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Celebrating 40 Years of Invertedness
NOVEMBER 2011  |  VOLUME 2  |  NUMBER 11
Rob Holland Takes Unlimited Title at Nationals Photo gallery
Doug Lovell

Steve Wolf is a world-renowned air show pilot with more than 30 years experience in both instructing and performing aerobatics. Steve developed and instructed the Royal Falcons, Jordan's national aerobatic flying team. He was personally invited by the late King Hussein of Jordan, a pilot himself, who had witnessed Steve's impressive command of the Pitts biplane. Read more

Photo Gallery
KJC 2011
IAC Chapter 52's Kathy Jaffe Challenge, otherwise known as KJC, concluded August 7 - soon after EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Laurie Zaleski was on duty as photographer again, and here are some neat shots of the airplanes. View the gallery

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Betty SkeltonBetty Skelton passed away on August 31, 2011. She was truly an aviation legend, and her story is summed up in an article on "She's the first woman to be inducted in both the International Aerobatic Hall of Fame and the NASCAR International Motorsports Hall of Fame."
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| Watch an oral history from C-SPAN

Anthony W. (Tony) LeVier Inducted Into IAC Hall of Fame
Tony LeVierTony LeVier, who chalked up more than 10,000 flying hours in 260 different airplanes, was a flight instructor, charter pilot, barnstormer, airline pilot, air racer, and premier test pilot. Tony described the turning point in his professional life as when he joined Lockheed in 1941. In 1942 he flew production test flights in the P-38 Lightning and toured fighter bases in Britain, demonstrating flying techniques for U.S. pilots. He made first flights in 11 Lockheed aircraft including the U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance airplane. In 1955 he was named the director of flying operations at Lockheed Martin. Mr. Levier will be featured in the January issue of Sport Aerobatics. Read more and watch the video

IAC Technical Tips Manuals Now Available Online!
By Steve Johnson, IAC Safety Chair, for In the Loop

The IAC Technical Tips Manuals are on the Internet! Many thanks to Eric Minnis for getting the electronic files made and to Trish Deimer-Steineke at the International Aerobatic Club for getting the files a home.

The manuals are in the members-only section under Safety at the IAC website.

Spencer Suderman Performs 64-Turn Inverted Flat Spin
VideoSpencer Suderman attempted to break the world record for number of turns in an inverted flat spin. He climbed his Pitts as high as it would go, rolled inverted, and proceeded to spin the airplane for 18,000 feet. Spencer is writing a story for an upcoming issue of Sport Aerobatics, so be on the lookout for it. Watch the video

EAA RadioIAC President Doug Bartlett co-hosted EAA Radio's On the Fly! program with EAA Radio's Jeff Montgomery (J-Mont-G) when the show visited the IAC Pavilion during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011. J-Mont-G and Doug talked with many guests including: Debbie Rihn-Harvey, Jeff Boerboon, Rob Holland, and University of North Dakota Aerospace Aerobatic Team member Taylor Ortega. You can hear the program under the On the Fly! section of the AirVenture 2011 EAA Radio archives.

Last month's photo was of an Air Force glider on tow, headed to the aerobatic box during the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Sherman/Denison, Texas.

Mystery PlaneThis is a screen grab from a YouTube video. Can you tell what airplane this is?


Reggie PaulkBy Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop

We're almost to Thanksgiving, and winter is rapidly approaching. Where has the time gone? With the bulk of the Christmas season ahead of us, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

The 2011 competition season is behind us, but many are already actively thinking about opportunities in 2012 and beyond. I was happy to hear that the U.S. will be hosting the Unlimited World Aerobatic Championship in Jean, Nevada, in 2013. It may seem far off now, but time flies. If you have a chance, please show your support for the U.S. team and cheer them on in 2013. See you in December!


Fifty Years of Fly Baby
Join Ron Wanttaja as he talks about the history and characteristics of one of EAA's earliest homebuilts, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the 1962 EAA Design Competition.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CST unless otherwise noted. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.

EAA gratefully acknowledges the support of Aircraft Spruce and Specialty Co. for their generous sponsorship of our webinar programs.

Special Airworthiness Bulletin CE-12-01 Issued
A Special Airworthiness Bulletin regarding stainless steel rudder cables on some models of Extra airplanes has been issued by the FAA. You can find the PDF here .

The International Aerobatic Club has come to an agreement with the EAA to process credit card payments for our members when they order the IAC Achievement Awards. Previously the only option has been to send a check or money order.

All of the application forms for the IAC Achievement Award program have now been updated to reflect a new option for the applicant to purchase their pins, decals, and patches with a credit card. Visit this link for an application.

Proposed Knowns and Rule Changes for 2012 Posted
Files collectively containing the proposed rule changes and Known sequences (Sportsman and Intermediate only) for 2012 have been posted to The Unusual Attitudes forum will be the only place for IAC members to make official comments on these proposed rules and Knowns. Click here to go to the proposals.

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