Citing personal health issues, IAC President Mike Heuer has announced he plans to step down from the IAC presidency no later than March 19th, 2018. Mike has served as IAC President since the summer of 2014 and was also the club's leader from 1981 to 1990. He has served in virtually all IAC officer and director positions since the club was founded in 1970 and carries IAC membership number 4. His father, Bob Heuer was the first President of the organization and Mike has devoted much of his adult life to volunteer positions within the organization.
Mike plans to continue his work as IAC's historian, the USA's delegate to CIVA, and will work with John Smutny, Contest Director for the 2018 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Oshkosh, as his Assistant Contest Director. He will also continue writing for Sport Aerobatics magazine, IAC's flagship publication.
His aerobatic career started in 1965 when he attended the Antique Airplane Association's annual fly-in in Ottumwa, Iowa and witnessed one of the few aerobatic contests that were in existence at the time. It spurred him on to learn aerobatics and he flew his first contest in Monroe, Louisiana in 1968 in a Ryan ST-A. Over the years, he competed in Sportsman through Advanced categories in a Pitts S-1S, Pitts S-2B, and an Extra 230. An airline pilot for nearly thirty years, he retired in 2007 and devoted most of his time since to IAC and sport aviation activities and served as President of CIVA for 26 years as well. He has served on the EAA Board of Directors for a total of 17 years.
The Board of Directors will select an acting President to serve out the rest of Mike's term when it meets in Oshkosh on March 17-18, 2018.