Nationals 2017 - News and Updates

U.S. NATIONAL Championships - September 23-29, 2017

Photo Galleries * Video



Mike Murphy Cup

October 6, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI

IAC President Mike Heuer (right) with Jack Pelton, Chairman and CEO of EAA, and Greg Principato, President of NAA. They are standing by the prestigious Mike Murphy Cup which is presented to the U.S. National Aerobatic Champion each year. A tremendous evening and a wonderful time to honor a lot of great pilots -- past and present. This is the only time in history where the three heads of these organizations were present for the U.S. Nationals awards presentations.



October 5, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI

The U.S. National Aerobatic Championships came to a formal close on Friday evening, September 29th.  The 2017 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion is Rob Holland. Rob flew his MXS-RH to victory.  He also won the Four Minute Freestyle event which is a separate trophy contest at the end of the Nationals. Rob was presented the Mike Murphy Cup as National Champion. This was his 7th win of the title and as a surprise, the daughters of Leo Loudenslager (Carolyn and Kelly) flew in to help present the trophy to Rob. Leo was the only other American pilot to win the championship seven times.

A new U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team was also named at the Nationals.  Pilots on the Team are Aaron McCartan (new U.S. Advanced National Champion and team captain), A.J. Wilder, John Wacker, Marty Flournoy, Matt Dunfee, Stan Moye, Brent Smith, Michael Lents, and alternate pilots Angelo Cillaroto and Mark Fullerton.

Full results of the event can be found at which includes results from all 8 categories of flying.


Nationals Video

October 5, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI

EAA shared an awesome video about Nationals on their Facebook page, check it out!


Thank You to the U.S Air Force Academy Cadets & Instructors 

September 30, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI

The U.S. Air Force Academy cadets and instructors at the Nationals. So good to have these young men and women with us each year.


Friday Scores

September 29, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI

Unlimited Free Unknown Scores & Unlimited Overall Scores

Thursday Scores

September 28, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI 

Advanced Team Scores after 2nd Free Unknown, American flags by names are Team Aspirants, top 8 are our US Advanced Team.

Advanced Free Unknown 2 Results

Discount at Chester V's

September 27, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI

Chester V's on Oregon street will give you $5 off on a purchase of $25. Stop over for lunch or dinner. Good eats!

Wednesday Scores

September 27, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI  

Sportsman Power 3rd flight & Overall, Primary Power 3rd Flight & Overall, Sportsman Glider 3rd Flight & Overall

Intermediate Free Power/Glider

Discount at Johnny Rockets

September 26, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI  

20% discount at Johnny Rockets for anyone from Nationals. They would love to have any of us for lunch or dinner!

Tuesday Scores 

September 26, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI

ADV Figures Free Unknown 2

Unlimited Free and Overall

Advanced Free Unknown 1 Glider and Overall

Free Unknown 1 Scores AND the Overall all scores ( Known, Free, Free Unknown 1)

Sportsman/ Primary Power and Glider Free Scores

Monday Scores

September 25, 2017,   Oshkosh, WI  

We are now at 94 pilots participating at Nationals with Advanced the largest at 25 competitors.

Unlimited scores

Unlimited Known Scores

SCORES: Intermediate Known Power/Glider

1st Competitor is in the Box for Intermediate Known Category

Advanced Free Scores for Power and Glider

The figures submitted by the Advanced pilots last night for Free Unknown 1. Sequences are due today from pilots at 8:00 am.

Sunday Scores

September 24, 2017  Oshkosh, WI 

SCORES: Advanced Power Overall after Known & Free flights flown. The top 10 pilots will participate in figure selection.

Advanced Free Order of Flight

Primary/Sportsman Power & Glider Order of Flight Sunday 9/24


Advanced Known Power/Glider Provisional Scores, these will be posted in Scoring at 0800

Nationals are Underway

September 24, 2017  Oshkosh, WI

The U.S. National Aerobatic Championships is now underway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin with 89 pilots registered and flying in the competition. Watch these pages for updates. Opening ceremonies were held yesterday in the Founder's Wing in the EAA Aviation Museum with Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings welcoming the participants to Oshkosh. Flying began on Saturday afternoon with the Advanced category and continued today with Primary/Sportsman and Advanced free programs.


