Nationals 2018 - Sponsors

Offical Sponsors of the 2018 US National Aerobatic Championships


Game Composites was co-founded in 2013  by Philipp Steinbach, an engineer, designer 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.

In August of 2017, Gamebird was issued a type certificate by the FAA. The aircraft and the factory in Bentonville, AR has undergone FAA inspections for certification in the U.S. in the aerobatic category.



Southeast Aero, in St Augustine Florida, opened its doors in 1992 as an aircraft sales and services business with an experienced team of professional and technicians and craftsmen. They are factory-authorized service center for Sirrus Design, Cessna Singe Engine, Extra Aircraft and Diamond Aircraft, although they frequently take care of other models.

They offer a Avionics Repair Station, specializing in Garmin, Avidyne,STEC and Aspen products. And serve as a dealer for most major avionics manufacturors. They have extensive experience in composite repairs and painting as well.



Gold Sponsors


Foster Bachschmidt has been the captain fo the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team in 2016 and competed at the 12th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships in Radom-Sadkow, Poland. He was the U.S. National Aerobatic Avanced Champion in 2014 and 2016. He currently competes in the Unlimited category.



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. (link is external)



Jim Bourke and Acro FS. Jim has been a member of the IAC since 2008. He currently is active in the IAC as an aerobatic coach, a mentor, a frequent Contest Director, is a National Judge, and presently is a US Unlimited Aerobatic Team member. He also is a presenter for AirVenture forums and offers online webinars on behalf of the IAC.

Acro FS is a stick-and-rudder aerobatic flight simulator. Designed from the ground up to accurately simulate aerobatic flight. It allows you to experience what it’s like to strap into a high-performance aerobatic plane and take to the sky. The environment is modeled on the real life aerobatic practice area in Borrego Springs, California in a state of the art aircraft, Jim's Extra 330SC.


Silver Sponsors


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.

Hooker Harness, Inc. was founded by innovator Jack Hooker. Jack began producing seatbelts and shoulder harnesses in New York in the early 1970's. During the early years Jack produced a variety of harnesses primarily for the aviation industry. Through the years, Hooker Harness has become the most well known and respected producer of Aerobatic seatbelts and shoulder harnesses.


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.

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."



Tom Rhodes 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 Championshps in Intermediate and Sportsman categories.


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

Bronze Sponsors


MX AirCraft Co.-the company specializes in the production and sales of the MX2 and MSX line of Sport, Aerobatic and Race aircraft. The company was founded in 2001 to design and build the next generation aerobatic monoplane. The MX came about after the kit build Giles Aircraft was bought out and then morphed in to the current much improved MX2 Aircraft. From there the MXS was developed lifting the bench mark for aerobatic aircraft.

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.


International Aerobatic Club Chapter 67 was round in 1985 and has been behind many fun-filled and memorable aerobatic contests in the NW for many years - membership open to all aerobatics enthusiasts. Visit their Facebook page.

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.

IAC 119 Air Capital Eagles - a group of aerobatics enthusiasts, pilots, and competitors who get together with like minded people to share ideas, knowledge and techniques, and critique constructively to promote and enhance aviation and aerobatic safety. We'd enjoy see you at one of our chapter meetings: second Thursday 6:30pm at EAA Chapter 88 HQ 3612 N Webb Rd, Wichita, Kansas.


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.

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.

Dagmar Kress gives ground and flight instruction at the Metropolitan State University Denver (MSU). She lead the MSU aerobatic team in 2017 to a First Place win in the Collegiate National Program Award.

In addtion to National and Regional competitions Dagmar has participated in the World Aerobatic Championships as part of the German National Team in 1994, 1996 and 2013.


A.J. Hefel is a charter member of IAC chapter 119, Air Capital Eagles, in Wichita, Kansas. A.J. is a past member of the IAC Board of Directors. He flies his Laser at IAC competitions in the Advanced category and has been an aerobatic judge.




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 Nationals 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