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Celebrating 40 Years of Invertedness
OCTOBER 2012  |  VOLUME 3  |  NUMBER 6
Advanced U.S. Team
Remembering Reinaldo Beyer
The aerobatic community was saddened by the loss of Advanced World Aerobatic Team member Reinaldo Beyer on September 8. According to initial reports, Beyer was attempting to bail out of his aircraft after suffering a mechanical failure, but his parachute failed to deploy in time. Beyer’s name may be familiar because he had recently contributed to Sport Aerobatics magazine. One of his stories is reproduced in its entirety in this issue in order to highlight his wonderful sense of humor and to show just how dedicated to the sport he truly was. Read More
Michigan Aerobatic Open Photo Gallery
U.S. National Aerobatic Championships
Laurie Zaleski worked tirelessly all week gathering a photographic record featuring the pilots, people, and planes of the 2012 U.S. National Aerobatic Championships. View the results of her work in this gallery on the Nationals website.

Invisible Inverted
By Reinaldo Beyer
Invisible Inverted As a tribute to Reinaldo, we reproduced his September 2011 contribution to Sport Aerobatics magazine here. Read More

The Slow Roll: World War II Training Film
By Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop
Low Altitude Spin Recovery The slow roll is something of an enigma to most pilots. Its perfection can be elusive and very difficult to attain.

World War II era pilots were introduced to the slow roll in the AT-6 Texan trainer not only to recover safely from an inverted position without losing altitude, but also as an important combat maneuver for their ultimate roll as fighter pilots.

The following video may be over 70 years old, but its general lessons are still applicable to today's pilots. If you do eventually try to fly the perfect slow roll, be sure to find a qualified instructor and use an appropriately certificated aircraft to do so. Watch the video

Aerobatic Arizona
By George Norris, IAC 23070
Aerobatic Arizona George Norris has a great story about flying aerobatics in an open-cockpit biplane on his website. George supports IAC Chapter 69 in Phoenix and Chapter 62 in Tucson.

"The sky is a deep Arizona blue, and the hint of wind that sneaks around the windscreen in the open cockpit has a nice early morning chill. You quickly check your airspeed and altitude and then start a 4-degree dive for the desert floor 2,500 feet below. When the airspeed hits 130 mph, you pull to level, wait several seconds, and then begin a crisp 4g pull to the vertical. As g-forces push you down in your seat and the nose comes above the horizon, you look out towards the sighting device on the left wing and watch the landscape nicely pivot about the wingtip. Easing off on the back stick as you approach inverted, you float the airplane over the top with about +0.5g and look overhead to pick up the horizon you left behind moments before." Read more

Vice President of Sales Blows off Steam
In a Pitts Model 12 and a Sukhoi
Vice President of Sales Blows off Steam For Cory Lovell's 12th birthday, his grandfather gave him a glider ride in Hawaii with an old World War II comrade, and Cory was hooked! For the next couple of years, every weekend was spent at the airport, cleaning airplanes and hangars and trying to find ways to get up flying in anything that had wings. He earned his driver's license and pilot certificate on his 16th birthday. Forbes magazine recently profiled Cory, who is VP of sales for Connect Solutions. Watch the video

Mystery PlaneU.S. Advanced World Aerobatic Team Captain Reinaldo Beyer flies over his Chapter 36 home box in Borrego Springs, California. Credits: Gray Brandt (photographer) and Jenner Knight (chase plane pilot).

Mystery Plane Last month's mystery photo response was huge! We received nearly 200 responses, and they continue to trickle in. The photo was obviously Leo Loudenslager flying his Stephens Akro. Thank you to all who responded.

By Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop
Reggie Paulk The U.S. National aerobatic competition came to its conclusion on September 28, and what a contest it was this year!

For the first time since many can remember, we had glider competitors in every category from Sportsman through Unlimited. Jason Stephens took his fourth Unlimited glider championship trophy home, and Rob Holland followed up last year's Unlimited power championship with another win. Read more and see the winners.

October 10: How to Quickly Ace Weather Theory on a Practical Test with Don Weaver

November 8: Aerobatic Aircraft Maintenance - Good Practices & Warning Signs with Johnny White

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