Nationals Bulletin No. 3 is posted

September 15, 2017

Though not as lengthy as the previous bulletins, it has important information that has changed since the publication of the previous bulletins. The bulletin includes a traffic route map and a grounds map, both with all of the buildings labeled that will be used during Nationals. Changes in Bulletin #3 include:

·         Closure of Waukau Avenue which necessitates entering the EAA site via a different route.

·         General parking now to be in the L Lot, adjacent to Gate 31 and not far from Building C (hangar).

·         Group photo now to take place at the Museum and not the Brown Arch on Saturday, 23 September.

All of the bulletins can be found on the Special Rules and Procedures page of the Nationals webpages.


Bulletin NO. 2 is posted

August 31, 2017

If you are planning to attend the 2017 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Oshkosh, IAC has a lot of important information for you.

There are now two Nationals Bulletins there available for download with a lot of important information:

For those coming to Nationals, we also urge you to preregister whether you are a pilot, an official, or a volunteer. The Register page has information we need and will enable our staff to assemble and make available your credentials before your arrival. Access to the EAA AirVenture grounds and facilities will only be possible if you are credentialed and have wristbands and parking passes.

The contest is rapidly approaching 100 competitors and over 60 people have volunteered for various contest positions, including many of the pilots.


Important updates for Nationals:

August 30, 2017

The EAA AirVenture grounds have security gates that require wristbands for entry.  Anyone involved with Nationals needs to first check if they are in our database (, if you do not see your name register here ( and you will be confirmed within 24 hours.

Bulletin No. 2 will soon come out.  On there, you will find schedule information, regulations, competitor entry fees, accommodations, and other important information regarding Nationals.


News Release


National champs crowned in competition Sept. 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (August 22, 2017) — Some of the nation’s best aerobatic aircraft pilots will gather to compete for national championships on September 23-29 as the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships come to Oshkosh for the first time, hosted by the International Aerobatic Club at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The event moved to Oshkosh this year after spending most of the past 45 years at Denison, Texas. Approximately 100 pilots will compete in five separate categories during the week, ranging from Primary to Unlimited. In addition, the top finishers in the Advanced (second-highest) category will earn berths on the U.S. team that will compete next year at the world championships in Strejnic, Romania.

“As Oshkosh is regarded worldwide as the home of sport aviation, it was a natural fit to bring the competition here,” said Mike Heuer, IAC president. “Competition aerobatics demands very precise, planned flying that is judged for its precision and excellence. The judging is very similar to that seen in figure skating, as the competitors must execute prescribed maneuvers as part of an overall performance. It places high demands on both the pilot and aircraft to be at their best.”

Read the full article: 


August 9, 2017

Book Your Hotel for Nationals Now!

Deadlines for special rates at the Nationals hotels are quickly approaching. Book Motel 6 by August 17 and the Hawthorne by August 19. More information can be found at

Motel 6 pricing is $49.99/night with the IAC Group Code: M459600031. After August 17, it goes up to $54/night.

The Hawthorn Suites by Wyndam pricing is $89/night with IAC Group reference: IAC Aerobatic Championships. After August 19, it goes up to $109/night.


July 4, 2017

Bulletin #1 is Posted for the 2017 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships

Bulletin #1 has now been finalized and is available for download: There is a lot of important information in the bulletin including the schedule of events, entry fees, hotel and rental car information, list of contest officials, and many other details. The bulletin is at the bottom of the page under "Attachments" which also includes other important documents for participants.


GameBird will be the “Official Sponsor of the 2017 US National Aerobatic Championships”

May 21, 2017

Co-Founder of Game Composites, Philipp Steinbech has confirmed that the company will be a major sponsor of the 2017 U.S. National Aerobatic Championship. Philipp is an engineer and an accomplished aerobatic pilot, but he is mostly a Designer. Along with Steuart Walton, Game Composites was founded in 2013. The initial production of the prototype and testing progressed through 2014. In July of 2015 the first flight of prototype aircraft G-IGBI took place. In July 2016 the EASA Validation Flight Test was conducted and the first public display was at Airventure in Oshkosh, WI.

Philipp is tentatively scheduled to fly GB1 Gamebird on the first weekend of Nationals. Contest Director, Gary Debaun is looking forward to using Philipp as a warm-up pilot for the first flight of the contest on Saturday, September 23 – the Advanced Known.

