I just got back from my first ever aerobatic contest in Bay City, Michigan, the Michigan Aerobatic Open. It was a blast. First, getting there and back was well..RV like. 180+ MPH ground speeds are awesome. Second, everyone at the contest was great, absolutely great. Lots of help and patience answering to many questions from me. Next, I met my goal of no hard zeros and scoring 75% of the points (3091 points). I ended up 7th out of 10 in the Sportsman category including being OB a few times. I need to work on that for sure but needed no breaks on any of the 3. My hammer could use some tweaking and twice my cuban loops were different sizes. My RV-8 with an O-360 performed great and I would suggest going to a contest by anyone who can get to one.
Special thanks to everyone at the IAC 88 Chapter for running the contest. Also thank you to all those here who have helped me out by meeting with me or by talking to me on the phone. I couldn't have done it without all the help.
If you want to see my last flight (of three), you can go to
or just search on YouTube for Galenkillam. You will find my YouTube page.
What do you think?
Go give a contest a try!! It is a lot of fun.