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  1. #11

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    Oct 2011
    New Hampshire
    Wow. The Lone Star State of Texas held a huge contest at Sherman last weekend. Eleven Primary competitors, nine Sportsman, eight Intermediate, five Advanced, and two Unlimited-- thirty five total competitors flew a full set of three flights each category.

    Patric Coggin found first out of a relatively huge field of Primary competitors flying a Vans RV-4 monoplane. Patric won first on the second flight, second on the first and third flights. Mitchell Reeves won first on the first and third flights, but a fourth place showing on the second flight knocked him down to second place overall. Mitchell also flies a monoplane-- an Extra 300L.

    Four competitors shared a Great Lakes in Primary at the Lonestar. Now that is Great! Would like to have seen the Great Lakes flying.

    Moving up to Sportsman, the Lonestar saw Erik McDaniel prevail in that same Great Lakes. Erik won the Free and Unknown flights. The Known was won by Doug Jenkins in his Pitts S1S. Doug earned second place overall.

    Home town host Mike Plyler in his Staudacher S300 beat-out Tom Rhodes in Intermediate. Tom flew a DR-107. Curt Richmond and James Doyle were one and two after the Known, and dropped places after the Free flight. Mike won both the Free and Unknown flights.

    Craig Dobesh made the trifecta in Advanced flying a Pitts S1T. Mike Gallaway did the same in Unlimited, flying an Extra 300SX against Andy Macha.

    Darren Behm, Curt Richmond, James Doyle, and Pete Setian judged Advanced and Unlimited. Tom Adams, Craig Dobesh, Mike Gallaway, Bill Denton, and Andy Macha judged Primary through Intermediate.

    IAC Chapter 24 hosted with Kathleen Kyer directing. See detailed results of the Lonestar Aerobatic Championships at

    Coming up this weekend, two contests: get ready for the Apple Cup in Ephrata, Washington and the Michigan Aerobatic Open in Jackson, Michigan. Summer is in swing and some of those more Northern venues are getting their wings rolling.

    Doug Lovell

  2. #12

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    Quote Originally Posted by WLIU View Post
    ... Would like to have seen the Great Lakes flying...
    Here you go, Doug!

  3. #13

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    New Hampshire
    This week's update from Doug Lovell.

    If you drive Interstate 80 West and get to Nebraska, you'll be in Omaha. Leaving Omaha, you'll go southwest to Lincoln. From Lincoln to Grand Island is eighty miles of highway drawn with a tack line due west. From the air, the landscape is checkered into one mile squares by the grid of farm roads. Not too far out of Lincoln you'll pass, Seward, Nebraska.

    There in Seward, you can visit the Bartels Museum, home to more than seventy-five displays of minerals, agate, fossils and rocks. Or, if you were there the weekend of the twentieth of June, you could hang out with aerobatic sky gods of the Midwest Aerobatic Championship.

    First place Primary was earned by Dale Byrkit in a Super-D. Dale won the first and third flights. Richard Bertrand won the second flight with a Christen Eagle. There were five competitors in Primary.

    You might remember Paul Thomson from the Ben Lowell contest at Lamar, CO a month ago. He won every flight of Sportsman at Lamar. He won both flights of Sportsman at Seward. Nine other pilots at Seward took aim at Paul, including at least five members of the University of North Dakota (UND) collegiate aerobatic team.

    Really cool of UND to bring seven or more college aerobats to try IAC competition. Two flew the UND Super-D in Primary, five in Sportsman.

    Intermediate had six pilots who flew a Known, Free, and Unknown. Michael Lents won the Known. He flies an Extra 300L. John Owens won the Free. He flies a Pitts S2B. Jon Vanderhoof won the Unknown. He also flies a Pitts S2B. John Owens won overall with second place showings on the Known and Unknown. Michael was second and Jon Vanderhoof third.