GB1 Gamebird parked in front of the IAC Pavilion




NAA President to attend IAC’s U.S. National Aerobatic Championships

April 24, 2017

The International Aerobatic Club (IAC) is pleased to announce that Greg Principato, President of the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) has accepted their invitation to attend the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships (Nationals) awards banquet and closing ceremonies this year in Oshkosh.

Mr. Principato has agreed to assist IAC President, Mike Heuer, in the presentation of the Nationals trophies to the winners of each flight category and the 2017 U.S. National Champion. The IAC has been affiliated with the NAA since May 1982 and is responsible for the administration, management, and promotion of aerobatics in the USA through a letter of agreement with NAA.

The Nationals take place in Oshkosh on September 23rd through the 29th.  The aerobatic championship attracts 85-100 pilots from around the United States who compete for tops honors in five categories; Primary, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced and Unlimited (power and glider).

With the attendance of Mr. Principato and Jack Pelton as the keynote speaker, it will be the first time in history that the EAA, NAA and IAC leaders are on stage at the same time, which will be a very special moment. The banquet will take place at the Founder’s Wing of the EAA Aviation Museum on Friday, September 29th.



Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau Signs on as Sponsor of the 2017 US National Aerobatic Championships

April 1, 2017

Cathy Cluff, Sales Director, at the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB), attended the IAC board of directors meeting to present a check from OCVB to sponsor the welcome dinner on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The welcome dinner will be held at the Nature Center on the EAA Air Venture grounds.

Cathy has been very welcoming and instrumental in assiting with local connections. We look forward to seeing Cathy, Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings and City Manager Mark Fohloff in attendance at the opening ceremonies and the welcome dinner.




Hertz is the official and exclusive car rental company for the US Nationals

March, 2017

Jim met with Nationals organizers, Gary Debaun and Lorrie Penner, to firm up an exclusive car rental deal for Nationals. The Appelton, WI based family franchise will be the exclusive car retnal company during the championship. They will off discounts on their regular car rental prices beginning at $29 daily for a compact car.

Arrangements are being made for Hertz to station the rental on the EAA Airventure grounds. This avoids having competitors shuttle back and forth from the competition site to the Oshkosh terminal. The rental cars will be parked in a lot north of the EAA Convention HQ building just east of one of hangar C, where some of the competition aircraft will be stored. More details to follow as they become available.


EAA President to attend Closing Ceremony and Award Banquet as Keynote Speaker

January 17, 2017

The championship ends on September 29th with Closing Ceremonies and the Awards Banquet in the Founder’s Wing in the EAA Aviation Museum. IAC is proud to announce that Jack J. Pelton, CEO of EAA, will be the keynote speaker at the banquet.

A native of California, Pelton has more than three decades of aviation experience. Pelton has a commercial pilot’s license with instrument, multi-engine and seaplane ratings. He also holds type ratings in several Citation business jets, including the Citation X, the world's fastest civilian aviation airplane. He is a single-engine aircraft owner and restores antique aircraft.





2017 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships - Registration Fees:

January 15, 2017  Gary Debaun

This year ALL competition flights will be video-taped (not just Advanced).  It would initially appear that the registration fees have gone up, however they will actually save you a little money this year as there will be no charge for hangar fees (normally 100).   Advanced Team Aspirants will not have to pay the normal $200 fee as in the past.

So here are the adjusted registration fees:
Active-Duty Military: $310
Collegiate: $235
Primary: $260
Sportsman thru Unlimited (Power and Glider): $460
4-Min $100
These fees will apply until the pre-registration deadline of September 18th. After that there will be an across-the-board late fee of 10%. So it will be in your best interest to pre-register. Note that as of February 21st, the IAC's new Aerobatic Contest Registration System (ACRS) is not available for pre-registration for Nationals. It's availability will be announced.




Dates for the 2017 US National Aerobatic Championships have now been set: 23-29 September 2017 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Oshkosh offers the best facilities for an aviation event in the world by virtue of its development over the last 45 years as the site for EAA AirVenture. IAC has invested heavily in upgrading its own pavilion there and it will serve as headquarters for the contest. The box will be over the airfield. Also being planned are other activities during the week such as evening social events at the EAA Nature Center and closing ceremonies and awards banquet at the EAA museum’s “Founder’s Wing” – the place where EAA’s annual Hall of Fame ceremonies are held. In the coming months, those plans will go forward and we will keep you up to date on these pages.