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Celebrating 40 Years of Invertedness
JUNE 2011  |  VOLUME 2  |  NUMBER 6
Leo was a pioneer Photo gallery
Leo was a pioneer
Before Leo made it a Laser, it was a Stephens
Early this year, we ran an issue focused on Leo Loudenslager and his Laser. One of the stories was a short piece written by Budd Davisson, and he later sent a link to this next story about the air show legend. Leo was a pioneer - using a monoplane when the aerobatic field was dominated by the Pitts biplane. Read more 

U.S./Canada Aerobatic Challenge
Last weekend the International Aerobatic Club's
Chapter 126 in New York held U.S./Canada Aerobatic challenge. We'll have results and coverage in a future issue. For now, check out these photos from the 2010 contest. View the gallery

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Amanda Michelle (Younkin) Franklin
March 14, 1986 - May 27, 2011
Amanda Younkin FranklinAmanda Michelle (Younkin) Franklin, 25, of Neosho, Missouri, passed away at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, on May 27, 2011, due to complications from burns received in an aviation accident. Amanda was born on March 14, 1986, in Springdale, Arkansas, to Jeanie and the late Bobby Younkin. She was a very accomplished gymnast, musician, animal welfare advocate, and aviation enthusiast. After learning to fly at the age of 16, Amanda became an accomplished multiengine and tailwheel pilot; she became proficient in over 15 different types of airplanes. 
Read more and see a tribute video

Blue Angels Cut It Close
Commander resigns over incident
Featured Air ShowFlying solo aerobatics at an air show is difficult enough - flying formation aerobatics at low level is what separates the men from the boys. At an air show in Lynchburg, Virginia, in May, the Blue Angels got too close to the ground during a formation loop and had to cut their show short. As a result, Commander Dave Koss, who was flight lead, resigned. Many are saying his resignation reflects a tremendous amount of character and courage. The following video shows the maneuver in question. Watch the video

SafetyIf the Blue Angels flight leader resigned over a loop that got too low, the pilot of the FMA IA 63 trainer jet in these videos might want to think about a new career. Both videos are of the same flight - one is shot through the heads-up display inside the aircraft while the other was shot by a ground observer. If you watch them a few times, it's clear to see that it would have been very easy for this pilot to hit one of the people on the ground with either the fuselage or the wing hard points. The fact no one was injured isn't a testament to skill but rather to sheer dumb luck. They may be interesting to watch, but the chances of something going wrong were extremely high. Low level equals high danger. 
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Outside | Inside

G-Tolerance and Dehydration: What You Don't Know Might Hurt You
Chapter 34 in Ohio puts out a great little newsletter. This month was no exception, and an article on the effects of dehydration on g-tolerance is a must-read. Chapter 34 received permission to reprint the article from the International Council of Air Shows, so see the story on page 10.

Regional Series Contenders Emerge
Aspen AvionicsThe IAC 2011 regional aerobatic contest season is in full swing with a dozen contests already in the books. Who will be the top pilots in each region? Pilots flying three or more contests are eligible for the title. 

Here are, unofficially, some of the contenders for the Regional Series Championship in each region. Not a contender? Many contests remain. Watch this space for updates. Southwest and South Central competitors vie for a trophy this year, thanks to Aspen Avionics. Read more

Silent Pilot - Super Skills
Audio/VideoNicole Brill is like many aerobatic pilots. She enjoys pushing the limits of herself and her aircraft by participating in aerobatic competitions. One thing sets her apart from other pilots, though; she's deaf. The first video shows her putting her Super Decathlon through its paces. Watch the video
Bonus Boerboon
Audio/VideoJeff Boerboon was our 2010 U.S. National Aerobatic Champion and will be attending the World Aerobatic Championships in Italy this summer. Jump into the cockpit and onto his wing for a 4-minute free program you won't soon forget. Watch the video

AirVenture 2011: It's Time to Get Excited!
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011Haven't started your EAA AirVenture Oshkosh planning yet? We have an exciting look ahead to AirVenture 2011, July 25 - 31, that should do the trick. Tributes to Hoover and Rutan! Concerts by REO Speedwagon, Aaron Tippin, and the Lt. Dan Band! Daily air shows - including an even bigger Night Air Show than last year! Watch the video


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     Have you ever flown low-level over unfamiliar terrain?
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Green Mountain Aerobatic Contest (Northeast)
Friday, July 8 - Sunday, July 10, 2011
Hartness State Airport (VSF): North Springfield, Vermont
Director: Bill Gordon
Phone: 802-533-7048
E-mail | Website

13th Annual Okie Dust Devil (South Central)
Friday, July 8 - Saturday, July 9, 2011

Michigan Aerobatic Open (Mid-America)
Saturday, July 9 - Sunday, July 10, 2011
Reynolds Field (JXN): Jackson, Michigan
Director: Don Weaver
Phone: 989-859-7237
E-mail | Website

Salem Regional Aerobatic Contest (Mid-America)
Saturday, July 16 - Sunday, July 17, 2011
Salem/Leckrone (SLO): Salem, Illinois
Director: Bruce Ballew
Phone: 314-369-3723

Can Am (Northwest)
Friday, July 22 - Saturday, July 23, 2011
Cut Bank Municipal Airport (CTB): Cut Bank Montana
Director: Robert Harris/Robert Toppel
Phone: 503-550-1496
E-mail | Website

Kathy Jaffe Challenge (Northeast)
Friday, August 5 - Sunday, August 7, 2011
Hammonton Airport (N81): Hammonton, New Jersey
Director: David Crescenzo
Phone: 609-517-0922
E-mail | Website

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

Last month's photo wasn't a simple one. That wasn't Phil Kraft in front of his Kraft Super Fli, but IAC member Steve Nelson

Since low-level fly-bys are a bit of a theme this month, this month's Mystery Photo continues along that vein. The man standing casually in the middle of the runway is literally an inch or so from having his head smashed by the fuel tank of the airplane above him. Can you tell what kind of airplane it is?


Reggie PaulkBy Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop

Last month's poll questions revolved around spins (pun intended), and the response was huge. Nearly 300 people weighed in with their votes, and it paints a clear picture for the necessity of spin training with a competent instructor. Nearly all of the 289 respondents, or about 96 percent, have practiced spins. This isn't too much of a shock considering that we're the International Aerobatic Club, after all. Read more

Make sure to attend master aerobatic instructor Rich Stowell's webinar: Emergency Maneuver Training - Controlling Your Airplane During A Crisis. Rich received the FAA's Instructor of the Year Award in 2006. The webinar will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. CDT. You may sign up for this and other webinars by visiting Oshkosh365.

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