Nationals 2019 - Sponsors

Sponsors of the 2019 US National Aerobatic Championships

Platinum Sponsors


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

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.

Salina Area Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit state voluntary chartered organization of business, industry, professional men and women and individuals working together to build a healthy economy and improve the quality of life. More than 1,200 firms, representing about 1,450 members, make up the Chamber's membership.

Salina Visitors Guide


  Salina Regional Airport. Salina Regional Airport has a primary runway at 12,300 feet with ample aircraft parking. The Salina Regional  Airport is the home base for a wide variety of businesses and operations.

The Airport's world-class FBO, Avflight Salina, annually delivers aviation fuel to thousands of business jets and military aircraft.  This has earned Salina the moniker, "America's Fuel Stop."

Avflight. Avflight is a privately-owned international company  serving the aviation industry with a tradition of innovation for the past 20+ years. Avflight supports the safe, convenient and expeditious movement of people and goods around the globe.

U.S. National Aerobatic Championships participants will receive fuel at a discounted price while at the Nationals. See the Special Rules and Procedures page for discount and fuel form.

Long-McArthur Ford. Long-McArthur Ford is devoted to helping and serving their customers to the best of their ability. They believe the cars they offer are the highest quality and ideal for the needs of those attending Nationals.

In addition to being the official car rental company for Nationals, they are supplying a van for judge transportation and a truck to move contest equipment.

See details about car sizes and rates:

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 National and international Judge. Peggy is currently the IAC Northwest Regional Director.

Mike Rinker. Mike is an active IAC member from Tennessee and currently serves at the Southeast Regional Director. He began flying 1984 and basic aerobatics in the late 1980s. Mike has competed in numerous competitions and was a member of the 2007 US Unlimited Aerobatic team in Grenada, Spain. 


Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Company strives to carry everything a pilot could need, including pilot supplies and aircraft parts, always at the lowest prices. Aircraft Spruce supplies components for a wide variety of homebuilt aircraft including the Lancair, Vans Aircraft, Cozy, Starduster and Europa, as well as factory built parts for Cessna, Piper, Beech, and Mooney. Products include Garmin avionics, tools, charts, propellers, spruce, software, instruments, aircraft engines, aviation headsets, landing gear components, and composite materials.

Silver Sponsors

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.                                                                                     
Ron Schreck. ​​Ron Schreck is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy class of 1969 and a retired Air Force fighter pilot who flew the OV-10, A-7, F-105, F-4 and F-16 aircraft. He has over 12,000 hours of flying time, including 645 hours in combat and over 2000 hours in his RV-8 "Miss Izzy". Ron is an active IAC member and serves as the Contest Director for the 2019 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.
Robert Armstrong. Robert Armstong has been a member of the IAC for the past 37 years, has previously served as a director from 2006 to 2012, and was inducted into the International Aerobatic Hall of Fame in 2016. He has built and flown many different aerobatic and rose through the skill categories to become a member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Term from 1992-1996 and 2000-2013.
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

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.




The Nationals Sponsor Benefit Levels

Platinum Level Donor Benefits ($5,000 +)

  • US Nationals Shirt
  • US Nationals Official Poster (signed by US Aerobatic Team Pilots)
  • Plaque
  • Copy of Nationals Program Book and Stickers
  • Full Page Ad in Nationals Program Book
  • 1/2 Page Ad in Sport Aerobatics
  • Two seats at the Closing Ceremony and Awards Banquet
  • Letter of thanks from IAC President and Nationals Contest Director

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