Chapter 88

South-East Michigan, Waterford

Chapter Contest

2023 IAC Open Championship East - Michigan Aerobatic Open

Contest Dates are July 8 and 9, 2023

Bay City James Clements Airport  3CM


Times are not firm and will be adjusted to suit conditions.

July 6   Box day 

July 7        Registration and Practice,  Pizza dinner

July 8      7:30 Pilot briefing, competition flights begin, Lunch available on site, when we are done flying: Strip Steak Dinner on site prepared by Mary Unger

July 9      7:30 Pilot briefing, competition flights begin, Lunch available on site, finish up flights, awards

Fuel available by self-serve, American Express is not accepted Bring your VISA or MC.

Contest Director: Dan Unger,, 586-675-6030

Assistant CD: Hugo Ritzenthaler,, 586-588-0145 


To facilitate the registration process, we are asking competitors to pre-register before the deadline of July 1 by emailing the Registration, Tech Inspection and Volunteer Sign-Up forms as well a copy of their signed Free Sequence to Laura Buescher, Registrar (



Official Contest Hotel: Holiday Inn Express, 3959 Traxler Court, Bay City, MI 48706, Phone 989-667-3800

Group Rate: King Standard $119.00 plus tax, Std Double Queen $124.00 plus tax

Group Code: International Aerobatic Club

Cutoff Date: Monday June 5, 2023. Holiday Inn will accept reservation requests received after this date on space and rate availability basis. 

Cancellation Policy: 6:00 pm 24 hours prior to arrival


Quality Inn & Suites, 4105 East Wilder Road, Bay City, MI, 48706, US, Phone (989) 667-7050

Group Rate: $104.00 plus tax for King or 2 Queen

Group Code: IAC Chapter 88

Reservation link:

Make your reservation before June 7 to receive special rate




Chapter 88 is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2023



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Aerobatic Contest Checklist

Prior to the contest:

  • Check parachute will be current.
  • Check Insurance paperwork to ensure aircraft has up-to-date insurance coverage (minimum of $1M liability)
  • Check Aircraft will be in annual.
  • Check that your Medical will be current.
  • Check that aircraft has functioning radio.
  • Check that your Free forms (A, B, C) are approved and signed. (This is for Intermediate, Advanced, and Unlimited. Also applies to Sportsman if you have your own Free program.)
  • Make hotel and car rental reservations.
  • Call or email the Contest Director for any special instructions.

Take to contest:

  • Proof of insurance (binder letter or copy of declarations page is acceptable)
  • Pilots license
  • Current Pilot Medical
  • Current IAC member card.
  • Checkbook and Cash
  • Copies of your Freestyle (we recommend 10 Form A, and 15 each for Forms B & C; however these numbers vary for different contests)
  • Contest Rule Book (optional)
  • Check Aircraft for ARROW documents:
    • Airworthiness Certificate
    • Registration Certificate
    • Operating limitations
    • Weight and Balance documents for your particular aircraft. Generic weight and balance documents are not sufficient.
  • Aircraft logbook, or copy, showing the aircraft is in annual.
  • Parachute (and current pack card)
  • Current navigational charts
  • Fuel filler hose (Pitts types) (optional)
  • Oil filler spout (optional)
  • Tool kit
  • Sun Screen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Chargers for battery-powered devices (cell phone, GPS, etc.)


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