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MARCH 2011  |  VOLUME 2  |  NUMBER 3
The 2011 U.S. Unlimited World Aerobatic Team Photo gallery
Featured Story
Flying to victory in 2011
The 2011 Unlimited World Aerobatic Team members will be showing off their skills in Ravenna, Italy, from August 31 through September 11. Unlike other teams who enjoy government support, the U.S. team is self-funded. In addition to their own funds, team members rely on contributions from sponsors and the public. This year, both Robert Armstrong and Hector Ramirez have resigned, citing personal reasons. Alternates Mike Vaknin and Tim Just have stepped up to fill the void. Visit Team USA's website to find out more. Read more

Photo Gallery
Preparing for the Worlds

One aircraft to be used by the U.S. Aerobatic Team at the Worlds is the MXS, a single-seat, carbon-fiber aircraft utilizing composite materials giving it immediate presence both dynamically and statically. Flying the MXS is Rob Holland, three-time member of the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team and the 2008 Advanced World Aerobatic Champion.
Meet the 2011 U.S. Aerobatic Team

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Franklin Wingwalking Duo Recuperating After Crash
Franklin AirshowsWingwalking air show performers Kyle and Amanda Franklin are hospitalized with serious injuries after making an emergency landing while performing Saturday afternoon (March 12) at Air Fiesta 2011 at the Brownsville-South Padre Island International Airport. Amanda was able to return to the aircraft before it crashed and Kyle is being credited with some quick decisions in the air and on the ground, which likely reduced the magnitude of their injuries and may have saved Amanda's life. Read more

First Training Camp With Sergey
SergeiWhat an amazing week! I flew the Extra to Marana, Arizona, early last month to meet with two-time World Aerobatic Champion and Red Bull Air Race pilot Sergey Rakhmanin at Michael Racy's hangar. When I heard Red Bull was going to take 2011 off, I thought it would be a great opportunity for Team USA to hire Sergey as the Unlimited team coach. After a few team meetings and coordinating with Sergey, we had a plan. He would travel to the United States and meet with all the team members to run training camps with those able to attend. Read more

Who's Goody Thomas?
Unlimited team member profile
Goody ThomasI grew up in a flying family; I'm a third-generation aviator. I started as a very young boy building model airplanes and model rockets. Around age 12, I began flying radio-controlled airplanes which would later come into play with flying aerobatics. For as long as I could remember, my passion for flying has existed. My dad would take me to air shows as a kid, and I was amazed at what these men and women could do with the planes. My inspiration came from the late Leo Loudenslager, who was a seven-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion. I wrote Leo a letter in eighth grade, and he sent me an autographed picture back. I have it still hanging up today. Read more

Photos: With the focus on the 2011 Unlimited World Aerobatic Championships, it's only fitting to feature photos of our team members. Here they are, each with a small biography.

Featured Air ShowAs a newcomer to the international scene, U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team member Mike Vaknin shows off his talents in his Extra 300L.

SafetyAs the official rigger of the 2011 U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team, Silver Parachute Sales & Service has a nice archive of just about everything you need to know about parachutes. Owner Allen Silver regularly contributes to Sport Aerobatics magazine in his Ask Allen column. From proper care and maintenance to bailout practice, he has you covered. In his article titled "Practice - Practice - Practice," Allen teaches emergency bailout procedures. Read more

InstructionHow would you like to take flight instruction from a three-time U.S. National Aerobatic (Unlimited) Champion and IAC Hall of Fame inductee? Well, you can! Debby Rihn-Harvey, who will participate in the 2011 Unlimited World Aerobatic Championships, is the longest-standing member of the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team. When she's not flying as a captain for Southwest Airlines or competing in the Unlimited contests, Debby can be found giving flight instruction at Harvey & Rihn Aviation. Even if you've never flown before, you can earn your wings here. Learn more

VideoFeel the g-load in this exclusive preview of world-class pilots in action at events including the World Aerobatic Championships that took place in August 2009 at Silverstone, United Kingdom. The video includes interviews with top aerobatic pilots Michael Racy from Team USA and Jerry Cooper and Kester Scrope from the United Kingdom.


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Inland Empire Strikes Back Mini (Southwest)
Saturday, March 19
Redlands Municipal (REI): Redlands, CA
Director: Casey Erickson
Phone: 909-389-9020
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Phil Schacht Aerobatic Kickoff 2011 (Southeast)
Friday, March 25 - Saturday, March 26, 2011
Keystone Heights Airpark (42J): Keystone Heights, FL
Director: Andrea Luethi
Phone: 718-666-2648
E-mail | Website

Entrenamientos Club Acrobático Andaluz (International)
Saturday, March 26 - Sunday, March 27, 2011
La Axarquia (LEAX): Velez Malaga, España
Director: Jose Gonzalez
Phone: +34652916000
E-mail | Website

VII Campeonato Andaluz de Vuelo Acrobático (International)
Friday, April 8 - Sunday, April 10, 2011
Armilla (LEGA): Armilla Granada, España
Director: Jose Gonzalez
Phone: +34666393812
E-mail | Website

Borrego Hammerhead Roundup (Southwest)
Friday, April 15 - Saturday, April 16, 2011
Borrego Springs Airport (L08): Borrego Springs, CA
Director: Yolandi Jooste
Phone: 714-931-7567
E-mail | Website

Sebring Aerobatic Contest (Southeast)
Thursday, May 5 - Saturday, May 7, 2011
Sebring Regional Airport (KSEF): Sebring, FL
Director: Mike Mays
Phone: 561-313-8503
E-mail | Website

See the full listing of IAC events for the upcoming season here.

Mystery planeLast month's photo showed an airplane that had been carefully landed in a tree next to a "Learn to Fly" sign. It was a real photo, and the pilot really walked away.

Can you identify what this is and where it's located? Really, it does have something to do with Unlimited competition!


Reggie PaulkSpotlight on the World Aerobatic Championships
With the Unlimited World Aerobatic Championships upon us this year, it seems fitting to dedicate one of our newsletters to the subject. Each of the team members dedicates an enormous amount of personal time and finances to get to the competition. They also depend on the generous support of the aerobatic community to help fill in where their own efforts fall short. Read more


David Martin, New Chair of IAC Hall of Fame Committee
February 16, 2011 - David Martin has been passed the torch of Hall of Fame Committee chairman from longtime chair Dave Lammers. The IAC thanks Dave for his excellent leadership and high standards set for the selection process of our Hall of Fame.

2011 Rulebook Available for Download
February 3, 2011 - The 2011 IAC Rulebook is now available in the Members Only Section.

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