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JUNE 2013

IAC Chapter 38 hosts Coalinga contest, June 6-8, 2013
The Coalinga contest is in the books. Brand new for 2013, the contest is really the Paso Robles event moved to a new location. In 2012, as the town of Paso Robles expanded closer and closer to its airport, the FAA balked at issuing the necessary competition waiver. This was a major blow: Paso has long been the best-attended of all the California Regionals, drawing equally from areas to the north (San Francisco, Livermoore) and the south (Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego Counties). We went without for a year until Chapter 38 was successful in coming up with a new location, a new box, and a new waiver for 2013.
Contest Director was Martin Price. The contest appears to have picked up where Paso left off, attracting 38 pilots in five categories, up from 30 pilots at May's Apple Valley contest and 23 at April's Borrego event.
Chapter 120 was represented by two competitors, Matt Dunfee and Elias Corey, both of whom ran away from the competition in their respective categories.
The town name, "Coalinga," is intriguing. Sometimes assumed to be of Hispanic origin, the name was home-grown American: "Coaling Station A." The site was established in 1888 as an important re-coaling stop for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Over time, the name was shortened to Coaling A, then further refined with new pronunciation as Coalinga (Lyn Carlson at Sunrise gave me this data).

Contest Winners
Unlimited: Malcolm Pond (26), Howard Kirker (38).
Advanced: John Howell (26), Eric Lentz-Gauthier (38), Michael Hartenstine (26).
Intermediate: Elias Corey McGeeney (120), Mitchell Robinson (38), Andrew Slatkin (49)
Sportsman: Matt Dunfee (120), A. J. Wilder (49), Cameron Jaxheimer
Primary: Victor Birtalan, Ross Ferguson, Marian Harris
Grass Roots Trophy: Mitchell Robinson (38)

Note: contest results, spelling, and Chapter affiliation are taken from the National IAC site.


IAC Chapter 49 hosts Duel in the Desert, May 3-4, 2013
Chris Olmstead was this year's LA contest director for California's Apple Valley contest. Thirty pilots flew in the five-category contest, up seven from April's Borrego event. Hopefully, an increase in participants will continue through the year as our sport recovers along with the rest of the economy.

Contest Winners
Unlimited: Tim Just (26), Howard Kirker (38).
Advanced: John Howell (26), Endo (120), Michael Hartenstine.
Intermediate: Chris Olmstead (49), Guenther Eichhorn (69), Mitchell Robinson
Sportsman: Matt Dunfee (120), Judy Phelps (49), Michael Maley (36)
Primary: William Burr, Anthony Oshinuga (36), Mark King
Grass Roots Trophy: William Burr. "No Zeros, No Outs": Matt Dunfee (120)

Note: contest results, spelling, and Chapter affiliation are taken from the National IAC site.


IAC Chapter 36 hosts Hammerhead Roundup. April 11-13, 2013.
Yolandi Jooste, Contest Director, ran a tight and well-organized contest at the Borrego Valley Airport. Twenty-five pilots competed in five categories, and with the exception of an occasional mechanical glitch, everything went very smoothly. Winds were light to moderate for all three days, and the temperature blessedly tolerable.
The contest featured some very fine flying. Of special note were the success of both Howard Kirker (Unlimited) and Dave Watson (Advanced) in a 4-cylinder Lazer, and Elias Corey's win in his first Intermediate contest.
The size of the turnout made it possible to finish up early Saturday afternoon, and cleanup was finished promptly, thanks to the efforts of Bill Hill and his crew.

The after-contest party featured an announcement by Chapter 36 president, Gray Brandt, that an arrangement has been worked out for the Borrego contest box to remain in place and accessible after installation of a planned solar array on the valley floor.

Contest Winners
Unlimited: Tim Just (26), Howard Kirker (38).
Advanced: John Howell (26), Dave Watson (38), Endo (120).
Intermediate: Elias Corey (120), Andrew Slatkin (49), Yohei Shiratori (38)
Sportsman: Matt Dunfee (120), Barrett Hines (26), John Scruggs (36)
Primary: Barry Faust (36), Anthony Oshinuga (36)

Contest Support
None of this would have happened without the consistent efforts of volunteers: Yolandi (Contest Director and Volunteer Coordinator), Brenda Frazier (Registrar and Volunteer Coordinator), Gary DeBaum (Starter and Tech Inspector), Bill Hill (stage manager), all the grading and chief judges, and a fine crew of unsung heros: the corner judges.


IAC Chapter 120 Team earns five trophies following two days of coaching
The Aerobats team started to assemble at Borrego on Sunday evening, April 7, with plans to start practice for the Hammerhead Roundup early Monday morning. Unfortunately, the Southern California weather machine had other plans: specifically, an attempt to blow Borrego clean off the map. Gusts of 75 mph, seven power poles down, and a city-wide power outage kept the pilots grounded, looking for somewhere---anywhere--just to get a meal.
By Tuesday, however, the weather had relented, and the team got in two solid days of practice. Students were Nicolaas Vlok (Primary), Matt Dunfee and Kevin Elizondo (Sportsman), Elias Corey (Intermediate), and Endo (Advanced).The coach was Michael Church
The hard work paid off: Two First place finishes (Matt and Elias) and a Third place (Endo). In addition, the team earned Highest Scoring Chapter and Highest Scoring School trophies.

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Chapter News
New Membership Policy
After four years, the Chapter 120 Officers have decided to change the way we manage chapter membership. To this point we have not kept a formal membership roster, content to list only enough pilots to fill the slate of required officers.
From 2011 forward we have been accepting applications and keeping a roster. General membership benefits include:

  • Personal coaching in the Blockhouse
  • Aircraft rental from Sunrise Aviation for California contests
  • Priority access to Chapter Training Camps
  • Priority access to Chapter hosted Judging Schools
  • Contest support

We also offer Charter Memberships, although it is unclear at this time how one earns the privilege and what, if any, benefits come with it. The current Charter Members are:

  • Michael Church
  • Jon Nash
  • Clark Foster
  • Daniel Wisehart

You can apply for membership with our Easy Fillout form. Annual dues are $10 (compare to others!). As the chapter has no debts (compare to others!), our plan is to save up the dues until we have enough money for a party.

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