|By Carmelo Turdo|
The morning session was off to a good start, but before the lunch break a storm front moved into the area and the aircraft were quickly repacked into their hangars. It rained for several hours, and the aircraft were back on the apron by about 3pm. Flying resumed, and the remaining scheduled flights were accomplished before the break for the dinner banquet held at the nearby Salem American Legion Post 128. Below are some views of the ground activity before the morning session and during the weather break prior to resumption of flights.
Flying activity began only after the judges briefed and lined up to score the contestants. The judges have experience flying and judging previous contests, and each station included a judge, caller and recorder. The caller narrates the known routines as they are flown to give the judge additional aural reference to each maneuver. The recorder marks the judge's score and comments as each maneuver is completed. Each score sheet is collected after each flight before the next pilot is cleared into the aerobatic box.
Aerobatic Contest Pilots and Their Aircraft:
University of North Dakota Aerobatic Team, Super Decathlon - Primary and Sportsman
John Strong, Super Decathlon - Primary
Robert Hamilton, Pitts S-1C - Sportsman
David Schmitz, Vans RV-8 - Sportsman
Karl Icenogle, Pitts S-2B - Sportsman
Cameron Grossl, Christen Eagle II - Intermediate
Justin Hickson, Pitts S-2B - Intermediate
Bruce Ballew, Extra 300L - Intermediate
Corey Johnson, Pitts S-1C - Intermediate
David Underwood, Extra 200 - Intermediate
Wayne Buescher, Staudacher S-600F - Intermediate
Doug Bartlett, Sukhoi SU-29
Steven Johnson, MX2 - Advanced
John Housley, Pitts S-2C - Advanced
Steven Grohsmeyer, MXS - Unlimited
Check back soon for The Aero Experience coverage of Day 2, including a surprise visit by members of the USA Aerobatic Team!