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2020 Regional Series Update

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