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In The Loop Newsletter
MARCH 2013   |  VOLUME 4  |  NUMBER 2
Editor's Note
Editor's Note The IAC has finally launched its highly anticipated new website. Residing at the same address, the website is the culmination of over a year of volunteer effort from more than 20 people. Please explore the new site and look for a login e-mail (members-only) to follow in the next couple of weeks.

For this month's issue, we asked Greg Koontz to give his best advice on performing a pre-buy inspection on a Decathlon. Not only did he come through; he gave advice that would be a useful starting point to any pre-purchase inspection. The only catch is you have to be a member to read the whole article!

Make sure to mark your calendar for upcoming chapter contests. It's only March and we've already got a lot of contests in the works - and it looks like there are some new ones in the lineup this year. Don't forget that the United States is hosting the Unlimited Worlds this year, so if you'd like to see the highest level of international aerobatic competition, Texas is the place to be this year.
Feature Stories
Rich Stowell IAC's New Website is Live
By DJ Molny, Webmaster
After some 16 months of work by 20-plus volunteers, IAC has unveiled a new and much-improved website at the same address: The new site offers a much better look, easier navigation, new and updated content, and members-only perks including access to back issues of Sport Aerobatics magazine.

Over the next week or so, current IAC members will receive an e-mail with login instructions. Important: If your EAA membership records do not include an e-mail address, or if that address is no longer valid, please update your records via EAA's account management page, or call Member Services at 800-564-6322.

In the interim, you can still access the old pages.

As with any new technology, there will probably be some bumps in the road. Please use the Contact Us form to report any problems. I sincerely hope you enjoy the new site.

Decathlon Buying a Used Decathlon
By Greg Koontz
The following article is an excerpt from the feature story that will appear in its entirety in the April issue of Sport Aerobatics magazine.

Buying a used aircraft brings tough questions. How was it flown? Did the previous owner ride fast in rough air? Did they hurry down and shock cool? How many times has it been slammed into the pavement? If you've flown with a lot of pilots (and I know I have), you have a good idea how rough some pilots can treat a poor ol' airplane. Now consider that the airplane you want to buy is aerobatic. You just popped open a whole new can of worms. Read more >>

Robby Coats Meet a Member - Robby Coats
By Gary DeBaun, IAC 4145

The standard first question, Robby, how did you get started in aerobatics?

Well, I never thought I'd be doing it. I had always imagined I'd like to own something like an Extra when I was quite a bit more successful, but I never imagined I'd be flying competitively, and certainly not at my age. I would never have gotten involved in the IAC had it not been for Eagle Sport Aviation in Daytona. Nearly four years ago, ESA introduced me to aerobatics and completely changed my life. It is my life. Read more >>
Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery In addition to giving aerobatic flight instruction, Greg Koontz flies air shows in his Super Decathlon and a clipped-wing J-3 Cub. Check out the photos of his adventures.
Safety Video Hand-Propping
Make sure you know what you're doing

You may have seen this vintage FAA training video of a mismanaged hand-propped airplane, but it's an excellent reminder to make sure it's done right. In the hands of qualified personnel, hand-propping's risks may be adequately mitigated. Watch video >>
Feature Video
Feature Video P-38 + F4U Corsair = Intense Jealousy
The IAC posthumously inducted Tony LeVier into the IAC Hall of Fame in 2011. Tony was the preeminent test pilot for Lockheed, essentially writing the book on the P-38 Lightning twin-engine fighter introduced during World War II. He was also the primary test pilot for the Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. This video features his favorite airplane: flying formation with the beautiful gull-wing F4U Corsair - simply awe inspiring! Watch video >>
Feature Air Show
Feature Air Show Video Skip Stewart's New Wings
Who needs 'em?
Skip Stewart installed a new set of wings on his Pitts and decided to put a camera on his helmet to demonstrate them. You'd think it might be useful to use the wings for takeoff, but Skip has other ideas as he rolls into a knife edge immediately after the wheels of his Pitts leave the pavement. His subsequent demonstration leaves no doubts; his airplane has tremendous capabilities! Watch video >>
Mystery Photo
Mystery Photo This is an aerobatic glider; can you identify it? Let us know via e-mail.
April 3, 2013 - 8 p.m. CDT: Leaning Basics: (FAA AMT & Wings Credit) - Mike Busch will address various topics: leaning without fear, the Embry-Riddle experience, a minimal leaning checklist, why full-rich is too rich, how mixture affects power and key engine parameters, how mixture affects the combustion event, leaning made simple, and frequently asked questions.

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.

Visit the Chapter Contest Calendar for your nearest contest.

Don't Miss WAC 2013 in the United States!
Visit the event website of the 2013 FAI World Aerobatic Championships for all the details.

2013 Rulebook Available for Download
The 2013 rulebook is now available in the IAC website's Members Only section.

2013 Aresti Catalogs Now Available
The 2013 Aresti catalogs are available here!

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." Read more >>

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 ICAS Convention in December 2012. Aerobatic box waiver information is on page 21.

2013 Ben Lowell 5-Category Aerial Confrontation - U.S. Air Force Academy
IAC Chapter 12 and the U.S. Air Force Academy are proud to announce that the 2013 Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation will be held at Academy Airfield (KAFF) in Colorado Springs, CO. Practice and registration will be on Friday April 19, with contest flying Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21. Read more >>

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

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