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U.S. National Aerobatic Championships Returning to Oshkosh in September
August 30, 2018 - For the second straight year, the International Aerobatic Club will host the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with some of the nation’s best aerobatic aircraft pilots competing for national titles.
Competition begins on Saturday, September 22, although entrants will be in Oshkosh several days before for practice in the aerobatic box above the airport. The event continues through Friday, September 28, and concludes with an awards ceremony that evening in the EAA Aviation Museum.
Rob Holland will be aiming for an unprecedented eighth straight unlimited championship. Holland currently shares the record of seven straight national championships with the late Leo Loudenslager. The top unlimited category competitors will also be named to the U.S. national team, which will fly in the biennial world aerobatic championships next year in Châteauroux, France.
Last year, nearly 100 pilots from throughout the country came to Oshkosh to compete in the national championships. They fly in one of five separate categories, ranging from Primary to Unlimited, with competitions for both powered aircraft and gliders.
While the national championship grounds are closed to the public for safety reasons, there are viewing opportunities in the Wittman Regional Airport terminal parking lot, which is adjacent to the aerobatic box, as well as other public areas around the airport.
More information is available through IAC’s national championship website.