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In The Loop Newsletter
MAY 2013   |  VOLUME 4  |  NUMBER 4
Editor's Note
Editor's Note When I first began working with the IAC, we didn't have a newsletter. At the time, we referred to the May issue of the magazine as the "Safety Issue," and it's always been called that. Although we take a particular focus on safety during the month of May, that doesn't mean we avoid striving for safety the rest of the year - it's just an opportunity for people to think long and hard about the particular steps they're taking for their own flying safety.

For this issue of In the Loop, the focus is also on safety. We've chosen a few stories that describe it in different ways. From skill and training to sheer dumb luck, many pilots have avoided serious injury or death. But the instances where skill and training have saved pilots far outweigh dumb luck.

One of the stories we feature this month describes a pilot who, against the advice of more experienced pilots, chose to perform maneuvers outside his experience level and paid with his life. If there's one piece of advice I can offer, I implore you to listen to those voices of reason encouraging you to change your behavior. Whether it's the voice in your head or that of another person, it can prevent a tragic outcome.

Feature Stories
Crashed Pitts Lessons Learned
Smoke tanks do not make good auxiliary fuel tanks
By Gary DeBaun, IAC 4145

(Editor's Note: The following story is a teaser for an article appearing in the May issue of Sport Aerobatics magazine.)

Last year I bought a Pitts S-1C for the 2012 contest season. As an A&P and aircraft builder for the last 45 years, I pretty well knew what to look for during the pre-purchase inspection. I did a 20-minute run-up after the inspection, and all was well. Read more >>

Jacquie Warda Air Show Pilot Survives Blind Crash
By Wayman Dunlap, Editor - Pacific Flyer

Air show pilot Jacquie Warda, 58, was flying home to Danville, California, in her Pitts S-1T about 10 a.m. on June 26, 2011, after having performed at an air show in Caldwell, Idaho, when the unthinkable happened.

Only 1,600 feet AGL and literally miles from anywhere in the remote eastern Oregon high desert, her engine blew and spit out all its oil. She was suddenly and completely blinded by engine oil that covered her closed canopy.

She glanced at the oil pressure gauge and saw that it was on zero and the prop had gone to flat pitch, the blades acting like sails. Read more >>

Flight Instruction
My First - and Last - Parachute Jump
A glider pilot's story
By Mike Evans

The parachute in our "Kestrel" had become rather uncomfortable, and I had persuaded my syndicate partners to agree to a replacement. Luckily, John D'Arcy at Lasham was selling his which was virtually new, having been worn only half a dozen times, so we had a bargain. It was a glorious spring day, and I decided it was a good opportunity to try out the glider after its recent C of A, and the new 'chute. Little did I realize what a test flight this was to be. Read more >>

Feature Video
Feature Video First Solo Pitts Landing
The Pitts Special is what many consider to be a true pilot's airplane. However, it has a reputation for being a handful on the ground, and more than a few have lived up to that reputation - but is it deserved?

Budd Davisson will be exploring his favorite airplane and explaining just what a wonderful trainer it is in a future issue of Sport Aerobatics. Until then, watch one of his students on his first solo takeoff and landing in the following video. This gentleman proves his piloting skills when he catches that first bounce and shows that little Pitts who's boss. Watch video >>

Feature Air Show
Feature Air Show Video Close Call
The ground is very hard
Low-level aerobatics are very unforgiving of even the slightest mistakes. If a routine is not executed perfectly every time, disaster is almost always the result - almost always.

Lady luck was flying with one of the pilots of this display team as he nearly meets his end in front of a large crowd of spectators. It rarely gets much closer than this. Watch video >>

Mystery Photo
Mystery Photo Can you identify the aircraft in this photo? What's its lineage? Let us know via email.

Last month's photo was either a real stumper, or no one reads In the Loop anymore. We didn't receive one response to the mystery photo! It was an aerobatic airplane, though. If you were thinking it might be a Yak, you were right. It was the Yakolev 20 aerobatic trainer.

May 29, 2013 - 7 p.m. CDT: Demystifying Weight and Balance: Fred Keip, Sonerai builder, technical counselor, and Homebuilt Aircraft Council member, discusses the three easy steps of correctly performing the weight and balance calculations needed to certify your homebuilt aircraft project.

June 5, 2013 - 8 p.m. CDT: Help! My Engine Is Making Metal!: At a routine oil change, your mechanic discovers metal in your engine's oil filter. Now what? Maintenance expert Mike Busch has dealt with such scenarios hundreds of times and offers a detailed roadmap.

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.

Lightspeed Collegiate Grants
The IAC Collegiate Program is a finalist for a Lightspeed Aviation Foundation grant that would send five collegiate competitors to H-R Aviation in La Porte, Texas, to train five hours with Debby Rihn-Harvey.

Submit your vote >>  : : 

Board Establishes IAC Open Championship Title
At the spring directors meeting in San Carlos, the IAC board approved new aerobatic titles to be hosted each year by one Eastern U.S. and one Western U.S. regional contest. The titles are "IAC Open Champion East" and "IAC Open Champion West" for each category flown at the host contests.

This year the Wildwoods Acroblast will host the IAC Open East. The IAC Open West will be determined shortly. Read the May issue of Sport Aerobatics for details. Read more >>

Revised Pages to 2013 IAC Official Contest Rules
The IAC Official Contest Rules 2013 has just been updated with Revision 24.1, dated April 23, 2013. Sections affected by this edit are: 4.11.2 (page 4-9); 6.13.5 including Fig. 6.13.2 (page 6-10); and 7.3.1(d) (page 7-3). Page 2 of the foreword was also changed to reflect these revisions. This update is important. You'll find Revision 24.1 available for download here (requires login). Read more >>

The KZ Aircraft Story
Against all odds, Denmark had an aircraft industry before and during the Second World War. Archives have been unearthed, revealing a story about the aircraft called KZ. Help us bring the story to life - join us and other vintage airplane enthusiasts to create the documentary. Learn more >>

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.

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