Congratulations Team USA!
By Norm Dewitt
At this year's U.S. National Aerobatic Championships held at the North Texas Regional Airport (GYI), 16 Unlimited pilots signed the pilot declaration forms indicating their desire to compete for a coveted spot on the U.S. Unlimited Aerobatic Team. The top five males and top five females scoring 70 percent or better earn a position. If there are fewer than five of one gender, then CIVA rules allow six team members of one gender and four of the other. Since only two females earned positions this time, there will be six males on the team.
Any of the 16 pilots were talented enough to be selected if they executed their flights with no zeros and no outs. But at the Nationals, the weather, the winds, zeros, outs, and pressure soon separated the competitors. It is the same at the World Aerobatic Championships (WAC).
Your new Unlimited team members are Robert Armstrong, Rob Holland, David Martin, Melissa Pemberton, Debby Rihn-Harvey, Goody Thomas, and Nikolay Timofeev. Hector Ramirez is the alternate. This is a very strong and experienced set of team members. All of them have competed in prior world championships. Mike Steveson has been selected as the team manager. Rob Holland is this year's national champion for a second time, and he was a gold medal winner in the 4-Minute Freestyle at the last WAC.
The next WAC will be held October 2013 in Sherman/Denison, Texas. Our team members are now embarking on a journey that will culminate at the WAC 2013 awards banquet. The men will focus on winning the Nesterov Trophy for the highest-scoring men's team. Debby and Melissa have their sights set on winning the FAI Challenge Cup for the highest-scoring women's team. All will have to work together to win the gold.
Unlimited Aerobatics USA is a charitable corporation actively seeking individual contributions and corporate sponsorship for the Unlimited team. Donations for the team may be made through PayPal on www.UnlimitedAerobaticsUSA.com or mailed to: Unlimited Aerobatics USA, 148 Magnolia Dr., Atherton, CA 94027.
Thank you for your support, and we look forward to keeping you informed about your Unlimited team throughout the year.