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In The Loop Newsletter
MARCH 2014
Editor's Note
Editor's Note By Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop

John Morrissey's account of his experience with Harold Neumann in the first feature showcases an American who stood out among a generation of heroes that were ubiquitous during the middle of the 20th century. Mr. Neumann's tales are the kind that would make for wonderful fiction - except they're not!

If you're stumped on the Mystery Photo this month, there's a slight clue given in our Feature Air Show video. You'll have to infer the reference, but it's all in good fun. Good luck - it's a tough one.

Pelicans may not be aerobatic fliers, but I couldn't resist showcasing a video taken from the beak of a rescued pelican in Africa. Who hasn't wanted to take wing with a bird and see the world from its unique perspective? I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did.

Feature Stories
Feature Story 'Harold'
By John Morrissey

I heard Marion Cole call him the "humblest man I know"; his wife calls him Harold. I called him dad once, but I don't think he heard me. I met him at a country airstrip on a cold day during the third week in November of '73. He was having his annual "end of the flying season" get-together, and when I first met him I knew he was a special sort of person - quietly self-confident, at ease with himself and his environment. Read more >>

Failed Right Brake
By Scott McGinnis

(Editor's Note: IAC Chapter 15 has a few old newsletters, but a couple of the stories are still worth a read from time to time.)

One day in the early '70s, we received a call from the world-famous Sperry Instrument Factory, which was located about 15 miles from us and down Bell Road in North Phoenix, Arizona. We would get unusual spray jobs from time to time, but this one was amusing to me. It seems grasshoppers were getting inside Sperry's labs through the air ventilators, or some such thing. The tall boss said they were all over the entire parking lot, in the building, and all over everywhere. He wanted me to spray the entire yard, buildings, parking lot, and the whole shebang. Read more >>

Feature Story 3 What We Are Not
Lots of times, the general public does not fully understand what we do and why we do it. If this is you, read on.

We are not "stunt pilots," "daredevils," or "barnstormers." We don't perform "loop-de-loops," "tailspins," or even "death spirals." (Don't laugh; I've seen all of the preceding in print.) We don't have a death wish, and generally we are conservative and very cautious individuals. Aerobatic flying and flying in general are very safe, as long as the pilot exercises normal care and caution. Read more >>

Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery IAC Chapter 119 hails from Wichita, Kansas. Although dated, its photo albums show a group of pilots who love to fly their airplanes to chapter meetings.
View photos >>

Feature Video
Feature Video Pelican Learns to Fly
Unlike anything you've ever seen!
Abandoned by his flock, Bigbird the pelican stumbled ashore after a storm and was taken in by the staff of Greystoke Mahale in Tanzania. Watch as Bigbird learns to fly for the first time. Watch video >>

Feature Air Show
Feature Air Show Video Back in Time
Matt Chapman
Matt Chapman began flying aerobatics in 1984 and soon afterwards he entered into unlimited competition aerobatics. Recognized for his aerobatic skills, Matt won the coveted International Aerobatic Club Championships in 1994 and the Fond du Lac Cup in 1995. Continuing with his love of aerobatic competition, he was selected for one of only five slots on the U.S. Unlimited Men's Aerobatic Team in 1996 and 1998. Matt finished third in the world with a bronze medal at the 1998 World Aerobatic Championships (WAC). He led the Men's Team to a silver medal and was presented with the prestigious Hilliard Trophy, awarded to the highest finishing U.S. pilot at the WAC. Watch video >>

Mystery Photo
Mystery Photo Can you identify what is happening in this photo? Let us know via email.

Last month’s photo was of five-time National Unlimited Glider champion Jason Stephens - an all-around good guy.

April 9, 7 p.m. CDT: The Right Mindset for Aerobatic Flight - FAA Wings Credit. Aerobatic flight can conjure images of the days of barnstorming, connecting pilots to our past while pushing the envelope and skills to the future. The modern aerobatic pilot need not start the adventure alone. Michael Lents discusses the mindset and skills needed to fly aerobatics safely.

Topics will include all-attitude recoveries and spins as well as some basic aerobatic maneuvers while discussing how to approach aerobatic training and aerobatic flight. Great adventures start with planning and finish with courage and confidence.

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.

IAC Chapter Locator Available Online
If you're looking for your nearest chapter, just visit the chapter locator.

2014 R&C Exam Now Available
The 2014 Revalidation and Currency Exam is now posted. Click here (member login required) to take the test online or to download a printable copy. We hope to have the updated Regional and National Judge Exams online soon.

Aerobatic Assessment Form
If you joined us for Wes Liu's "Moving Up From Sportsman to Intermediate" webinar, you may be interested in getting your hands on his aerobatic assessment form. We have posted it to our resource page of the Safety Program area of the website.

IAC IAC Open East and West Championships 2014
The Open Championships gives yearly awards to the winner of each competition category at one Eastern and one Western regional IAC-sanctioned aerobatic contest. Read more to learn dates and locations of this year's IAC Open Championships.

East. At the Ohio Aerobatic Open, Bellefontaine Regional Airport (EDJ) in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Friday, June 13, to Sunday, June 15. Brought to you by IAC Chapter 34.

West. At the 40th annual Happiness Is Delano, Delano Municipal Airport (DLO) in Delano, California. Saturday, August 30, to Sunday, August 31. Brought to you by IAC Chapter 26.

Visit the IAC contest calendar to track the rapidly expanding roster of IAC-sanctioned regional aerobatic contests for 2014.

2014 Contest Rules Are Now Available
To obtain a copy of the IAC Official Contest Rule Book, please visit (member login required).

As always, thanks to Brian Howard for the time, effort, and expertise that goes into producing this book each year.

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