News and Updates - 2022 U.S. Nationals

2022 U.S. National Aerobatic



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September 16, 2022

For the 2022 US Nationals Scoring, we’re requesting PDF copies of Freestyles, the same as for Regional’s.  We will be preparing our scoring system in advance, and this saves time on site if we can get as many Free Programs loaded as possible before the start of Nationals. Hard copies are still primary, however soft copies will assist us in clipboard preparation.
Please don’t forget, nor hesitate, to resubmit if there are any subsequent changes. Submit via the instructions below. 
‘Bwana’ Bob Buckley
Castle Rock, CO
4.1.4    In addition to the mandatory requirements of section 4.1.3, the contest staff is requesting pilots to also submit Frees in Adobe PDF format, as are generated by OpenAero. Although this is not a requirement, it will allow for a significant workload reduction in Registration and allow the contest to move along faster.
Files are to be sent as individual A, B, and C PDF files using the naming convention as follows:
Files are to be emailed to the following email address: Bwana [at]">Bwana [at] sends e-mail) 

August 26, 2022

Contest director Mike Heuer has requested and received approval from the Sanctioning committee chair Jim Bourke to waive the use of boundary judges for the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

There are many reasons for this request including the workload, the complication, the additional transportation required, and all the volunteers needed for many shifts in personnel on the corners. In addition, it simplifies paperwork and the need for radios to communicate with the corners, which is always problematic. From the Jury’s standpoint – there is the issue of constantly checking the corner sighting devices for proper alignment and handling protests over “outs”.

Please feel free to contact Mike Heuer at mike [at] if you have any questions.


August 23, 2022


REMINDER- the deadline (AUGUST 28) for hotel reservations at a $99/NIGHT DISCOUNT is fast approaching.

The Hilton only has a couple of rooms left at the discount rate and both the Hampton Inn and the Courtyard by Marriott are reporting they have limited space left as well.  After AUGUST 28, regular rates at these hotels go into effect; Courtyard is typically $162/night and the Hampton is showing $172/night during the week of Sept 30 - Oct 7.
DONT MISS THIS DEAL for $99/night!


August 18, 2022


An agreement for car rentals has been secured with Hertz. Please review special instructions. There is a dedicated person and phone number online:



July 14, 2022

2022 U.S. Nationals Schedule posted

The initial schedule for the 2022 U.S. National Aerobatic Championship has been posted here:  The schedule is subject to change for delays created by weather, so it will be updated onsite during the competition.

In addition to the flight schedule itself, included are times and dates to sign up for unreserved practice slots, tech inspection hours, and hours of registration and volunteer signups.

Sunday, October 2 is the Opening Ceremonies, a general briefing and a briefing for the first flight of the championships - the Advanced category Known program. The same evening there is a casual gathering planned at the Hilton Garden Inn(link is external) with snacks and a cash bar. The big screens in the banquet room will be set up to broadcast the Kansas City Chiefs game against Tampa Bay.

Tuesday, October 4 all IAC members are invited to gather at The Garage(link is external) for a fun-filled evening of comradery, food and drink. The Garage is a world-class museum that educates young and old through entertaining interactive displays, serves as a gathering place for enthusiasts from around the globe, and develops industry/sponsor partnerships to encourage restoration and preservation of automotive treasures.

Friday, October 7 is the Nationals Award Ceremonies and Banquet at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Find more details about Nationals online here:


July 5, 2022
Call for U.S. Nationals Judges

Interested in judging at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships? A form to express your interest is now "live" on the IAC website here: Please answer the form questions and submit your response no later than August 31, 2022.

Qualifications required to judge at Nationals:

  • Must be a current National Judge - OR-
  • Must be a current Regional Judge with at least 250 flights judged.

You can find your judging stats online here:

Thank you in advanced - we look forward to seeing you in Salina!

DJ Molny, Judges Program Chair


June 29, 2022
Nationals/Refresher Course set for Nationals Judges

The instructor for the Nationals refresher course will be DJ Molny.  This will be an online course, which can be accessed from your PC, Tablet or smart phone. This refresher course is required for all IAC Judges at the National Aerobatic Championships, in accordance with P&P 501.4.4.
*Date & Time: 9/24/22 09:00 to 12:00 MDT

*NOTE: If you are judging at Nationals but absolutely, positively cannot attend the live session, please contact DJ Molny via judgeschair [at] (email) or 303-619-4814, to make alternate arrangements.


May31, 2022

2022 U.S. National Aerobatic Championship pre-registration is OPEN!
Go to the contest listing page : scroll down to the Nationals contest listing and click on the blue button that says, "Register".
We urge all pilots and volunteers to pre-register. This year there is a choice of short or long shirt t-shirts. So, we need a good count to ensure you received what you request.
Please note; Entry fees must be paid to secure the practice slots. The 10-minute practice slots are on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, October 1 between the hours of 0730 and 1900 CDT. You may only hold one slot on Saturday.
If you have any questions about online registration, please direct your question to Lorrie Penner at editor [at]
Any questions or challenges to reserving a Practice Slot should directed to Brennon York at webmaster [at]

Bulletin No. 1
May 11, 2022
By Mike Heuer, U.S. Nationals CD
Bulletin No.1 is attached here. We are looking forward to returning to Hangar 606 for home base. Information about practice days, arrival, and ramp operations are covered as well as contest fee information. Other items of note are below.
  •  Avflight did confirm that the fuel discount is $.25/gallon and it will extend through Saturday, departure day. The Fuel Form is the same as 2021. See details: 
  • WhatsApp will be our app for communications use Monique Hartmann has really gone above and beyond this year with additional enhancements. 
  • Pilots will bring Free Program hard copies, but we also ask them to send PDFs to Bob Bwana Buckley, so he can upload them into JaSPer prior to the contest – a real workload reduction. It is easy to create PDF’s in OpenAero.
  • Appendix A contains information on the Free Unknown Process for Advanced and Unlimited categories.
  • The official poster and T-shirt of the 2022 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships is the design work of Susan Bell, IAC chapter 26.

