National) judges as a way to get involved in the sport and we are very happy that they do!  Additionally for you current and future aerobatic flyers, becoming a judge is not only helpful to your sport but also a great way to become a better competitor!

So how can you get involved? Check out the IAC’s latest list of judges school’s scheduled for 2013

Our local IAC Chapter – IAC Chapter 26 – is holding an Introduction to Aerobatic Judging School March 9-10, 2013 at the Apple Valley Airport which meets the requirements for new judges (attend both days) as well as current judges that need to stay current or want to move up to National Judge status (need only to attend Sunday).  The school will include lunches, a BBQ/Movie Night on Saturday night and time permitting a mini camp Sunday afternoon with some real flying for you to try out your new judging skills!  It’s sure to be a great time and a wonderful way for new and long-time IAC participants, family and friends to get involved in one of the most exciting motorsports on the planet! For more information click the above links – we’d love to have you join us!

2013 IAC Chapter Contests

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MARCH 2013

2013 Phil Schacht Aerobatic Kickoff

Friday March 22 – Sunday March 24, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday March 21, 2013
Glider Categories – Sportsman through Unlimited
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Keystone Heights (42J), Florida
Region – Southeast
Contact Information – 386.295.0382
Email – alain.aguayo@gmail.com
www.iac288.org

APRIL 2013

 

2013 Borrego Hammerhead Roundup

Thursday April 11 – Sunday April 14, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday April 11, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Borrego Valley Airport (L08), Borrego Springs, CA
Region – Southwest
Contact Information – 970.948.0816
Contest Director – Gray Brandt
Email – graybrandt@yahoo.com
www.iac36.org

 

2013 Ben Lowell Competition

Thursday April 19 – Sunday April 21, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday April 19, 2013
Rain/Weather – Friday May 3 – Sunday May 5, 2013
Glider Categories – Sportsman through Unlimited
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – USAF Academy Airfield (KAFF), USAF Academy, CO
Region – Northwest
Contact Information – 719.499.4501 / 719.282.9550
Contest Director – Jeffery W. Riddlebarger
Email – F15Cheese@gmail.com
www.iac12.org

 

2013 The Early Bird

Thursday April 26 – Sunday April 27, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday April 25, 2013
Rain/Weather – Sunday April 28, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Brenham Airport (11R), Brenham, TX
Region – South Central
Contact Information – 832.656.8314
Contest Director – Gary Walker
Email – gawwalker@aol.com

 

 

MAY 2013

 

2013 Sebring Aerobatic Championships

Thursday May 2 – Sunday May 4, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday April 27– Friday May 3, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Sebring (SEF), Sebring, FL
Region – Southeast
Contact Information – 561.313.8503 / 561.734.1955
Contest Director – Mike Mays
Email – soaerobatics@aol.com
www.iac23.com

 

2013 Los Angeles Gold Cup – Duel in the Desert

Thursday May 3 – Saturday May 4, 2013
Practice/Registration – Friday May 2, 2013
Rain/Weather – Sunday May 5, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Apple Valley (KAPV), Apple Valley, CA
Region – Southwest
Contact Information – 831.334.7232
Contest Director – Chris Olmsted
Email – chris@olmstedaviation.com

 

2013 Armed Forces Memorial Aerobatic Contest (AFMAC)

Thursday May 31 – Saturday June 1, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday May 30 – Friday May 31, 2013
Rain/Weather – Sunday June 2, 2013
Glider Categories – Sportsman through Unlimited
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Grenada Municipal Airport (KGNF), Grenada, MS
Region – Southeast
Contact Information – 850.766.3756
Contest Director – Chris Rudd
Email – invertedribboncut@gmail.com
www.iac27.org
Comments – Good fun, good food, good flying.  Free hangar space for volunteering IAC judges.  Registration and hangar fee waived for all current US Unlimited Team Members and alternates.  For other contest particulars see our website.

 

JUNE 2013

 

2013 Wildwoods AcroBlast

Thursday June 13 – Sunday June 16, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday June 13 – Friday June 14, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Cape May County Airport (WWD), Cape May, NJ
Region – Northeast
Contact Information – 717.756.6781
Contest Director – Craig B. Wisman
Email –  Cwisman@comcast.net
www.iac58.org

 

2013 Ohio Open

Friday June 14 – Saturday June 15, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday June 13, 2013
Rain/Weather – Sunday June 16, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Union County Airport (KMRT), Marysville, OH
Region – Mid-America
Contact Information – 614.448.7392 / 614.890.9711
Contest Director – Sheri Davis
Email –  sdavis_1985@yahoo.com
www.iac34.org

 

2013 Apple Cup

Friday June 21 – Saturday June 22, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday June 20, 2013
Glider Categories – Sportsman through Unlimited
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Ephrata Municipal Airport (KEPH), Ephrata, WA
Region – Northwest
Contact Information – 425.985.9469 / 425.653.1307
Contest Director – Will Allen & Jerry Riedinger
Email –  JRiedinger@perinscoie.com
www.applecup.org

