Nationals 2019 - News and Updates

U.S. NATIONAL Championships - September 21-27, 2019

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News:

Info Bulletin No.1

BY RON SCHRECK, CONTEST DIRECTOR, IAC 433751

Our nation’s championship is moving and I am excited.  It’s gonna be big! Capitalizing on the new centralized location my goal is to have 100 or more pilots join us for this year’s contest in Salina, Kansas starting Saturday, September 21 and wrapping up on Friday September 27, 2019.   Reserve these dates now on your contest season calendar.  I will provide an update each month to help your planning.

We have a huge hangar and runway courtesy of your tax dollars at work back in 1942!  Built in only four months in 1942, today Salina boasts a 12,000 ft. runway and hangars designed for B-17’s & B-29’s.   Affectional known in some circles as Big Bertha, one of these historic hangars will be home to our contest.  These WW II bomber sized accommodations will allow us to have all our planes, pilots, family, and friend under one roof.

Our goal will be to fly when the sun is up and the weather is good to make sure we utilize everyone’s time in the most efficient fashion.  We want all powered and gliders contestants from Primary to Unlimited to get their flights in. I will discuss the schedule in, more detail in the next article.  For now, know that we will launch the best we can categories back-to-back versus calling it a day if we get done with the planned sorties. 

Entry fees are noted below.  This is an excellent value for a week-long event as it includes all your entry fees, shirts, grab bag, videos of all flights, hangar fees, Taco Tuesday and banquet contributions for Thursday & Friday nights. In addition, open practice sessions in the box will be available on Wednesday &Thursday (Sept 18/19). We will move to scheduled practice slots on Friday & Saturday (Sept 20/21).  Fuel is not included in the entry fee but we have secured a discount of $0.80/gallon for the contest. Fuel will be easy to get – we guarantee that as SLN is known as America’s fuel stop.

4 Minute Free: $150 / Collegiate: $335 / Primary: $360 / Active Duty Military: $410 / Sportsman through Unlimited: $560

We are working on ground logistics for rental cars available at SLN and event vans. Hotel information including RV parking accommodations at SLN Hangar 606 is already on the website.  Make your reservation before September to secure IAC discounts. (https://www.iac.org/nationals-2019-lodging-camping).   

Scheduled air service is available directly to Salina (SLN) and also to nearby Wichita (ICT) and Kansas City (MCI). We have the full support of the Salina airport and City event management.

I can promise you that coming to Nationals will make you a better pilot.  You will get judging from seven qualified judges, videos of each of your flights, and the chance to raise your game under a little more pressure at the national championships.  And you will have fun.

I look forward to seeing you there!  -Ron-

 

News:

March 1, 2019

At a Special Teleconference Meeting of the IAC Board of directors held today, Ron Schreck IAC #433751 was chosen, by unanimous affirmation by the Board of Directors, as the Contest Director for the 2019 U.S. Nationals to be held in Salina, Kansas, 21-27 September 2019.

Ron is a member of the IAC Board of Directors and serves as the South Central Regional Director, a position he has held since he was elected in 2016. Ron lives in Gold Hill Airpark, North Carolina. He is an Intermediate competitor in his RV-8 Miss Izzy and a National Judge. Ron was also a member of the aerobatic formation team of AeroDynamix where he was the flight lead. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, service in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot for over 20 years, and a career as a USAir Captain, Ron has an excellent background as an organizer.

Ron reported today that he already has begun work on the foundation of the Nationals by arranging to meet with airport officials and the Visit Salina!, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, in Salina on  March, 25, 2019. He will be joined by IAC Chapter 119 founding member A.J. Hefel of Wichita, Kansas, who will be his on-site liaison in the coming months.

Ron has the full support and encouragement of the IAC Board of Directors and we are looking forward to a successful in event in September.
 

A formal Nationals Site Review Process was ordered by the IAC Board of Directors at the annual Fall Board meeting in November of 2018 and Bob Freeman was tasked with conducting the process. Bob’s team consisted of Lorrie Penner, IAC Executive Director, IAC Secretary Lynn Bowes, former Director and founding member of Wichita Chapter 119 A.J. Hefel, and Kansas City Chapter 15 members John Morrissey and Linda Meyers-Morrissey. 

In January, the Board met by teleconference where Bob presented his findings. In all, forty-four centrally located airports were assessed including previous U.S. Nationals sites, Sherman-Denison, Texas, and Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Board directed Bob and his team to further explore and personally visit the top three candidates which were Salina, Kansas, Great Bend, Kansas, and Lawrence, Kansas. The team met with airport and city officials at those locations, local fire departments, and convention and visitor bureaus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

News:

February 15, 2019

The IAC Board of Directors met by teleconference to review the detailed report. Following Bob’s presentation and upon the recommendation of his working group, the Board voted unanimously to select Salina, Kansas, as the location for the 2019 U.S. Nationals. The contest dates have been confirmed for Saturday, September 21 through Friday, September 27th.

Bob and the working group cited a number of reasons why the Salina Regional Airport, Salina, Kansas, location came out on top. The former Schilling Air Force Base, Salina Regional Airport has hosted a number of large aviation events including the National Intercollegiate Flying Association’s SAFECON national championships, the U.S. Military Jaded Thunder exercise with over 1300 participants, which joins personnel from the U.S. military, the National Guard, and foreign troops for a two-week operation. 

An event the size of the U.S. Nationals which attracts nearly 100 pilots needs a lot of space and Salina provides that in excess with their 606 Hangar, which has 39,000 square feet to house all the contest aircraft and 14,000 square feet of office space for briefings, registration, scoring, conferences, and merchandise sales. The town itself has many hotel options, branded chain accommodations, and a wide variety of national and locally owned restaurants, car rental options, and more. 

The U.S. Nationals participants will enjoy nice fall weather in Salina with 65 flyable hours (based on a 5 year average) and an aerobatic box which allows all boundary markers and judges to be on airport property. Of particular importance is that the Salina Airport already has assisted the site review team in finding the optimum location for the aerobatic box and this towered airport will allow simultaneous and uninterrupted contest operation with an active runway.  

The survey team believes that Salina, Kansas is a very favorable location with a lot of support and resources willing and capable of hosting Nationals in 2019 and beyond. We are looking forward to a great U.S. Nationals in Salina and hope to see you all there! 

IAC members may review the presentation made to the board by going to the member only section under the Governance Docs>Board Meeting Minutes & Documents.