The Best of the Best

Norm DeWittAt this year’s US National Championships held at the North Texas Regional Airport (GYI), sixteen unlimited pilots signed the Pilot Declaration forms indicating their desire to compete for a coveted spot on the US Unlimited Aerobatic Team. The top five males and top five females scoring 70% or better earn a position. If there are fewer than five of one gender, then CIVA rules allow six team members of one gender and four of the other. Since only two females earned positions, there will be six males to make up the team. All sixteen pilots were talented enough to be selected if they executed their flights with no zeros and no outs. But at the Nationals, the weather, the winds, zeros, outs, and pressure soon separate the competitors. It is the same at the World Aerobatic Championships.

Your new Unlimited Team members are Robert Armstrong, Rob Holland, David Martin, Melissa Pemberton, Michael Racy, Debby Rihn-Harvey, Goody Thomas, Nikolay Timofeev, and Hector Ramirez is the alternate. This is a very strong and experienced set of team members. All of them have competed in prior world championships.  Mike Steveson has been selected as the team manager. Rob Holland is this year’s National Champion for a second time, and a gold medal winner in the four minute freestyle at the last World Aerobatic Championship (WAC).

The next WAC will be held in October, 2013 in Sherman/Denison, Texas. Our team members are now embarking on a journey that will culminate at the awards banquet at WAC2013. The men will focus on winning the Nesterov Trophy for the highest scoring men’s team. Debby and Melissa have their sights set on winning the FAI Challenge Cup for the highest-scoring women’s team. All will have to work together to win the gold.

Unlimited Aerobatics USA is a charitable corporation actively seeking individual contributions and corporate sponsorship for the Unlimited Team. Donations for the team may be made through PayPal on this website or mailed to: Unlimited Aerobatics USA, 148 Magnolia Drive, Atherton, CA 94027. Thank you for your support and we look forward to keeping you informed about your Unlimited Team throughout the year.

Norm DeWitt,
President, Unlimited Aerobatics USA Inc

PS. CIVA has increased the number of pilots from a single gender to eight. The IAC has added Hector Ramirez and Brett Hunter as Unlimited Team Members which places Mike Ciliberti as the first alternate.