I will be publishing additional bulletins as time goes on and planning continues.


 Hotel Discounts Confirmed

April 12, 2022

Once again, the U.S. Nationals planning team has confirmed discounts at local hotels for your stay during the championships. The Hilton Garden Inn will be the official Nationals hotel and offer a rate of $99/night, plus tax. The Hilton will also be the location for the Friday awards banquet in the Eisenhower Grand Ballroom.

Partner properties Courtyard by Marriott and the Hampton Inn will offer the same rates as the Hilton. More details may be found on the IAC website regarding location and reservation procedure for each hotel.


January 25, 2022
By Mike Heuer, U.S. National Aerobatic Championships Contest Director
Planning for the 2022 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships is proceeding ahead and really hardly stops after the championships is completed each Fall. Lessons are learned, new rules are implemented, policy is revised, and officials chosen. I was approved by the Board of Directors to serve as Contest Director in 2022.
The dates of the 2022 event are different than our traditional timeframe. The Nationals will be held on Sunday, October 2nd, through Friday, October 7th, with our awards banquet and ceremonies that last night. Please mark your calendars.
In my five-decades long career in aerobatics, this will be the first time I will direct the Nationals but not the first time I have headed up a large event. I was Contest Director for the IAC Championships in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin for three years in a row; a contest of equivalent size to the Nationals. That said, the Nationals has its own complexities and this year, we will be choosing a U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team to compete in Las Vegas in 2023 and will be flying both power and glider categories as we have for many years.
My first task was to begin assembling a team of officials, which we call the Key Volunteer Group (KVG). Fortunately, for me, as well as many past Contest Directors, we have experienced and seasoned volunteers who have served in their roles at Nationals in the past and can step in and continue to do a great job.
The Chief Judges are one of the first to be recruited and I am pleased to announce that all four Chief Judges have served at Nationals in the past. Unlimited Chief Judge will be Hector Ramirez; Advanced Chief Judge is D.J. Molny; Intermediate Chief Judge is Peggy Riedinger; and joining us from Great Britain once again is Nick Buckenham who will chief Primary and Sportsman categories. Incidentally, Nick has been a member of IAC since May 1989 and even competed at the Fond du Lac championships in the early 1990’s. He currently serves as President of the FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA).
If you come to Nationals as a competitor and after parking your airplane, the first people you should see will be our Registrar, Liza Weaver. Liza has also served in this job for several years and will process your paperwork in the offices in the hangar. Our Chief Technical Monitor, John Ostmeyer, will be the next person you should see, who will complete the technical review of your aircraft.
Hector Ramirez DJ Molny Peggy Riedinger
Nick Buckenham John Ostmeyer Liza Weaver
Sunday will be a busy day, though flying will not start until 12:00 pm. The general briefing and pilot briefing for the categories to be flown on Sunday is planned for 11:00 am that day as well as our Opening Ceremonies. Since it is team selection for Advanced, their Known flight program will be first up.
The rest of the Schedule of Events will be announced as we fine-tune it for 2022. We also will publish Nationals Bulletins from time to time, with the first coming no later than March.



2022 Jury Chairman Appointed

January 18, 2022

The IAC Executive Committee met via a Zoom meeting on January 18, and approved Bob Meyer to be the Chair of the Jury for the 2022 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships.

Bob has considerable experience in jury work and has headed the Nationals Jury on several occasions over the last few years. An active IAC member since 1975, Bob competed from shortly after he joined up until 2005. He now serves a judge and jury member at regional competitions as well and hails from Tehachapi, California. 



2022 Contest Director appointed and U.S. Nationals Dates confirmed

November, 2021 

At the IAC’s fall board meeting, November 12, the contest director and the location and dates of the 2022 U.S. National Aerobatics Championships were approved by the IAC board of directors. Mike Heuer IAC #4 was approved as contest director and the U.S. Nationals will once again be held in Salina, Kansas on October 2-7, 2022.

Mike’s aerobatic career started in 1965 when he attended the Antique Airplane Association’s annual fly-in in Ottumwa, Iowa and witnessed one of the few aerobatic contests that were in existence at that time. It spurred him on to learn aerobatics and he flew his first contest in Monroe, Louisiana in 1968 in a Ryan ST-A. Over the years, he competed in Sportsman through Advanced categories in a Pitts S-1S, Pitts S-2B and an Extra 230.

In late 1969, Mike’s father Bob Heuer and some of the other area United Airlines pilots decided a new aerobatic club was needed in the country and the term “grassroots aerobatics” was coined during early discussions. Bob was the first IAC president remaining in office for two terms. When he announced running again for president, Verne Jobst was talked in to serving as president. Much to Mike’s surprised he was nominated to be Verne’s vice president at the IAC annual meeting.

Since that time Mike has served as IAC president from 1981 through1990 and again from 2014 to 2018. In 2001 Mike was inducted into the IAC’s International Aerobatics Hall of Fame.

An airline pilot for nearly thirty years, he retired in 2007 and devoted most of his time since to IAC and sports aviation activities and served as President of CIVA for 26 years as well. He has served on the IAC board as President, Vice President, and Treasurer for over 17 years. He also served as Sport Aerobatics editor and as Executive Director for a time.

Mike has continued his work as IAC’s historian. He brings with him previous U.S. Nationals experience when he served as the Assistant Contest director in 2018 for the U.S. Nationals which were held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Mike has the full support and encouragement of the IAC board of directors and the club is looking forward to a successful event in October 2022.

Updates and details can be found on the Nationals webpages here: