At the IAC's Fall Board Meeting, November 14, 2020, the location and dates of the 2021 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships and contest director were approved by the IAC Board of Directors. The championships will return to Salina, Kansas, September 19-24, 2021, and Doug Bartlett IAC #431228 was approved as the Contest Director.
Doug joined IAC in 2003 and started competing that same year. While working his way up the competition ladder from Sportsman to Unlimited he served as contest director for several regional contests as well as for the 2007 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships when they were held in Texas. As a national judge, he served on the line at the 2018 nationals which were held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Doug flies a Sukhoi 29 in competition and is currently building an RV-14 that he intends on flying at the Sportsman level in 2021. He also enjoys the opportunity of training acro pilots at the primary through intermediate levels.
Along with some behind-the-scenes volunteers from past years, Doug has already begun the planning process for 2021. He has confirmed the championship dates with the Salina Airport and use of Hangar 606, which was the base of operation in 2019. He has the full support and encouragement of the IAC Board of Directors and we are looking forward to a successful event in September 2021.