2013 Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation - U.S. Air Force Academy

IAC Chapter 12 and the U.S. Air Force Academy are proud to announce that the 2013 Ben Lowell Aerial Confrontation will be held at Academy Airfield (KAFF) in Colorado Springs, CO. Practice and registration will be on Friday April 19, with contest flying Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21.

This is a five-category Power + four-category Glider event. We will also hold a Four-Minute Free program if time permits. Online pre-registration is available here.

Important: Because this is a military facility there is some extra paperwork that must be received no later than March 19th (details).

Contest Schedule * Permission Forms * Driving Directions * Top Ten Reasons to Come FAQs * Eye CandyContacts

Contest Schedule

Tue. 3/19: Deadline for receipt of permission forms
Weds. 3/27: Deadline for hotel reservations under our group rate
Fri. 4/5: Deadline for mark.matticola.1 [at] us.af.mil (subject: Ben%20Lowell%20drive-in%20visitor%20info) (emailing) the name, date of birth, and driver's licence number for all drive-in visitors over 18 (details)
Fri. 4/12: Deadline for courtney.davis [at] usafa.af.mil (subject: Ben%20Lowell%20pilot%3A%20arrival%2Fdeparture%20times%20%2B%20fuel%20est.) (email)

 your expected arrival/departure times and estimated fuel requirements (details)
Fri. 4/19: Field opens to arrivals at 1000, practice and registration begins at 1200.
Sat. 4/20: Contest Flying and Banquet, 0700 briefing
Sun. 4/21: Contest Flying (0700 briefing) and Awards Presentation

In case of inclement weather, the contest will be held May 3-5 in Sterling CO (KSTK).



Contest Director: Jeffrey Riddlebarger / f15cheese [at] gmail.com (subject: 2013%20Ben%20Lowell%20Aerial%20Confrontation) (email) / 719-499-4501
Assistant CD: DJ Molny / djmolny [at] gmail.com (subject: 2013%20Ben%20Lowell%20Aerial%20Confrontation) (email) / 303-619-4814


Top Ten Reasons you should come to this contest:

10. The venue is simply incredible. World-class facilities with Pike's Peak (as in, "America the Beautiful") as the backdrop.
 9. Amaze your friends with tales of aerobatics performed more than mile above sea level. (One free break per sequence.)
 8. All the volunteer labor (cadets) you could ever want.
 7. The hangar is big enough for an NFL football game, and we get to use it for free. No "packing" required!
 6. Spectators welcome. Click here for instructions if you're arriving by car.
 5. Bargain prices. Student rate: $100. All others: $140. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.
 4. Registration includes a free T-shirt, and we will have extras available for sale.
 3. Lots of good hotels and restaurants in town.
 2. Colorado Springs airport is close by -- bring the family! Among the many activities for non-pilots: Garden of the Gods, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Broadmoor Hotel, and lots more.
 1. This opportunity only comes along once every few years -- the Academy's last acro event was back in '09. Don't miss out!



Q: Is there a recommended hotel?
A: We've negotiated a discount on a block of 20 rooms at the nearby Embassy Suites: $85/night for a king bed, or $89 for two queen beds. To reserve, call 1-719-599-9100 and ask for the International Aerobatic Club rate. The special rate expires on March 27th.

Q: Will I need a car?
A: The Air Force will provide transportation between the airfield and hotel.

Q: Can I drive to the event?
A: Yes. Click here for driving instructions.

Q: What's the catch? 
A: Because this is a military facility, you will need to fill out a few forms that must be received no later than March 19th -- no exceptions! Click here to access the forms and instructions.

Q: If I fill out the forms, am I obligated to come?
A: No. But we'll miss you if you don't!

Q: Sounds great, but I live far, far away. Can I rent a plane for the occasion?
A: Jamie Treat is bringing a Super Decathlon. Contact him via JamieTreat [at] q.com (subject: Ben%20Lowell%20-%20Decathlon%20Rental) (email)

or phone (303-304-7937) to discuss the possibilities.

Q: What's the weather like at that time of year?
A: One of the great things about the Air Force is that they have facts and figures for everything. A custom report from their Meteorological Office gave >70% odds of contest-quality weather, about on par with late May. Do bring some warm clothes, though.

Q: This is a controlled field, right?
A: Yes. You can expect to talk to ground and tower prior to takeoff, monitor contest frequency after departure, then contact tower when your sequence is over. That all ran pretty smoothly during our '09 contest.

Q: How will fueling work?
A: The Air Force flying club will dispense fuel for our planes. You may pay them directly using cash, check or credit card.

Q: What if I have a mechanical while I'm there?
A: Jamie Treat has graciously agreed to bring tools to handle routine problems. If more serious repairs are needed there are ample civilian resources in the area.