Salem Airport and Box
The Salem box is perfectly located just north of the airport, with the airport's only runway nearly exactly on the box centerline. Highway 57 to the west provides a reference that is impossible to miss and the section lines make heading changes and vertical rolls easy. There is ample hangar space for all aircraft and hotels are just a 5 minute drive south to the town of Salem. There is very little activity on the field and our Chapter's own Kevin Kegin is based on the field, so we have friends/allies on-site. The town supports our contest as well.
You must pre-register no later than 16 October at the IAC website if you plan to participate. We won’t be accepting registrations (only payment) at the contest. This will allow us to have ALL of the clipboards built beforehand and establish a waiting list in case volunteers + competitors is more than 50 (usually, we have fewer than 50 total participants) which is the current limit due to COVID-19 restrictions. Complete details of the COVID-19 mitigation plan are provided in the attached pdf.
You must send a pdf of your Free forms A, B, and C to the chapter (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 16 October. We will make all the required copies, so you don’t have to worry about that!
Plan to bring a check, credit card, or PayPal account to the contest as we won’t accept cash.
If you don’t have a Twitter account, please get one (free) and follow our chapter (@IChapter61) as that is how we will be providing real-time contest info (order of flight, score results, volunteer assignments, news updates, etc.) to reduce person-to-person contact and gathering around paper taped to walls/windows.
We will make a final go/no-go decision (in case we don’t have enough judges or if the COVID-19 rules change against us) on 18 October.
Tech Inspections and Practice will be held on Friday 23 October, starting at 10:00. The contest will begin with a 7:30 briefing on Saturday, 24 October and conclude by noon on Sunday 25 October.
The banquet will not be held this year due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings and social distancing requirements.
Jordan Heuerman from our own Chapter 61 took home the first place Primary plaque this year flying his beautiful Pitts S-1S. (photo courtesy The Aero Experience)
Alyssa Pasquale, or Dr. P as she is also known, flew Todd Ashcraft's Skybolt to a close second place finish in Primary. (photo courtesy TJ Smyka)
Bob Hamilton, from Chapter 61, earned 1st place in Sportsman flying his Pitts S-1C
John Strong made the long trip to compete in our contest and won second place in Sportsman. This was John's first contest flying Sportsman and he was the highest scoring first time Sportsman pilot. You can see John's technique to handle the crosswind at Salem in the above photo (photo courtesy of The Aero Experience).
Todd Aschcraft was an excellent ambassador for IAC competition flying, sharing his Skybolt N50DF with two other competitors. He had the most box time of anyone at the contest! In addition, he earned 3rd place in the Sportsman category
Dave Schmitz, who joined our chapter at the contest, finished 5th in Sportsman in a closely fought competition with Galen, who was only 0.18 percentage points ahead overall
Mariano Rosales had a blast flying Todd Ashcraft's Sklybolt to a 7th place finish in Sportsman (photo courtesy of The Aero Experience).
Jim Heinz, a long-time member of Chapter 61, flew the Pitts S-2A once owned by Bill Thomas to an 8th place finish in Sportsman. It was good to see Jim flying the Pitts again after missing the 2018 contest.
Cameron Grossl was the only Intermediate category entrant and flew his beautiful Christen Eagle II hors concours (outside of the contest). (photo courtesy of The Aero Experience)
Steve Johnson captured 1st place in Advanced with his MX2 (photo courtesy of The Aero Experience).
John Housley few his patriotic (or Pepsi-inspired) Pitts S-2C to a 2nd place finish in Advanced.
Steve Grohsmeyer showed us how to fly an airplane in the Unlimited category. He was without a competitor and so flew hors concours. He did an amazing job with the airplane and would have surely won first place if only there had been someone skilled enough to compete against him!