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Regional Series Contenders Emerge

By Doug Lovell, for In the Loop

Aspen Avionics

The IAC 2011 regional aerobatic contest season is in full swing with a dozen contests already in the books. Who will be the top pilots in each region? Pilots flying three or more contests are eligible for the title.

Here are, unofficially, some of the contenders for the Regional Series Championship in each region. Not a contender? Many contests remain. Watch this space for updates. Southwest and South Central competitors vie for a trophy this year, thanks to Aspen Avionics.

South Central
Watch Cody Hale, Sarah Tobin, and Bob Freeman who won Primary, Intermediate, and Unlimited at the Ben Lowell in Colorado. Aubrey Underhill, Paul Thomson, Bill Denton, Klayton Kirkland, and Tony Wood won their categories (Primary to Unlimited) at the Lone Star in Sherman, Texas.

Southwest
Four contests are already on the books from Redlands, Borrego Springs, Apple Valley, and Paso Robles. Unofficially, Matthew Dunfee is wearing the target yellow jersey in Primary; watch Stephen De La Cruz in Sportsman; Intermediate has strong contention from Cyrus Sigari, Nobuki Igarashi, John Howell, and Kathy Howell (Two trophies on the mantle? But whose is which?); Reinaldo Beyer leads Advanced; and Malcolm Pond and Tim Just contend in Unlimited.

Northeast
Aaron Ham had Sportsman Gold, Paul Russo Intermediate, and Kirill Barsukov Advanced at the Jersey Skylands. Wildwoods had Del Coller flying the One Design he built, leading Intermediate followed by Paul Russo; Dan Tourgee took Advanced; and Dennis Thompson won Unlimited.

Southeast
Also four contests on the books – Keystone, Sebring, Grenada, and Rome. For Primary, watch Lynne Reinhardt, who won at Rome and took third at Sebring. Jose Rojas, Istvan Bolgar, and Alain Aguayo all look like contenders in Sportsman. Watch Dean Meredith and Stan Moye battle for Intermediate. Advanced has Mikhael Ponso and Brian Taylor. Hector Ramirez is running away with Unlimited.

If your contest isn’t here, it wasn’t posted as of June 16 or I missed it. You can’t win if you don’t fly. Practice, practice, practice, and test your skills at your regionals.

It’s nice to win, but remember – your personal best is always an achievement.

’Til next sequence.

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