    The highest category flown at Seward was Advanced. Five pilots flew the Known and the Free. Douglas Roth won overall with second place showings on both flights. Mike Forney won the Known. John Ostmeyer won the Free. The scores in this category are amazing. It's a very competitive category there in Nebraska. Last place pilots Jessica Panzer and Bruce Ballew had high seventies percentages on the Known and mid eighties on the Free.

    Brian Johnson, John Ostmeyer, Betty Stewart, Bruce Ballew, Douglas Roth, Robert Ator, David Moll, Jon Vanderhoof, and Linda Meyers Morrissey judged at the Midwest Championship. John Morrissey was Chief Judge for all flights.

    IAC Chapter 80 hosted and David Moll directed the Midwest Aerobatic Championship.

    Winner wrap-up:

    Primary: Dale Byrkit

    Sportsman: Paul Thomson

    Intermediate: John Owens

    Advanced: Douglas Roth

    Ongoing this weekend: the Apple Cup in Ephrata, Washington and the Michigan Aerobatic Open in Jackson, Michigan.

    Next weekend, at Springfield Hartness Airport (VSF), Springfield, Vermont. It is the Green Mountain Aerobatics Contest (GMAC) hosted by IAC Chapter 35. Arguably one of the more beautiful settings for a contest, the green hills of Vermont in Summer.

  4. #14

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    Oct 2011
    New Hampshire
    Apple Cup Results

    Submitted by Douglas Lovell on Sun, 2014-07-06 10:44

    You can take Amtrak to Ephrata, Washington. You can walk to the airport from the station. But, better to land with your aerobatic airplane and participate in the Apple Cup.

    Ephrata is in central Washington State, across the coastal mountains to the East of Seattle, on the Northwest edge of the agricultural portion of the state, which is otherwise mountainous. Spokane, pronounced Spoke-Ann, is about a hundred miles East-Northeast of Ephrata. Mount Ranier is about a hundred miles West-Southwest. Mount Baker and Snoqualmie National Forest are about a hundred miles West-Northwest.

    Zoom in on the Ephrata airport with Google Maps, and you can see a clearly marked aerobatic box, site of last week's contest hosted by IAC Chapter 67, with co-CD's Jerry Riedinger and Larry James.

    Primary was a three competitor category won by Jodi Rueger flying a Super-D. Jodi won the first and third flights. Peter Gelinas won the second flight with his Pitts S1E.

    Sportsman had seven competitors. Terry Middaugh flies a Boeing Stearman PT-17 in Sportsman at Apple Cup, and you might have seen him do the same at the Nationals. Terry won the second and third flights, but not by sufficient margin to overcome the performance of Pat Lavielle, who won the first flight and the overall Sportsman first place flying a Christen Eagle.

    Congratulate Jim Bourke with a win over a field of five Intermediate. Jim won the Free and Unknown flights to make a comeback ever Christopher Branson, who won the Known. Jim flies a Super-D. Christopher flies a two place Pitts.

    Someday maybe we'll do a study on winning the known, how many go on to win the contest. Being first after the Known is a tough spot. All of a sudden it's not, "Hey, I'll do my best at this contest." It's "Hey, I'm a contender. I could win this thing." Adds pressure. And, like playing King of the mountain, everyone else in the category knows you're the one to pull down.

    IAC President Doug Sowder, flying in his home turf with his home chapter, won Advanced. He held on after winning the Known, won the Free, and picked off second in the Unknown to Guido Lepore. Guido flies a Pitts S1 with Canadian registration. Doug flies an Extra 300L. There were five competitors at the Apple Cup in Advanced.

    Look out for Malcolm Pond, West Coast Ace in Unlimited. He has won again. Malcolm took first Unlimited flying his Edge 540. After placing third on the Known, he won the Free and Unknown. Malcolm made up about an eighty point deficit on Lewis Shattuck. Lewis won the Known flight in a Giles 200 that he himself built.

