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February 22, 2023

Welcome to the 2023 Judges Revalidation & Currency Exam.

All IAC Grading Judges must pass this test to qualify for judging in the current calendar year.

The intent of the exam is educational, not to stump you. Each question includes a hint or hints, so we recommend taking the exam with a copy of this year's Official Contest Rules at hand. 


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February 22, 2023

The 2023 edition of the IAC Contest Rules is now available to members at: 

Most of the changes are a direct result of IAC members' input.  Twenty-Seven proposals were submitted by members.  After these were published last fall, other members provided valuable comments.  The Rules Committee discussed each proposal and associated comments in depth, then provided recommendations to the IAC Board of Directors.  Additional changes were also made directly by the Board.  After...

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February 21, 2023

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Coming up this weekend - "Intro to Aerobatic Judging" (Sessions 1&2) Saturday Feb 25 and day 2 continuing on Sunday, Feb 26. Starting time both days is at 09:00 MST and ending approximately at 16:00 MST each day.

DJ Molny, Judge program chair, will lead this two-day training for current judges and prospective judges. It is also great information for anyone who wants to learn more about competition aerobatics. We have many non-pilots participate who are friends and family and it...

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February 9, 2023

The FAA is adopting a new airworthiness directive (AD)for certain Continental Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (Continental) GTSIO-520, IO-470, IO-520, IO-550, IOF-550, LIO-470, LIO-520, LTSIO-520, O-470, TSIO-470, TSIO-520, TSIO-550, TSIOF-550, and TSIOL-550 model reciprocating engines with a certain Superior Air Parts, Inc. (SAP) cylinder assembly or intake valve installed.

The affected cylinder assemblies and intake valves are installed as a...

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January 26, 2023
During the 2023 Rule Change process, a number of rules were proposed and approved that affect the way chapters run a contest. To make sure that all our contests run in accordance with IAC policies, below are some important changes for all contest organizers and participants to be aware of.
1. Boundary judges are now optional: Contest Directors do not have to apply for a Rule Deviation for this issue. Instead, they can simply inform competitors that they are exercising this option. As with any Rule Deviation, inform competitors before they arrive...
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January 24, 2023
The IAC Board of Directors met for a Special Meeting on January 20, 2023, and appointed Shad Coulson as the new 2023 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships contest director. Shad replaces previous contest director Mike Heuer, who resigned the position in December.
Shad has been the contest director for the Estrella Classic, Maricopa, Arizona for the past three years. He worked with Jason Stephens to bring the U.S. National Unlimited and Advanced Glider Aerobatic Championships to Arizona acting as contest director for the inaugural event in 2022 and will be acting...
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