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AUGUST 2012  |  VOLUME 3  |  NUMBER 4
SHUTTLING STEAKS IN A PITTS PHOTO GALLERY
Advanced U.S. Team
US Team Places Third
Jody Flourney brought us the Advanced U.S. Team action in near real time on the team website, including photos and even video. Please visit the blog and read about how we did in Hungary. Read More
Team USA's Photo Gallery
View Team USA’s flickr photo stream as they competed for the championship at this year’s Advanced Aerobatic Championship in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary from July 26-August 5.
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IAC Contest FAQs
What is the wind dummy?
International Aerobatic Club Contest FAQs
Usually the first contestant to fly in each category. This person is usually responsible for flying the low lines. Low lines are flown at the minimum altitude for that category and on the X and Y axes of the box. This is done so the judges will be able to estimate the minimum altitude for that category. Read More

SAFETY
Lessons From Flight 447: A perfectly good airplane the pilots flew into the water
Lessons From Flight 447 In June 2009, Air France Flight 447 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean after plummeting 37,000 feet from a pilot-induced stall, killing all 228 souls aboard. In December 1972 Eastern Airlines L-1011 crashed into the Florida Everglades after the pilots became distracted by a malfunctioning gear position indicator light and failed to see the autopilot disconnect. How do these crashes of sophisticated, computerized airliners pertain to aerobatics? Read more


FLIGHT INSTRUCTION
University of North Dakota Aerobatics Highlighted in Video
UND Aerobatics videoBy John Morrissey

I chiefed the contest at Seward, Nebraska and got to watch the pilots from the University of North Dakota in action. Their team leader and faculty member won Intermediate in their Super Decathlon. The university has created a video to showcase their aerobatic program. I include the link to that video below.

A year ago I invited Michael Lents to come to our annual advanced aerobatic training camps at Ashland, Kansas, and audit the course. I could not provide an aircraft for him but would provide all the handouts, lectures, and a seat on the critique line so he could watch and listen. I then mentioned that if he thought this sort of program would be beneficial to UND's goals that I would invite the UND leadership send two pilots with UND's aircraft to this year's camp. The university accepted and sent Lents—head of their aerobatic program—aerobatic instructor and coach Jonathan Sepulveda, and their Decathlon. You can see both pilots in this video.

I was very pleased with this as it allows our teaching of aerobatics to reach a far greater audience than I will ever reach with our small classes at Ashland. One of the core values of Great Planes Aerobatics is to teach the teachers. For those of you who have been to the USAF Fighter Weapons School, you know exactly what I mean. And why.

FEATURED VIDEO
2012 Advanced Free: Ben Freelove in HD
Ben Freelove with Advanced Aerobatic Team videoBen Freelove flew as a member of the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team in Hungary. This cockpit video shows him flying his Free routine back in May. Ben is a frequent contributor to Sport Aerobatics Magazine and is an instructor at the Sean D. Tucker Tutima Academy of Aviation Safety. Watch the video

EDITOR'S NOTE
Reggie PaulkBy Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop

Hello aerobatics enthusiasts, and welcome back to In The Loop! I want to personally thank you for your patience with us as we've addressed several organizational changes and challenges. We're ready to move forward and are working to distribute your e-newsletter on a more regular, timely schedule.

It's hard to believe the summer is rapidly drawing to a close and the majority of the competition season has passed. AirVenture was a lot of fun, and we hope to be bringing our members some wonderful airplane and people stories from there in the months ahead.

Congratulations to the U.S. World Advanced Aerobatic Team, and I look forward to seeing you at Nationals.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS
Unlimited Aerobatic Team - Team Manager Needed!
The 2013 US Unlimited Aerobatic Team will be selected at this year's National Championships, in Sherman/Denison, Texas. The board of Unlimited Aerobatics USA is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Team Manager. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please submit a one page summary of your qualifications and contact information to:

Norm DeWitt, President
Unlimited Aerobatics USA Inc.
norm.dewitt@gmail.com

Please submit your summary no later than September 15, 2012. If you have any questions, contact Norm at 650-321-8499.

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