 

2013 Lone Star Regional Aerobatic Contest

Friday June 21 – Sunday June 23, 2013
Practice/Registration – Saturday June 15 – Friday June 21, 2013
Rain/Weather – Sunday June 23, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – North Texas Regional (KGYI), Sherman, TX
Region – South Central
Contact Information – 214.673.9935
Contest Director – Mike Gallaway
Email –  mike.gallaway@tx.rr.com
www.iac24.org
Comments – Fly in the WAC box, CIVA panels, CIVA judges stations, Unlimited flown to CIVA rules, Box will be open all week, Winners take home the famous LoneStar Belt Buckle

 

2013 Bear Creek Bash

Friday June 28 – Saturday June 29, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday June 27, 2013
Rain/Weather – Sunday June 30, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Clayton County Airport – Tara Field (4A7), Hampton, Georgia
Region – Southeast
Contact Information – 850.766.3756
Contest Director – Chris Rudd
Email –  invertedribboncut@gmail.com

 

2013 Midwest Aerobatic Championships

Friday June 28 – Sunday June 30, 2013
Practice/Registration – Friday June 28, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Seward (KSWT), Seward, Nebraska
Region – Mid-America
Contact Information – 402.613.5422
Contest Director – David Moll
Email –  davidmoll66@gmail.com
www.iac80.org

 

JULY 2013

 

2013 Green Mountain Aerobatic Contest

Friday July 12 – Sunday July 14, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday July 11 – Friday July 12, 2013
Glider Categories – Sportsman through Unlimited
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Hartness State Airport (KVSF), Springfield, VT
Region – Northeast
Contact Information – 803.585.0366
Contest Director – Bill Gordon
Email –  wsgordon@earthlink.net
iac35.aerbaticsweb.org

 

2013 Salem Regional Aerobatic Contest

Saturday July 13 – Sunday July 14, 2013
Practice/Registration – Friday July 12, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Salem-Leckrone Airport (KSLO), Salem, IL
Region – Mid-America
Contact Information – 636.778.0020
Contest Director – Bruce Ballew
Email –  bruceballew@earthlink.net

 

AUGUST 2013

 

2013 Beaver State Aerobatic Contest

Friday August 23 – Saturday August 24, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday August 22, 2013
Rain/Weather – Sunday August 25, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Eastern Oregon Regional Airport (KPDT), Pendleton, OR
Region – Northeast
Contact Information – 206.399.7097
Contest Director – John Smutny
Email –  johnsmutny@gmail.com
www.iac77.eaachapter.org

 

2013 Upper Canada Open

Saturday August 24 – Sunday August 25, 2013
Practice/Registration – Friday August 23, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Chatham Kent Municipal Airport (CNZ3), Chatham ON, Canada
Region – Mid-America
Aerobaticscanadachapter3.blogspot.com

 

2013 Oshkosh

Saturday August 24 – Sunday August 25, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, WI
Region – Mid-America
Contact Information – 920.203.9000
Contest Director – Audra Hoy
Email –  audra_hoy@yahoo.com

 

SEPTEMBER 2013

 

2013 Ace’s High Aerobatic Contest

Saturday September 7 – Sunday September 8, 2013
Practice/Registration – Friday September 6, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Newton City Airport (KEWK), Newton, Kansas
Region – South Central
Contact Information – 316.648.5057
Contest Director – Ross Schoneboom
Email –  schoneboomr@prodigy.net
www.iac119.webs.com

 

2013 East Coast Aerobatic Contest

Saturday September 7 – Sunday September 8, 2013
Practice/Registration – Friday September 6, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Warrenton-Fauquier Airport (KHWY), Midland, VA
Region – Northeast
Contact Information – 703.618.4132 / 703.327.3135
Contest Director – Scott Francis
Email –  s.francis@ieee.org

 

2013 Rocky Mountain “Oyster” Invitational

Saturday September 14 – Sunday September 5, 2013
Practice/Registration – Friday September 13, 2013
Glider Categories – Sportsman & Intermediate
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Lamar Municipal Airport (KLAA), Lamar, CO
Region – South Central
Contact Information – 303.304.7937 / 303.648.0130
Contest Director – Jamie S. Treat
Email –  JamieTreat@q.com
www.iac5.org
Comments – Aerobatic box available 365 days per year. Early practice can be arranged. Reg Fee $125 for all categories.

