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Celebrating 40 Years of Invertedness
MARCH 2012  |  VOLUME 3  |  NUMBER 2

What a great airplane!
I have to claim that if you are a real pilot and go through life without learning to fly a Pitts, you have not flown the ultimate airplane and have missed the most thrill an airplane can give and the most challenge a pilot could have! This article is about good pilot technique to do just that.

Curtis Pitts was not a graduate from MIT nor an academic scholar, but smart he was and one hell of a nice guy that loved airplanes and people. He was a real 'stick & rudder' type pilot (crop duster by trade) who had a head full of 'plane sense' and lot of knowledge of airplanes and how they were put together. If you study all the Pitts airplanes you will find that Curtis borrowed a lot of good sound ways to build an airplane from some really good airplanes. Take a look at a J3 landing gear and a Pitts landing gear.

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During the World Aerobatic Championships in 1970, the field was dominated by the American Pitts, Check Zlin and Russian Yak. As you're looking through the photos, you'll notice a Pitts with the 'N' number 1151H. The name under the canopy is Bob Schnuerle, a name you may recognize because there's a trophy named after him.

The trophy was conceived and donated by Mrs. Florence Schnuerle, Bob's mother. Bob was a pilot on the 1970 U. S. Aerobatic Team, coached the Team in 1972, and lost his life in an accident in a Pitts Special in September 1973, practicing for the U.S. Nationals. He was extremely popular with his fellow pilots. One of his favorite programs was the Four Minute Free.

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A Guide to Basic Maneuvers
Extra 300LIn addition to basic aerobatics, Bruce Williams teaches stall/spin recovery and unusual attitude/upset training in his Extra 300L from May to September in Seattle, Washington. Although he focuses on aerobatics, Bruce has also authored a book called Scenario-Based Training with X-Plane and Microsoft Flight Simulator: Using PC-Based Flight Simulations Based on FAA-Industry Training Standards.

On his website, Bruce has a guide to basic aerobatic maneuvers with videos depicting each maneuver. You'll find a lot of good information, so take a minute to look around his site: Continue...

If you or an IAC member you know is interested in running for an officer or director position, here are the item’s you’ll need to do so:

1. Candidate Petition Form with 10 current IAC members’ signatures. You may get a petition form online here. Note that each member can sign a petition form and e-mail it. All names do not have to be placed on one form. Written e-mails as endorsements will NOT be accepted; it must be on the petition form.

2. Current photo e-mailed as a jpeg

3. Resume/Bio that must be less than 1,000 words. The Nominations Chair must receive the above before the deadline March 16, 2012. Send completed petitions to: Lynne Stoltenberg, 656 Windy Acres Rd, Brenham, TX 77833-7732 - Phone: 979-8362610 or e-mail to 

Engine Failure in Yak 50: The positive effect of remaining calm
YAK-50A YAK 50 loses oil pressure over the Lake District at 1250ft. Engine runs until dry before seizing, gearbox u/s and windmilling prop at 3100ft followed by glide, wheels up (no flaps on the 50) into a rough field with an upslope at 500ft amsl. First impact to full stop 47 metres, first belly impact approx 35 metres. Aircraft did not go through wall, right aileron did contact with a fence post. Wind reported at Carlisle less than 5kts - windmills visible not turning and shutdown. Ground soft. Watch the video

Real Pilot Story: Airframe icing encounter
Flight InstructionDecember, January and March are traditionally the worst months for airframe icing encounters. It only takes a little bit of ice to become a very big problem, and pilots of all kinds of airplanes are susceptible to the dangers of an unexpected encounter. AOPA has put together a presentation utilizing a pilot who had his own near death experience, along with the lessons he learned during the ordeal. It's worth a listen!

The Cessna 172 pilot learned some valuable — and nearly fatal—lessons when he encountered an icy winter storm over the mountains near Bedford, Pennsylvania (approx. 12 minutes). Hear the pilot tell the story

Skip Stewart in the Trees
Skip StewartThis kind of flying is dangerous, but fun to watch. Skip Stewart plays down in the wheat and the trees as he goes ballistic in his modified Pitts. Watch the video

Mystery PlaneWho's airplane is this, and what type is it? If you think you have the answer, let us know via e-mail

Last month's airplane was Matt Tanner's attempt to modify his Laser Z300 with large vertical surfaces on the wings. Take a look here


Reggie PaulkBy Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop

I want to apologize for us not making the February issue... As I said last month, there have been some big changes at EAA and everyone is still getting acclimated to their new roles. Thank you for your patience.

As I said in the last issue, the IAC is working to bring a new website to its members. This is a perfect time to make your voice heard and bring your valuable input to the table. Please take the time to visit our Unusual Attitudes Forum to give your opinion.


12 Myths About Stalls & Spins — Letting the Facts Fly!
It has been more than a century since the Wright brothers gave us the miracle of powered flight, yet myth and misunderstanding still abound regarding stalls and spins. Rich dispels a "dirty dozen" common myths that unfortunately continue to be perpetuated during flight training. Do slow speeds really lead to stalling? Are slips really as dangerous as skids? Get the facts on these and more!

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.

Let IAC Know What You Want in a New Website!
The International Aerobatic Club is asking for your input in what you want in a new website. IAC has a dedicated task force set up for this project, but we need your help. What information do you want on the website? How do you want information displayed? Is there a website you like a lot? Tell us about what you like about it. This is wide open, so please provide your input. The only place comments will be reviewed is at IAC's Unusual Attitudes forum here.

Credit Card Now an Option for IAC Achievement Awards Orders
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 website's 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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