Nationals 2017 - Sponsors

Offical Sponsor of the 2017 US National Aerobatic Championships

Game Composites was co-founded in 2013  by Philipp Steinbach, an engineer, desinger and an accomplished aerobatic pilot, along with Steuart Walton, a young lawyer, businessman and pilot.Game Composites set out with the desire to design, certify and produce "the world's best aerobatic and touring aircraft".

The initial production of the GB1 GameBird 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 at Airventure in Oshkosh, WI took place.

Early in 2017, Gamebird was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency in the CS-23 Aerobatic Category. The aircraft and the factory in Bentonville, AR has undergone FAA inspections for certification in the U.S. in the aerobatic category.


Gold  Sponsors

MT-Propeller Entwicklung GmbH was founded in 1981 by Gerd Muehlbauer and is well known in the world of general aviation as the leading manufacturer of natural composite propellers for single and twin engine aircraft, airships, wind tunnels and other special applications.

Since 1968 Gerd Muehlbauer has been working intensively as chief engineer in composite propeller design and development. MT-Propeller operates out of its main office at the Airport Straubing-Wallmuehle (EDMS) in Germany, where highly skilled people are producing the highest quality of natural composite propellers. For U.S. and Canadian customers there is an MT-Propeller Service Center in DeLand, Florida and several authorized service stations throughout the whole world.

The Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) is a private, not-for-profit organization, funded solely through room tax dollars from Oshkosh hotels. Its mission is to promote Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Event City and Winnebago County as a premier destination for corporate, sports and leisure groups and individual visitors.


Foster Bachschmidt was the captain of the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team in 2016, who competed at the 12th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Radom-Sadków, Poland. He was the U.S. National Aerobatic Advanced Champion for 2014 and 2015.

Silver Sponsors


Goody Thomas his first contest in 1998 in Keystone Florida. In 1999 he went to the U.S. Nationals and was third to qualify for the US Advanced Aerobatic team which flew in Germany the following year. He was on the 2000 AWAC team and finished 7th in the World. In 2001 he moved into the SU-31 and began flying in the Unlimited category.

Over the years Goody has won multiple gold medals in Unlimited. He has been on 5 US National Teams Teams placed in the top ten multiple times on individual flights at World Championships. Goody was the recipient of Charlie Hillard Award in 2011 for the highest scoring us pilot at the WAC. Goody is currently flying an Extra 330 SC.

Charles Atterbury began competition aerobatics in 2013 in the primary category in Delano, CA. He moved up to the Sportsman category and in 2015 was the recipient of the Charles "Chuck" Alley Lifetime Old Buzzard Award, which is given to the top scoring competitor who is 65 years or older.

Charlie has encouraged and mentored many collegiate competitors. "Believe in yourself as you follow your dreams and you will be amazed  at what you can achieve."

IAC 77  The Oregonauts - Whether you fly competition, are an aerobatic enthusiast or simply enjoy airplanes and aviation, you are welcome to attend events and join the Chapter. This is a group of aerobatics enthusiasts, competitors, and pilots who get together with like minded people to share ideas, skills and techniques, critique constructively, promote and enhance safety and have a lot of fun doing so.

Jerry and Peggy Riedinger. Jerry and Peggy are IAC members from the state of Washington, IAC67. Jerry flies as a compeition pilot in the Advanced category and Peggy is a Natinal and international Judge. Peggy is currently the IAC Northwest Regional Director.

Para-Phernalia, Inc. has designed and manufactured the SOFTIE line of pilot emergency parachutes since 1979. Their emergency parachutes are known world wide for being the highest quality, most comfortable, and reliable emergency parachutes available.

There are seven different SOFTIE models which make up the SOFTIE product line. Each can be customized to suit an individual's needs. Whether they  fly powered aerobatics, gliders, warbirds, or any other type of aircraft, Para-Phernalia has an emergency parachute system designed for all applications.

John Willkomm. In 2013 John attended the Oshkosh Air Maneuvers Challenge in the Sportsman category. This year he returns to Oshkosh as a volunteer to support his fellow aviators. He lives right down the road in Kenosha, WI. John has been an IAC member since 1980, IAC member #7388.


Bronze Sponsors


Discover how your aircraft can be improved by Dell Aero Speed.  Dell is the quintessential "airport kid" with a WWII Spitfire pilot as a grandfather ad a tower controller and long time pilot as a dad. Also having an interest in all things mechanical Dell combined this with his love of aviation and began building and restoring several aircraft. His aircraft building experience as well as progressing aerobatic proficiency came and are reflected in his designs. Dell is a strong believer in "lighter is better", he applied all the lessons learned in his second One Design and achieved similar if not superior performance with an aircraft with 30% less horsepower (and less fuel consumption). Dell was a successful buisness jet pilot, who has left that world behind to focus his energy and skills to aircraft improvements and custom builts.

MGL Avionics’ mission is to provide top-performing flight instrumentation at all levels at affordable prices, with the express aim of helping to lower the overall cost of aircraft ownership and private flight. In North America, their dedicated team has been distributing MGL Avionics products since the beginning. In business since 2000 as Rainbow Aircraft, Inc (dba MGL Avionics) in California, they strive to offer the best service and support of all MGL Avionics products.

