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2020 Regional Series Update


 

2020 Regional Series Winners Announced

November 27, 2020

2020 was an unusual contest season to say the least. With 29 contests scheduled and only 8 contests held successfully it looked as if no region would be able to meet the criteria for pilots to fly three contests in their region during 2020.

The start of the season saw many contests canceling and then July rolled around and suddenly the dry spell was broken. IAC Chapter 12 held the High Planes Hotpoxia Fest and there was a glimmer of hope that the Regional Series would still be possible.

By August only the South Central and Mid-America regions stood a chance of holding three contests. September rolled around and South Central was the only remaining region out of the six U.S. regions. Although, when reviewing cost saving measures for the club, the IAC board of directors voted to discontinue the Regional Series awards along with the L. Paul Soucy and Annual non-flying awards, they reversed that decision when the South Central region flew two more contests thereby meeting the criteria for the award.    

The final scores are in for the 2020 regional series competition. Twelve (12) pilots successfully competed at three or more contests needed to qualify for the series and place in the top three in their category for their respective region. Sixteen (16) more pilots were able to fly two or more contests; seven of those in the Southwest region where the Akrofest and Foxy Figures contests were able to be held.

The regional series began in 2002. To be eligible, a pilot must fly at least three contests during the year and one contest may include the U.S. Nationals. If more than three contests are flown, the highest scores are used to arrive at each participant’s total percentage. First, second and third place decals are awarded to qualified participants in each category (Primary through Unlimited) in each of the six U.S. regions; Northwest, Southwest, South Central, Mid-America, Southeast and Northeast. .

The 2020 South Central Regional Series Champions are:

PRIMARY

1. Colin Armistead  79.87%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest

2. Daniel Wilmoth   77.62%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest

3. Aaron Nahale     71.92%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest

SPORTSMAN

1. Wayne Forbes   74.72%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest

2. Charles Riesselmann   64.34%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest

INTERMEDIATE

1. Doug Jenkins    83.46% : Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest, Hill Country Hammerfest

2. Nick Slabakov   81.63%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest

3. Jamie Treat       66.37%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest

ADVANCED

1. Mike Forney      74.38%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest

2. Klayton Kirkland  72.01%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, Hill Country Hammerfest

3. Jim Murray         62.29%: Contests - Clyde Cable Rocky Mountiain, Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation, High Planes Hotpoxia Fest

 

 




September 2, 2020

by Doug Jenkins 

Well, it seems IAC 12 has gotten the hang of conducting contests in the pandemic age.  From 28-30 August they held another fun and successful aerobatic contest - the Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation .  This time it was CD Nick Slabakov at the helm in Sterling, CO at the Sterling Municipal Airport (KSTK).  Having gone to school on the contest in July at Fort Morgan (High Planes Hotpoxia Fest) all of the successful mitigation measures were carried forward to ensure the health and safety of all the participants.

The Ben Lowell contest drew 26 pilots eager to compete.There were seven Primary pilots, six hopefuls competing in Sportsman, six more Intermediate flyers, five Advanced aviators and two Unlimited aspirants as well. This was the first five-category (non-Nationals) contest that I have been to in a long time.It was good to see the enthusiasm across the spectrum. Watch for Doug Jenkins (second place finisher in Intermediate at the Ben Lowell contest) complete article on the contest in the November issue of Sport Aerobatics.

Pictured right: Roger Austin Belleau. First place finisher in Sportsman Power at the Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation and current South Central Regional Series leader.

 

With two completed contests in the South Central Region - here are the  Regional standings: https://iaccdb.iac.org/leaders/regionals

South Central Primary Power

1   Joshua Gregg   81.02%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 1549.13 1890 81.96%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 1003.00 1260 79.60%
2   Ryan Tierney   80.73%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 1542.89 1890 81.63%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 1000.16 1260 79.38%
3   Colin Armistead   78.37%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 1483.70 1890 78.50%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 985.00 1260 78.17%

South Central Sportsman Power

1   Roger Belleau   80.65%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 2199.31 2780 79.11%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 2284.83 2780 82.19%
2   Landon Diedrich   80.17%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 2159.01 2780 77.66%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 2298.67 2780 82.69%
3   Greg Allyn   77.74%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 2170.26 2780 78.07%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 2152.00 2780 77.41%

South Central Intermediate Power

1   Douglas Jenkins   81.72%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 4907.08 5840 84.03%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 3117.50 3980 78.33%
2   Nick Slabakov   75.83%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 4476.01 5840 76.64%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 2970.67 3980 74.64%
3   Jamie Treat   64.35%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 4613.20 5840 78.99%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 1705.50 3980 42.85%

