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Harold Neumann Barnstormer 2021

April 24th, 2021
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We didn’t make it last year but the Kansas City Aerobatic Club is dedicated to having the funnest contest of 2021 to make up for it!  Come on out June 4-5 for a great 5 category contest in the middle of the country.

We have secured a rate at the Ottawa Comfort Inn for $85.00 a night.  Use the link below and use the code Aerobatic Club with your reservation:

https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/GA76P5(link is external)

There is also a brand new Holiday Inn Express close by and they can be reached at 855-797-6733.

Rental cars available from Enterprise at 785-242-0300.

Practice will begin on Thursday June 3rd.

The contest will begin on Friday June 4th with briefing at 0730.  Dinner that night will be pizza.

Flying will resume on Saturday and we will fly until we are done!  The banquet will at the airport at 1930 and food will be catered.  And of course there will be a party when we’re done!

Lunch for Friday and Saturday will be provided by Aviation Explorers Post 8000.

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2020 Kansas Contest – Cancelled

May 22nd, 2020
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As of today the Harold Neumann Barnstormer for 2020 is cancelled.  When I wrote about it being a go 2 weeks ago that was assuming that the state of Kansas was going to be in Phase 3 of it’s reopening plan.  Unfortunately the state did not meet the metrics required for opening and has delayed phase 3 of the plan so we don’t feel it will be possible to have the contest.  It really hurts as it was looking to be a large regional contest with many of you traveling from a long distance and so I am wanting to give you as much lead time as I can to rearrange your plans.  Thank you all for your help and support for our chapter.  We looked at rescheduling but at this time we do not know when Kansas will be allowing activities such as ours.  With that in mind we will be putting all our efforts into having a great contest in 2021 and I hope you will still attend.
John

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2020 Harold Neumann Barnstormer

May 14th, 2020
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I happy to announce that after an officers meeting of the Kansas City Aerobatic Club, the 2020 Harold Neumann Barnstormer is a GO!  We are excited to see all our aerobatic friends on June 5-6 at the Ottawa Municipal Airport (KOWI).
By the time of our contest Kansas, and Franklin County, should be in Phase 3 of their reopening plan.  This will mean bars and restaurants will be open and we are allowed gatherings of up to 90 people.  It was asked for me to point out that Ottawa, being in Franklin County, is just far enough outside of KC that they are using the state schedule and not the KC metro schedule which is roughly a week behind.
 
There is a lot of work left to do but the chapter officers and myself feel that the time is right to finally start flying.  I will be meeting with the Ottawa Airport to finalize the setup, working with hotels and rental cars, and making sure the food is good to go.  Please watch the IAC Contest Calendar page for updates on hotels and rental cars.   Grant Wittenborn has offered to make sure our tables and chairs on the judges line are in good shape and transport them to Ottawa.  Dave Maine is working on the T shirts, although this year we will be taking orders at the contest and mailing your t shirt to you afterwards.  Paul Thomson has the trophy’s ready to go.  Closer in we will need help setting the box, judges line and all the little things that pop up last minute.  Linda Meyers Morrissey has offered to be our very capable Chief Judge.
 
I would like to thank everyone that has helped up to this point and who has volunteered to help out in the coming days and weeks. This is a community effort and could not happen with out your support.  If you would like to help out or have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.  And finally if you are a chapter leader please let your chapter know that the contest is going ahead as planned, we would love to have a great showing for what may turn out to be the first contest of the year.  Now go start practicing!!
 
Fly Safe,
John Ostmeyer
Chapter President

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Chapter Update

December 27th, 2019
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Happy Holidays!  I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and Santa treated you well.  Maybe a new headset or ADS-B under the tree?

I am giving everyone a quick update on the goings on in the chapter.  The Judges school set for Feb 22-23 is proceeding along nicely.  I have had a few phone calls and emails from people that plan on coming in from out of town to join us.  As a reminder it will be held in the CAF meeting room at IXD and the price is $85 for the full two days and $65 for the Sunday only refresher.  Lunch will be provided both days and we are planning a dinner for Saturday night.

Our contest set for June 5-6 is also coming together.  I have practice waivers in hand for both Ottawa and Coffee County airports that the chapter can use.  There are a couple of typo’s that still need to be fixed but I’m not anticipating that to be any problem.  I would like to hold a Play Day at Ottawa early in the spring to work out any bugs between us and the airport before the contest, and another at Coffee Country mid summer for the same reasons.  Besides, it will give us on opportunity to fly out somewhere.

Also, John Morrissey has confirmed that he will be our Chief Judge and Ellyn Robinson has offered to be our Volunteer Coordinator.  Both of these people bring a lot of experience at Regional and National contest levels and we are lucky that they have offered their time.  In addition our Treasurer Dave Maine will be designing this years shirts.

After the New Year I expect things to progress rapidly for both the Judges School and Contest and will be sending out regular emails to keep everyone up to date.

Finally don’t forget our next meeting will be our annual Holiday Party on Feb 8th, at 6pm and will be hosted once again by John and Beverly Wittenborn.  Please plan on joining us for a meal, drinks and fellowship.

Fly Safe,
John Ostmeyer
Chapter President

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Sept 7th Play-Day at IXD

September 3rd, 2019
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I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day. This a quick note to remind everyone of upcoming events this month. First is our Play Day at IXD this Saturday starting around 10am-ish. As always we will be flying off of the CAF ramp on the north end of the field and everyone is welcome.

Next on the calendar is my hangar party on Sept 14th. Again all are welcome to come out to the Gardner airport and have a good time at hangar C-17. This year starting at 3pm I will have some of the food ready and we will be doing a spot landing and bomb drop competition. So come on out and have a little fun! I supply all the meat and will prime the pump for adult beverages for when we’re done flying. You’re welcome to bring a side or dessert and anything you’d like to drink. I hope to see everyone there!

John

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Get together at John’s hanger

September 12th, 2012

John Ostmeyer will be firing up the grill this weekend at his hanger in Gardner.  Come join John for some brats and adult beverages as we get ready to close out the contest season with the US Nationals in another week.  The grill gets lit at 4pm, but the beverages start when folks show up.

John’s hanger is on the east end of the Gardner Municipal airport, on the south side of the red hangers.

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