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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.


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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Aces High Contest

August 21st, 2017
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Hello everyone. Just a note to remind you of the Aces High contest at Newton Ks.(KEWK) on September 9th & 10th.
I got the following note from David Marten, contest director:

Are you ware of any IAC 15 pilots heading to Newton, KS for our 2017 ACE’s High Contest? With the pre-registration system down we’re having trouble getting decent estimates on how many pilots are competing.
2017 will be a Power-only contest as the USAFA Glider Team is not attending this year.
I’d appreciate your ‘best-guess’ and ask your members to please RSVP to or give me a call at 605-390-8044
We’re also looking for another Judge. If any of your guys are interested we’ll reimburse lodging expenses.

Dave Marten
IAC 119 President / Contest Director

Anyone planning to participate or who could help with the contest, give please give David a call or send him a note.

The next IAC15 meeting will be September 25th.

John Wittenborn
IAC15 President

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Contest Updates. Playday this Weekend

August 20th, 2015

Hello everyone; just a note to bring you up to date on our contest plans and to let you all know, we’ll be meeting this Saturday at 09:00 at Signature Flight Support FBO, New Century Air Center to place the aerobatic box markers, corner sighting devices and go over forms and registration material. Once the Markers are in place, the box will be available for practice this Saturday until 17:00 LCL or until cancelled by participants. If you’re available come on out to help and fly.

Nan will position her trailer next to Dave Hayden’s hangar on Thursday, the 27th, at her convenience. Dave has agreed to our use of his hangar for electricity and aircraft storage if necessary and I’m meeting with him today to confirm. The IXD airport manager has asked that the ramp overlay construction (Phase 3) be delayed to accommodate our contest our contest.

Friday, the 28th and registration date, we’ll meet with staff and volunteers at 17:00, again at the Signature FBO. We’ll give our volunteers a run-thru on duties and procedures; specifically the corner (“line” judges) judges on the use of the sighting devices and communication procedures. And of course Saturday & Sunday, the 29th and 30th our contest will begin with the pilot and staff briefings promptly at 08:00 hrs. Any questions about flying or duties and volunteering please send me a note or give me a call.

Best Regards: John Wittenborn: 913.486.4123

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2015 Harold Neumann Barnstormer

August 19th, 2015



AUGUST 28TH – 30TH 2015

Power Primary through Unlimited

$125 Entry Fee for all categories.

LOCATION: New Century Air Center (KIXD)

FBO: Signature Flight Support 913.782.9003

HANGAR SPACE: Provided by Signature



Signature FBO: 913.782.9003 – Call to Reserve

Hertz Olathe: 913.390.6114 – Pickup & Deliver


Super 8 Gardner: 913.856.8887  $57

Days Inn 913.390.9500  $73

La Quinta 913.254.0111  $79

Best Western Plus 913.440.9762  $107


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Meeting Reminder

August 13th, 2015

Hello everyone;

Just a quick note to inform you of a Contest Planning meeting, Monday, the 17th of August at Signature Flight Support, New Century AirCenter; 7Pm. We’ll put the finishing touches on the Barnstormer contest plans. I decided to have the meeting at IXD as I hope to have representatives from both the IXD tower and fire department in attendance. I know it’s a bit short notice, but I hope you’ll be able to attend.

John Wittenborn, President, IAC15

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K.C.Barnstormer Contest

September 5th, 2014

Hello everyone. We had a fairly successful day of registering for the Barnstormer contest. A couple of weather delays for practice in the box. I know the weather was a factor for some planning to make the trip to IXD. We will definitely accommodate late arrivals Saturday if you still care to make the trip. A light breakfast of fruit and cereal bars, juice and coffee will be available upon your arrival. Lunch and of course dinner will be served in the hangar as well. The flight operations will be staffed beginning at 7am on to meet your arrival regardless of when you can get here. So, weather permitting, plan to join us at IXD, chapter 15, for a couple of days of fun flying. The weather should be superb both days.

Safe flying

John Wittenborn, Chapter 15

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Chapter15 Aerobatic Box Open

August 20th, 2014

Hello everyone. Just a note to advise you that Chapter 15 will open the aerobatic box over New Century Airport (KIXD) this Saturday, August 23rd, from 9am to 4pm as well as the following Saturday, August 30th, in advance of the Harold Neumann Barnstormer Contest on September 5,6 & 7. This will give anyone planning to compete in the contest a chance to experience the IXD box prior to the contest. The box markers will be installed the morning of August 30th and the box opened thereafter. Also, we plan to open the box on Thursday, September 4th and Friday, the 5th just prior to the contest as well.

Another note of information for contestants coming from out of town; the Super8 hotel just off the airport property in Gardner Kansas is conventient to the contest and has a special rate for participants and volunteers. Rooms have been reserved for the contest there beginning Friday September 5th and Saturday the 6th . Call them at 913.856.8163 to reserve your room and mention the KC Aerobatic Club event. Also a little further away at the Great Mall is LaQuinta Inn & Suites; phone: 913.254.0111. No rooms have been reserved there, however they do have availability for the dates of the contest.

I know this is notice is a little late, but there did seem to be some interest in flying this weekend and next.

Best Regards and fly safe

John Wittenborn, IAC #15, President

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Update: Midwest Collegiate Challenge Cancelled

April 7th, 2014

The Collegiate Challenge set for 25-27 April at Seward Nebraska Airport has been cancelled.

Unfortunately, the late snows and cold in the upper Midwest have not allowed enough practice time for most to compete and airplanes are still hangared.

In its place, MAC80 will will host a Play Day/Judging Practice Day on Saturday 26 April starting at noon if the day is good to fly and will roll out the grill for hotdogs and more.

The Midwest Aerobatic Championships 5 category contest is still on for June 20 through 22.

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Results from Nationals

October 9th, 2013

IAC15 LogoAnother year down and another great National contest in the books.

IAC Chapter 15 was well represented, and several of our members achieved some fantastic results.

John Ostmeyer came in just behind Craig Gifford for 7th and 8th place in Advanced, which landed John on the U.S. National Advanced Aerobatic team for the first time and put Craig back on the team for another year.

Aaron McCartan won the Intermediate category, and Paul Thomson took home the Sportsman trophy… again!

Well done gentlemen!

More contest results here:

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