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FEBRUARY 2013   |  VOLUME 4  |  NUMBER 1

Feature Stories
Rich Stowell Avoiding Loss of Control Accidents
By Rich Stowell, MCFI-A
Originally published in FAA Safety Briefing, March/April 2012

According to a recent accident data set prepared by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC), loss of control - in-flight was the dominant cause of fatal GA accidents over the last decade. When we talk about loss of control, we are referring to accidents resulting from situations in which the pilot should have either maintained or regained control of the aircraft, but did not. Loss of control is divided into two types: loss of control - ground (LOC-G) and loss of control - in-flight (LOC-I). Read more >>

First Fright in a Pitts From the Web: First Fright in a Pitts Special
By Scott Jackson, published in Flying magazine, January 2010

Having invested the requisite years of considerable sweat, some blood, and yes, a few moist-eye moments building a single-seat Pitts Special, the project was trailered to an FBO's hangar at Buttonville Airport, northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Here, tucked away in a corner, final assembly took place: installing and rigging the wings and controls, tensioning the flying and landing wires, and bolting on and tracking the propeller. Read more >>
Editor's Note
Editor's Note We've been working on updating the IAC website,, and I'm pleased to report it will go live sometime in the coming weeks. I hesitate to place a "hard date" on the launch since much of the remaining work rests on the shoulders of dedicated volunteers, and their busy schedules dictate when that will be. Just know that our members are our number one priority, and we look forward to bringing this wonderful website to you as soon as we can.

If you are lucky enough to be out flying, make sure to have an extra smile for me while you're up there, will ya?
Photo Gallery
FAI World Aerobatic Championship Photo Gallery Here's a photo gallery from the 15th FAI World Aerobatic Championships. Enjoy!
Inches from Disaster Inches From Disaster
This pilot came within inches of the videographer standing on the runway. Given that there's smoke coming from the airplane, and a four-wheeler on the runway, it's possible they were training for a stunt.

There's nothing like the thrill of being "buzzed" by an airplane at low altitude, but this may be considered reckless behavior on the part of the pilot. A simple gust of wind or tiny miscalculation easily could have cost given the photographer more than a thrill. This video quickly went viral, and the pilot is now under the scrutiny of the FAA. What may seem fun and exciting one minute could lead to enforcement action the next. Please don't try this at home! Watch video >>
Flight Instruction
Near Midair Near Midair
By Reggie Paulk

Here's one reason to keep your head on a swivel in the pattern - even in a tower-controlled environment. When I was attending Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach during the 1990s, one of its airplanes collided with a Cessna 152 on final approach. The Cessna sheared the tail from the Trinidad Socata, sending it plunging to the ground and killing all aboard. The student pilot of the heavily damaged Cessna managed to land straight ahead on the runway.

Whenever you're near an airport, your chances of a midair go up exponentially. Make sure you identify potential threats in the pattern, and be sure to keep them in sight once you do. Watch video >>
Feature Video
Feature Video Flying a Stearman
Happy New Year
Aerobatics in a Stearman - does it get any better? This video shows the sheer joy of flying aerobatics in a big, noisy, open-cockpit biplane. If you've never flown a Stearman, you can't imagine the thrill of commanding an airplane with a baseball bat for a stick and an engine as loud as a machine gun! Have fun watching. Watch video >>
Feature Air Show
Feature Air Show Paramotor Sky Racers
Sure, it's not aerobatics, but dragging your feet through the corn tops has to be a blast! The precision required to pull off a steep turn in a paraglider that close to the ground has to be understood to be appreciated. One mistake here and you'll end up needing a titanium hip - or worse. Have fun skimming the treetops with these folks. Watch video >>
Mystery Photo
Mystery Photo In December we asked: What airplane (better yet, who's airplane) is this?

The answer was: Giles Henderson's Cassutt Racer

If you played and answered correctly, congratulations!
February 19: Maintaining Aircraft Control and How to Avoid Loss of Control (FAA Wings credit): Loss of control (LOC) is by far the top occurrence category of fatal accidents in general aviation, with the greatest number of those accidents triggered during the maneuvering phase. Join subject matter expert and 2006 National Flight Instructor of the Year Rich Stowell in an encore presentation of his FAA webinar as he discusses where and when LOC is most likely to occur, the typical chain of events that lead to accidents, and the critical importance of angle of attack awareness in preventing LOC.

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.

Miss a webinar? All webinars are recorded and loaded onto the EAA Webinars Channel within 24 hours.

New Aerobatic Scholarship Available!
Greg Koontz announced that his aerobatic flight school, Greg Koontz Aerobatics at Sky Country Lodge, Ashville, Alabama, will provide a full scholarship to promote aerobatic instruction. "The scholarship is offered to support my interest in promoting and improving the aerobatic instruction field," Greg says. "As it is today, there are no set standards for qualifying aerobatic teachers. It is my hope to improve awareness for this need and help influence industry standards."

The scholarship consists of an eight-session flight training program at Greg Koontz Aerobatics. All required ground schooling is included as well as four nights stay at Sky Country Lodge with its all-inclusive accommodations. The recipient would only be responsible for travel to and from the school.

Greg Koontz Aerobatics has partnered with the International Aerobatic Club to promote and administer the scholarship program. The program is not an initial aerobatic course. For that reason, the scholarship is targeted at those certificated flight instructors who have some tangible experience in aerobatics and have demonstrated by their activities that they are interested in becoming involved in aerobatic instruction. A current instructor certificate, an age of less than 25 years, and a need for the financial support provided by this program are required at the time of the award. It will be presented to the best qualified applicant each year at the IAC Annual Membership Meeting at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

Those interested in applying should go to the IAC Scholarships page.

Director/Officer Nominations Sought
If you or an IAC member you know is interested in running for an officer or director position, here are the items you'll need to do so:

1. Candidate Petition Form with 10 current IAC members' signatures. You may get a petition form online. 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 materials before the deadline March 16, 2013. Send completed petitions to: Lynne Stoltenberg, 656 Windy Acres Rd., Brenham, TX 77833-7732. Phone: 979-836-2610. Or e-mail to:

Positions needing to be filled this year are vice president, treasurer, and three directors.

FAA Air Show and Aviation Events Update
For your review, here's an FAA presentation from Sue Gardner (AFS-800) and Lynda Otting (ATO AJV-E2) that was given at the International Council of Air Shows Convention in December 2012. Aerobatic box waiver information is on page 21. 2013

Knowns Posted!
The 2013 Knowns are posted in IAC Members Only website!

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