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Nationals and Aerobatics

By Reggie Paulk

This month, we focus on bringing you the International Aerobatic Club’s top contest: the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships in Sherman/Denison, Texas, September 19 through September 24.

For those of you who aren’t able to attend, I encourage you to enable the text update feature on your phone in order to receive updates as they happen. (See “Follow the 2010 U.S. Nationals” in this issue.) And visiting the Facebook page for the U.S. National Aerobatic Championshipsis a good way to get a multimedia experience of the event.

As we head into the fall and the end of the competition season, it’s a good time to start thinking about next season. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to fly aerobatics, or if you’ve been putting off competition until “next year,” this is the time to start preparing. The fall and winter months are the best time to get in touch with the top instructors in the country, because that’s traditionally the time of year when there’s not a lot going on. Bear in mind that many of these instructors carry a full air show load in addition to their competition and teaching duties, so they’ll be far more attentive to your needs in the off-season.

Lastmonth, we tried to gauge interest in both competing in and attending the U.S. Nationals. Here are the results:

Survey

Out of 87 respondents, nearly 67 percent of you indicated a desire to compete at Nationals. Almost 21 percent of respondents indicated they would be attending Nationals this year, and 71 percent of you said you plan on attending in the future.

Thank you for reading In the Loop. I look forward to next month. By the way, if you aren’t a member, this month’s issue of Sport Aerobatics magazine featured an article comparing the flight characteristics of the Spitfire to those of the Pitts.

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