I am happy to announce with great pride and joy, that our very own Ron Schreck has been selected to be the Contest Director (CD) for the 2019 US National Aerobatic Championships!!!! This is a huge deal. It is a tremendous honor and responsibility. Ron will be responsible for organizing and safely and efficiently running the week long event which will involve the coordination of about a hundred competitors, dozens of volunteers, and all of the similar logistics you would find at a small air show to include food, hangars, vehicles, etc. Adding to the complexity of the event is that we will be operating out of a new venue, Salina, KS. And I know my buddy is up to the task (although he feels a little overwhelmed at the moment
) Here is the official announcement from the IAC:
"2019 U.S. NATIONALS CONTEST DIRECTOR NAMED
Submitted by Executive Director on Fri, 2019-03-01 21:56
At a Special Teleconference Meeting of the IAC Board of directors held today, Ron Schreck IAC #433751 was chosen, by unanimous affirmation by the Board of Directors, as the Contest Director for the 2019 U.S. Nationals to be held in Salina, Kansas, 21-27 September 2019.
Ron is a member of the IAC Board of Directors and serves as the South Central Regional Director, a position he has held since he was elected in 2016. Ron lives in Gold Hill Airpark, North Carolina. He is an Intermediate competitor in his RV-8 Miss Izzy and a National Judge. Ron was also a member of the aerobatic formation team of AeroDynamix where he was the flight lead. A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, service in the United States Air Force as a fighter pilot for over 20 years, and a career as a USAir Captain, Ron has an excellent background as an organizer.
Ron reported today that he already has begun work on the foundation of the Nationals by arranging to meet with airport officials and the Visit Salina!, the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce, in Salina on March, 25, 2019. He will be joined by IAC Chapter 119 founding member A.J. Hefel of Wichita, Kansas, who will be his on-site liaison in the coming months.
Ron has the full support and encouragement of the IAC Board of Directors and we are looking forward to a successful in event in September."
So there you go, an RV guy as the CD of the US Nationals Aerobatic Championship! RVs are respected and welcomed at IAC events all over the country. RV participation is desired at all levels in the IAC. If there was ever a time to join the IAC and participate in the many fun events, the time is now! Why don't you join in on the fun?! I hope to see you at a future contest or chapter practice day sometime!