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Sat, Sep 25, 2021

Rob Holland Wins Tenth National Aerobatic Championship

Placed First In Known, First In Unknown And First In Free

This week, ICAS member and air show performer Rob Holland (pictured, right, with IAC's Mike Heuer) won his tenth consecutive U.S. National Aerobatic Championship in Salina, Kansas. After winning his first unlimited national aerobatic championship in Denison, Texas in September of 2011, Holland has won every one since. (The National Aerobatic Championships were not held in 2020 due to the pandemic.) No other aerobatic pilot has won as many unlimited championships. And, other than Rob, only the legendary Leo Loudenslager won as many as seven.

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Sat, Sep 25, 2021

NTSB Prelim: SCHMITT Just Acft Highlander

The Engine Stopped Producing Power And The Pilot Performed A Forced Landing

On August 24, 2021, at 1926 eastern daylight time, a Just Acft Highlander, N101KL was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Crittenden, Kentucky. The private pilot and the passenger were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. According to the pilot, who was also the owner of the experimental, amateur-built airplane, the accident occurred at the end of a 45-minute “sightseeing” flight. He departed from his farm, flew to Gene Snyder Airport (K62), Falmouth, Kentucky, performed two touch-and-go landings, and established the airplane on a northwest heading for the return flight. While in cruise flight, the pilot confirmed there was fuel visible in the “sight windows” of each wing tank and estimated that the airplane contained “an hour of fuel reserves.”

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Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Glasair Aviation Has Resumed Operations

Sportsman Kits Are Available Again

Glasair Aviation has resumed operations after a “COVID pause”, and will now resume selling kits. Updates include the Sportsman kits, which have now reduced the builder’s assembly time, with the Two Weeks to Taxi program still on hold. Small changes have been made regarding the clean up instructions, updated bill of materials, prefabricating assemblies and other improvements, according to Coby Young, Glasair’s Final Assembly Manager. The kit now includes many parts and assemblies that have been historically sold separately as sub-kits.

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Fri, Sep 24, 2021

Dillingham Airfield Will Stay Open For Skydiving At Least 3 More Years

The Community Came Together, Passion For Aviation And Skydiving Prevails

USPA informs the sport parachuting community of some great news for general aviation and skydiving enthusiasts in Hawaii. September 17, the Hawaii Department of Transportation - Airports Division revoked its termination of the lease of Kawaihapai (Dillingham) Airfield. The news gives tenants and businesses at least three more years to utilize the airfield, while the US Army and HDOT work on finalizing a joint-use agreement that will look towards a long term lease. Located on Oahu’s North Shore, the atmosphere boasts steady trade winds, opening landing areas and stable, clear weather. Now, there are currently 11 businesses operating at Dillingham Airport that employ more than 130 people. If this airfield closed, the Civil Air Patrol Operations and air-sports programs like the Young Eagles would have had to pack up and close down.

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Wed, Sep 22, 2021

TX Air Race 1 Postponed Until 2022

Ticket-Holders Automatically Eligible For Rescheduled San Angelo Event

Air Race 1 and its principal partners have announced that the forthcoming event at San Angelo, Texas – scheduled to take place on October 30-31 – has been postponed until 2022 due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The 'difficult decision' has been made following discussions between The Lions Club San Angelo, the San Angelo Convention & Visitors Bureau and the City of San Angelo over the viability of the event due to be held at Mathis Field, San Angelo Regional Airport on Halloween weekend. The unprecedented circumstances created by the global pandemic over the past 18 months have delivered ongoing challenges and logistical repercussions, not least with travel restrictions, which has resulted in a significant disruption to the pre-event timeline.

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Wed, Sep 22, 2021

DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase on Target for November 11-13, 2021

Sport Aviation Community Awaits Final Major Event of 2021

The sport aviation world is ready to close out 2021 on an upwards note after successful events took place with the Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, FL, and the EAA AirVenture Fly-In in Oshkosh, WI, just weeks ago. Both events boasted huge crowds and tremendous feedback from both exhibitors as well as attendees… and DSAS21 is prepared to keep up the magic! Already, the excitement is growing… “We’re working tirelessly to provide a record event so that we can finish up 2021 with a win -- and to pave a solid path for a better future for the sport aviation world as we make our way to 2022… and much better times,‘ noted DeLand Sport Aviation Administrator, Jana Filip. Do NOT hesitate to mark your schedules for this year’s last great sport-av event… because once DSAS21 is done, that’s IT until SnF22! The 2021 DeLand Sport Aviation Showcase is poised for great things, November 11-13, 2021.

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Wed, Sep 22, 2021

NTSB Prelim: Mantooth Thorp T-18

As He Turned The Airplane On Downwind To Depart The Traffic Pattern, The Engine Began Running Rough

On August 28, 2021, about 1537 central daylight time, a Mantooth Thorp T-18 experimental airplane, N78DW, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near San Antonio, Texas. The pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. According to the pilot, he was planning on conducting a short cross-country flight with his passenger. Before takeoff, he fueled the airplane with 10-15 gallons of fuel and added one quart of oil to the engine. He performed an engine run-up and departed runway 17. The takeoff and initial climb were normal, and as he turned the airplane on downwind to depart the traffic pattern, the engine began running rough.

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