Kokomo, Indiana is between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne; between Chicago, Illinois and Columbus, Ohio; South of Lake Michigan and the Michigan Mitten. Mid-America IAC Chapter 124 held their contest, the Hoosier Hoedown in Kokomo earlier this month.
Wade Ayala won Primary with Kevin Coleman flying for patch.
Mitchell Kay won Sportsman over a field of six. He was first on the Known and Unknown. Kenneth Hunt was first on the Free program.
Intermediate went to Mitchell Wild. He won the Known and Unknown. Sarah Tobin won the Free.
Steve Johnson won Advanced over four other pilots. First on the Known was Kevin Coleman. Steve won the Free and Unknown flights.
Judging were Klaus Mueller, David Underwood, Steve Johnson, Sarah Tobin, Thomas Hartvigsen, Sheri Davis, Sandy Langworthy, and Tom Adams.
One essential to winning an aerobatic contest is good critique from the ground. The winners of Primary, Sportsman, and Advanced at Kokomo have all received extensive ground critique by flying to Tom Adam's place and getting coaching from Tom. Sarah Tobin, who won the Intermediate Free, has also received ground critique from Tom Adams.
Some people are just lucky to live close enough to Tom's place and smart enough to run over there for coaching. Everyone can get critique from IAC judges by joining IAC chapters and organizing chapter practice days. Practice all you can. To win, you need frequent feedback from people with trained eyes watching from the ground.
Winner recap, Hoosier Hoedown, Kokomo, Indiana
- Primary, Wade Ayala
- Sportsman, Mitchell Kaye
- Intermediate, Mitchell Wild
- Advanced, Steve Johnson
Find full results for Kokomo posted at https://iaccdb.iac.org/contests/439
This weekend, the last weekend in August has four contests:
- Rebel Regional in Union City, Tennessee
- Hill Country Hammerfest in Llano, Texas
- IAC Open West, 40th Annual Happiness is Delano in Delano, California
- Rocky Mountain House in Alberta, Canada
Be sure to check the IAC Contest Calendar for the next contest near you!