|By Carmelo Turdo|
The Giles Henderson Memorial Challenge Aerobatic Contest was held May 18 at Salem-Leckrone Airport in central Illinois. The 2019 event, previously known as the IAC Chapter 61 Salem Regional Aerobatic Contest, was the 44th edition of the longest continuously running competition in IAC history. The thirteen aircraft were rolled out from the airport hangar before the early Saturday morning briefing.
Flying activity began after the judges briefed and lined up to score the contestants. Most of 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:
Jordan Heuerman, Pitts S-1S, First Place Primary
Alyssa Pasquale, Skybolt, Second Place Primary
Robert Hamilton, Pitts S-1C, First Place Sportsman, Grass Roots Medallion
John Strong, Super Decathlon, Second Place Sportsman, Highest Scoring First-Time Sportsman
Todd Ashcraft, Skybolt, Third Place Sportsman; Mariano Rosales, Seventh Place, Sportsman
Galen Killam, Vans RV-8, Fourth Place Sportsman
Sean Sweeney, Staudacher S-300, Sixth Place Sportsman
James Heinz, Pitts S-2A, Eighth Place, Sportsman
Cameron Grossl, Christen Eagle II, First Place Intermediate
Steven Johnson, MX2, First Place Advanced
John Housley, Pitts S-2C, Second Place Advanced
Brent Smith, Pitts S-1S, Third Place Advanced
Steven Grohsmeyer, MXS, First Place Unlimited
The Aero Experience commends IAC Chapter 61 for its distinguished record providing aerobatic contests in the heart of the Midwest and Salem-Leckrone Airport for hosting the event. Coverage of past contests can be found by searching The Aero Experience home page.