South Central Advanced Power

1   Mike Forney   72.23%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 4336.93 6330 68.51%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 4807.33 6330 75.95%
2   Jim Murray   64.18%
  Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation 4132.38 6330 65.28%
  High Planes Hotpoxia Fest 3993.43 6330 63.09%

 

Regional Series requires competitors fly in at least three IAC Sanctioned contests during the year. Because of contest cancellations due to COVID-19, five of the IAC regions will not have enough contests to participate in the Regional Series.The South Central Region is the only region that currently has a chance of finishing with three contests.  Below are the scheduled contests for the rest of the year. 

 (review the contest listings page regularly for changes and cancellations):

Date Region Contest
August 7 Northwest Corvallis Corkscrew - IAC West Open -Completed
September 5     Northwest Candian Nationals  -Completed
Sept. 11 Northwest Apple Cup  CANCELED
     
August 29 Northeast James K Polk Open Invitational  CANCELED
October 2 Northeast Green Mountain Aerobatic Contest  CANCELED
October 9 Northeast Kathy Jaffe Challenge/Wildwood Acroblast
     
July 18 S. Central High Planes Hotpoxia Fest Completed
August 29 S.Central Ben Lowell Confrontation Completed
October 10 S.Central Clyde Cable Rocky Mt Aerobatic Contest
October 16 S.Central Texas Hill Country Hammerfest
     
September 5  Southwest Foxy Figures -Completed
October 9 Southwest Akrofest
November 6   Southwest Coalinga G Fest   removed from Calendar
Nov. 13 Southwest Tequila Cup CANCELED
     
September 5 Southeast Tennessee Music HWY Aerobatic Jam  CANCELED
October 16 Southeast Mark Fullerton /Bear Creek Bash  CANCELED
November 7 Southeast Sebring 81 CANCELED
     
Sept. 12 Mid-Amer Michigan Aerobatic Open  CANCELED
October 16 Mid-Amer Ohio Aerobatic Open   CANCELED
October 24 Mid-Amer Giles Henderson Memorial Challenge CANCELED

 


August 10, 2020

The second contest of the season was completed successfully and safely at the annual Corvallis Corkscrew Aerobatic Competition over the weekend (August 7-8). The IAC Chapter 77 contest was also the host of the IAC West Open Championship. Primary through Unlimited competitors enjoyed sunny to partly cloudy days and all flew three flights for their categories.  Out of the 18 competitors, half of the pilots flew Super Decathlons in Primary, Sportsman and two flew Super Ds in Intermediate. Something you don't often see is the lack of a single Pitts Special at the contest. Other airplanes were; Two Extras (300 and a 330SC), a Staudacher S-300, a Zivko Edge 540, one Aviat Christen Eagle, and Dave Watson's homebuilt Laser 230.

In Primary Hannah Neill was only inched out of one first place finish in the Free style by fellow Decathlon driver, Bruce Mamont. She won both the Known and the third flight and ended up in the first place position in points. Marianne Fox, in her first ever contest, flew a Decathlon to a third place finish.

In Sportsman John Paul Takacs finished first with a comfortable overall score in his beautiful Aviat Christen Eagle. Like Hannah he was inched out of one first place finish in the Free style by Jerry Marino in his Super Decathlon.

In the Intermediate category Brittanee Lincoln reigned supreme in all flights as she flew a Laser 230 to victory. Brittanee had put in a considerable amount of time with a serious 6 month practice regime mostly in Delano, California, which paid off as she won first place in the Known, Free and Unknown. This was Brittanee's first Intermediate contest. Last year she started out flying a Super Decathlon in Primary at the Hammerhead Roundup and progressed to Sportsman after competing three times in Primary.   Of the Corvallis contest, Brittannee said, "We had a contest! Everyone was in good spirits. Such a great group of people despite the weird and awkward times we are in. The contest was chill and awesome. I was especially happy to see we had three female competitiors, the most at a single contest that I have ever seen." 

The Advanced pilots scores were tight in the Freestyle with Barrett Hines in his Extra 300 taking first over Chris Combs, flying an Extra 330SC, who won the other two categories and came out on top at the end in total points. Chris had also spent a lot of time at Delano practicing and his hard work paid off. During the contest, a split in his all rubber tailwheel was observed. At the time he was scheduled to fly soon, forunately IAC Chapter 38 member Jake Carter, who is a mechanic, came to the rescue and got his tailwheel changed out for him. Chris was put back in the rotation a couple of spots from his original position and didn't have to miss the flight.  