 

OCTOBER 2013

 

NOVEMBER 2013

 

2013 Sebring Aerobatic Championships

Friday November 1 – Saturday November 2, 2013
Practice/Registration – Saturday October 26 – October 31, 2013
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Sebring Regional (KSEF), Sebring, FL
Region – Southeast
Contact Information – 561.313.8503 / 561.734.1955
Contest Director – Mike Mays
Email –  soaerobatics@aol.com
www.iac23.com

 

2013 Tequilla Cup

Friday November 8 – Saturday November 9, 2013
Practice/Registration – Thursday, November 7, 2013
Glider Categories – Sportsman through Unlimited
Power Categories – Primary through Unlimited
Location – Marana Northwest Regional Airport (KAVQ), Marana, AZ
Region – Southwest
Contact Information – 603.860.4456
Contest Director – Jim Ward
Email –  cd@tequilacup.org
www.tequilacup.org

2013 IAC Judges Schools

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Introduction to Aerobatic Judging

March 2 – March 3, 2013

Nashua, NH

Chapter: 35

Chapter Contact: Farrell Woods

Instructor: Greg Dungan

 

Introduction to Aerobatic Judging

March 2 – March 3, 2013

Santa Ana, CA

Chapter: 120

Chapter Contact: Michael Church

Instructor: Brian Howard

 

Introduction to Aerobatic Judging

March 9 – March 10, 2013

Apple Valley, CA

Chapter: 26

Chapter Contact: Chelsea Stein Engberg

Instructor: Michael Steveson

 

Introduction to Aerobatic Judging

March 16 – March 17, 2013

Aurora, OR

Chapter: IAC

Chapter Contact: Robert Toppel

Instructor: D.J. Molny

 

Introduction to Aerobatic Judging

March 23 – March 24, 2013

Lilitz, PA

Chapter: 58

Chapter Contact: Blair Mohn

Instructor: William Finagin

 

Introduction to Aerobatic Judging

March 23 – March 24, 2013

Dallas, TX

Chapter: 24

Chapter Contact: Mike Gallaway

Instructor: Tony Wood

 

 

 

Tequila Cup – Aerobatic Contest

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Friday, November 4 – Saturday, November 5, 2011

Practice/Registration: Thursday, November 3

Gliders Categories: Sportsman Intermediate

Power Categories: Sportsman Intermediate Advanced Unlimited

Region: Southwest

Contest Director: Jim Ward

Contact Information: Primary Phone: 603-860-4456 E-Mail: cd@tequilacup.org

Website: www.tequilacup.org (available in the summer of 2011)

Keene Fall Classic Grassroots Contest – Aerobatic Contest

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Saturday, October 8 – Saturday, October 8, 2011

Practice/Registration: Saturday, October 8

Rain/Weather: Sunday, October 9

Power Categories: Sportsman

Region: Northeast

Contest Director: Farrell Woods

Contact Information: Alternate Phone: 603-886-8634 E-Mail: farrell.woods@comcast.net

Website: iac35.aerobaticsweb.org

Comments: This will be a one day, one flight contest open to all pilots. The 2011 Sportsman Known Program will be flown. Aircraft accepted for entry will only be those that meet the following criteria. Aircraft eligible for entrance to the contest will be powered aircraft that have a calculated ratio of maximum certificated gross weight to engine horsepower of 7.8 or greater. Aircraft that are known to meet this criteria are the Citabria, Decathlon, Yak-52, Clipped Wing Cub, Clipped Wing Taylorcraft, Boeing Stearman (all 220 hp models), Great Lakes 2T-1, RV-8 (200 hp), Steen Skybolt (200hp or less). Aircraft models not listed here, presented for entry to the contest, will have their weight to power ratio calculated using the FAA approved aircraft operating limitations data to determine their eligibility for entry to the contest. A member of the Contest Technical Committee will perform the calculation. Only aircraft meeting the criteria above will be accepted for entry to the contest.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN INVITATIONAL – Aerobatic Contest

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Saturday, October 8 – Sunday, October 9, 2011

Practice/Registration: Friday, October 7

Gliders Categories: Sportsman Intermediate

Power: Primary through Unlimited

Region: South Central

Contest Director: Jamie S Treat

Contact Information: Primary Phone: 303-304-7937 Alternate Phone: 303-648-0130 E-Mail: JamieTreat@Q.com

Website: www.iac5.org

Comments: Rental cars not needed. Camping allowed. Plenty of motels, call CD for info. This is the lowest altitude Public use airport in CO. Plenty of hangar space. Laid back and fun contest. Very low cost contest:)

Ohio Fall Frolic – Aerobatic Contest

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Saturday, October 1 – Sunday, October 2, 2011

Practice/Registration: Friday, September 30

Rain/Weather: Sunday, October 2

Power: Primary through Unlimited

Region: Mid-America

Contest Director: Lorrie Penner

Contact Information: Alternate Phone: 513-284-5076 E-Mail: penn.lorr@yahoo.com

Website: www.iac34.com

 

U. S. National Aerobatic Championships

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Sunday, September 25 – Friday, September 30, 2011

Practice/Registration: Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25

Rain/Weather: Saturday, October 1

Glider Categories: Sportsman through Unlimited

Power: Primary through Unlimited

Region: South Central

Contest Director: Vicky Benzing

Contact Information: Primary Phone: 408-867-5434 E-Mail: vickybenzing@gmail.com

Website: www.iacusn.org/Nationals/

Comments: Assistant Contest Director – Aaron McCartan aaron.mccartan@gmail.com 712-335-4382

AOPA Aviation Summit

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For more information or to register visit:

http://www.aopa.org/summit/