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Aerobatic Contests & Results

The Four Winds Aviation Aerobatics Team participates in Competition Aerobatic events in Texas and neighboring states. Our team of pilots compete in various levels of competition ranging from Primary through Advanced categories.

Primary

Known Compulsory

This is a set of figures published each season. Every pilot flies the same set of figures.

Sportsman

Known Compulsory and Free Program

Sportsman pilots fly the Known sequence and also have the option to fly a Free sequence of their own design if they so choose.

Intermediate

Known Compulsory, Unknown and Free Program

Intermediate pilots fly a more complex Known sequence and must fly the Unknown compulsory.  This category introduces the Unknown as well as Negative G Maneuvers. Flying the Unknown is a test of the pilots ability to fly a specified sequence and group of figures without having a chance to practice.  At this level, pilots are good at most all of the Aresti figures and in memorizing the sequence.

Advanced

Known Compulsory, Unknown and Free Program

Advanced pilots fly a very complex Known, Free and Unknown compulsory.  Numerous Negative G Maneuvers are incorporated into the Known and Unknown sequences, so the pilot is challenged with Positive G to Negative G maneuvers throughout each flight. Inverted Spins are a staple.

Unlimited

Known Compulsory, Unknown, Free Program & 4 Minute Free Program

Unlimited pilots fly a extremely complex Known, Free and Unknown compulsory's.  Numerous Negative G Maneuvers are incorporated into the Known and Unknown sequences, so the pilot is challenged with Positive G to Negative G maneuvers throughout each flight.

 

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Over the last several years our aerobatic team competed in the following IAC aerobatic competitions, and below each, we have a listing of how well our pilots flew in each event.

 

Lone Star Aerobatic Championship - Sponsored by IAC Chapter 24

2006 - 3 pilots in the Top 5 in Sportsman.

2007 - 2 pilots in the Top 5 and 2 in Top 10 in Sportsman. 1 placed 1st in Primary

2008 - Team Lead Dave Honaker became the Lone Star Champion, took 1st in Sportsman.

          Another team member placed 2nd in Sportsman. In Intermediate, 1 pilot placed 6th overall.

          This was a tough contest as all pilots faced 40 knot winds in the box on both days.

2009 - 1 Primary, 4 Sportsman & 1 Intermediate

2010 -

 

Okie Dust Devil - Weatherford Oklahoma

2006 - 2 pilots in the Top 5 and 1 pilot in Top 10 in Sportsman

2007 - 3 pilots in the Top 5 in Sportsman and 1 pilot placed 1st in Primary

2008 - 1 pilot finished 6th in Intermediate, 2 pilots placed 3rd and 5th respectively in Sportsman.

          Darren  Behm took 1st Place in Primary and took home some very nice "WOOD"!

2009 - 1 Primary, 4 Sportsman & 1 Intermediate

2010 -

 

Llano Hill Country Hammer Fest - Sponsored by IAC 107

2006 - 2 of our pilots placed in the Top 5 in the Sportsman category

2008 - 2 Team members placed 2nd & 3rd respectively in Intermediate & 2 pilots placed 4th & 5th

          in Sportsman. Darren Behm took 1st in Primary. Darren now moves to Sportsman for

          Nationals! The team racked up some nice trophies.  This was a very "HOT" Texas weekend,

          with temps reaching 101and the ramp a bit hotter. The team prevailed and put up a great showing.

2009 - 3 Sportsman & 1 Advanced

2010 -

 

 

U.S. National Championships

2006 Nationals - We had 5 pilots competing at the U.S. Nationals in the Sportsman Category, and 1 pilot in the Primary Category.

 

2007 Nationals - We had 5 pilots competing at the US Nationals in Sportsman category.

 

2008 Nationals - We had 5 pilots competing at the US Nationals this year. 3 Sportsman, 1 Intermediate and 1 Advanced competitor.

 

2009 Nationals - We had 7 pilots competing at the US Nationals this year, 6 Sportsman & 1 Intermediate.

 

2010 Nationals - Coming September 2010 - Call NOW to become part of the team!

 

Competition is tough and we applaud those who show up and lay their piloting skills on the line. Just so you know how competitive it can be, in the Sportsman Category at the 2006, 2007 & 2008 National's, our Decathlon Drivers went up against some of the worlds premier aerobatic aircraft. They included, Velox Rev II, Extra 200, Extra 300L, Pitts S2B, Pitts S1S, Pitts Model 12 and the Christen Eagle II.  These were some serious aerobatic machines, but our Decathlon team gave them all a run for their money. Of course our team lead and the Pitts S2B didn't show bad at all either. 

 

***  We are proud of our 2006 - 2009 Aerobatic Team and their efforts to promote

       the sport and for their hard work in mastering Aerobatic Competition and

       Flight. We look forward to the 2008 season and the excitement it will bring.



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