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JUNE 2013   |  VOLUME 4  |  NUMBER 5
Editor's Note
Editor's Note When we think of aerobatic competition, it's easy to focus on the latest and greatest in technology and technique. But it's fun to explore the history of our sport and see the people and airplanes that brought us where we are today.

Today, a pilot familiar with aerobatics might snicker at flying an old Zlin 226A in Unlimited competition. In 1960, that airplane flew to victory in the category. In 1972, Charlie Hillard flew his Pitts S-1S to victory in Salon de Provence, France. Leo Loudenslager won the title in his specially designed Laser Z-200 in Oshkosh.

Thanks for joining us, and we'll see you next month.

Feature Stories
Feature Story 1 Through the Years
The airplanes of the World Aerobatic Championships
(Editor's Note: The World Aerobatic Championships will be held in Texas in October. You can follow the event at

This year marks the 27th World Aerobatic Championships in the 53rd year since they began in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, in 1960. That year pilot Ladislav Bezak flew a single-seat Zlin 226A (opening photo) to victory.

During the intervening years, the Zlin has been replaced by Yaks, a Pitts, a Laser, various CAP models, Sukhois, and an Extra. We've gone from metal and tube and fabric to composites and carbon fiber. But one thing that hasn't changed in all those years is the pursuit of excellence that competitive aerobatics pilots strive to achieve.

Take a moment to peruse the Wikipedia page on the competition's history. Read the names of the pilots and see the airplanes they flew.

Feature Story2 Lines and Angles
The pilots
By Mike Heuer, U.S. Delegate to the FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) and member of the International Jury at the 2013 WAC

Several weeks ago, one of the important deadlines for World Aerobatic Championships came and went: the date for the submission of early, discounted entry fees for the event. While organizers do ask for and receive "preliminary" entry forms from FAI member organizations and teams, it is important to note that the "rubber meets the road" when actual fees are received. This indicates a firm commitment on the part of that country to participate in the WAC.

As reported in Contest News on its website, that deadline for early payment was March 30. As of today, WAC 2013 has received entry fees from Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, Canada, Russia, France, Australia, the United States, Great Britain, Austria, Japan, South Africa, Belgium, and three "Hors Concours" (H/C) pilots. This is great news.

Preliminary entry forms indicated more than 60 pilots participating, but I believe that will diminish somewhat as the entry fees are finalized. Nevertheless, this is an outstanding response from FAI member organizations. Read more >>

Feature Story 3 Henry Haigh
Interview from 1999
By Joe Godfrey,

Henry Haigh was born in 1924 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It wasn't long before he was flying aerobatic competitions using gas-powered, remote-controlled airplanes. Uncle Sam taught him how to fly real ones, but World War II ended before Henry could get into it. After some time off to raise his family and start a business, Henry bought a Ryan PT-22, resumed flying, and began competitive aerobatics in the early 1960s, winning his first contest. He won the IAC competition at Fond du Lac seven times, was runner-up in the U.S. championships several times, and won the U.S. Aerobatic Championship in 1980. Read more >>

Gone West
Feature Video IAC Mourns Former President Carl Bury
Carl Bury, IAC 1625, former president of the International Aerobatics Club, passed away on May 31 in Savannah, Georgia. He was 81. Carl was IAC’s third president, succeeding Verne Jobst in 1978 and serving until 1981.

Feature Video
Feature Video 2011 WAC
After watching Leo and Charlie fly their airplanes in the 1990s, we take you to just two years ago; go inside the 2011 World Aerobatic Championship.
Watch video >>

Feature Air Show
Feature Air Show Video Charlie and Leo
Along with Henry Haigh, Charlie Hillard and Leo Loudenslager are the only Americans to have taken the top spot at the World Aerobatic Championships. We were unable to find a video of Haigh, but the first video is Hillard flying as part of the Eagle Aerobatics Team. The second video is of Loudenslager flying his Laser Z-200. Enjoy.

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 got a lot more responses from our readers. If you guessed the airplane was the Danish KZ VIII, congratulations. If you thought it was the de Havilland Chipmunk, you were in good company; many responses from the Americas guessed that airplane.

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.

June 11, 2013 - 7 p.m. CDT: Tips for Flying into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013: EAA AirVenture NOTAM Chairman Fred Stadler shares some hints and tips for reducing your pilot workload when flying into AirVenture 2013. Discussion is on highlighting the special requirements and procedures of the FAA-issued NOTAM.

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.

EAA AirVenture 2013 NOTAM Available
The EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) is now available for download.

The NOTAM, which is in effect from 6 a.m. Friday, July 26, through noon Monday, August 5, outlines procedures for all aircraft that fly to Oshkosh for the event, as well as the aircraft that land and depart at nearby airports.

CP Aviation Offers Vicki Cruse Memorial Scholarship
CP Aviation is pleased to announce that once again it will be offering an emergency maneuvering training scholarship in memory of Vicki Cruse valued at $3,100. This scholarship aims to promote aviation safety through unusual attitude and aerobatic training. The scholarship includes three modules of the EMT course which includes stall/spin awareness, in-flight emergencies, and basic aerobatics. Visit for more information.

This year's scholarship includes transportation and lodging of up to $2,000 due to a donation made in memory of Danny Franscioni, who lost his life while flying in September 2011. Danny was a member of the International Aerobatic Club and always looked forward to ending his workday with an evening flight over his farms in California's Salinas Valley. This donation increases the value of the scholarship to $5,100.

All applications received by July 15 will be considered for this year's award. Visit the IAC website for more information, or contact Judy Phelps at

Vote for the IAC Collegiate Program Now!
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 >>

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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