2010 Scale Aerobatic Nats report by Lee Prevost, MAAC Scale Aerobatics Chairman
The 2010 Nats was very well attended by over 43 pilots and we had three terrific days of flying, a wonderful banquet and even flew two Unknowns! A huge thanks to Mike Milos and Ralph Biancangelo and all of the volunteers who ran a wonderful Nat.
The dinner banquet on Sunday was held at a wonderful venue with a multiple-course dinner, terrific prizes and the annual awarding of the Bob Hudson Scale Aerobatics Achievement Award. This was given to Jim Daly who was a most deserving recipient.
Also nominated this year were the father and son team of Nicolas and Ivan Pinzon, and Mark Ramsay from the Atlantic Zone. These three candidates exemplify why this award exists. It is to honor those who set themselves apart by their example and by their actions, be it by flying skills, or spreading the word by seminars, workshops, or e-mail. Congratulations to the nominees and to Jim for showing what scale aerobatics is all about to the world!
The site was ideal except for some minor issues, and should be considered as a perennial one for the Nationals if we could iron out some of these problems such as parking and camping. Perhaps a golf cart for people and plane transportation?
Notable was the lack of Unlimited pilots, especially the Quebec pilots who typically attend the Nationals in Ontario enlarge numbers. Not sure of the reasons but we hope to see them back soon. You are missed! Unfortunately there were a number of mishaps most notably two midairs that shook the confidence of most, and resulted in many avoidance calls for the remainder of the contest.
I am discussing the reasons behind these mishaps and near misses with the SA committee members and others and we hope to have some solutions for the NOIC on the 28-29 of August.
Next year's Nationals is going to be hosted somewhere in La Belle Province, so stay tuned for more info on what should be a great three days of Scale Aerobatics and IMAC!