Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Upper Canada Open 2013

Well ladies and gentlemen, another year has come and gone, and so has another Upper Canada Open contest.  Firstly, I'd like to apologize for my delay in creating this synopsis, but as you all can relate, life gets in the way sometimes!

Chapter 3 held our annual contest on the weekend of Aug 24-25 at the Chatham-Kent Airport (CYCK).  The weather was absolutely gorgeous.  We had temperatures in the mid 20s (mid 70s for our American friends) both days and you couldn't get a sky that was any bluer!  This year we had 12 pilots in 11 different aircraft, including 1 first time competitor. 

We'd like to give a huge shout out too all of the Chapter 3 support staff including Pat Rebbetoy, Joy McKinney, Jessica Trushinski, Josh Pegg, Chris Pulley, and Larry and Elaine Ernewein.  Without people like them, contests are not possible!  We'd also like to thank our American friends that came up to compete and offered any and all assistance they could muster! Thank you very much for all your help!!!

Our contest director this year was Bill Ludwig.  Bill put on a great contest, in a new location, with minimal assistance, a feat that requires great patience and determination.  Bill also flew in the contest and placed first in the intermediate category.  Way to go Bill and thanks for all your hard work, without it, we wouldn't of had such a success!

The contest ran smoothly thanks to help of Deb Laforet, Joy McKinney, Jessica Trushinski, Carol Granger and Elaine Ernewein who ran the registration, program coordination and scoring from the terminal of the Chatham Airport. The Chief Judge for the contest, Carole Holyk, was supported by a panel of American and Canadian judges including Sandy Langworthy, Hugo Ritzenthaler, Jeff Granger, Larry Ernewein and Chris Pulley. Our starter Pat Rebbetoy kept the contest rolling at a non-stop pace throughout the entire weekend.

There is one more group we have to thank, and that is the staff at the Chatham-Kent airport, and all of the generous people in Chatham that donated their time, hangar space, and facilities.  Without all of these folks, the contest would've certainly suffered for it!  Thank you thank you thank you!!!!

Below is a link to the IAC website with the results from the contest.  Thank you to all the pilots that came out to compete, and congratulations to all competitors that placed in this year.

http://www.usnationalaerobatics.org/IAC/IAC_ContestResults.asp?ContestID=447
 
Too wrap up, all of us at Chapter 3 would like to thank everybody, from the volunteers to the organizers to the competitors for coming out and making this years contest another success!

Stay safe and blue skies!

Chapter 3

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