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

May is generally referred to as "Safety Month" by the International Aerobatic Club, since the May issues of Sport Aerobatics tend to focus on safety. I think pilots, more than any other group, make safety a focus at all times of the year, but it's always a good idea to take extra time to make safety a priority - especially at the beginning of the flying season when skills may be a bit rusty and procedures aren't so familiar as at other times of the year.

Budd Davisson has maintained a website for a number of years by the name of, and I found a gem of a pilot report about Citabria/Decathlon airplanes that's worth a read. Budd's writing style has always appealed to my sense of reading, and I enjoy his missives. I hope you do, too.

If you're flying, I hope you're having fun - and keeping it safe! Until next month...

Feature Stories
Feature Story 2 My First Aerobatic Competition
By Alison Hine

I was climbing vertically, looking over at the left wingtip to hold the plane vertical as the airspeed unwound down through 60 mph, then 50, 40. My palms were sweating, as they always do whenever I am doing aerobatics after having put something new on the plane, and my senses were on hyperalert.

Suddenly, I sensed something wrong. The engine note was rising! Normally, as the plane decelerates in the hammerhead, the engine slows until, at the top of the maneuver, with airspeed almost zero, the whole airframe is shuddering as the engine tries to make power at a speed well below its power band. Now, the engine was speeding up. My left hand poised over the throttle, ready to pull it back to save the engine from destruction if the revs went over redline. But the revs stabilized at 6,300 rpm, 500 below redline. Read more >>

Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery This month is a bit of a departure from the normal photo gallery; we're featuring a beautiful video of the "boneyard." Photographer Tyson Rininger does a superb job of capturing the images. View photos >>

Photo Gallery
Safety Loose Nut in the Cockpit
It's not always the pilot
By Spencer Suderman

At the El Centro Air Show in California recently, I stopped my solo performance and landed because something flew past my head. It turned out to be a locknut that was found when I landed. I couldn't find one missing from anything; so it must have been in the plane awhile from recent work, and that is the scary part. The lesson here is that nothing is more important than terminating a flight before it terminates you. Watch video >>

Photo Gallery
Flight Instruction Pitch or Power? Stick and Rudder!
By Jerry Painter

Why do I have a picture of Ross Granley flying formation on this page? Why a takeoff picture? So he's formating with a Piper Pacer (half the weight, one-third the power), so what? What does formation flying have to do with pitch and power? What's a Snowbird? (They're the Canadian version of the Blue Angels or Thunderbirds-I'm trying to tell you here that Ross is one smokin' good pilot!) What's this pitch and power stuff all about anyway, and why am I making such a fuss about it? Read more >>

Feature Video
Feature Video 2014 Sportsman Known Sequence
By Carey Gabrielle

Many pilots take to YouTube to show off their flying skills - competition pilots are no exception. Carey Gabrielle shows us a video of him flying the Sportsman Known sequence in his Super Decathlon. What's interesting about this video is not so much the flying as the nice critique someone gave him in the comments below the video. Watch video >>

Feature Air Show
Feature Air Show Video Catching Kirby Chambliss in Texas
To prepare for the upcoming Red Bull Air Race in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. pilot Kirby Chambliss tests his speed throughout the metroplex with the help of the Fort Worth Police. Watch video >>

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

Last month's photo: Volunteer extraordinaire Gary DeBaun eats his favorite snack food between competition flights. Gary recently received the International Aerobatic Club's Kathy Jaffe Volunteer Award.

June 4, 8 p.m. CDT: How to Destroy Your Engine in One Minute - FAA AMT and Wings Credit. Destructive detonation and preignition events can destroy an engine within a minute or two, so it's crucial for pilots to recognize the symptoms and take very quick corrective action. Savvy maintenance expert Mike Busch discusses why aircraft owners need to remain in control of the maintenance of their aircraft, just as pilots need to remain in control of the operation of the aircraft in flight.

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.

New Form A's
We've added a space for the assistant's name and IAC number to help ensure that appropriate credit is given. You can find the new forms on the Known Programs and Contest Director Packet pages (member login required).

March IAC Board Meeting Minutes Available
Draft minutes of IAC's March 2014 board meeting and follow-on April 2014 teleconference are posted on the IAC website. A summary of member-facing resolutions is also available.

CP Aviation Offers Vicki Cruse Memorial EMT Training Scholarship
CP Aviation is pleased to announce that they will again offer 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. All applications received by July 15 will be considered for this year's award. Details and an application form are available on the IAC website. For more information contact Judy Phelps via e-mail or visit the CP Aviation website.

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