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JANUARY 2011  |  VOLUME 2  |  NUMBER 1
Remembering Leo Photo gallery
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Leo Loudenslager was a seven-time winner of the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships, and in 1980, he became World Aerobatic Champion. Loudenslager was dedicated to instilling enthusiasm, safe practices, showmanship, and practical skills in aerobatic newcomers and students. In noting his untimely death Bob Hoover simply said, "I've seen just about everyone fly. Leo is the best aerobatic pilot I have ever seen." Read more

Photo Gallery

A Tribute in Sculpture to Leo Loudenslager
Photo by Donald Scott
We went looking for Leo Loudenslager on Flickr, a photo-sharing website. The results, which come from myriad photographers, show quite an interesting history of their own. These photos and captions are a neat look into how other people viewed him. View the gallery
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Laser 200No conversation about the Laser 200 should leave out the name Leo Loudenslager, just like talk about Pitts Specials should always include the name Curtis Pitts. These landmark airplanes are the direct result of the legendary people behind them. Read more

InsuranceLast month the end of an insurance program offered to IAC members by Northwest Insurance Group through Berkley Aviation Insurance has had members searching for new coverage. IAC President Doug Bartlett talked recently with Ryan Birr of the Northwest Insurance Group, our aerobatic insurance partner, about where IAC members may be able to find new coverage. Read more

Here's a vintage video of Leo flying his Laser 200 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Watch the video

Flying Low-Level Aerobatics is Stupid
How often does this have to happen before irresponsible pilots stop killing themselves and innocent people by flying low-level aerobatics? It happened again, over the ocean beaches on Florida's Treasure Coast. A local pilot with a reputation for "showing off" exceeded the limits of his airplane's V-G diagram (velocity versus load). The pilot lost control and spun into the water killing himself and his adult passenger. I mention "adult" because the next scheduled flight that day was with a youngster in the Young Eagles program. Read more

'Hey, Watch This!' is Very Dangerous
YouTube is amazing; you can find just about anything if you look hard enough. Aerobatics, by their nature, are maneuvers that require special skill and equipment in order to be performed safely. Notice the keyword here is safely. All manner of airplanes have been used to perform aerobatic maneuvers, and that has led a few people to perform frankly stupid stunts in their airplanes for family and friends.

When watching the following videos, keep in mind that the vast majority of competent pilots would immediately shun these pilots for blatantly disregarding their own safety and comfort and that of their passengers.

Audio/VideoWatch Leo Loudenslager's demonstration from the 1986 Cleveland National Air Show in his Laser 200. Narration provided by "SkyTalker" Danny Clisham. View the video


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Aerobatic Judges schools for 2011 are now posted on the IAC website. All classes are introductory except for one class in March which offers advanced training. Classes are offered in every region of the United States as well as one course in British Columbia. View the course listings

caption contestIts time once again to dig deep into your memory tanks and crank up your brain processor RPM to figure out the plane and pilot in this month’s photo (right). Who is this? See the answer next month.

DennieThompsonLast month’s photo (left) showed Dennis Thompson flying his Edge 540. If you guessed right then you are one knowledgeable IAC member. 



Reggie PaulkThis month's issue focuses on one of the International Aerobatic Club's true legends of aviation. In a hangar at Front Range Airport near Denver, Colorado, I nearly crossed paths with Leo Loudenslager shortly before his death in 1997. I was flying a twin-engine Piper Aztec at the time, and I kept it in a large community hangar at the airport. One day, while pushing the airplane into the hangar after a flight, I noticed a pretty red airplane sitting in the corner. On closer inspection, I immediately suspected the airplane and its pilot. Leo's name gracing the space below the canopy of the Laser 200 confirmed my suspicions. Read more


We Need Your Feedback
Doug Bartlett
At the 2010 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships, several non-U.S. citizens placed well enough to earn awards but weren't eligible to receive them due to contest rules. IAC President Doug Bartlett declined to extend the honors because it ran counter to IAC policies. In the intervening months, further examination revealed that IAC leadership may change the rules, and Bartlett is seeking input from the membership on if and how the rules should be changed. Read more

Sonex Aircraft's Onex is an all-metal, single-place, kit aircraft with a new feature: folding wings. The design will allow it to be trailered with ease and fit in a garage as narrow as 7 feet. Join Sonex's Jeremy Monnett to learn about the latest design from the Hornets' Nest R&D.

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