The Unlimited Category pitted U.S. National Team Member, Jim Bourke against Dave Watson, recipient of the new Mastry of Flight award. In the Known sequence Dave zero'd a snap roll, a figure he hasn't had trouble with and has flown many times to near perfection.  The competition between the two in the Free and Unknown was tight, but in the end, Jim secured first place in all three flights and was crowned the 2020 IAC West Open Champion. 

Jim and Dave also flew the 4-minute Free. The score between the two was the closest seen by many - only 10 raw points separated the two with Jim clinching first place. Although he doesn't have a smoke system on his Super Decathlon, Dave chose to fly it in the 4 minute free against Jim's Extra 330SC. Dave does fly to music however and cranks up, "Don't Stop Me Now", by Queen. He has a very lively routine which has won him first place in the 4-minute Free six times in the past at other contests. He was looking forward to Nationals this year as he was going to reprise his Decathlon routine there at the championships. We will be looking for him at the 2021 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships! 

The Corvallis contest attracted a decent turnout by the public. There were 25 to 30 people in attendance on the grass who brought blankets and lawn chairs to kick back and watch all the aerobatic activty. In the past few years since the contest started the locals have gotten used to the event and last year attracted more than double of those that showed up this year. This and other IAC contests do provide an opportunity to share the love of aerobatics with local pilots who often stop to chat with competition pilots to find out how they can get invovled or find out where to get aerobatic training. 

From all accounts the contest organizers led by Travis Forsman and volunteers from IAC 77, put on a great contest. They were wonderfully ogranized, very inviting and welcoming to all. Corvallis, in central western Oregon, is a beautiful location for a contest. Home to Oregon State University it it nestled in the Williamete Valley, beautifully groomed neighborhoods and bordered on the northwest by the foothills of the Oregon Coast Range.

Details from each individual flight at the Corvallis Corscrew can be found on the IAC contest results pages: https://iaccdb.iac.org/contests?year=2020

 

Primary

Total

pp%      
1. 

Hannah Neill

 

   American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon N335DS

1423.33 75.31%
2.

Bruce Mamont

 

   American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon 148PC

1324.10  70.06%
3.

Marianne Fox

 

   American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon N335DS

1315.50 69.60%

 

 

Sportsman

 

Total              pp%   
1. 

John Paul Takacs

 

  Aviat Christen Eagle N23LD

    3505.50      84.06%     
2.

Joseph Sullivan

 

  American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon N335DS

   3432.50    82.31%
3.

Jerry Marino

 

  American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon 594C

   3229.17    77.44%
4. 

Steve Vets

 

  American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon N335DS

   3050.61    73.16%
5.

Travis Forsman

 

  American Champion 8KCAB Super Decathlon N148PC

   3020.17     72.43%
6.

Jake Carter

 

  Laser 230 230DW

   2289.67     54.91%

 

Intermediate

 

Total   pp%
1. 

Britannee Lincoln 

 

  Laser 230 230DW

4874.94 82.91%
2.

Mike Eggen

 

  Bellanca Super Decathlon 444PF

4481.50 76.22%
3.

Richard May

 

  Staudacher S-300 804Q

4339.00 73.79%
4.  James Potterf   ACA Super Decathlon N148PC 4185.84 71.19%

 

Advanced

 

Total   pp%
1. 

Christopher Combs 

 

  Extra 330SC  330ZZ

6834.67 73.97%
2.

Tom Myers

 

  Zivko Edge 540 540AW

6745.27 73.00%
3.

Barrett Hines

 

  Extra 300  410WB

5827.83 63.07%
           

 

Unlimited

 

Total   pp%
1. 

Jim Bourke            

 

  Extra 330SC  331FZ

10413.17 77.83%
2.

Dave Watson

 

  Laser 230  230DW

9635.84 72.02%

 

4 Minute Free

 

Total   pp%
1. 

Jim Bourke            

 

  Extra 330SC  331FZ

3425.00 85.62%
2.

Dave Watson

 

  Laser 230  230DW

3415.00 85.38%

 

Because the Apple Cup has recently cancelled the Northwest Region will not have enough contests to qualify for the Regional Series (three are needed). The Northeast and Southeast Regions have also suffered the same fate and will not have enough contests to participate in the Regional Series. Below are the currently scheduled contests for the rest of the year. 