    Judges at the Apple cup were Robert Harris, Terry Burch, Cheryl Bloom, Malcolm Pond, Jim Bourke, Jeff Hirschaur, and Jerry Riedinger. Robert Harris and Terry Burch judged all five categories and did not fly. Cheryl Bloom judged three categories, and assisted Terry Burch on the other two. Doug Sowder and Peggy Riedinger served as Chief Judges.

    Some have noticed the stars to the left side of some of the names in the contest results. The star signifies that the competitor had a stars qualifying contest performance. Stars is part of the IAC Achievement awards program. You can read more about the program at A stars performance at a contest means, basically, no grades below five-- no zeros --from more than one judge on any figure. You can read the detailed criteria in Appendix 5 of the IAC Contest rule book.

    Winner recap at Apple Cup:

    • Primary, Jodi Rueger
    • Sportsman, Pat Lavielle
    • Intermediate, Jim Bourke
    • Advanced, Doug Sowder
    • Unlimited, Malcolm Pond

    Coming up on the IAC Contest Calendar, The Great Green Mountain Aerobatic Contest (GMAC) at Springfield, Vermont. If you are within a few hops of Springfield Hartness Airport (KVSF), hop over. It's a beautiful setting. IAC Chapter 35 puts on a well organized, friendly, competitive event. Bring a good cigar, if you can, for CD Bill Gordon. He's working hard on making GMAC one of the finest aerobatics events you'll attend this Summer.

  5. #15

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    New Hampshire
    Submitted by Douglas Lovell on Wed, 2014-07-09 21:13

    IAC Chapter 88 and Contest Director Brian Roodvoets hosted the Michigan Aerobatic Open in Jackson, Michigan on the weekend before the Fourth of July. They flew sixteen competitors in four categories, Primary through Advanced Power.

    Find Jackson, Michigan at the bottom of the Michigan "Mitt," the lower peninsula, north of the border with Ohio. It's thirty or forty miles West of much maligned Detroit, the same distance East of world famous Kellogg's Battle Creek. Snap, Crackle, and Pop were unable to attend. The Great Lake Erie is East. The Great Lake Michigan is West.

    Two competitors faced off in Primary. Tom O'Neil won the first flight, then held on as Giles Henderson won the next two flights. Giles had to scratch the second two figures when flying the first time. There's likely a story there if you ask them. The two were otherwise very evenly matched.

    Tom records a Meyers Cassutt as his aerobatic machine. Giles a Cassutt Racer. Curious about the differences. There's a picture of the Cassutt Racer at the online forum for the planes,, and several in the Cassutt Special Wikipedia entry, Tom's Cassutt N26EC is a Cassutt model IIIM, according to the FAA N-number registry. The same source reports Giles' Cassutt N429PM as a Pete Meyers Special model PM-2. Possibly these two airplanes have similar provenance, and stories of their own that could be shared by their owners.

    Sportsman was the largest category with seven competitors. IAC Open East 2014 Sportsman Champion, Larry Ernewein from Ontario, won the first flight flying his Bucker Jungman. He held on with second place to Matthew Wild on the next two flights. It was so very very close. Larry was ahead forty-five and one half points after the first flight, barely more than three percent. Matthew gained about seven points with his lead on the second flight. The third flight Matthew won by a single point. Matthew flies a Super-D.

    Four contended in Intermediate. Mitchell Wild started in fourth place in the Known. Wayne Buescher was the winner of that flight. Mitchell's first place showing on the Free gave him the overall title. Mitchell flies a Pitts S2B. Wayne a Staudacher S600F.

    Andy Ernewein, flying a Pitts S1S, won both the Known and Free flights in Advanced for overall Advanced bragging rights. He won over fellow competitors Klaus Mueller, second in a Yak 55M; and Michael Wild, third in a Pitts S2B.

    Perhaps you have noticed some repetition of last names. The Michigan event is something of a family affair. Larry Ernewein is Andy Ernewein's father. Both are from Ontario, Canada. Michael, Mitch, and Matt are the Wild bunch. Michael runs IAC 124 out of Kokomo, Indiana. Mitch & Matt are his sons. Mitch has been competing for 3-4 years and does very well. He cleaned up at Oshkosh last year in Sportsman. A bunch of Sportsman pilots are glad he moved up. Matt is a new competitor this year. Welcome, Matt!

