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Editor's Note
Editor's Note By Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop

I hope you'll forgive the teaser on the newest member of the IAC Hall of Fame - the story about Bill Adams is featured in the February issue of Sport Aerobatics magazine, so you'll be able to read the rest soon. I enjoyed talking to Bill's son, Bill Jr., about his memories of the days when his dad was one of the biggest names in the air show business. The way Bill Sr. muscled that big Stearman through the sky must have been a sight to behold. Thankfully, you can do so in this newsletter! Just click the video link in the Feature Video section below.

Make sure to take a look at the contest calendar listed at the bottom of this newsletter so you can plan to attend a contest near you. The dates are filling up fast, and the season is preparing to get underway.

Feature Stories
Feature Story 2013 IAC Hall of Fame Inductee
Bill Adams Jr.
On Friday, July 22, 1966, 17-year-old Bill Adams Jr. was trying to hand-prop the 450-hp R-985 radial engine on his dad's Stearman biplane. But at just 140 pounds, he couldn't get enough "oomph" to swing the big propeller. He switched places with his dad and sat in the cockpit while Bill Sr. got the airplane running.

"I remember that like it was yesterday," recalls Bill Jr. "He's sitting in the cockpit with the engine idling. He said, 'Be a good boy and stay out of trouble.'" Those were among the last words Bill Jr. would hear his father say. The next day, Bill Adams died while performing during a dedication ceremony at the Valparaiso Porter County Airport in Indiana after the crankshaft failed and a propeller blade cut the flying wires on his left wings.

Sunrise Aviation Creates Reinaldo Beyer Scholarship
An annual award dedicated to the memory and accomplishments of Reinaldo Beyer, physician and pilot, has been set up in his honor.

Scholarship details:
  • This award is created with the goal of encouraging and supporting a lifelong pursuit of aerobatic flight excellence. The award will be made annually to the pilot who best demonstrates a strong and continuing affinity for aerobatic flight.
  • The annual scholarship award is endowed to a minimum of $1,250 by Sunrise Aviation. The total annual award will vary with additional contributions received over the course of the preceding year.
  • The award will be made in the form of a training deposit at Sunrise Aviation.
  • The selection committee may choose to select more than one pilot for the annual award if the total endowment in any given year exceeds $2,500.
Applicant requirements:
  • private pilot and above, certificated in the United States
  • previous flight experience that includes professional spin and upset recovery instruction.
Apply at Sunrise Aviation - in person, by mail, or by e-mail.
19531 Campus Drive, Suite 7
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery IAC Chapter 15, also known as the Kansas City Aerobatic Club, maintains a few photo galleries with some people you might be familiar with. Look closely and see who you know! View photos >>

Photo Gallery
Safety Bird Strikes
Staying calm can keep you alive
The pilot of this Cessna 210 is about to learn what it's like when a goose tries to enter the airplane through the windscreen - and what to do to get on the ground safely. As you can see, the strike took both the pilot and passenger completely by surprise, but they maintained airspeed and flew the airplane to a safe landing. Having a dead goose and parts of the windscreen in the cockpit could be dangerously distracting - this pilot didn't fall into that trap. Watch video >>

Photo Gallery
Flight Instruction Stalls/Spins for the Advanced Student
By Steve Johnson

Non-aerobatic spins can be caused by crossed-control stalls - the danger zone being the approach-to-landing where a crossed-control condition may occur - and elevator trim stalls - the danger zone defined as a go-around in the traffic pattern.

Students should be required to demonstrate specific stall maneuvers that fall into two categories, depending on student level:
  • Proficiency stalls are intended for student practice and skill development.
  • Demonstration stalls are also meant for student practice, but you demonstrate these stalls mainly as an in-flight portion of stall/spin awareness training.

Feature Video
Feature Video Curtiss P-40 Firing Its Guns
It's a rare occasion to witness a P-40 actually flying; it's rarer still to hear what it sounded like when firing its guns while airborne. This video affords the chance to watch both! Hearing those guns over the roar of the Allison engine might just send chills down your spine. Watch video >>

Feature Air Show
Feature Air Show Video Full Scale and RC Formation?
Pitts S-2B and 33 Percent RC Pitts Model 12
Watch a full-scale Pitts S-2B performing a wing-to-wing aerobatic demonstration with a 33 percent-scale RC Pitts Model 12 at the Stars and Stripes Air Show, Sugarbush Airport, Warren Vermont. Watch video >>

Mystery Photo
Mystery Photo Who is this guy and what's he famous for? Let us know via email.

Brett Hunter was our mystery pilot last month. Brett was the 2013 Northeast Regionals Series winner in the Unlimited category.

February 25, 7 p.m. CST: Competition Aerobatics - Moving Up From Sportsman to Intermediate - Presented by Weston Liu, this webinar will help guide you in determining when to move up from the Sportsman to Intermediate aerobatic competition category. Tips on evaluating competency and on how to assess your preparedness will be presented.

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.

Webinars Are Now Available Anytime!
IAC members have presented quite a few web-based seminars (webinars) through EAA. You can now access those recordings whenever you like through our new page. (Or go to, then click on Pubs/Archives and Webinars.)

Thanks to Lorrie Penner for her work on setting up the webpage and organizing the original webinars themselves.

Call for IAC Non-Flying Award Nominations
Each year, the membership of the International Aerobatic Club nominates outstanding volunteers to be recognized for their contribution to the sport of aerobatics.

This is an excellent opportunity to give recognition to an outstanding IAC member who spends his valuable time volunteering for the benefit of many. You can nominate your fellow IACers for one of the five non-flying awards listed;

  • Frank Price Cup
    The purpose of this award is to recognize the person who has contributed the most to the sport of aerobatics in the previous year.
  • Robert L. Heuer Award for Judging Excellence
    Member Sam Burgess of San Antonio, Texas, conceived the idea for presenting a trophy to the outstanding aerobatic judge each year.
  • Kathy Jaffe Volunteer Award
    This award recognizes an outstanding volunteer during the previous year.
  • Harold E. Neumann Award for Outstanding Contribution as a Chief Judge
    The family of Harold E. Neumann has provided the permanent trophy in 1998 to recognize the outstanding chief judge.
  • Curtis Pitts Memorial Trophy
    The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding contribution to aerobatics through product design.
Deadline is June 30, 2014, for nominations of volunteers who will be recognized for their efforts in the 2013 flying season. A detailed description of all the non-flying awards can be found on the IAC website.

2014 Chapter Contest Calendar
Find a contest near you on the IAC's U.S. National Aerobatics website.

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