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

The FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships (WAAC) are rapidly approaching, and we'd like you to participate - even if by sending the team a donation. Every bit helps, and the pilots and their support crews appreciate your effort. As Mike Heuer points out in his feature about the team, they've had a few setbacks due to loss of talented pilots for personal reasons. We'll be sending less than a full team to Slovakia to compete against the best from around the world.

Donate to the team here.

We'll be featuring a couple pilot profiles in each issue so you'll get to know the team better over the coming months. I'll be rooting for Team USA, and I wish them the best of luck!

Feature Stories
Feature Story U.S. Team to Slovakia
By Mike Heuer, IAC Vice President, USA Delegate to CIVA

A team of American IAC members will soon be making their way to Dubnica nad Váhom, Slovakia, for the 11th FAI World Advanced Aerobatic Championships (WAAC). The championships begin on August 7 and run through August 16.

Team selection for the U.S. Advanced Aerobatic Team took place at the U.S. Nationals in September 2013, and though there has been a reshuffling of pilots, it now appears that a team of six Americans will compete in what has become the largest FAI Aerobatic Championships of all the disciplines under the control of the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale and its aerobatics commission, CIVA. Read more >>

Feature Story Keystone May Camp
By Sharon Gifford

Marty Flournoy, Mark Fullerton, and Craig Gifford (along with Doc Moye) are practicing in Keystone this weekend with Nikolay Timofeev coaching. Absolutely perfect weather - finally! Crystal-clear blue sky. (A front came through Thursday but has departed.) A stiff breeze directly crossbox was perfect for wind training, requiring substantial correction; the goal is to correct into the wind without it being noticeable because off-heading correction costs points. Where was this weather January through April?

The pilots got in three coached flights each on Friday. A "flight" usually consists of flying a thoroughly briefed, but not memorized, unknown, then practice on several weaker figures of the unknown, then perhaps another run through the unknown. It usually lasts about 20 minutes and the pilot is pretty tired at the end. Effective training stops about then, so I might as well land instead of waste gas. Read more >>

Feature Story Team Profile: Mark Nowosielski
By Mike Heuer, IAC Vice President, USA Delegate to CIVA

My interest in aviation started when I was a little boy building and flying radio-controlled airplanes with my beloved dad. After attending my first air show at the age of six, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in aviation. While in high school, I earned my private pilot certificate. After four years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and several years flight-instructing, I joined my first airline. Years later I am currently a captain at a major airline with 9,000-plus hours of flight experience.

Aerobatics has always been on my mind. It took upgrading to captain before I was financially able to start my quest. I flew my first aerobatic flight a little under four years ago and swiftly purchased a Pitts S1S. Within a year, I was competing in the Advanced category. Two years ago I upgraded to the Giles 200. Last year I started training with my coach and friend, Nikolay Timofeev. Read more >>

Feature Story Team Profile: Marty Flournoy
As a full-time real estate investor during the week, I regard flying as a passion and not a career for me. I've been married for 28 years and have a daughter and son who are both very supportive of my flying endeavors. It has been rewarding to share flying with them. My family and I enjoy all outdoor sports but especially waterskiing.

I got started flying way back in 1976 after two of my older brothers became fighter pilots, one in the Marine Corps and the other in the Navy. With them as mentors, I had the inspiration; I only needed a plan. Then while working during college as a professional water-skier in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, one of my colleagues offered me the use of his plane to get my private ticket. The experience of flying this worn-out, non-radio, no-electric, and unreliable 1946 Cessna taildragger inspired me, somehow, to fly ever more challenging aircraft. Read more >>

Photo Gallery
Photo Gallery Oregon is known as the Beaver State and is also home of IAC Chapter 77. Check out the chapter's photo stream to see the airplanes and the people of the Beaver State Regional contest, which will be held August 15-16. View photos >>

Photo Gallery
Flight Instruction Unintentional Flat Spin
The October 1992 issue of Sport Aerobatics magazine published the following, which was submitted by an IAC member from Indonesia:

Enclosed photo shows the broken throttle Teleflex of our Pitts S-1E, caused by improper installation. The incident occurred while performing aerobatics at 3,500 feet AGL. While entering an inverted spin from inverted, the pilot noticed that despite closing the throttle, the aircraft's speed did not bleed off as quickly as normal. Read more >>

Feature Video
Feature Video Sammy Mason Flies the 2014 Advanced Known Sequence
Sammy Mason takes us along in the cockpit of his Pitts to show us the basics of the 2014 Advanced Known sequence. You know he's in for a fun ride when he straps into the cockpit and ratchets his lap belts tight! Watch video >>

Feature Air Show
Feature Air Show Video Vicky Benzing Flying Her Stearman
Step aboard with IAC board member Vicky Benzing as she flies some gentle aerobatics in her Boeing Stearman while belching beautiful white smoke. In addition to flying air shows in her Stearman, Vicky competes and flies air shows in her purple Extra 300S. Watch video >>

Mystery Photo
Mystery Photo What aircraft is this - and who uses these in local, regional, and national competitions? Let us know via email.

Last month's photo showed us Superman Brett Hunter trying to get airborne through sheer will as he stood next to his aerobatic mount.

June 18, 7 p.m. CDT: Loss of Control During Landings - FAA Wings Credit. Springtime brings gusty winds that can lead to challenging crosswind landings. Certificated flight instructor John Dorcey discusses how to avoid loss of control during this critical phase of flight. Loss of control is the number one cause of accidents, and a large percentage of those accidents are loss of control during landing.

June 25, 7 p.m. CDT: Upset Prevention & Recovery Training: All-Attitude Flying Goes Mainstream - FAA Wings Credit. Loss of control in-flight (LOC-I) has become the greatest cause of fatal accidents in all classes of aviation. Randy Brooks will discuss upset prevention and recovery training, including its similarities and differences with classic aerobatic training. Listen in to hear how the world of aviation in general and sport aerobatics in particular could be changed by future requirements for all commercial pilots to experience more comprehensive training in three-dimensional 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.

Balloting Now Open for 2014 IAC Board Election
By Jim Ward, IAC Secretary

Balloting is now open for IAC's 2014 board election. Find voting information, candidate profiles, and a link to the online ballot here. (Viewing this page and voting online require logging into the IAC website using your e-mail address and password. If you aren't yet registered or are unable to log in, e-mail IAC's webmaster for assistance.)

Alternatively, members may view candidate profiles in the May 2014 issue of Sport Aerobatics, then vote using the ballot card accompanying that issue.

Balloting closes at 5 p.m. CDT Tuesday, July 29. Results will be tallied and announced at the annual general membership meeting at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Friday, August 1. Successful candidates will assume their board seats immediately thereafter.

Annual Meeting & Member Reception
The IAC Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, August 1, 2014 in Nature Center Tent 1 on the EAA AirVenture grounds in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Doors open at 6:00 PM; the meeting begins promptly at 6:30.

  • President's Report
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Old Business
  • New Business
  • Announcement of Election Results
There will be ample opportunity to socialize with fellow IAC members. Complimentary food and drink will be served.

2014 Rule Book Revisions
Attention, pilots, judges, judges school instructors, and contest directors: An amendment, latest date of April 28, 2014, to the official contest rules is now available. Included are important changes which could affect your scoring at upcoming contests. Additionally, for those planning to take the R&C exam soon, the amendment may affect your answers to questions 11, 18, and 25. (If you have already passed the R&C exam, these changes will not affect your score, and you need not take it again.)

Please familiarize yourself thoroughly with the changes listed in order that pilots may be judged consistently and fairly.

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).

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