    Sheri Davis, Donald MacDonald, Giles Henderson, and Klaus Mueller judged all four categories. Sandy Langworthy served as Chief Judge. Yes, we also wonder how Giles Henderson judged himself in Primary. We think this is likely a computer room anomaly, that Giles did not view himself from outside his body while flying.

    Some have noticed the stars to the left side of some of the names in the contest results. The star signifies that the competitor had a stars qualifying contest performance. Stars is part of the IAC Achievement awards program. You can read more about the program at A stars performance at a contest means, basically, no grades below five-- no zeros --from more than one judge on any figure. You can read the detailed criteria in Appendix 5 of the IAC Contest rule book.

    Winner recap

    • Primary, Tom O'Neil
    • Sportsman, Larry Ernewein
    • Intermediate, Mitchell Wild
    • Advanced, Andy Ernewein

    Coming up on the IAC Contest Calendar, The Great Green Mountain Aerobatic Contest (GMAC) at Springfield, Vermont. Chapter 35 President Farrell Woods reports forty-one pre-registered and great weather in the forecast. If you are within a few hops of Springfield Hartness Airport (KVSF), hop over. It's a beautiful setting. IAC Chapter 35 puts on a well organized, friendly, competitive event. Bring a good cigar, if you can, for CD Bill Gordon. He's working hard on making GMAC one of the finest aerobatics events you'll attend this Summer.

  6. #16

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    Oct 2011
    New Hampshire

    The 2014 Green Mountain Aerobatic Contest at the Hartness State Airport in Springfield VT is now in the history books. This years’ contest was the best attended event in many many years with 43 competitors! There were 2 Primary pilots, 19 Sportsman pilots, 14 Intermediate pilots, 5 Advanced Pilots, and 3 Unlimited pilots. 14 of those pilots had not previously flown the GMAC.

    Springfield Vermont is in the southern end of the Green Mountains. From pattern altitude you can look west and north and see the ski runs on the peaks that form the backbone of the Greens. Springfield itself was originally an anchor in the Precision Valley where machine tools were made. With the migration of those industries elsewhere, southern Vermont is now dotted with bed and breakfast inns, antique stores, micro-breweries, dairy farms, and ski areas.

    For the aerobatic contest Mother Nature generously provided perfect weather for Thursday practice, and competition flying on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. Sunday afternoon a front and thunderstorms approached from western New York causing the Canadian pilots to run for home early.

    Contest Director Bill Gordon and Chief Judge Jim Wells called the contest briefing to order at 1PM Friday. With Starter Paul Russo waving pilots off, on Friday afternoon, all 5 categories, totaling 45 flights, were able to fly their Known Programs. Saturday, the Unknown Programs were started, and by the end of Saturday afternoon, the Advanced and Unlimited Free Program flights were also complete. Sunday morning the Intermediate Free Program flights were done.

    As always, every competitor flew their heart out. The final results were:


    1st Olga Mitchell in a Decathlon

    2nd Patrick Sweeney in a Decathlon


    1st Philip Joseph in a Decathlon

    2nd Blair Mohn in a Pitts S-2A

    3rd Dimitri Cuesta in a Pitts S-1S


    1st Weston Liu in a Pitts S-2A

    2nd Adam Cope in an Extra 200

    3rd Krysta Paradis in an Extra 200


    1st David Windmiller in an Edge

    2nd Mark Stewart in a Panzl

    3rd Paul Russ in a Lazer


    1st Goody Thomas in an Extra 330SC

    2nd Mike Ciliberti in a Sukhoi 31

    3rd Bob Cipolli in a Staudacher

    To make a contest this size run too many people to mention helped with registration, scoring, judging, etc to list them all. The one special thanks we want to mention is for Miriam Levin from Chapter 52 who has driven a long way the last few years to run registration and train our local folks on how to make the paperwork flow smoothly. Thanks Miriam!

