About IAC 35 Competition Instruction
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The Keene Fall Classic Contest was held on October 14, 2023 at Dillant-Hopkins Field in Keene, NH. This is our special-format one day, one category contest. All pilots fly the current Sportsman Known program and scores are handicapped according to the established competition level of each pilots. Six pilots flew this year on a cloudy day with a high overcast that made good contrast for seeing the aircraft against a white sky.

Click Here for the 2023 KFC Contest Results.

Our 2023 KFC Pilots and Volunteers are pictured here.

KFC 2023 Group

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The Green Mountain Aerobatics Contest is the main event hosted by the New England Aerobatics Club. The 2023 event ran from July 14 through July 16, 2023 at Hartness State Airport (KVSF) in Springfield, VT. This year, 21 pilots flew in 4 categories. Sadly, we had no Primary category entries.

Weather was a big problem this year. Friday's start was delayed until about 2PM while we waited for low scattered clouds and mist to clear the Aerobatics Box. We were able to complete the first, Known, flight for all pilots. Saturday was a similar, frustrating, weather situation where once again, we waited until the afternoon for the weather to clear sufficiently to fly. We were able to complete the second, Free-style, flight for Intermediate, Advanced and Unlimited categories. Unfortunately, it started raining hard in the middle of the Sportsman category and we were unable to complete the category. It was hoped that the predicted washout for Sunday would hold off to permit completion of the Sportsman category, but alas, it rained all day and the three flights completed before the rain on Saturday had to be disregarded. Thus, the Sportsman category results are based on only the Known flight while the Intermediate, Advanced and Unlimited results are the total of both Known and Free-style flights.

Click Here for the 2023 GMAC Contest Results.

We thank our many volunteers who contributed to a smooth contest! Our 2023 Pilots and Volunteers are pictured here.

GMAC 2023 Group

If you are interested in other contests around the country, Click here for the IAC contest list.

If you've never flown an aerobatic contest before, it's a lot of fun. You'll meet all sorts of pilots with all sorts of backgrounds and experience levels; we have among us distinguished professors, fighter pilots, master showmen, aspiring sportsmen and hard-working volunteers who keep everything running through the weekend.

Each pilot chips in as well, and together we can make it happen like clockwork.

Competitions are organized so that pilots of all levels of experience and ability can have a rewarding challenge, and we are dedicated to helping to grow the sport for the future.

Each contest day begins with the morning briefing (or practice, if it's Thursday or Friday morning), followed by a series of flights ordered by category.

You are welcome to come by and check it out - you can be a part of it in no time. There are all sorts of nice people in attendance that would like to show you around introduce you to the sport.

IAC 35 member Greg Dinning has posted a video that features his competition flight at the 2021 GMAC. It begins with a description of the maneuvers as shown on the 2021 "Sportsman Known" sequence card and talks you through the sequence as it is flown. You get a clear view of what it looks like to fly aerobatics, from the cockpit! View it here. The flying portion of the video was recorded from the cockpit of his Christin Eagle biplane during his winning Sportsman Sequence at the 2021 GMAC. It finishes with additional information and photos of IAC35 practice sessions and how to get started in aerobatics.