Recognizing the importance of aerobatic flight schools, IAC is making a concerted effort to offer its support to the nation’s aerobatic flight schools and flight instructors. Miriam Levin of Suffern, New York was recently named the IAC Aerobatic Fight Schools Manager. She has contacted each flight school currently listed on the IAC web site to update contact and service information. In addition, a resource page is available for flight schools and students, including teaching aids and instructional articles from previous issues of Sport Aerobatics. For more information click...(read more)
The national championship Aerobatic Team at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale has been on a temporary hiatus since early 2008 due to a lack of aircraft sponsorship for the last year. Since 2001, the team earned the national championship collegiate title six times. Coach Charley Rodriguez and team Captain Scott Marquardt have been trying to find a way to get the team its wings again. Southern Illinois Aerobatics, a not-for-profit corporation, has been formed to secure sponsorships from businesses and individuals in order to purchase an aerobatic aircraft.
Team members not...(read more)
To avoid any confusion, or possible misinterpretation of the rules, regarding competition by Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) please note the following: A pilot holding a Sport Pilot certificate, or higher (e.g., Private, Commercial, etc.), does NOT require a FAA medical certificate IF they are flying a LSA. Those pilots may compete with only a U.S. driver’s license which complies with the restrictions set forth in the applicable sections of the FAR’s. If any question arises as to whether an aircraft (primarily T-craft and Cubs in IAC competition) is classified as a...(read more)
The 2009 IAC Official Contest Rule Book is now available for downloading from the Members Only section of the IAC Web Site in the "Contest Information" section. Once you have the Rule Book, use the time before those first contests fire up to flip through the pages and look for the change bars in the margin. These bars mark sections of the Rule Book which have received a substantive change from the 2008 edition. Advanced and Unlimited pilots take special note of the new figures in Appendix 3 which you might encounter in your Unknowns this...(read more)
After months of searching, IAC has hired Patricia (Trish) Deimer of Omro, Wisconsin to be the IAC Manager, taking the place of Lisa Popp in the Oshkosh office, who has been part-time with IAC since October. Trish will begin working for IAC on February 16th. She was formerly the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) Program Manager. Trish is part owner of a clipped-wing cub and is working toward her Private Pilot Certificate. She will introduce herself in an upcoming issue of Sport Aerobatics and will be at Sun 'n Fun. IAC welcomes Trish to the club and we look forward to...(read more)
The University of North Dakota will become the recipient of the 2008 Collegiate Program Traveling Team Trophy, which found its home at Southern Illinois University for the last two years. Congratulations also go out to Charlie Wilkinson of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Daytona Beach for his first place win in the individual category.
Team rankings were as follows: 1) University of North Dakota with 86.74%, 2) Embry Riddle -Daytona Beach with 83.10%, and 3) United States Air Force Academy with 82.23%. Qualified...(read more)