The U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team, gathered again this week in Union City, Tennessee for a week of training under Rob Holland's direction. That said, we are sad to announce that some of our pilots have made the difficult decision not to travel to the Czech Republic for the World Advanced Aerobatic Championships which is scheduled for 14-24 July 2021. There are a variety of reasons for this, chief being the uncertainty of travel into the Czech Republic, which currently bans tourists from coming, to other issues both professional and personal.
We can guarantee you this was difficult for all involved. Team pilots Matt Dunfee, Johnny Wacker, and Marty Flournoy still plan to make the trip and will rent an Extra 330SC in Europe. Final deadline for entry fees comes on 9 July so that is a final date for any further decisions.
All of these gentlemen have participated in practice camps and continued in their dedication to the team through the cancellation last year of WAAC in hopes that the rescheduled date this year would provide opportunity for the event to take place. They should not suffer any consequences or pressure as a result of their decision. They have all been deeply dedicated to representing our country in world competition and deserve our admiration.
Mike Heuer, Team Manager
Team photo in April 2021 from a practice camp at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport, Union, Tennessee.
L to R: Mike Heuer, Jerry Riedinger, Marty Flournoy, Jeff Petrocelli, Adam Messenheimer, Alain Aguayo, Don Hartmann and John Wacker.