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Thread: [Acro] Re: A few AWAC Pictures

Message: [Acro] Re: A few AWAC Pictures

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From: "Allyson Parker-Lauck" <princess70 at>

Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2002 16:19:56 UTC


  I was just browsing the IAC Website and am very pleased to see that all of
Don's postings are chronicled there along with the results.  Lisa, great

Just go to the iac website at and click the link on the left
column for the AWAC.

Brian Howard's posting said it all.  Thank you Brian for sharing your

Take care,
Allyson Parker-Lauck
IAC 15590

----- Original Message -----
From: "Brian Howard" <BK at>
To: "Don Peterson" <autotech at>; <acro at>
Sent: Saturday, August 17, 2002 12:22 AM
Subject: [Acro] Re: A few AWAC Pictures

> I remained silent during the AWAC and was simply happy to read each of Don
> Peterson's postings with great delight. His daily diaries brought back
> fond and funny memories of my own participation on two WAC and two AWAC
> teams. The camaraderie with both US and other team members, teams helping
> other teams with airplane issues, weather holds, the food, and the
> ups and downs were all common threads.  Don's latest post of pictures and
> words now move me to publicly thank him and the rest of the AWAC team on
> behalf of myself, and I believe (and hope!) the majority of IAC members,
> putting up with extreme grief, persevering, and representing the IAC and
> on the world championship level. It would be an embarrassment in the
> to not have had Team USA at the AWAC. A bad scene in any year, but
> especially when we expect the world to come to us for WAC 2003 in
> Specifically, I thank Julia Wood, Bubba Vidrine, John King and Bill Stein
> for never wavering from their commitment to attend the AWAC. They were
> ready to personally foot the bill for the entire competition and I believe
> two or three, if not all four, had already purchased tickets to Slovenia
> their own dime before funding was finally made available. Next I thank Bob
> Freeman for returning to the team after the personal issues which caused
> original withdrawal went away. It takes a tremendous mental toll to go
> world-level preparation to "oh, I can relax now because I'm not
> competing," back to the pressures of world championship competition. Bob's
> 4th place overall finish would normally be indicator enough that he
> that emotional roller coaster extremely well. The ultimate indicator of
> Bob's success, to those of us who have been in this environment, however,
> was Don's report that the French coach made a point to compliment Bob on
> flight.  That just doesn't happen! :-)
> A special thank you to John King and Bill Stein, our judging team. Don's
> diary didn't mention them much, but having filled their shoes at four
> contests, I can attest to the fact that the judges get a real workout. The
> pilots go to work for 15 minutes every other day, but the judges are on
> line before flying begins, every flying hour, and for a bit after flying
> stops. Pretty much a sunrise to after sunset job. During some of those
> weather delays Don mentioned, the judges will often stay on the line,
> people trying to stay dry under a single "beach" umbrella, to minimize
> should the flying restart. So, John and Bill, thank you for enduring all
> that to add your expertise and a USA presence to the judging line.
> Finally, I thank Don Peterson who, before Bob Freeman rejoined the team,
> committed to ensuring that the USA had a *team* at the AWAC. World
> competition requires that to be eligible for any team trophies, at least
> three pilots from a country must be competing. The team trophies are
> determined by the performance of the top three pilots from each country.
> more team members, the greater is the likelihood of three clean
> performances. Originally, without Don, we had no team trophy chances at
> When Bob Freeman rejoined the team, we now had a chance, but with exactly
> three pilots, zero room for error. Arranging for his own airplane, using
> his own finances, Don presence on the team greatly increased the Team USA
> chances for a medal. As Don reported, but for one blown figure, the team
> bronze would have been ours. Not bad for four pilots who didn't know until
> the last minute if there would even be a Team USA!
> Already too long of a post, but the contribution that everyone on Team USA
> made to the AWAC should not go unacknowledged. A country's reputation and
> respect in the international arena does not come or go with one contest,
> is built up championship after championship. The more we put our pilots
> judges before the international aerobatic community, the more respect we
> gain, and the more success we have. The intangible benefits of having a
> *team* at AWAC goes far beyond where each pilot finished in the order of
> flight. Julia, Bubba, Bob, Don, John, and Bill gave this club and
> in the USA a tremendous boost. Thank you all for a tremendous contest!
> With great respect and admiration,
> Brian Howard
> IAC #18414


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