    The next contest on the northeast calendar is the Kathy Jaffe Challenge at the South Jersey Regional Airport in mid –August. The contest calendar is at The Kathy Jaffe is put on by Chapter 52 and is a great contest every year.

    See you at the box.


  7. #17

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    Oct 2011
    New Hampshire
    Doug Yost, Spencer, Iowa

    One of the fun events at the Doug Yost, held in Spencer, Iowa, was a surprise appearance of a P-51 Mustang to fly in Primary. Harry Barr and Jessica Panzer showed up with the North American World War II classic to have fun pacing it through Primary. It was an exhibition effort, not for trophy; but, which of the two flew it better? Awe. Sorry Jessy. The two swapped on the first two flights, but Harry clinched it with the third. Flying a P-51 in Primary. How cool is that, you two?

    Someone captured one flight of each pilot in their vid cam and posted at Watching you notice no gear hanging down, big loops, and then, in the up close taxi shots, those tiny looking pilots in the cockpit give you an idea how big the plane is.

    The actual competition in Primary had five competitors all flying the Super-D. In battle for first place were Patrick Mills and first time competitor Sara Arnold, daughter of long time IAC Chapter 78 member Dick Swanson. Sara was third, and Patrick first after the first flight, with Sara trailing about eight points, two percent. Sara and Patrick tied for first place on the second flight, with almost eighty-two percent each. Third flight, Sara scored an average of 8.5 and Patrick 8.8 to win the flight and the category.

    Thanks to Primary judges Peter Tallarita, Justin Hickson, and Paul Thomson.

    Sportsman at the Doug Yost had nine competitors. Cory Johnson in his Pitts S1C got a first flight jump on MidAmerica Sportsman Ace Paul Thomson from Kansas. He could not hold on, however, taking second to Paul on the next two flights for second overall. Paul won the category with an 8.7 overall average score flying his Super-D.

    Thanks to Peter Tallarita, John Ostmeyer, Klaus Mueller, and Craig Gifford for judging twenty-seven flights of Sportsman.

    Six pilots battled in Intermediate there in Spencer. Brent Smith Won the Known and Free flights in his Pitts S1S for the overall title. Jon Vanderhoof stole the trifecta from Brent with a win on the Unknown.

    Thanks to Peter Tallarita, Juston Hickson, Paul Thomson, and Dick Swanson for judging Intermediate.

    The highest category flown at the Doug Yost was Advanced, with three competitors. Craig Gifford won the Known flying a Staudacher S-300. John Ostmeyer won the Free and Unknown flights, and overall, flying a Pitts S1T.

    Thanks to Peter Tallarita, Justin Hickson, Paul Thomson, and Dick Swanson for judging Advanced. Peter judged every flight at the contest and made an excellent job of it. We love our non-flying judges, and thank you to Peter.

    The Doug Yost was organized by Dan Pichelman and IAC Chapter 78.

    Winner recap, Doug Yost

    • Primary, Patrick Mills, Super-D
    • Sportsman, Paul Thomson, Super-D
    • Intermediate, Brent Smith, Pitts S1S
    • Advanced, John Ostmeyer, Pitts S1T

  8. #18

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    New Hampshire
    Best Box in Texas, Edna, Texas

    Concurrent with the Doug Yost, and about one thousand miles south, IAC Chapter 25 held the Best Box in Texas. Edna is just south of a line between San Antonio and Houston, near the Gulf of Mexico.

    Eight pilots had the Best Box all to themselves. They split themselves up into two Primary, three Sportsman, and three Intermediate.

    The upper three categories had one pilot each. The three got together to fly Intermediate. Debby Rihn-Harvey dropped from Unlimited to win the Known, Free, and Overall with her Hurricane CAP-232. Jeff Stoltenberg dropped from Advanced and won the Unknown flight with his Giles 200. Intermediate competitor Robert Salter held tight for second place against his upper category competition flying a DR-107.

