Team Bios • Video • Photo Gallery U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team Manager Selected February 5, 2018 Mark Fullerton 2015.jpg 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 Doug Sowder 2015.jpg 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.