By a majority vote of the IAC Board of Directors in a special meeting on Wednesday, December 6th, the decision was to return the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships to Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 2018. The dates for the championships will be Saturday, September 22 to Friday, September 28. The Contest Director was also appointed by the Board and will be John Smutny, IAC #25010, of Auburn, Washington. John directed the 2013 Nationals in Texas.
Jack J. Pelton, Chairman and CEO of EAA has pledged full support of the event and has pledged to the Board of Directors personally that the issues that arose during the 2017 event will be corrected. The Contest Director is also working with other authorities in making the event as smooth as possible. Those changes, upgrades, and improvements to the Nationals will be announced in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, planning has already begun.