The annual Chapter 61 aerobatic contest at Salem, Illinois is the longest continuously running contest in IAC history. The first contest was held in 1976. This year will be the 42nd time the event has been held! The dates for this year's event are 3-4 June, 2017. Registration and practice will take place on Friday, 2 June. All power categories will be flown. We plan to fly two flights in each category on Saturday and the final flight in each category on Sunday. Normally, the first flight is the Known, the second the Free, and the third the Unknown. However; the schedule may be adjusted depending on weather.
The Salem box is perfectly located just north of the airport, with the airport's only runway nearly exactly on the box centerline. Highway 57 to the west provides a reference that is impossible to miss and the section lines make heading changes and vertical rolls easy. There is ample hangar space for all aircraft and hotels are just a 5 minute drive south to the town of Salem. There is very little activity on the field and our Chapter's own Kevin Kegin is based on the field, so we have a friend/ally on-site. The town supports our contest as well.
This year we will include Primary through Unlimited power categories. Spectators and especially children are welcome at no charge. Registration and practice will be Friday, 2 June, starting at 10:00. The contest will begin with a 7:30 briefing on Saturday, 3 June and conclude by noon on Sunday 4 June. The banquet will be held Saturday evening at the Salem American Legion Post 128 (1001 E Main St, Salem, IL 62881).
Lodging and Transportation:
Each of these hotels is conveniently located near the airport and within walking distance to local restaurants.
Salem Inn & Suites (formerly Comfort Inn; free breakfast): 618-548-2177
Super 8: 618-548-5882
Guest House Inn: 618-548-4212
Holiday Inn Express: 618-740-0913
Chapter members will provide shuttle service between the hotels and airport.
Entry fees for competitors (includes banquet):
Sportsman – Unlimited: $130
Hangar: $10/night per aircraft
Additional banquet tickets: $20
We had some weather issues in 2016 that prevented us from flying our normal three flights per category. We were only able to complete 2 rounds of flights and most of these occurred on Sunday. Even though rain and low ceilings prevented the original plan from being executed, everyone still had a great time and flew safely. We were thrilled to have a first time competitor join us with a Citabria and fly very well. Results and photos follow:
Giles, the Master, flew to a First place finish in his clipped wing Cub.
Tim Volk, of the St. Louis Flying Club, took Second place flying a beautiful Citabria.
Robert Hamilton took home First place in Sportsman with his Pitts S-1C.
Jim Heinz finished Second with his Pitts S-2A.
Tom O'Neil flew his Cassutt to a Third place finish.
Matt Wild finished in First place in Intermediate flying his Extra 300.
Brent Smith finished Second in Intermediate flying his Pitts S-1S.
Basile Sanchez-Santacruz took Third place flying an awesome Pitts S-2B.
Contest Director Joe Overman maintained his cool and finished in Fourth place all the while dealing with command decisions!
Mitch Wild took home the Gold with a First place finish in the Advanced category.
Klaus Mueller finished Second in Advanced flying his powerful Yak-55M
Dave Scott, famous R/C Flight School owner/instructor, took home Third place flying a Pitts S-1S.
Bruce Ballew flew well and finished Fourth in Advanced with his Pitts S-2B.
John Housley finished Fifth in Advanced with his Pitts S-2B.
Mike Wild flew his beautiful red/white/gold Pitts S-2B to Sixth place in Advanced.