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What’s the Buzz? Tell Me What's Happening!

By Doug McConnell, IAC Director of Membership Development

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That famous line from a Broadway musical is perfect for introducing and explaining our new electronic newsletter, In the Loop! This is a historic moment for the International Aerobatic Club (IAC) – release of our very first issue of this powerful new communications tool. In the Loop is now an important companion to the highly acclaimed IAC magazine, Sport Aerobatics. Not only will it provide IACers with the latest monthly news and schedule updates, it will also bring a unique capability that traditional print can’t, namely the inclusion of online videos to help communicate information, instruction, and entertainment. Of course, In the Loop will be helpful in accomplishing some other important goals, too!

The IAC is a very busy organization, with numerous special events throughout the year. Not only do we participate in the weeklong annual fly-conventions of Sun ’n Fun Fly-In at Lakeland, Florida, and EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, but we also enjoy chapter “play days,” local and national safety seminars, regional contests, national championship contests, judging schools, semiannual board meetings, hall of fame installation ceremonies, regular local chapter meetings, and more. With so much going on, keeping everyone “in the loop” is really important and a task that can now be accomplished far better than in the past.

The ability to offer online videos will greatly help with sharing details about our dynamic sport. With videos, we can demonstrate how to fly the maneuvers, show what a new competition sequence looks like from the cockpit, explain how to safely recognize possible onset of an unintended spin (and avoid it), illustrate how to enter a controlled precision spin (yes, they can be controlled!), and share some stunning aerobatic sequences from our IAC members who have graduated to the professional air show ranks.

In the Loop isn’t your father’s newsletter! It’s modern, interactive multimedia with quick access to additional information sites. For a taste, take a tour right now to see all of the capabilities that are designed into this new communications tool. By clicking on various embedded links in the newsletter, you can immediately read more about featured topics, visit IAC’s official home website, explore details about advertised products and services, find your local IAC chapter, locate the nearest aerobatic flight school, contact your regional IAC director, send input to our editor Reggie, play a video, and more. Although not every department will be published every month, you’ll always find the convenience of “click-through” links associated with most every aspect of the information being featured.

The IAC is a really fun organization since we focus on three-dimensional all-attitude flight which promotes maximum pilot competency and proficiency. The highly elevated skills and knowledge that come from this exhilarating sport also make for safety in the air. We can’t all be Bob Hoovers! But we can all strive for the best knowledge and skills that are available. All pilots and nonpilot enthusiasts can benefit greatly from the advanced knowledge that is available from IAC members, sponsors, and suppliers. With this in mind, we think that there are hundreds of potential IAC members out there if we could just reach them with samples of our activities and programs. We’re hoping that In the Loop can help accomplish just that. So, to realize the potential for attracting new members to the IAC, we will try to maximize the exposure of these first issues of In the Loop to the widest possible audience. We’re hoping that many more aviation enthusiasts will discover the IAC and join in the fun and related benefits of membership.

In closing, we hope you’ll enjoy the news and updates that are now coming your way electronically each month as a companion to the popular monthly issues of Sport Aerobatics. We encourage all IACers and friends to offer stories, photos, and videos to share with folks with similar enthusiasm for precision flight – send them directly to Reggie Paulk. We also encourage you to give us some constructive feedback so that we can fine-tune this new tool to meet the needs and interests of our members. This is a great organization, offering definite benefits for its members in an atmosphere of real fun and fraternity, and the aerobatics can be kinda neat, too!

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