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Editor's Note

Spotlight on the World Aerobatic Championships

Reggie Paulk

With the Unlimited World Aerobatic Championships upon us this year, it seems fitting to dedicate one of our newsletters to the subject. Each of the team members dedicates an enormous amount of personal time and finances to get to the competition. They also depend on the generous support of the aerobatic community to help fill in where their own efforts fall short.

This year has already witnessed the departure of teammates Robert Armstrong and Hector Ramirez due to personal circumstances. Taking their places will be Tim Just and Mike Vaknin. With only five months until the competition, these guys have some pretty big shoes to fill.

Last month focused on aerobatic judging, and it was with that in mind that our poll questions were formulated. When asked if you'd ever attended a judges school, over half of respondents said they had. An overwhelming majority of respondents felt that being a judge makes one a better aerobatic pilot. About a third of you have had trouble finding a judges school close enough to attend, and half plan to attend a judges school this year.

If you are having difficulty finding a judges school near you, please contact your chapter with your concerns. If enough people are interested, they just might be able to put one together.

If you're not an IAC member, you're missing out on Sport Aerobatics magazine. The March issue has a wonderful article written by John Morrissey on how to fly the Sportsman Known sequence. April's issue will have some reprints from the Technical Tips manuals that have been out of circulation for some time. Membership has its privileges!

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