The L. Paul Soucy Trophy



Origin

The award was conceived and donated by L. Paul Soucy of Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Soucy was one of the first members of IAC and the Board of Directors. His purpose was to recognize not only skilled pilots but also those who supported a minimum number of contests as well as the IAC Championships in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He died in 1971.

Criteria

The purpose of the award is to recognize the IAC competition pilot who achieves the highest percentage of points possible during a contest season and who also competes in three or more contests, one of which is the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

Procedures

The IAC Awards Chairman will determine the winner of this award using the contest results submitted to IAC headquarters by individual contest directors. Generally, the top ten pilots are compiled and this information later published in Sport Aerobatics. The information will be kept confidential until the awards banquet. The plaque will be ordered by the Executive Director.

Presentation

Recipient trophies are funded by IAC and consist of a laser cut plaque with a photograph of the permanent trophy set in the plaque.  The master trophy remains on display at the IAC Pavilion in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The plaque is presented at the IAC Annual Gathering Dinner at EAA Air Venture.

THE L. PAUL SOUCY TROPHY – RECIPIENTS

Note: The year shown is that to which the award pertains. The trophy is presented the following year.

1970 – Mike Heuer

1971 – Giles Henderson

1972 – Verne Jobst

1973 – Henry Haigh

1974 – Bill Thomas

1975 – Giles Henderson

1976 – Henry Haigh

1977 – Clint McHenry

1978 ------

1979 ------

1980 – Jack Gladish

1981 – Charlie Larkey

1982 – Peter Anderson

1983 – Peter Anderson

1984 – Amos Buettel

1985 – Henry Haigh

1986 – Giles Henderson

1987 – Harold Chappell

1988 – Giles Henderson

1989 – Phil Sisson

1990 – Larry Warren

1991 – Gerry Molidor

1992 – Jan Jones

1993 – Gerry Molidor

1994 – Nott Wheeler

1995 – Chris Panzl

1996 – Mike Vaughan

1997 – David Monroe

1998 – Vicki Cruse 

1999 – Mike Vaughan

2000 – Clyde  Cable

2001 – Pete Eslick

2002 – Mike Mangold

2003 – Brent Smith

2004 – Joe Haycraft

2005 – Reinaldo Beyer

2006 – Jenner Knight

2007 – Joe Haycraft

2008 – Joe Haycraft

2009 – Jason McDermott

2010 – Klaus Mueller

2011 – Bill Denton

2012 – Francesco Pallozzi

2013 - Aaron McCartan

2014 - Paul Thomson

2015 - Kevin Elizondo

2016 - Nicholas Meyer