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Celebrating 40 Years of Invertedness
JULY 2011  |  VOLUME 2  |  NUMBER 7
A new aerobatic plane! Photo gallery
Leo was a pioneer
And light-sport to boot!
In less a week, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh will be upon us, and it doesn't look like it will disappoint! According to SportairUSA, the company will be unveiling the American prototype version of the Dallair FR-100 Snap, an all-new purpose-built aerobatic light-sport airplane. There's not a lot of information available about the aircraft yet, but we'll bring you all the juicy details once we've had a chance to drool all over the plane in Oshkosh. If you're going to be at AirVenture, you can see SportairUSA reveal the new aircraft July 26 at noon in front of the IAC Pavilion. Read more 

U.S./Canada Aerobatic Challenge
The Dallair FR-100 Snap will be fun to keep an eye on while we're in Oshkosh. We happened upon these air-to-air photos of the airplane by Andrea Colombo of Votare Magazine, which show it to be quite a nice-looking airplane. It will be interesting to see how it handles the rigors of competitive aerobatics.
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Cancer Claims 'Master' Marion Cole
Marion ColeEAA and the International Aerobatics Club (IAC) are saddened to report the passing of Marion Franklin "Master" Cole, who lost a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on July 8, in Louisiana, at the age of 86. Marion, EAA Lifetime 48 and a founding (No. 9) IAC member, was a part of the famous Cole Brothers Flying Circus for 17 years, then flew the lead Pitts with Bob Heuer and Gene Soucy in the original Red Devils formation team. Read more

Steve JohnsonSteve Johnson is the International Aerobatic Club's safety chair and flies an MX2 in competition and air shows. Recently a beautifully produced film was made that tells the story of him and his airplane, and it's worth a look. Watch the video

Mid-airA pilot who parachuted safely to the ground moments before his World War II warbird crashed to the ground told the BBC that the mid-air collision with another warbird "A simple error of judgment" and that "We're both very fortunate in that we got away with it with our lives." Rob Davies, who owned the P-51D Big Beautiful Doll for 15 years, and Jean Baptiste Salis, pilot and owner of a Douglas A-1D Skyraider, survived the mid-air last Sunday during the Flying Legends Air Show at the former RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire, England. Count the seconds from initial collision to canopy departure to open chute—Truly quick thinking. Read more and see the video

Holland2011 U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team Pilot Rob Holland gets a lot of awesome air-to-air going with photographer Scott Slocum in this wild video. Rob, how many g's did you pull on that vertical? Watch the video
Dallair Snap Aerobatic Flight
HollandThe Dallair "Snap" is one of the first S-LSA aircraft built specifically for competitive aerobatic flying. It features a 130HP engine, full inverted fuel and oil systems, and an optional "all airplane" parachute. Watch the video


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

Last month's photo showed what looked like a maintenance tech standing in the middle of the runway as a Dassault Mirage nearly clipped his head off during an ultra low flyby. You can watch the video here.

Mystery photoWhat aerobatic plane does this wheel belong to? For even more fun, who's the pilot the plane belongs to?


Reggie PaulkBy Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is right around the corner, and we'll be on the lookout for what's new and exciting coming out of the show. Hopefully the Dallair FR-100 is just the tip of the iceberg for the aerobatic community this year. Last month, we focused a bit on low-level flying and the risks involved. Our poll questions were focused on the perception of safety during low-level operations, and the results are interesting. An overwhelming majority, 189 of the total 229 respondents, believe flying low-level is dangerous. When asked if the thrill outweighed the risks, 178 said that it didn't. Yet, nearly half of those responding did say they've flown low-level over unfamiliar terrain - a clear safety risk. 

The takeaway here is that low-level flying is perceived by the majority of pilots to be unsafe. 

Have fun out there, be safe, and we'll see you next month!

IAC Annual Meeting and Reception July 29
The IAC Annual Meeting and Member Reception will be held Friday, July 29, at 6 p.m. in Nature Center Tent One. Election results will be announced along with complimentary food and beverages.
EAA Radio's On the Fly Live at IAC During AirVenture
EAA Radio's On the Fly program will broadcast live from the International Aerobatic Club on Tuesday, July 26, at 1 p.m. during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The one-hour show will feature interesting guests from the aerobatic world. Be at the IAC Pavilion to see it in person or listen on the grounds on AM 1210, 93.3 FM, and on the Internet.

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