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Editor's Note

Reggie Paulk

This month’s issue focuses on one of the International Aerobatic Club’s true legends of aviation. In a hangar at Front Range Airport near Denver, Colorado, I nearly crossed paths with Leo Loudenslager shortly before his death in 1997. I was flying a twin-engine Piper Aztec at the time, and Ikept it in a large community hangar at the airport. One day, while pushing the airplane into the hangar after a flight, I noticed a pretty red airplane sitting in the corner. On closer inspection, I immediately suspected the airplane and its pilot. Leo’s name gracing the space below the canopy of the Laser 200 confirmed my suspicions.

I asked one of the mechanics in the hangar where he was, but he’d already headed to his hotel. I never did get a chance to meet him, but I’ll always cherish the moment I spent with the airplane that now hangs at the National Air and Space Museum. 

Last month, we asked a few questions regarding the use of radio-controlled (R/C) airplanes and their relevance to full-scale flying. When asked if you’ve ever flown aerobatics with an R/C airplane, 181 out of a total of 233 responses were a yes. The same number of you think R/C airplanes benefit your full-scale flying activities. 

The reason I asked the questions is because after my interview with Unlimited National Champion Jeff Boerboon (December 2010 Sport Aerobatics) it became readily apparent that R/C airplanes can help pilots gain the outside perspective needed in order to please the judges. I’ll be touching more on this subject in the future. 

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