2017 East Coast Aerobatic Contest wrap-up

We had catastrophically-perfect weather for this year’s installment of the East Coast Aerobatic Contest in Warrenton, VA (KHWY). It’s not lost on us this perfection while seemingly the rest of the hemisphere is reeling from the catastrophically bad weather.

I finished 2nd in Sportsman among a talented group. I’m happily surprised but did make satisfying improvements to my hammerheads during practice. I also got some good coaching on flying the Cuban Eight and that helped since it’s the highest-weighted figure in this years’ Known program.
Full results online in IAC’s contest database: 2017 East Coast Aerobatic Contest full results

Thanks, as always, to Julie Artz (Youtube: horsemoney) for coming out to play with us and sharing video. It’s always cool to see this relatively-solo pursuit from a fresh perspective. And it makes sharing with friends and family easy!
My second contest flight (of three). The judges liked it; scored 2nd out of 8.

This quick blurb about the contest appeared in the Fauquier Times Saturday. A picture of me from earlier in the week was conveniently available courtesy of the airport management and got included. Image credit: Alex Hrapunov
Look up! East Coast Aerobatic Contest takes flight at Warrenton-Fauquier Airport

I posted a few pre-contest pics on Instagram.

Much fun was had, including a sunset formation flight with Pete Muntean in the Super Decathlon (with Amy Wolfgang taking pictures and video, thanks Amy!) and Mark Meredith in his Super Chipmunk.

Posted by Glen Becker on Friday, September 8, 2017

These two shots courtesy of Alex Hrapunov – tmr2rwb@yahoo.com
Thanks for coming out Alex! We appreciate all the time you spent with us and that you’re willing to share your great images.


Starting up for taxi

Getting down with the other-way up

I’m trying to get more comfortable inverted. I’m so new to aerobatics that just a minute of inverted flight, straight-n-level with the gentlest of turns, is challenging. To maintain coordinated flight, the aileron and rudder inputs are opposite each other. Flying normal-side-up, pilots instinctively use left aileron with left rudder to make a coordinated left turn. All that goes out the window (canopy?) inverted. Awesome.

Eventually, being comfortable with negative-G will be an advantage. I’m not very good at it yet. (I already know I need to get more stick-forward authority from my elevator trim system, so I don’t have to push so hard.)