We will be having a work/practice day in Grenada(GRF) on February 2nd at 9am. There will be plenty to do for anyone interested between flying and getting the trailer organized. Anyone interested is welcome to come stop by and meet IAC27.
The Grednada contest is officialy May 31st through June 1st.
We are already off to a great start for the year! Our Trailer Committee made quick work of things! After an exhausting search of manufacturers and options, recommendations were made, a poll of the members was taken, the order was placed…and voila… We have a trailer! Here are the first shots of the unit. It’s already wired for electrical, and is ready for A/C. This is going to be a hugely useful tool to move and store our equipment, and will help promote our club! We will have a little work to do to outfit the trailer for our use. Look for us to announce a work/acro practice day soon. Thanks so much to Jeff Reed, Max Langham and Rick Pellicciotti for all the work in making this happen!
A few words from the new guy…
The transition is now complete…under Jeff Reed’s tutelage, and with your help, I look forward to guiding this enthusiastic group through the year. Promoting and educating safe aerobatics – I think that should be our main focus for the year. I see a goal of our group to have some sort of event every month. We have a few projects to work on, and contests to prepare for, but let’s not forget the social part of things – we need to have fun too! I hope we can reach out to local aviators that are interested in improving their flying abilities and trying aerobatics. By running safety seminars on basic aerobatic skills, and offering the opportunity to fly, perhaps we can grow this group and encourage others? I look forward to hearing your ideas on how we can grow this club and get more pilots interested in flying acro! Stay tuned….we will get more information out to you soon… In the mean time, fly safe, and don’t be afraid to get the greasy side up!
Check our our Newsletter for December if you missed it in the e-mail blast IAC Chapter 27 Newsletter December
The members of IAC Chapter 27 are hard at work, busily planning our third annual Armed Forces Memorial Aerobatic Contest. AFMAC, our first contest of the year, will be held May 18-19 in Grenada MS. (KGNF) This will be our third annual presentation of the Armed Forces Memorial Aerobatic Contest.
This year's AFMAC is going to be a big one. AFMAC Contest Director for 2012 is Chris Rudd. Please check back later for contest details.
Steve Johnson getting ready to fly. While drawing lots of attention and receiving plenty of advice, Steve takes the time to organize his cockpit as he prepares to board his beautiful MX2 monoplane for his next contest flight.
In the hands of a capable aerobatic pilot, such as Steve, the MX2 is a great performer. With an empty weight of ony 1280 pounds and with some 330 hp provided by that big Lycoming AEIO-EXP out front, Steve consistently places among the top in his class.
This lineup of Pitts aircraft was on display at IAC Chapter 27's first Aerobatic Competition in many years. The 2008 Rebel Regional was held in Union City, Tennessee (KUCY). The Rebel Regional returned to Union City in 2009 before taking a break in 2010.
We are pleased to report that, for 2011, IAC Chapter 27 is, once again, bringing the Rebel Regional to KUCY. Contest Director, Mike Rinker, Neil Griffin, and Airport Manager Jo Ann Speer are already hard at work in preparation for another great event. Watch this space for future announcements.
By Wally Knight.
From researching old articles in SPORT AVIATION, it appears IAC chapter 27 has been around since at least 1971. Unfortunately, Chapter 27 was inactive for a number of years, before being reactivated in 2007. IAC 27's rebirth was largely due to the efforts of new President, Scott Tomlinson and the group of die-hard aerobats he assembled.
Chapter 27 must have been a really "big deal" way back in 1973. One of the articles I found speaks about the Rebel Regional Contest that year having 39 competitors from 13 states, all the way from Hawaii to Florida and Wisconsin to Texas! That year, Chapter 27's Awards Banquet was held on a Mississippi Riverboat, with some 300 in attendance.
To cap off the weekend, an airshow was presented featuring some well known names like Gene Soucy, World Aerobatic Champ Mary Gaffaney and Corky Fornof in his F8F Bearcat. Chapter 27 Vice President, Herb Sanders even added his own display to the show with a 20 roll "corkscrew" in his Cassutt racer.