The Calumet Flyers

Posted by Ron Graham
Posted on 8/29/2016

Pilot Line Up

 

hosted an IMAC style Basic only event on Sunday, Aug. 14. The weather was excellent with 5-10 mph winds blowing just slight towards the pilots. Since there is not much IMAC activity happening in our area, this event was created to generate knowledge of, and interest in, IMAC aerobatics.

Planning for the event started about six weeks ahead of the event. Multiple copies of the Basic sequence were printed and available at the field for the pilots to take for study and practice. Also available was a printed copy of the Basic Judging documents, and a practice stick airplane. The stick airplane flew a lot of maneuvers!

 

Pilot Meeting-02Callers were provided for anyone interested in practicing the sequence. This was usually proceeded by a 15 minute “ground school” where details of how to fly the sequence were reviewed. This included names of the maneuvers, how the maneuvers would be judged and hints on techniques. Everyone who competed went through this process Pilot Meeting-04at some point.

The callers would also help coach during

Pilot Meeting-01

the flights. Depending on the skill level of the pilot, the caller coaching was as simple as just calling out the maneuver name for more advanced pilots, to a very detailed, step-by-step description of the maneuver for the pilots newer to aerobatics.

 

We flew three rounds with two sequences of the IMAC Basic pattern in each round. A total of eight pilots competed. Skills ranged from just starting in aerobatics to some really skilled pilots that will probably trying the Sportsman sequence next time.

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Since we didn’t have much IMAC experience available, a very informal scoring method was used to make it easier on participants and the two volunteer judges.

 

Score Board

Scoring was a simplified 1-5 point version, with 1 as low and 5 as high, as described below. For every 4 sequences flown, the lowest score was thrown out.

1. Pilot attempted some kind of maneuver, or performed maneuver out of order. (Minimum score)

2. Partial maneuver completed. (Easier)

3. Maneuver was recognizable and looked ok-ish. (Relatively common score, Easy)

4. Maneuver was completed with no major flaws. (Harder to achieve)

5. The maneuver was completed and looked as described. (Should be a rare score, make the pilot work for this one!)

 

We started at 10:00am with a pilots meeting and review of maneuvers. The first round started at 10:30.

After the first round, lasting about an hour, we stopped for lunch and resumed the second round at 12:00pm, finishing the third round at 2:00pm. Scores were posted after every round so everyone could see their progress, and of course, kibitz their friends. The eventual winner was awarded a small trophy during a brief award ceremony immediately after the event.

 

 

Everyone greatly enjoyed the event and are looking forward to the next one.

Even the advanced pilots were excited and challenged by the need to perform maneuvers in a planned sequence and to be judged on the execution. Our next events are already in the planning stages with tentative dates for late May or early June of 2017 for a non-sanctioned unofficial Basic & Sportsman event. We are also considering a fully sanctioned IMAC for late July or early August.

 

Results

Finish

Competitor

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Total

Seq. 1

Seq. 2

Seq. 3

Seq. 4

Seq. 5

Seq. 6

1

Eric Iverson

93

93

85

90

81

82

454

2

Mike Horney

91

84

79

77

86

84

435

3

Lloyd Federer

86

85

86

75

82

82

436

4

Mike Gauerke

82

82

79

67

86

83

412

5

Randy Brunette

74

70

88

83

74

76

407

6

Scott Cordy

71

77

77

66

80

82

376

7

Dennis Horney

62

58

72

70

67

74

328

8

John Prete

65

65

62

60

69

61

301

 

From left to right:

Pilot Line Up

Eric Iverson

Mike Guaerke

Scott Cordy

Randy Brunette

Lloyd Federer

Dennis Horney

Mike Horney

John Prete



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