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Celebrating 40 Years of Invertedness
AUGUST 2011  |  VOLUME 2  |  NUMBER 8
Deadly Year for Air Shows Photo gallery
Leo was a pioneer
Bryan Jensen among three lost during recent performances
Bryan Jensen, best known for flying his Pitts Model 12 dubbed The Beast, was lost when he impacted the ground during an air show in Kansas City August 20. On the same day in England Red Arrows pilot Flight. Lieutenant. Jon Egging died a low altitude ejection after breaking formation and calling a mayday. The next day at Selfridge National Guard Base near Detroit, Michigan, wing walker Todd Green fell during an aircraft helicopter mid-air transfer. Read more 

Photo Gallery
With EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011 now just a fond memory, we have photo galleries to peruse in order to rekindle those moments. Although not aerobatic, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner is an amazing airplane nonetheless. Its engines are so quiet at idle, you can easily have a normal conversation while standing nearby. It's so quiet, it's spooky! Here's a nice set of pictures of this amazing airplane. View the gallery

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The Story Behind the Betty Skelton "First Lady of Aerobatics" Trophy
Betty SkeltonThe Betty Skelton Trophy is awarded each year to the highest-placing woman in the powered Unlimited category at the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships, but that doesn't say much about the woman who inspired the trophy. Today, her Pitts Special Little Stinker, in which she won the International Feminine Aerobatic Championships in 1948, '49 and '50, hangs at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Wikipedia has a great biography of Betty and the airplanes she made famous. Read more | Watch the video

Judy Phelps is 2011 CFI of the Year
Judy Phelps, co-owner of CP Aviation at Santa Paula Airport, California, has become the 2011 National CFI of the Year. Judy's company provides the CP Aviation Emergency Maneuver Training Scholarship in Memory of Vicki Cruse, which anyone can apply for by visiting this website. Check out the video to learn more about her, and congratulations Judy! Watch the video

This is a very cool video of an F/A-18 air show from startup to shutdown taken inside the cockpit facing aft. The vortices coming off of the strakes along the sides of the cockpit are amazing. Be sure to turn up the volume and listen to the wind noise, too. Watch the video


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

Bryan JensenLast month's photo showed the wheelpant of Greg Koontz's Super Decathlon. You can view the airplane by clicking here.

This isn't a mystery photo - just a dedication to a friend who will be dearly missed.


Reggie PaulkBy Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop

As I write this, the memory of Bryan Jensen and others we've lost in the years I've been with the IAC sits heavily in my conscience. It was almost exactly two years ago when the news of Vicki Cruse's passing came by way of an e-mail. The crushing feeling of loss can't be quantified, and I just want to offer my sincerest condolences to Bryan's family and friends, but especially to his girlfriend, CC, who was also performing at the air show with Bryan on August 20. I took a photo of Bryan and other members of The Beast's family while at Oshkosh this year, and I will always have fond memories of a man full of life and energy, a smile always on his face.

On another somber note, 20-year-old Jason Flood is currently in the hospital from injuries sustained during a banner towing accident a few weeks ago. Jason has been moved from intensive care to something called "step-down," so he is slowly improving but has a long road ahead. I would encourage anyone to visit the CaringBridge webpages maintained by his mother to check on his progress or to help out. Click here. My thoughts and prayers are with Jason and his family.

2011 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships Registration
Online registration for the 2011 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships is now open. Contestants and attendees may access the link directly or through the official U.S. Nationals website.

The U.S. National Aerobatic Championships will take place at the North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI) in Sherman/Denison, Texas, from September 25 to September 30, with October 1 as a rain date.

As an incentive to get everyone to preregister, if you register on or before September 4, you will receive at registration an embroidered polo shirt in your choice of color and size with the U.S. Nationals logo and your name on it. There will be printed T-shirts at the contest for those that don't preregister. Read more

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