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Oshkosh Hosts Its First Aerobatic Competition in 30 Years

IAC group
Pilots and event workers stand by the Brown Arch on EAA convention grounds in Oshkosh.

Missing Man formation
Pilots fly a missing man formation in honor of EAA Founder Paul Poberezny at the Oshkosh Air Maneuvers Challenge last Friday.

August 29, 2013 - Last weekend 27 pilots competed in the first Oshkosh Air Maneuvers Challenge, an IAC regional competition sponsored by International Aerobatic Club Chapter 1, of northern Illinois. It was the first aerobatic competition at Wittman Regional Airport since the World Aerobatic Championships were there in 1980, and the first-ever regional meet in Oshkosh.

"The pilots were super excited to be here and glad to be competing at Oshkosh," said Audra Hoy, contest director. "The contest went very well, and for the first year we were very pleased. We hope to see it continue in the future."

Pilots could be seen and heard practicing their routines on Friday and the competition in five categories took place on Saturday and Sunday. Mother Nature cooperated with great flying weather.

The contest paid special tribute to EAA Founder Paul Poberezny on Friday with a missing man formation flight. Audra is Paul's granddaughter, and flying lead in the formation was her husband, Mike Hoy.

Here are the top finishers in each category:

Primary
1st: Cory Johnson
2nd: Bryan "Hollywood" Hayden

Sportsman
1st: Mitchell Wild
2nd: Michael Hoy
3rd: Bill Marinangel

Intermediate
1st: Aaron McCartan
2nd: Curt Richmond
3rd: David Underwood

Advanced
1st: Klaus Mueller
2nd: Bruce Ballew
3rd: Steve Johnson

Unlimited
1st: Tony Wood
2nd: Brett Hunter
3rd: Craig Gifford

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