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 http://www.civa-results.com/2018/WAAC_18/indexpage.htm and there's a great facebook page for the event at https://www.facebook.com/WAAC2018/ 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 www.civa-results.com.
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).SEE VIDEO HERE
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: www.civa-results.com 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
Doug Sowder Appointed Judge for WAAC
Februrary 8, 2018