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USA Advanced Team Brings Home Silver!

The WAAC is complete. The USA has done very well. Individual medals were received in all Unknowns with Aaron McCarton taking Gold in Unknown 2, and Matt Dunfee taking Bronze in Unknown 1 and 3. Overall, two members finished in the top 10 and as a Team they received the Silver!

Congratulations to the team; Aaron, Mike, AJ, Matt, John, Marty, Stan and their coach, Nick.

Another USA Medalist!

August 22 - US Advanced Team is doing very well at the WAAC in Romania right now, along with 50 other pilots from a total of 18 countries. The championship as now completed 3 of the 4 programmes with only the Free Unknown 3 remaining. Less than 2% separates the French Team at the top over the US Advanced Team. Congratulations to Aaron McCartan on his first place finish in Programme 3 - Free Unknown 2!








As usual the full results are at and there's a great facebook page for the event at that should bring you right up to date.

USA Medal in Romania

August 20, 2018 - At the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships underway in Romania, so far the Free Known and Free Unknown #1 have been completed and results are final. The good news -- the USA brought home its first medal with Matt Dunfee's outstanding performance in the Free Unknown. Matt came in third place flying an Extra 330SC N669AJ. Congratulations, team and Matt! Results can be found at





Big Update #3!

August 19, 2018 - It’s been hectic but we are in flying day #4 of the contest. Still working on Program 2, the First Unknown. Yesterday we had a small weather event which ceased flying and had only allowed the first 19 pilots to fly the Unknown.

Once the weather rolled in, many congregated at the Briefing building and we held an International Foosball Championship event. Fair warning - Husam (UAE) is intense. While playing both French and Romanians, he managed to move the table several feet during the match! Now to get ESPN to recognize this event...

Last night was a planned special event where we eat, drink and dance as Romanians! The organizers brought in a dance troupe and vocalist that presented traditional cultural dances. They then pulled several people from audience to join (including yours truly).


Something oddly fun about making a fool out of yourself on a dance floor with around a hundred of your new friends! It was a truly enchanting experience!

Anyways, as I write this, Michael and Matt have yet to fly. They are up shortly. Please feel free to follow the results at: under the 13th WAAC (third link from top of page. With flights so far, USA has collectively moved up in the Team overall. We just keep the momentum going!

















Day 1 - now we wait

August 16, 2018 - Contest Day #1! USA has pilots flying Free Known in the following slots:

6 - Stan Moye

14 - Marty Flournoy

33 - Michael Lents

38 - Johnny Wacker

39 - AJ Wilder

48 - Aaron McCartan

51 - Matt Dunfee

Realistically in Day 1 we may get between 25-30 pilots flown. Hopefully we hit our stride and move a bit quicker on Day 2 and moving forward. The goal is four per hour once in we ‘find our cadence’.

Now we play the waiting game!


Off to Training Camp

May 2, 2018 - Aaron McCartan leading the charge as Mike Lents forms up in the PANZL S-330. Enroute to training, stay tuned...









2018 U.S. Advanced Team Successful Regional Contest Showing

April 2018 - The International Aerobatic Club chooses a U.S. Advanced team in odd years and a U.S. Unlimited team in even years during the U.S. Nationals Aerobatic Championships. This year’s U.S. Advanced Team was chosen at the the 2017 Nationals, held in Oshkosh and has been training for the World Advanced Aerobatic Championship to be held in Ploiesti Romania, August 15-25th, 2018. As part of their training they recently attended the IAC Sanctioned contest, the Snowbird Classic, in Dunnellon, Florida, where team members all placed in the top spots. Team Manager, Mark Fullerton of Georgia, Team members A.J. Wilder of California and John Wacker of Alabama, took the top three places out of a field of 11 competitors. The team will be participating in the upcoming Bear Creek Bash to be held in Rome, Georgia,  June  8-9, 2018. 


Advanced Training - Dunnellon, FL/Santa Paula, CA

January 26-28, Feburary 16-18, February 23-24, March 2-4

The Advanced Team has set a training schedule to get them ready in the quest for gold. Alternating between Dunnellon, Florida and Santa Paula, CA, as of March 5th the team had experience 4 training camps in Florida and two in California.













U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team Manager Selected

February 5, 2018

Mark Fullerton of Calhoun, Georgia has been selected by the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team pilots to serve as their team manager as they prepare for and participate in the 13th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships. The competition will be held at Strejnic Airfield (LRPW) in Ploiesti, Romania. Dates for the championships are 16-26 August 2018.
Mark brings a wide variety of skills and experience to the task. An accomplished Advanced category pilot, he has flown in 33 contests in the last ten years and most recently in a Panzl S-330 N330PG. He flew as a team pilot at the WAAC in 2014 in Slovakia and in 2016 in Poland. He qualified as an alternate pilot to the team at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in September 2017. His full-time job is in the textile industry which requires international travel on a monthly basis. He is skilled in international shipping as well which is crucial to the team bringing their aircraft to Europe in containers.
First entering Sportsman category in 2008 in a Citabria, he moved up to through the categories in recent years subsequently flying a Laser 230 and finally the Panzl. His eventual goal is to move up to Unlimited in the Panzl.
Mark is also past President of IAC Chapter 3 in the Atlanta area and current President of EAA Chapter 709 in Rome, Georgia.
Congratulations and thanks to Mark for taking on this task. His appointment as team manager will be formally approved at the IAC Board of Directors meeting in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on 17 March 2018.

Doug Sowder Appointed Judge for WAAC

Februrary 8, 2018

The FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) has just announced the panel of judges for all of the FAI Aerobatic Championships to be held in 2018. Former IAC President Doug Sowder (IAC #14590) of Spokane, Washington has been appointed to serve as a judge for the FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships to be held in Romania in August 2018.
In addition to being an accomplished judge, who is typically found to be judging at regional contests across the country in addition to the Unlimited category at U.S. Nationals, Doug is one of IAC’s most active competition pilots. He has flown in Advanced category at 50 contests since 2006. In recent years, his aircraft has been an Extra 300L N25AP.
In addition to IAC contests, Doug was also a U.S. team pilot at the 2004 and 2010 FAI World Championships in Sweden and Poland flying a Pitts S-2B and Extra 300L, respectively. He has served in other contest positions as well including the wind measuring official at the 2013 FAI World Aerobatic Championships in Denison, Texas. He is truly a man of many talents and skills.
He will join 8 other FAI international judges on the line who will be supervised by Chief Judge John Gaillard of South Africa. The USA will be sending a full 8 pilot team to Romania and updates will be posted here as preparation and the competition begin and are underway.