    Doug Jenkins won everything in Sportsman. He flies an S1E.

    Juan Carlos Campos Jurado battled with Benjamin Cory DuBose in Primary, both flying Super-D's. Benjamin won the first flight. Juan Carlos won the rest.

    Thanks to Lynne Stoltenberg, Jeff Stoltenberg, David Jenkins, and Debby Rihn-Harvey for judging at Edna. Danny Beacham and IAC Chapter 25 organized the contest.

    Winner recap, Best Box

    • Primary, Juan Carlos Campos Jurado, Super-D
    • Sportsman, Doug Jenkins, Pitts S1E
    • Intermediate, Debby Rihn-Harvey, CAP 232

  9. #19

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    Oct 2011
    New Hampshire
    The report below is from our Canadian friend Larry Ernewein.

    Aerobatics Canada Chapter 3 held the fourth annual Upper Canada Open August 15 to 17 at the Tillsonburg airport with 13 competitors in 4 categories - including 3 pilots from the United States.

    Though preparations started many months earlier, the box markers were put out on Wednesday by Andy Ernewein, Pat Rebtoy, and Larry Ernewein. Pat had spent a fair amount of time with Trevor Rafferty making and bending the 400 quarter inch steel rods that held our box markers securely in the ground. Pat was also the competition’s starter – keeping things going very well during several bouts of bad weather.

    Paperwork arrived Friday morning with Chapter President Josh Pegg who also served as technical monitor doing the tech inspections, and the guy with the VHF radios during the contest. He effectively kept itinerant aircraft out of the box. Several important jobs were unable to be assigned prior to the event but, as so often happens, all positions were filled by volunteers arriving on Friday.

    Laura Buescher and Carol Granger did the always-formidable task of arranging the PAPERWORK! A contest cannot function without a lot of it and it MUST be very organized, or chaos ensues. Don’t ask how I know….
    They did a fantastic job.

    Joy McKinney, who was the Volunteer Co-ordinator at the 2013 WAC in Texas, did the same job for us. She and Pat had to leave the contest on Saturday night at 5pm, drive 70 miles, attend a family event, get some sleep, drive 70 miles back for the 0700 briefing – that we all forgot to tell them had been moved to 1000. Ooooppss…
    Pat used the extra time to gather the old merchandise and sell it! Because of her efforts the contest did not loose money. (In Canada the entire contest registration fee is used to pay for insurance - and sometimes even that is not enough!)

    Ever try to run the IAC scoring system (Jasper) on a Mac? Nope – it won’t work. So Elaine Ernewein, our scoring guru and computer nerd who likes the Apple computers, put an old PC to work. It only took about 300 hours of prep time before the contest, but the work paid off because the scores were usually posted before the judges left the line for category changes.

    Sandy Langworthy and Hugo Ritzenthaler of IAC Chapter 88 drove from Michigan to judge under the watchful eye of Chief Judge Carole Holyk. Wayne Buescher (Ch. 88) and Chris Pulley completed the line. Assistants and recorders included: Pat Barrett of Ch. 126 (driving in from New York), Brianne McCutcheon, Dan Unger, Hella Comat, Meghan MacNeil , Andy Ernewein, Andrea Kuciak, Bill Ludwig, Desmond Lightbody, Trevor Rafferty, Charles Phillips, and Jeff Granger – who was also our medical director.

    Practice day, Friday went well and we all retired to a local restaurant for dinner and drinks.

    Saturday morning briefing was a bit late because Contest Director Bjarni Tryggvason’s Pitts mis-behaved. So he drove to the contest and arranged to fly a Harvard (AT-6 in the U.S.) in Primary instead of his usual Sporstsman. Which conveniently made a contest for first-time competitor Charles Phillips in his Citabria. This made all the other pilots happy as they were trying to decide who would have to embarrass himself by flying Primary to help Charles out. It turned out he didn’t need any help. He won the Category! But it sure was neat to see and HEAR a Harvard at a contest!

