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 is a member of the 2018 US Advanced aerobatic team and 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 and provides aerobatic instruction in his Pitts S-2B.   Bruce currently competes in the Advanced category in his Pitts S-2B and also a 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, Secretary/Treasurer, and webmaster.  As a recently retired aeronautical engineer, John is spending more time providing aerobatic instruction in his Pitts S-2C and a Citabria 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).

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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.

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Joe Overman

 

Joe Overman is our Contest Director and 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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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 his first contest in 2018 in the Sportsman category.

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Jim Heinz

 

Jim Heinz is currently an active flight instructor and flies twins such as the Beechcraft Duchess and King Air.  He provides aerobatic & tailwheel instruction in a Decathlon and competes in the Sportsman category with the historic Pitts S-2A shown above, which was once owned/flown by Bill Thomas.  Jim has also served as a regional judge for aerobatic competitions.

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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-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 Lekrone airport (SLO) in Illinois.

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Bob Klein

 

Bob Klein owns an aerial application company in Lawrenceville, IL and flies an Air Tractor for business and his red/white/gold Pitts S-2B for fun (that's actually Mike Wild standing in front of Bob's Pitts in the photo).  Bob's demanding ag flying makes it challenging for him to attend contests in the peak application season, but we hope to see him during some of our practice days.  Bob operates from Klein-Oneal airport (IL16) near the Illinois/Indiana border.

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Craig O'Mara

 

Craig O'Mara is currently a B747-400 Captain/Check Airman for United Air Lines, flies Citations and King Airs part-time for a St. Louis charter company, and instructs in light airplanes for a local FBO. He also flies a B-25 and L-3 for the Commemorative Air Force as well as an AC-47 gunship for the American Flight Museum. He spent 26 years in the U.S. Air Force and Reserves where he retired as a C-9A (DC-9-32F) Flight Examiner/Instructor Pilot.   Craig is relatively new to aerobatics and is currently flying a Decathlon from St. Charles County airport (SET).

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Cleta Sweeney

 

Cleta Sweeney is a member of our chapter Board of Directors and although not an aerobatic pilot, 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, attended judge’s school, and provided assistance to the Chief judge during our annual Salem contest.  Cleta is also a Community Service Project Leader, assisting 4-H kids with activities supporting our Veterans.

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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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Bill Collumbien

Bill is an experienced aerobatic pilot, flying currently flying an Extra with a lot of prior tim ein a Pitts S-2B.  Bill is based at the Washington Memorial (FYG) airport.

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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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Gary Rust

Gary is one of the newest members of our chapter.  He is an experienced private/instrument rated pilot with high performance aircraft and is developing his aerobatic skills. 

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