 (review the contest listings page regularly for changes and cancellations):

Date Region Contest
August 7 Northwest Corvallis Corkscrew - IAC West Open
September 5     Northwest Candian Nationals
Sept. 11 Northwest Apple Cup  CANCELED
     
August 29 Northeast James K Polk Open Invitational  CANCELED
October 2 Northeast Green Mountain Aerobatic Contest  CANCELED
October 9 Northeast Kathy Jaffe Challenge/Wildwood Acroblast
     
August 29 S.Central Ben Lowell Confrontation
October 10 S.Central Clyde Cable Rocky Mt Aerobatic Contest
October 16 S.Central Texas Hill Country Hammerfest
     
September 5  Southwest Foxy Figures
October 9 Southwest Akrofest
November 6   Southwest Coalinga G Fest   removed from Calendar
Nov. 13 Southwest Tequila Cup
     
September 5 Southeast Tennessee Music HWY Aerobatic Jam  CANCELED
October 16 Southeast Mark Fullerton Memorial/Bear Creek Bash
November 7 Southeast Sebring 81
     
Sept. 12 Mid-Amer Michigan Aerobatic Open
October 16 Mid-Amer Ohio Aerobatic Open
October 24 Mid-Amer Giles Henderson Memorial Challenge

 

 

 


July 22, 2020

"We held the first aerobatic contest in 2020. Why is this remarkable?  Because, like anything else, aerobatic contests don’t exist in a bubble and given the totality of circumstances we need to be mindful of balancing the risks and rewards of participating in our favorite sport.," said Doug Jenkins, second place finisher in Intermediate at the High Planes Hotpoxia Contest.  (Read Doug's complete article in the upcoming September issue of Sport Aerobatics.)

IAC Chapter 12 broke the contest dry spell and opened up the possibility that the 2020 Regional Series might still be possible. It still remains to be seen how the COVID-19 guidelines will affect the rest of the season. Because participants in each Region must fly in at least three IAC Sanctioned contests during the year, we hope that each region will have the opporunity to hold the required number of contests.

The IAC awards first, second, and third place titles in all categories in each region. Titles given identify the series champion in each respective region – Mid-America Regional Series Champion, South West Regional Series Champion, North East Regional Series Champion, etc.

With one contest under their belt, the participants in the South Central Region hold the following standings:

Primary

First Place: Josh Gregg flying a Super Decathlon…79.60% 

Second Place: Ryan Tierney flying an Extreme Decathlon…79.38%

Third Place: Colin Armistead flying an Extreme Decathlon…78.17%

Sportsman

First Place: Kyle Scott flying a Gamebird GB1…84.85% 

Second Place: Landon Dietrich flying an Extreme Decathlon…82.69%

Third Place: Roger Belleau flying an Extreme Decathlon…82.19%

Intermediate

First Place: Jared Hulse flying an Extra 330LX…79.05%

Second Place: Doug Jenkins flying a Pitts S1E…78.33%

Third Place: Nick Slabakov flying an Extra 330LX …74.64%

Advanced

First Place: Mike Forney flying a Pitts S-1T…75.95%

Second Place: Duncan Koerbel flying an Extra 300L…71.63%

Third Place: Jim Murray flying a Pitts S-1SE…63.09%

 

Scheduled contests in each region as of 7-27-20 (review the contest listings page regularly for changes and cancellations):

Date Region Contest
August 7 Northwest Corvallis Corkscrew - IAC West Open
September 5     Northwest Candian Nationals
Sept. 11 Northwest Apple Cup
     
August 29 Northeast James K Polk Open Invitational  CANCELED
October 2 Northeast Green Mountain Aerobatic Contest
October 9 Northeast Kathy Jaffe Challenge/Wildwood Acroblast
     
August 29 S.Central Ben Lowell Confrontation
October 10 S.Central Clyde Cable Rocky Mt Aerobatic Contest
October 16 S.Central Texas Hill Country Hammerfest
     
September 5  Southwest Foxy Figures
October 9 Southwest Akrofest
November 6   Southwest Coalinga G Fest
Nov. 13 Southwest Tequila Cup
     
September 5 Southeast Tennessee Music HWY Aerobatic Jam  CANCELED
October 16 Southeast Mark Fullerton Memorial/Bear Creek Bash
November 7 Southeast Sebring 81
     
Sept. 12 Mid-Amer Michigan Aerobatic Open
October 16 Mid-Amer Ohio Aerobatic Open
October 24 Mid-Amer Giles Henderson Memorial Challenge