Congratulations to Team USA for their overall second-place standing at WAAC in Poland. We are all proud of you. And congratulations go out to Craig Gifford for his Silver in the Free Known program.
The championship started off slow with a couple of days of wind, then rain. The team spent some time brainstorming on their Unknown figure submission and strategizing while they waited out the weather. The team started off strong in the first round of the Free Known with four of the team members in the top 15 places and Craig finishing with his second place Sliver finish in that flight...(read more)
The IAC Board of Directors has voted to fill the Director position vacated by Michael Steveson with A. J. Hefel of Wichita, Kansas. Michael is undergoing some surgery soon and will take several weeks to recover. He felt he could not fairly and adequately represent the membership while going through surgery and the resulting recovery and elected to leave the Board. Michael Steveson has been a valuable Director and has spent countless hours working on our teams’ behalf...(read more)
The Advanced Aerobatic Team made it to Poland safely. Since their arrival yesterday they have checked in and registered for WAAC and had their familarization flights.
Today, August 5, was the start of the event. Unfortunately a common complaint in just about every World Championship - the weather. At the scheduled time the judges were setup and ready to go this morning at 10:00am, but the winds were out of limits. When they do get flying tomorrow, results can be found here:
The U.S. Advanced Team has been polishing up their flying in preparation for WAAC, which begins with arrival and registration on this Thursday, August 4 in Radom, Poland. Competition flights begin on Friday, August 5, along with the Opening Ceremonies.
Coach, Nikolai Timofeev has been putting them through their paces in Hosin, Czech Republic. Some team members arrived with their planes as early as July 17. All of the planes are assembled and functioning well. Practices have been sporadic, with weather interruptions and various logistics matters...(read more)
On Thursday, July 28, the IAC was notified by FAA in Washington of the publication of FAA policy N 8900.372 which extends a long-term Aerobatic Practice Area (LT APA) from 24 months to 36 months. This is very good news and is the result of the work of our Government Relations Committee and in particular Bill Finagin and Wayne Roberts. Sue Gardner, FAA’s national airshow coordinator, provided the document to to the IAC on Thursday.
A copy of N8900_372 LT APA 36 month is attached...(read more)