    In Sportsman, Dan Unger (also of Chapter 88) flying a Pitts S1 took 3rd, Chris Pulley flew his Pitts S1 to second, and Larry Ernewein won flying the Bucker Jungmann.

    Jeff Granger (IAC Ch. 34) took the top spot in Intermediate in his Extra 300, Trevor Rafferty (winner of the unknown) was second in the Javelin he built, and third place went to last year’s winner Bill Ludwig in a Pitts S1T. Wayne Buescher (Ch.88) was in 4th with the Staudacher S600 ahead of Desmond Lightbody flying a Pitts S2A.

    Scott McMaster, who flies and teaches in just about everything – especially gliders – managed 3rd in the One Design, Hella Comat in her S1T placed second to Andy Ernewein flying an S1. Nobody zeroed an unknown figure!

    Quite a few locals turned up to watch the flying, and a surprise visit was paid by Gerry and Doreen Younger, who flew a Pitts S2A (open front cockpit) to the field to see how aerobatics are done now-a-days. For those who don’t recognize the name, Gerry pretty well started aerobatics in Canada back in the 1960’s – that’s right! Over 50 years ago! And he’s still doing airshows and unlimited-type aerobatics – even with his new hips – though he hasn’t competed in about 20 years. He recently went through his archives and found 13 Aerobatics Canada beer mugs that he arranged to have delivered to the competition. We gave one to each pilot. The mugs are older that some of the contestants! When the rain started on Saturday afternoon, Doreen climbed into the front seat and Gerry flew them back to his hangar in Kitchener. Gerry, in the back seat with the canopy, stayed dry…..

    Food was looked after by Jess and her staff at the airport restaurant. They opened VERY early, stayed late, and provided the excellent banquet meal for us on Saturday night. Pilots looking for that “hundred dollar hamburger” will do well by flying to CYTB - which also has the cheapest 100LL in southern Ontario!

    The staff of Tillsonburg airport (Claude, Grant and Mary Ann) could not have been more helpful. Manager Annette Murray is attempting to make the airport a vibrant place again and we’re very glad she directed her efforts our way. Stay tuned for next year’s bigger and better Upper Canada Open!

  10. #20

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    New Hampshire
    Submitted by Douglas Lovell on Tue, 2014-08-26 23:44

    Kokomo, Indiana is between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne; between Chicago, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio; South of Lake Michigan and the Michigan Mitten. Mid-America IAC Chapter 124 held their contest, the Hoosier Hoedown in Kokomo earlier this month.

    Wade Ayala won Primary with Kevin Coleman flying for patch.

    Mitchell Kay won Sportsman over a field of six. He was first on the Known and Unknown. Kenneth Hunt was first on the Free program.
    Intermediate went to Mitchell Wild. He won the Known and Unknown. Sarah Tobin won the Free.

    Steve Johnson won Advanced over four other pilots. First on the Known was Kevin Coleman. Steve won the Free and Unknown flights.

    Judging were Klaus Mueller, David Underwood, Steve Johnson, Sarah Tobin, Thomas Hartvigsen, Sheri Davis, Sandy Langworthy, and Tom Adams.

    One essential to winning an aerobatic contest is good critique from the ground. The winners of Primary, Sportsman, and Advanced at Kokomo have all received extensive ground critique by flying to Tom Adam's place and getting coaching from Tom. Sarah Tobin, who won the Intermediate Free, has also received ground critique from Tom Adams.

    Some people are just lucky to live close enough to Tom's place and smart enough to run over there for coaching. Everyone can get critique from IAC judges by joining IAC chapters and organizing chapter practice days. Practice all you can. To win, you need frequent feedback from people with trained eyes watching from the ground.

    Winner recap, Hoosier Hoedown, Kokomo, Indiana

    • Primary, Wade Ayala
    • Sportsman, Mitchell Kaye
    • Intermediate, Mitchell Wild
    • Advanced, Steve Johnson

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