Wednesday June 30, 2021 through Tuesday July 27, 2021
Members may cast their votes using the secure online ballot (member login required) Voting begins June 30 and closes July 27, 2021. Our webmaster [at] iac.org (subject: login%20assistance) (Webmaster) can provide any assistance needed.
A member may not vote in this election in person at the annual meeting; it must be done via electronic ballot.
A Presidential-appointed Ballot Certification Committee will tabulate the election results and announce the election outcome at the annual meeting of members on July 30, 2021 at the IAC Annual Membership meeting will be held in the Vicki Cruse Educational Pavilion at the IAC Aerobatic Center at 8:30am during EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
By Order of the Board of Directors,
IAC Ballot Certification Committee Chair
I am running for the IAC Board of Directors for another term.
I have been on the IAC Board and have led the Government Relations efforts with the FAA on behalf of the IAC for several years now. My day job is as a corporate pilot for a large flight department in St. Louis, Missouri.
I am an active aerobatic/spin/upset instructor and compete in the Advanced category. I am an advocate for grass roots aerobatics and believe it is essential to the future success of the IAC.
Fly smart, fly safe, have fun,
My name is Jeff Petrocelli and I am above all things a flying enthusiast. I’m what I like to call a “lifer,” as I am the son and grandson of two accomplished and passionate pilots so I grew up in the hangar. Some of my best memories were spent at the airport and I hope to bring my own son to Oshkosh one day as my dad brought me.
Throughout my years growing up at the airport, the IAC has been a constant. This organization has been life-changing for me. I have created and continued a worldwide network of friends that not only share the same passion as me but the same morals and respect for the aviation community. Whether competing in an aerobatic contest, traveling to support the U.S. aerobatic team at "Worlds", or flying into my local FBO, I’ve made friends, real ones, and I will never take that for granted.
I believe that I bring a fair amount to the already strong table that is the IAC. I have ideas and will offer support to my peers’ ideas through effective communication and preparation. I believe we can work together to have realistic goals and dedicate time and consideration to making these goals our reality.
One way we can do that is by appealing to the younger demographic and ensuring our future as an organization. We can do this using my social media experience to create and expand our media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, etc. Reaching the masses, the future, the real population, in order to keep us thriving should be our focus to grow a strong and solid base. Through these communicative platforms we can gain perspective on what this untapped demographic seeks and bring back to the table exactly what we are missing from them.
I don’t believe many of us need convincing to stay in aerobatics which is why I feel strongly that we need to focus our efforts on being more attractive and accessible to this demographic. I have the knowledge, dedication, passion, and narrative to make this happen. I believe the sport of aerobatics is multi-level but we primarily focus on already established pilots. I think we should shift gears and create a welcoming community that can streamline new members by educating them on the IAC even if they do not fly or own an airplane. Passion for aviation is still a passion and you can have it without being a pilot.
There are many opportunities for non-pilots to get involved and strengthen the IAC such as judging, photography, social media, marketing, in person networking, fundraising, community outreach, etc. I am not looking to change what is already here, our organization is amazing and no one can argue that, but what I would like to help change is our future. We should listen to our members and create communication that is heard and valued. Input will only help our core and it is important for everyone to have a voice.
Let’s help add to the IAC with what we are missing. I am up for the task and believe I can be the member for the job. Thank you for your time. My name is Jeff Petrocelli and I am grateful for your consideration.