Betty Stewart

Betty Stewart, a lifetime chapter 61 member, was a member of the 1976, 1980 and 1982 United States aerobatic teams. She is honored as the first person to win the world champion title at two consecutive world events. In 1980, she won three individual gold medals and the title Women's World Aerobatic Champion. In 1982, she repeated this feat winning the title, another three individual golds, and the silver team medal.  She was inducted into the International Aerobatic Club Hall of Fame in 2004 and is currently a national judge.

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Brent Smith

 

Brent is a professional pilot flying large Boeing aircraft.  He is a long-time member of Chapter 61 and has served in various officer positions.  Brent currently flies a Pitts S-1S in the Advanced category and is a current national judge.  He earned a position on the 2018 US Advanced aerobatic team that will compete in Romania in August 2018

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Bruce Ballew

 

Bruce Ballew is a corporate jet pilot and has served as chapter President, Contest Director, and a regional judge.  He is currently the IAC government relations representative.   Bruce currently competes in the Advanced category in his beautiful Extra 300L and operates from Creve Coeur airport (1H0).

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John Housley

John Housley is the current IAC Chapter 61 President, Treasurer, and webmaster.  As a recently retired aeronautical engineer, John is spending more time providing aerobatic instruction in his Pitts S-2C while also supporting the Humane Society of Missouri's education program.  John currently competes in the Advanced category in his Pitts S-2C and is a regional judge as well as A&P with IA. You can reach John at 314-518-8542 & f1race43@gmail.com.  John operates from the Spirit of St. Louis airport (SUS). (Aircraft photo courtesy of The Aero Experience)

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Sean Sweeney

 

Sean Sweeney is a highly successful business owner and our chapter Vice President.  Sean has experience in a variety of aerobatic aircraft and has recently completed construction of an immaculate One Design (DR-107).   Sean is a flight/ground instructor and has obtained FAA approval for an aerobatic practice area at his home airport (KUNO).  Sean currently competes in the Sportsman category in his One Design and is also an IAC regional judge.

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Cleta Sweeney

 

Cleta Sweeney is our chapter Secretary and a member of our Board of Directors. Although she is not an aerobatic pilot, Cleta is highly engaged in many of our chapter activities.  Married to Sean Sweeney, our chapter Vice President, Cleta has been instrumental in securing sponsorship for practice day events, completed her regional judge training and exam, and was the Volunteer Coordinator and Safety/Medical Director during our annual aerobatic contest.  Cleta is also a Community Service Project Leader, assisting 4-H children with activities supporting our Veterans. 

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Martin Di Stefano

 

Martin is currently a full-time graduate student studying aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla, MO, and a member of the Navy Reserve. His first aerobatic training was with John Housley in a Pitts S-2B, and he later trained in a Super D while living in Florida. He currently co-owns a beautifully unique Skybolt and plans to compete in the Sportsman category once his busy schedule permits.

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Bob Hamilton

Bob flies a classic aerobatic favorite – the Pitts S-1C – in Sportsman category.    Bob is a Navy veteran with prior experience on the F/A-18 Hornet and is a frequent contender for the Grass Roots award. (photos courtesy The Aero Experience)

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Kevin Kegin

 

 Kevin Kegin is a Pilot, Mechanic (including inspection authorization), and Certified Flight Instructor.   He has barnstormed biplanes, towed banners and built F/A-18s for McDonnell Douglas.  Kevin has over 10,000 hours; roughly 7,000 in the AT-6 while serving as the chief pilot for American Warbird.  Kevin  competes in the Sportsman category in his Taylorcraft and operates from Salem Leckrone airport (SLO) in Illinois.  He was the Contest Director for our 2018 contest.

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Cookie Smith

 

 

Although not an aerobatic pilot, Cookie holds a private pilot license with single and multi-engine ratings and is a licensed aircraft dispatcher. She worked for an international airline where it was her job to create flight plans, monitor weather, cancel, delay and divert flights for any reason that might compromise safety of flight – a very intense job with enormous responsibility.  Her favorite flying is “low and slow” in her Cub, affectionately known as “PeeWee".  Cookie also volunteers as the Scoring Director for our Chapter’s annual aerobatic contest.

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Joe Overman

 

Joe Overman has served as our Contest Director and is a professional UAS operator as well as part-time flight instructor.   Joe currently competes in the Intermediate category in his Pitts S-2A and operates from Creve Coeur airport (1H0).

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Clay Keithly

 

Clay Keithley is a private pilot and licensed mechanic/inspector.  Clay enjoys flying his beautiful Christen Eagle through graceful aerobatics and formation flights with other aerobatic aircraft. Clay operates from the Spirit of St. Louis airport (SUS).

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Dan Kohler

 

Dan Kohler is currently an airline pilot, flight instructor, and a past chapter Vice President.  When not flying the paying public, Dan enjoys flying his beautiful Christen Eagle through graceful aerobatics and formation flights with other aerobatic aircraft.  You can reach Dan at 314-503-9512 & fliinverted@aol.com. Dan operates from the Spirit of St. Louis airport (SUS).

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Jerry Spear

 

Jerry Spear is a two-time winner of the Pitts Aerobatic Trophy in the Advanced category for his first place finishes at the 1978 and 1988 IAC Nationals competitions (Advanced category).  Jerry is also a retired airline captain and continues to support the Chapter 61 contest each year in numerous capacities.

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Dennis McAlee

Dennis (Denny) McAlee is a retired airline pilot, flight instructor, master builder (Pitts, Skybolt, RV, etc.) and the Starter for our chapter contests. Denny is based at the Washington Memorial (FYG) airport.

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