Like most children, Yuichi Takagi dreamed of flying in the freedom of the sky. Born November, 1971 and raised in Japan, he moved to the U.S. in search of a new challenge and dream of being an aviator. Yuichi made his first flight in 1992 and has accumulated over 6,000 hours as an aerobatic flight instructor, traffic watch pilot, cargo pilot and glider pilot. He is an Unlimited category competitor, and is currently the only Asian air show performer in the United States.

Kairos Investing.  Kairos Investing owner and Chief Investment Officer David Taylor knows that most long-term investors worry about suffering unrecoverable losses during stock market corrections, but still want their nest eggs to grow.  Kairos Investing solves that problem with an innovative investment model that minimizes losses, increases returns, and does so at a small fraction of the volatility offered by other financial advisors.  He helps guide clients towards richer possibilities by helping them do much better with their retirement accounts (IRA's, 401k, 403b, TSP, etc.) and brokerage accounts.  If you'd like help accelerating your future, contact him at david [at]

(David is also an active IAC member.  After winning 1st place Intermediate at the 2016 Nationals, David is trying his hand in the Advanced category.  He is also a new National-level judge and is the IAC Chapter 11 treasurer.  He just wishes he was as good at aerobatics as he is at investing.)

Tarps Manufacturing  has grown into a premier supplier of specialized tarp products. Production of Trucking, Agricultural and Construction-containment tarps define the output. Trucking Tarps are primarily roll tarp systems. Agriculture tarps are usually for grain cover or equipment covers and construction tarps are primarily used to contain overspray, blasing and debris.


Tarps produced the new CIVA regulation boundary markers for the 2017 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

   Burks. Stan is an Advanced category pilot, flying his DR-107 design. He is from Hattiesburg, MS and competes in Southeast Regional contests including the Bear Creek Bash held in Georgia. Stan is also a Regional aerobatic judge.
Bill Denton. Bill Denton has been actively involved in the sport of competitive aerobatics for over 30 years. He has been a top judge for several years at the US National Aerobatic Championships and is the 2014 Robert L. Heuer Judges Award winner.
Norm DeWitt. Was the president of Unlimited Aerobatics USA, Inc. for over ten years, which supported the USA Unlimited team for world competition. He has served as a Director for the IAC for many years and is currently serves the IAC as an EAA Representative.

Guy Acheson. Guy flies his MDM-1 Fox glider in competition. He has finished in first place in the Glider Advanced cateogry in 2015 and 2016. In July of this year, Guy competed at WGAC in Torun, Poland. 

Bob and Pam Freeman. Bob is an Unlimited competitor, and a member of the USA Unlimited Team, who recently brought home the  Bronze team medal from the World Aerobatic Championships held in Melwanie, South Africa.

A.J. Hefel. A.J. is a charter member of IAC119, the Air Capital Eagles, in Wichita, Kansas. He flies his Laser at IAC competitions in the Advanced category. A.J.  is also an aerobatic judge..

Mike Ciliberti. Mike is an Unlimited competitor, and a member of the USA Unlimited Team, who recently brought home the  Bronze team medal from the World Aerobatic Championships held in Melwanie, South Africa.
Ron Schreck.  Ron lives in North Carolina and flies his RV-8 "Miss Izzzy" in IAC competition in the Sportsman Category. He is currently IAC's South Central Region Director.
Doug Sowder.  Doug is IAC President Emeritus and an Advanced Category competitor. He lives in the NorthWest Region and is a National Judge, who is the recipient of the Robert L. Heuer Award for Judging Excellence in 2011.
Tom Rhodes. Tom is an active member, pilot and contest judge of the International Aerobatic Club. Tom has numerous IAC awards including second place trophies at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships; Intermediate and Sportsman categories.
Gerry Molidor. Gerry is from Illinois and is former chair of the IAC Glider Aerobatics program as well as the Mid America Region Director. Though well known in IAC circles as a former President of IAC, Gerry also served on the gold medal winning U.S. Advanced Team in 1997 and currently flies both gliders and a Sukhoi 29.
Gordon and Lorrie Penner. Gordon and Lorrie are IAC members from the state of Ohio, IAC34. Gordon is a Captain in the Boeing 767 flying for a cargo carrier, is a Master CFI-A and a FAA Gold Seal instructor. Lorrie is licensed as a private pilot and is the current IAC Executive Director.
Michael Church. Michael is an IAC member from California. He founded Sunrise Aviation and is a nationally respected flight training authority, honored by the FAA as Safety Counselor of the Year. He has also been recognized as a Master Flight instructor and Master Aerobatic flight instructor. He has logged more that 11,000 hours of flight instruction.



The Nationals Sponsor Benefit Levels

Gold Level Donor Benefits ($1,000-$4,999)

  • US Nationals Shirt
  • US Nationals Official Poster (signed by US Aerobatic Team Pilots)
  • Plaque
  • Copy of Nationals Program Book and Stickers
  • 1/2 Page Ad in Nationals Program Book
  • Letter of thanks from IAC President and Nationals Contest Director

Silver Level Donor Benefits ($500-$999)

  • US Nationals Shirt
  • US Nationals Official Poster
  • Copy of Nationals Program Book and Stickers
  • 1/4 Page Ad in Nationals Program Book
  • Letter of thanks from ationals Contest Director

Bronze Level Donor Benefits ($100-$499)

  • US Nationals Shirt
  • US Nationls Official Poster
  • Copy of Nationals Program Book and Stickers
  • Letter of thank from Nationals Contest DIrector