US Nationals Next Month
By Doug Lovell, Contest Director
From Sunday, September 19, through Friday the 24th, the best of the best aerobatic pilots in the country will compete for National Champion status at the 2010 United States National Aerobatic Championships in Sherman and Denison, Texas.
This year is a United States team selection year for the 2011 World Aerobatic Championship. The top finishers in Unlimited will join to compete against pilots from France, Russia, England, Spain, and many other national teams at the highest level of aerobatics.
The contest will determine National Champions for Power and Glider in Unlimited, Advanced, Intermediate, and Sportsman. Pilots doing well at the regional level are encouraged to make the trip to Nationals and test themselves against the best in the country.
Not only the best pilots, but some of the best, most experienced judges will participate at the Nationals. It takes the best to select the best. National level judges are encouraged to join. This is one of the few contests in the country where judges change sides of the box during the day to get an optimal sun angle. It is also one of the few contests where judges get the opportunity to look at glider as well as power aerobatics. Glider aerobatics are spectacular and entertaining. Gliders exhibit considerable grace when flying aerobatics and it’s beautiful to watch.
Overall, the quality of flying at Nationals is high. It takes discerning judges to separate the pilots accurately. In the end, everyone agrees that the best pilots won, but the top spots are closely contested. Many of the great judges in the country will be on the line at Nationals, so if you think you’re one of them and not already attending, contact Volunteer Coordinator Ellyn Robinson and we‘ll be very happy to add you to the line.
Volunteers of all stripes are needed to keep any contest running smoothly. Nationals is no different. If you would like to attend and help with the contest, contact Ellyn with your interests and she‘ll work with you. Kathleen Moore will handle registration to get paperwork to the line. Carol Brinker will collect the form A’s coming from the judges to enter scores and compute results.
There are many ways to follow Nationals this year, whether you are participating or following from home. First, Nationals has a Twitter account. Sign-up at Twitter and follow USNAcro. Twitter is like an exploder for text messages. We will post text messages at critical times, such as ten minutes before brief, starting and ending a category, or on schedule change. If you are following USNAcro on Twitter you will get these messages.
Twitter provides an RSS feed of all messages sent by USNAcro. If you use an RSS reader on your computer you can follow these as well. The official Nationals website also displays these on the bottom of the left sidebar of the home page.
You will find all official information about Nationals on the official Nationals website. We will post news, results, scores, unknown sequences, and revised schedules to participants and followers on this site only.
Nationals has a fan page and an event page on Facebook. This is a great place for anyone to post news, pictures, and celebrations relevant to the U.S. Nationals and its Facebook followers. The Facebook page mirrors some of the content posted to the official Nationals website and to the Nationals Twitter feed. All information on the Facebook page is unofficial and should be verified.
Assistant Contest Director Vicky Benzing has put together a great roster of sponsors for the 2010 Nationals. IAC as a whole benefits from the support of these generous individuals and companies. Please take a look at who has contributed to support the IAC and the National contest. Send them your appreciation and have a look at what they have to offer.
The people who have been working hard on Nationals—organizers, competitors, judges, and volunteers—look forward to participation of IAC members and aerobatic enthusiasts. We’re looking forward to a great Nationals in 2010.
2010 United States National Aerobatic Championships Sponsors
Sherman Chamber of Commerce
Dennison Chamber of Commerce
Comfort Inn & Suites
Holiday Inn Express
Lake Texoma Jet Center
Bob Utter Ford