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

A quick perusal of the chapter contest calendar on the International Aerobatic Club website shows the contest season really shifts into high gear in May. This is a great time of year to dust the cobwebs off of your flying skills and get them whipped back into shape for the months ahead.

I just returned from the IAC's spring board meeting, and it was an enlightening and rewarding experience. We'll be bringing you all the fine details shortly, and we look forward to implementing the board's actions in the months ahead. The IAC covers a lot of business, and your representatives on the board are adroit at addressing the wide variety of issues they face when they meet.

Until next month, fly safely and enjoy our ever-improving weather.

Feature Stories
Feature Story IAC Board Selects Borrego Springs for WAAC Bid
By Mike Heuer, U.S. Delegate to CIVA

The IAC Board of Directors met in Nashville, Tennessee, March 29 to 30, and one of the items on the agenda was the U.S. bid for the 2016 FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships. The preparation of the bid for these championships has been underway for several months, and the United States was prepared to present IAC's bid at the CIVA meeting in November 2013. Read more >>

Feature Story 2 Get Schooled
Find a flight school near you
It was a long winter, and now that spring is here, it's time to brush off the cobwebs and whip those flying skills back into shape. Why not take the extra step and learn to fly with the blue side down? There are a surprising number of flight schools sprinkled throughout the United States dedicated to getting you upside-down safely. Heck, you might like it so much, you'll want to try your hand at having your skills judged at a contest someday! Learn more and find the school that best fits your needs.

Feature Story 3 Stick and Rudder
A must-read aviation classic
Pilots who've flown gliders learn quickly that pitch control (stick or yoke) translates into airspeed control - many a powered aircraft pilot has gone to his demise thinking it's the throttle that controls airspeed. Thankfully, since 1944, Wolfgang Langewiesche has helped dispel those notions while getting pilots familiar with the mechanisms that control their flying activities. Read more >>

Feature Story 4 Call for IAC Nonflying Award Nominations
By Lorrie Penner, IAC Award Chair

Each year, the International Aerobatic Club membership nominates outstanding volunteers to be recognized for their contribution to the sport of aerobatics.

This is an excellent opportunity to recognize outstanding IAC members who spend their valuable time volunteering for the benefit of many. Deadline for nominations of volunteers who will be recognized for their efforts in the 2013 flying season is June 30, 2014. Please use this form to make your nominations. A detailed description of all the non-flying awards can be found on the IAC website.

Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery Flying upside down isn't reserved solely for powered aircraft. Gliders can do it, too! Five-time U.S. National Glider Aerobatic Champion Jason Stephens has a nice gallery of shots taken near Estrella Sailport in Maricopa, Arizona. Look at the photos and daydream about the rapidly approaching warmth of late spring!
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Photo Gallery
Safety Are There COWS in Your Fuel?
By Reggie Paulk, Editor - In the Loop

Do you check for COWS in your fuel? In case you're wondering, COWS is an acronym. The letter "C" stands for color. Check to make sure your fuel is the color specified by its type. Clear is a good indication you're seeing water. "O" stands for odor. Does it smell like it should? No odor or an unusual odor could indicate contamination. The letter "W" stands for water. Small amounts of water look like clear beads at the bottom of an avgas or auto fuel sample. Large amounts will look like oil and water. No amount of water in your fuel is acceptable. Finally, the letter "S" stands for sediment. There should be nothing other than fuel in your sample.

Any type of sediment could lead to fuel system blockage and the associated problems of fuel starvation. Don't accept anything other than pure fuel. This video is an example of what can happen and what you should look for. Watch video >>

Photo Gallery
Flight Instruction Introduction to Inverted Flight
Flying inverted can be a bit overwhelming the first time you do it. Having a competent instructor along is the key to learning safely. In this video, Bruce Williams introduces a student to the experience for the first time, and you get to see common mistakes students make during initial attempts at recovery.
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Feature Video
Feature Video Spencer Suderman Breaks Inverted Spin Record
81 turns
On March 13, Spencer Suderman broke the world record for the number of turns in an inverted flat spin by rotating more than 81 times in a little over three minutes. He provided the data of the attempt below. Enjoy the video of this world record!

Flight Data

Number of Turns: 81.75

10:39:24 Engine start
10:52:21 Takeoff clearance
10:52:33 Wheels up
11:36:06 Rolled inverted 23,000 feet
11:36:15 Spin entered 22,900 feet
11:39:27 Spin recovery initiated 2,100 feet
11:39:30 Vertical downline 1,700 feet
11:39:38 Level flight 950 feet

Descent rates:
21,000 feet - 8,900 fpm
16,000 feet - 8,100 fpm
11,000 feet - 6,800 fpm
6,000 feet - 5,600 fpm

Feature Air Show
Feature Air Show Video Full-Scale and R/C Formation
Matt Chapman and Quique Somenzini fly formation at Sun 'n Fun 2013
In what appears to be an air show first, Matt Chapman and Quique Somenzini flew formation at the 2013 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo with one of the pilots on the ground. Quique is world renowned for his model flying skills and flew a 44-percent-scale Pitts alongside Matt Chapman's CAP. In case you were wondering what last month's mystery photo was all about, this is it.
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Mystery Photo
Mystery Photo Can you identify who is in this photo? Let us know via email.

Last month’s photo: Matt Chapman flies formation with a 44-percent-scale, remote-controlled Pitts flown by Quique Somenzini at the 2013 Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo.

Aerobatics - Getting Started - Listen to three-time U.S. National Aerobatic Champion Patty Wagstaff discuss a wide variety of topics, including finding an instructor, aerobatic-capable airplanes, various disciplines within aerobatics, challenges, and a variety of aerobatic maneuvers.

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.

FAA Exemption Renewed
The FAA has renewed the IAC exemption from standard fuel and flight manual requirements.

Contest Calendar
Check out the contest calendar to find your nearest contest.

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