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SEPTEMBER 2010  |  VOLUME 1  |  NUMBER 6
Follow the 2010 US Nationals Photo gallery
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Photo by Laurie Zaleski  

Online in real time
The U.S. National Aerobatic Championships are here. From September 19 through September 25, you're invited to follow the action live on Twitter and Facebook.

For those of you who have text messaging, you can receive updates via Twitter without having a Twitter account. All you need to do is send "Follow USNAcro" to the number 40404. Just place that five-digit 40404 in the "To" field of your mobile phone. You'll receive a message, making sure you're successful, and another message with instructions to stop receiving messages. 

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Photo Gallery

IAC Photo Archive Project on Facebook
An effort is underway to gather photos from the history of the IAC. Galleries for each decade, starting in 1970, have been filling up fast. There is even a mysterious "unknown" category. Loop back through the history of the IAC in pictures and maybe upload a few of your own. View the gallery

Visit the IAC Facebook page for photos from the US Aerobatic Nationals. 

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TIME TO GET UPSIDE DOWN

Where to get aerobatic instruction
Now that the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships are here, the end of the aerobatic competition season is upon us. For those of you interested in competing, or just learning more about spins or loops, it's a great time to dust off those wings and go flying. Read more


PROPOSED KNOWNS FOR 2011
We need your input
The proposed Known Sportsman and Intermediate glider and power sequences have been posted to the Oshkosh 365 forum, and your input is requested. These are the proposed rule changes and Known sequences (Sportsman and Intermediate only) for 2011. Oshkosh 365 will be the ONLY place for members to make official comment on these proposed rules and knowns. Just glide your way there by clicking here.

FEATURED AIR SHOW: SUKHOI WEST DEMO TEAM
Featured on Forbes.com
Featured Air ShowCory Lovell flies aerobatics in a Pitts Model 12 in his spare time. He also flies a Sukhoi 26M as part of the Sukhoi West Demo Team stationed in San Francisco, California. And when he's not doing that, he gives flight instruction in a Pitts S-2C. Watch the video

SAFETY: BOXED-IN - CONTEST TRAFFIC PATTERN SAFETY
A pleasure flyer decided to take a flight one day to visit an airport where an IAC contest was in progress. Using information from the notice to airmen published specifically for the event, he followed all the rules for announcing his arrival into the area. As he arrived on downwind, he almost tangled with an aircraft exiting the aerobatic box. What follows are his observations about the uniqueness of operations at IAC contests and how they may create a safety gap with outside traffic during the heat of a contest. Read more

FLIGHT INSTRUCTION: SMOOTH TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS
Featured Air ShowPeople who know Bill Finagin think of the Pitts. That's because, just looking at his 10,000-plus hours as an instructor of the aircraft, he probably has more hours in the Pitts than any other human being. It's probably safe to assume that when Bill has something to say about the Pitts, we should all listen.

In the July 2007 issue of Sport Aerobatics, Bill contributed an article about making smooth takeoffs and landings. He was gracious enough to allow the article to be permanently archived on the Web, so we bring it to you here: "Smooth Takeoffs and Landings."


AUDIO/VIDEO
VideoHere's a fun video Spencer Suderman sent me. He has a new high-definition helmet camera called the Drift HD170, and this video shows just how far these little cameras have come. With one camera mounted in the cabane struts and another on his helmet, he gets some rather amazing views from his Pitts. Watch the video

If you'd like to purchase one of these cameras and help the IAC, navigate your way over to www.MyPOV360.com. Just enter coupon code aerobatics in all lower case letters to get 30 dollars off and free shipping. In addition, for each camera purchased, the IAC will receive 15 dollars. Heck, that's worth the cost of a membership all by itself!


POLL QUESTION
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EVENTS CALENDAR
Mason Dixon Clash (Northeast)
Friday, October 8 - Saturday, October 9, 2010 Farmville (KFVX): Farmville, VA
Contest Director: Pat Hayes 919 605 4280 ectorp1@gmail.com

Rocky Mountain Invitational Aerobatic Contest (South Central)
Saturday, October 9 - Sunday, October 10, 2010 Lamar Municipal Airport (KLAA): Lamar, CO USA
Director: Jamie S. Treat 303-648-0130 or 303-304-7937 E-Mail: JamieTreat@q.com
Website: WWW.IAC5.ORG

The Borrego Akrofest (Southwest)
Friday, October 15 - Saturday, October 16, 2010 Borrego (L08): Borrego, CA USA
Casey Ann Erickson 619-417-0839 E-Mail: CErickson@allwaysair.com
Website: www.iac36.org

2010 Phil Schacht Aerobatic Finale (Southeast)
Friday, October 22 - Saturday, October 23, 2010 Keystone Heights (42J): Starke, FL
Contest Director: Charlie Wilkinson 301-537-7709 E-Mail: pitts@eaglesportaviation.org
Website: www.iac288.org

62nd Sebring Aerobatic Contest (Southeast)
Thursday, November 4 - Saturday, November 6, 2010 Sebring Regional Airport (KSEF): Sebring , FL United States
Contest Director: Mike Mays 561-313-8503 E-Mail: soaerobatics@aol.com
Website: www.iac23.com

Tequila Cup (Southwest)
Friday, November 12 - Saturday, November 13, 2010, Marana Northwest Regional Airport (AVQ),  Marana, AZ 
Contest Director: Jim Ward Contact 603-860-4456 E-Mail: tequilacup@gmail.com


EDITOR'S NOTE
NATIONALS AND AEROBATICS 
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 Championships is a good way to get a multimedia experience of the event. Read more


WANT TO LAND ON THE WHITE HOUSE LAWN? WATCH THIS WEBINAR
Landing a helicopter on the South Lawn of the White House is a feat that few pilots have accomplished. Lt. Col. Lindy Kirkland, USMC (Ret), will take you for an inside look at Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) and the pilots who fly the President of the United States.

All webinars begin at 7 p.m. CDT. To find out more about upcoming EAA Webinars and to register, visit the webinars page.


IAC HAS A FACEBOOK PAGE
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