We are the Denver-area chapter of the International Aerobatic Club, a division of the Experimental Aircraft Association. Our members come from all along the Front Range from Ft. Collins to Colorado Springs, as well as from neighboring states. RMAC's goal is safety above all else. We share a love of aerobatic flying, whether for personal enjoyment, the precise demands of competition, or working on the sidelines as judges and support personnel at contests. Our activities fall into three main categories:

  • Competition
  • Recreational flying, including critique and practice days
  • Group meetings and social events

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LuEllen Blum has passed

LuEllen (Shewmaker) Blum passed away on August 27 from a sudden recurrence of cancer.

She and her husband John shared a deep love of flying. John proposed to LuEllen by having a Stearman tow a banner that read “LuEllen Marry Me John” over a fly-in at St. Francis KS, as described in Stephen Coonts' book "Cannibal Queen". LuEllen became involved with IAC12 in the early 1990s, competing in the Sportsman category at many aerobatic competitions, participating as a judge, and working on numerous club events over the years.

LuEllen was a real estate broker for Re/Max Northwest and, due to her enjoyment of flying and travel, she became a Flight Attendant for Frontier Airlines.

Details of services to follow.

Memorial Service for Earl Allen

A service to celebrate Earl’s life will be held on Sunday, August 17 at 10:00 am at the home of Tom and Laura Larkin located at 2975 Piper Drive in Erie CO (map).

The family requests that you do not send flowers. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the EAA Young Eagles program. The link is https://secure.eaa.org/development/index.html. There is a text box at the bottom of the form where you can mention Earl’s name.

Earl Allen lost in mountain flying crash

From Maralyn Mencarini:

I have some very sad news to share. Earl died in an airplane crash on Saturday, August 9. He was instructing his student on a mountain flight and the plane went down in a remote area east of Steamboat Springs on its way back to Boulder. We don’t know many details yet, but I will share with you what I can later. 
There are two bright spots to this ordeal. We had a reunion for Earl’s family in Pagosa Springs (CO) last week and spent a wonderful time with them. On our way home from PS on Friday Earl and I talked about how much fun we had and how good it was to see everyone. So he saw his family and they saw him and we all left on a happy note. And, also, he died doing what he loved best — flying.
This does not seem real yet, so I am coping OK. My sister and her family and one of Earl’s brothers and his wife, a niece, and two great-nephews are with me now. We are putting together a memorial service and will let you know the details early this week.
For now, please keep Earl’s family and me in your thoughts.

Funeral arrangements are pending.



Chapter 12 Featured in Sport Aerobatics -- twice!

The July 2014 issue of IAC's Sport Aerobatics magazine features a great write-up about the Ben Lowell contest by Doug Lovell, and a tongue-in-cheek promo of the Sterling aerobatic box by DJ Molny.

You can find the magazine at https://www.iac.org/magazines. (Member login required. If you need assistance, send an email to webmaster [at] iac [dot] org.)

Meeting / Cookout / Critique

I hope you can attend our next chapter event! Here's the schedule:

  • 10am - Board Meeting
  • 11am - IAC12 Members Meeting
  • Noon - Burgers, Dogs, Chips & Drinks: $5 if you drive in, free if you fly in!
  • 1pm - Ground briefing followed by critiquing at the Rabbit Mtn practice area, 5NW of KLMO

Results of the Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation

by Doug Lovell

The Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation flew over the weekend at Lamar, in the high plains of Eastern Colorado.  Judges Betty Stewart, Dick Bevington, and Pat Fogarty braved a judge line littered with prickly pear cactus to grade all of the flights.  Mike Forney was Chief Judge for Primary and Sportsman.  Paul Thomson was Chief Judge for Intermediate and Advanced.  Chris Leach acted as contest director with help from Registrar and Scorekeeper Ron Duren, IAC Chapter 12 members DJ Molny, Betty Stewart, Dan Peters, Marc Connolly, and all present.


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