Thursday, July 14, 2011

MI Aerobatic Open was great!

Great weekend, great contestants, great weather - it all came together.  24 contestants flew three flights each, and we had at least three contestants in all categories.  21 aircraft participated. We had six first-time competitors, including a guy who flew intermediate at his first contest!

Not that a whole bunch of people didn't jump in and rescue things many times - there was much I didn't know either how to do or even understood that it was needed in the first place. Our chapter is blessed with some very, very experienced and capable contest help. But we also brought a few new things to the party and it really made a difference.  When I have a little more time I'll write more about:

1)  Public relations and what it can do for the event
2)  The stuff that isn't in the Contest Director guidelines, as complete as they may be

For now I'm off to catch up on other work.  One future event for me is giving the September IAC webinar on the aerodynamics of basic aerobatics - Part 1.  We can't do it all in an hour but I'll get us started on that one.  Stay tuned for the date and time and signup details. - Don