Nationals 2017 - News and Updates

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

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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.