IAC congratulates Jim Bourke, IAC 43415, of Corvalis, OR and Dave Watson, IAC 26557, of San Jose, CA on their successful upgrade to National Judge. Both are active Judges and competitors. Dave is a regular contributor to Sport Aerobatics and a Judges School Instructor. We thank Jim and Dave for their enthusiasm and dedication to our sport.
Tim Brill of Reno, Nevada has been appointed IAC's new Safety Chair by President Mike Heuer. Tim replaces Steve Johnson of Nashville in this position. Steve has faithfully served IAC for a number of years and brought many improvements to our safety programs and culture.
Tim is a highly experienced aerobatic pilot and instructor with over 7,000 hours of flying time including over 2,500 as a CFI for aerobatics and spin training. He has experience in 47 different types of aircraft and is an aviation author and speaker.
A member of IAC Chapter 118, he is also a National Judge...(read more)
Preparations for the IAC's 70th anniversary of the Pitts Special's first flight are coming together and will include a full roster of forums at the IAC Pavilion. The forums are scheduled daily with four forums per day from Tuesday, July 21 through Saturday July 25.
Specific Pitts-Centric forums include;
Skip Stewart – Pitts Modifications
Steve Wolf – Rigging your Pitts and Spins as a Maneuver
Budd Davisson – Pitts Breed: the Various Models, which is best for you?
Kevin Kimball – The Pitts Model 12
Don Taylor – The Pitts Aircraft Effect on...
Emergency Bailout Procedures for Pilots and Survival Equipment
May 21 at 7:00pm CDT
Allen Silver speaks on all aspects of a bailout including mental attitude, preflight prep, how to get out of your aircraft, deploy your parachute, land safely back on earth, and other steps you can take to increase your chances of surviving a bailout.
Due to forecasts for dangerous weather, the Aces High Spring Opener in Newton KS -- scheduled for May 8-9 -- has been postponed. The contest organizers will announce a new date soon.
Congratulations to Brian Branscomb (IAC #434600) and Dave Williams (IAC #436366) for being the first to earn certification as IAC Regional Judges in the 2015 season. Both attended last month's Palo Alto, California "Introduction to Aerobatic Judging" course taught by Doug Hansmann and Dave Watson. Dave immediately passed the Regional Judge exam with a score of 92%. Brian posted a 90%. With Brian and Dave having already accomplished their required Assistant Judge field experience during the 2014 competition season, Tom Myers and Dave Watson administered the Oral/Practical...(read more)