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APRIL 2011  |  VOLUME 2  |  NUMBER 4
The 2011 U.S. Unlimited World Aerobatic Team Photo gallery
Tonado at Sun 'n Fun
IAC tent flattened, but volunteers okay

A freak storm harboring an EF-1 tornado, with sustained winds as high as 105mph, scoured its way through the center of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport and the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo venue in Florida on Thursday, March 31. Nearly 70 planes were damaged or destroyed (here is a partial list) but incredibly, there were no major injuries reported after the storm blew through. 

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Photo Gallery
Sun 'n Fun Photo Gallery: Tornado Edition
On the third day of the Sun 'n Fun Fly-in a massive storm cell blew through the event and caused serious damage to aircraft and property, but no serious injuries. Nearly 70 aircraft attending the fly-in were damaged - many severely. Also damaged were numerous exhibition tents and some buildings.
View the gallery | Video: Rod Hightower and Paul Poberezny describe the damage | Sun 'n Fun coverage

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First Quarter 2011 Achievement Award Recipients
Achievement Awards The Achievement Awards program was conceived in 1970 by Verne Jobst, IAC president at that time, with many years as a glider pilot. Verne wanted an equivalent to the popular soaring badges. He, Bob Davis, and Mike Heuer completed the set of rules in May 1971. The first pilot to qualify for an award was 16-year-old Louisianan Debbie Forshee who flew for the Basic Patch. In the fall of 2006, the IAC Board approved a design of a new Achievement Award - in a series of pins and accompanying decals. Read more

Nominations Sought for IAC Non-Flying Awards
AwardIs there somebody in your chapter who is the go-to person when something needs to be done? Do you know a judge who is the first person you call and ask to serve as a chief judge before you make any other contest plans? When you make a mistake in one of your flights and hope you don't get caught, is there one judge who you know would have caught it if she had been on the line? Is there a person in your club who promotes our sport and mentors new members better than anyone else you've seen? Do you know an aircraft builder, designer, or innovator who outshines the rest? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then please Read more

Sun 'n Fun Photo GalleryA lot of airplanes sustained significant damage as an EF-1 tornado ripped through the grounds at the Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo. Visit EAA's Facebook page to see the devastation, and make sure to read the comments because there's background information about a lot of the aircraft in the photos.

Featured Air ShowIt's not an air show per se, but Wes Jones brings us a spectacular in-cockpit video of what he titles 'First Flight of Spring.' From the moment he adds power to his Pitts, Wes takes you on a rolling, looping adventure. He describes the video as, "A story of true love, reunited after the long, dark days of winter and given to its fullest expression."

Proper Tiedowns May Spare You From Disaster
TiedownsThe lesson of Sun 'n Fun is that severe weather can strike with little or no warning. Having your airplane properly tied down at all times could easily save you and your neighbor's aircraft from the damage caused by storms. When the gusts are large, and the wind direction is just right, airplanes by nature will try to lift off. Each year numerous airplanes are damaged by windstorms due to negligence and improper tiedowns, according to the FAA. Due to the large number of airplanes in attendance, tiedowns are required at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Read more

Hammer spinWatch Jim Rodriguez's "hammer-spin" in the Pitts with instructor pilot Don Weaver. Jim figured out in an exciting way that a Pitts doesn't need as much forward stick at the top of a hammerhead.

Learn more about Berz Flight Training and Don Weaver here | Watch the "hammer-spin"

Memo to Myself: Recounting Yesterday's Significant Event
IAC Hall of Fame inductee Bill Finagin gives thoughts on tornadoes
Bill FinaginBeing at Sun 'n Fun since last Friday, March 25, I woke up early yesterday morning (March 31) to a weather forecast of rain and possibly thunderstorms during the day. As usual the group of Aviat aircraft dealers gathered at Denny's restaurant for breakfast at 7 a.m. and part of the conversation was about the weather. Concerns mounted throughout the morning as the weather forecast began to warn of a possibility of a tornado or two. Read more

Audio/VideoThis video begins inside a tent at Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo right as the rain and wind begin to pick up. As the video progresses, the rain and wind become so intense that the visibility drops to nearly zero. After the tornado blows through, the devastation is amazing.
Tough to Say Goodbye
Tough to Say GoodbyeWhen high winds at Sun 'n Fun flipped Tony Spicer's RV-3B, they wrecked much more than an airplane. Tony built his turquoise-colored aircraft as a memorial to his father, a P-51 pilot in World War II, and his F-4 copilot who was killed in action during the Vietnam War. The day after the storm, Tony talked to EAA and described what his airplane meant to him. His experience captures the emotions shared by many others who lost their aircraft at Sun 'n Fun. Read more and watch the moving video


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Intro to Aerobatic Judging
Saturday, April 20, 2011
Arlington, WA

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

Los Angeles Gold Cup Duel in the Desert (Southwest)
Friday, May 6 - Saturday, May 7, 2011
Apple Valley (APV): Apple Valley, CA R
Director: Casey Erickson
Phone: 909-389-9020
E-mail | Website

Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation (South Central)
Thursday, May 12 - Sunday, May 15, 2011
Sterling Municipal Airport (STK): Sterling, CO
Director: Michael Forney
Phone: 303-514-1609
E-mail | Website

Carolina Boogie (Northeast)
Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15, 2011
Wilson Industrial (W03): Wilson, NC
Director: Eric Sandifert
Phone: 919 605 9585
E-mail | Website

Jersey Skylands Aerobatic Championships (Northeast)
Friday, May 13 - Sunday, May 15, 2011
Greenwood Lake Airport (4N1) (4N1): West Milford, NJ
Director: John Fellenzer
Phone: 845-978-0511
E-mail | Website

Armed Forces Memorial (Southeast)
Friday, May 20 - Saturday, May 21, 2011
Grenada Municipal (KGNF): Grenada, MS
Director: Wayne Roberts
Phone: 662-417-5698
E-mail | Website

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

Last month's photo was a bit of a stumper. It was the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy - where the World Aerobatic Championships (Unlimited Power) will be held this year! Due to the ongoing conflict in Libya, it will now be held in Foligno, Italy, from August 31 to September 10.

What is that crumpled white thing behind the Nanchang CJ-6?

Mystery Photo
Larger view


Reggie PaulkThis monthís lead story focuses on the Sun ín Fun tornado that ripped through the grounds during the event. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured - a miracle considering the grounds were populated with airplanes and tents that tore out of their moorings when the fierce winds hit. IAC volunteer Jean Taylor took refuge in her car parked behind the aerobatic tent as the tornado crushed the tent onto her car. Although drivable, it is totaled. Iím just thankful Jean is okay.

The earthquake and tsunami in Japan hit the Fukushima prefecture especially hard because of the ensuing nuclear disaster still unfolding today. In the March issue of Sport Aerobatics, we featured a story by Yuichi Takagi that highlighted the first aerobatic contest in Japan. Unfortunately, the area I described above is where this contest was held and I wanted to make a point to say that my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan - especially those in the story.

Last month, we focused on the Unlimited World Aerobatic Championships, and here are the results.

ICAS Foundation Creates Kyle and Amanda Fund
The International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) Foundation has established the "Kyle and Amanda Fund" for Kyle and Amanda Franklin, who were both injured in an accident while performing at Air Fiesta 2011 in Brownsville, Texas, on March 12. The fund is to help ensure that they're able to focus on the difficult challenges of healing rather than the financial challenges of that process. Every penny donated to this fund will go directly to Amanda and Kyle. "It is our hope that members of the air show community will contribute to this fund as generously as their circumstances allow," read a letter from the ICAS Foundation Board of Directors announcing the fund. Read more

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