Some of the nation’s best aerobatic aircraft pilots will gather to compete for national championships on September 22-28 as the U.S. National Aerobatic Championships comes to Oshkosh, hosted by the International Aerobatic Club at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.
Approximately 100 pilots will compete in five separate categories during the week, ranging from Primary to Unlimited. In addition, the top finishers in the Advanced (second-highest) category will earn berths on the U.S. team that will compete next year at the world championships in Strejnic, Romania.
The competition will begin on Saturday, September 22, in the five categories: Primary, Sportsman, Intermediate, Advanced, and Unlimited in both power and glider aerobatics. The categories are determined by the complexity of maneuvers and capabilities of the aircraft. Pilots in each category will fly at least three routines:
- Known (where all competitors fly a pre-published set of maneuvers)
- Unknown (the maneuvers to be flown are presented to the pilots just prior to their flights)
- Freestyle (individual pilots can create their own routine based on maneuvers allowed in their category)
A group of judges scores all routines, with the highest scores earning the national championships in each category. Updated results will be maintained on IAC’s website at www.iac.org, as well as IAC’s Facebook page and Twitter account.
Some previous U.S. national champions have also flown in the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air shows in July. The competition will end on Saturday, September 28, with awards presented at the closing banquet in the EAA Aviation Museum.
PLEASE NOTE: While the national championship site and aircraft parking area are closed to the public for safety reasons, there are ample viewing opportunities at the Wittman airport parking lots and other publicly accessible areas.
Learn more and keep up with the latest news at the IAC U.S. National Aerobatic Championships website.