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Message: [Acro] New England Aerobatic Championships, May 16-19, 2002 @ Orange, MA

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From: Steve Pennypacker <spenny at>

Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2002 03:40:12 UTC


  The 2002 New England Aerobatic Championships will be held May 17-19 at 
Orange Municipal Airport, Orange, Massachusetts.  Sponsored by IAC Chapter 
35, the New England Aerobatic Club.  The box will be open beginning 
Thursday the 16th at 0900 for anyone looking to practice and register 

This is a 5-category, power-only contest.

After a bit of a drought in Unlimited the last couple of years, the 
pendulum is now swinging in the opposite direction, with most of the 
regional pilots as well as as many as 3 world-level pilots expecting to be 

We anticipate and look forward to Danny Adams' return as the Aviat factory 
rep, offering his technical services for any participating Pitts/Eagle 
airplanes, as well as others I'm sure.

Details below.  We hope to see you there!

Steve Pennypacker
Contest Director & Ch. 35 VP
steve at


PREREGISTRATION (even if you're not sure if you'll be there)

Please do preregister, even if you might not show up.   It helps us 

* Rob Petit rjpetit at or (781) 646-5038, or
* Steve Pennypacker, steve at or (508) 429-1171

Be sure to include your name, home mailing address, daytime and evening 
telephone numbers with your request.

If you do, we will:

Give you priority on hangar storage for your airplane.
Put your name at the top of the Aviat tech inspection list.
Be able to run the contest more efficiently, meaning more flying for the 
Give you a brand new airplane.  (The type is up to us.)

We won't cash any checks until you show up for the contest.



Thursday, May 16
     0900 - 1900     Registration; box open for practice (optional for any 
     1900                 Food on the field, TBD

Friday, May 17
     0900 - 1200    Registration; box open for practice (also optional)
     1200                Pilot's briefing -- Intermediate, Advanced & 
     1300 - 1830    Contest flying --  Intermediate, Advanced & Unlimited
     1900                Food on the field, TBD

Saturday, May 18
     0700 sharp     Pilots' briefing - all categories
     0800                Registration
     0830 - 1830     Contest flying -- all categories
     1900                Banquet

Sunday, May 19
     0900                 Pilots' briefing
     1000 - 1500     Contest flying -- all categories
     1530                 Awards ceremony



Colonial Bed and Breakfast, in Gardner.  They were great about 
cancellations with the rainout in 2000, so probably deserve to be rewarded 
(expect a 48-hour cancellation policy).  About $95 with breakfast, $90.00 
without.  (978) 630-2500.  20 minutes east of the airport on Rte. 2.

Wachusett Village Inn, in Westminster (where the banquet is). Very nice 
hotel, and they clearly want our business.  May get discounted rates in the 
$100-$120 range.   (978) 874-2000.

Super 8 Motel in Gardner, Mass.  Their cancellation policies took a turn 
for the worse a couple years back, so inquire if that's a concern to you. 
 (978) 630-2888.  Standard room rate is $75 for 1 or 2 people.

Executive Inn, Orange, Mass.   Improved from previous incarnation as the 
Bald Eagle.  (978) 544-8864.

Quabbin Gateway Motel, Orange, Mass.  (978) 544-2986

These prices are just guidelines, since they're out of date.



We'll provide transportation to/from any of the hotels above.  If you fly 
in, you won't need a car.  But if you want the additional flexibility, here 
are a couple places who have been willing to leave a rental for you at the 

Athol Ford  (978) 249-3531
Enterprise   (413) 774-5092



7:00 Saturday evening at The Old Mill restaurant in Westminster, Mass. 
 Everyone walks away happy and they treat us right.  Terrific place.



In addition to awards for the top 3 pilots in each category, we will award:

  * Jack Nolan Memorial Trophy (Best First-Time Sportsman Award)
  * Chapter Team Trophy
  * Pitts Trophy (Highest placing Pitts/Eagle driver)
  * American Champion Award (Highest placing 7- or 8- Series pilot)
  * Grass Roots Achievement Award
  * Most Creative Freestyle Award (but only if it wasn't meant to be)
   * ? and a few others



Contest registration
    Primary                    $55
    Sportsman                65
    Intermediate             75
    Advanced                 80
    Unlimited                 85

Hangar, per night        $15

Saturday evening banquet:     $35 per person



For the aircraft:

Airframe and engine logs; airworthiness certificate; registration 
certificate; operating limitations; current weight and balance data, 
in-pack chute (<120 days) & pack card; proof of insurance ($1 million 
minimum), tiedowns if you anticipate leaving your airplane outdoors.

For the pilot:

Pilot and medical certificates; IAC membership card; FAI license (Unlimited 
competitors only); 7 copies each of free style forms A, B and C, signed and 
dated by a current IAC judge in 2001 or 2002 (must be 2002 if you use figs. 
1.32 - 1.39); cash.

Photocopies of documents are permissible for IAC contest registration; 
however, FAA requirements may differ.



By air:  NY Sectional, Gardner (GDM) VORTAC 292 degree radial, 10.3NM. 
  42.34.04N, 72.17.28W.  VOR and NDB approaches.

Runways 14-32: 4998'x150'; 1-19: 5000'x75'.  Field elevation 555'MSL. 
 Orange Unicom 122.8.  Runway 1-19 will be closed during practice and 
contest flying.  Expected NOTAMS: fly right traffic for runway 32, left 
traffic for runway 14.  Caution:  The aerobatic box is southwest and 
parallel to runway 32 and immediately over runways 1-19.  Do not overfly 
the airport.  No touch and goes.

By car:  U.S. Route 2 to exit 16 (U.S. Route 202, Amherst-Belchertown 
exit).  Go left off the exit.  Travel 1 mile North and turn left onto 
Partridgeville Rd.  Travel ? mile West; find the airport on your left.



Registrar:   Rob Petit, 319 Lake St., Arlington MA, 02474, (H) 
 781-646-5038, (W) 781-398-8804, rjpetit at

Chief Judges:   Jim Ward, Craig Lesinski

Contest Director:  Steve Pennypacker, H: (508) 429-1171, W: (508) 810-1389, 
Steve at

Orange Municipal Airport manager:  Len Bedaw, W: (978) 544-8189


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