The IAC has added
a pavilion dedicated to its former president, Vicki Cruse.
The International Aerobatic Club (IAC)
added to its building this year, a structure dedicated to the late Vicki
Cruse. The open-air Vicki Cruse Educational Pavilion is named after the
highly regarded aerobatic pilot and former IAC president.
Vicki began the project before her death
in an accident at the World Aerobatic Championships in Silverstone,
England, in 2009.
Vicki was the 2007 National Aerobatic
Champion and made the U.S. National Aerobatic Team multiple times.
Now that Vicki’s vision has been
realized, the IAC is putting the facility to good use, according to
Trish Diemer, IAC manager.
“We have four forums each day from 8:30
a.m. to 2:15 p.m. on topics such as safety and aerobatics education,”
“The Buehler Trust has supported us
because we are using the pavilion for educational purposes, which is
very important to them,” said Diemer. A formal dedication with the
Buehler Trust will take place on Thursday, July 29, at 1:30 p.m. in the
“Everyone thinks it’s beautiful,”
Diemer commented. “We have a wonderful sound system; it turned out
better than I thought.”
On the Fly, EAA’s roaming radio
program, broadcasted from the pavilion. They talked with IAC President
Doug Bartlett and Kirby Chambliss. “Kirby got his start with the IAC,”
explained Diemer. “You have the possibility of hanging with the air
show pilots here!”
On Friday, the Starjammer will be at the
IAC building. It’s a one-of-a-kind monoplane, which is said to have an
on-board sound system that can create sounds as loud as 200 decibels.
That’s louder than Concorde and the space shuttle.
“Vicki was a one-of-a-kind person, so
generous,” recalled Susan Liebeler, international fundraising chair
for the Ninety-Nines, of which Vicki was a longtime member. “She was a
wonderful mentor to younger pilots and had a wonderful competitive
The Ninety-Nines are on-site at the IAC
building and are having a raffle to benefit the Vicki Cruse Memorial
Scholarship Fund. The Ninety-Nines intend for 100 percent of tickets
sales in Oshkosh to go to this fund.
The prizes are divided into two
categories: for pilots and for everyone. You could win: a four-day
emergency maneuver training course, tailwheel endorsement, seaplane
course, mountain/canyon flying seminar, Alaska Airlines tickets,
vacation package to Mexico, or a vacation package to Hawaii.
The drawing will be held at the close of
the AOPA Aviation Summit November 13, 2010. Winners do not need to be