Embry-Riddle Students Dominate at Snowbird Aerobatic Competition

The International Aerobatic Club held their first competition of 2017 a few weeks ago in Dunnellon, Florida, where three Eagles from the Daytona Beach Campus competed in Eagle Sport Aviation Club’s Pitts S-2B. Despite the short time the competitors had for preparation and practice, Nikolett Ficze finished first in the Primary category, Hunter Havener second, and Loren Marburg fifth.

This effort was supported by Richard Anderson, founder of the off-campus Eagle Sport Aviation Club and Carolina Anderson, faculty advisor for the Sport Aviation Club at ERAU, who put the time in to train and prepare the pilots for the competition. Two other Embry-Riddle student had a great showing as well; Wayne Ashplund finished first place in Sportsman category and Jose Rodriguez took third in Intermediate. 

When someone mentions aerobatics, people think about airshow pilots and their incredible flying to entertain the crowd. However, few know about the competition aerobatics side—how much “acro” helps improve basic flying and stick and rudder skills. Flying aerobatics is not an impossible feat; any student can join the club and train for future competitions.

Read more about the competition and the Eagle Sport Aviation Club in the Avion story by Correspondent Nikolett Ficze at

If you would like to try soaring in a glider, flying the Pitts, or learn more about tailwheels in the Cub, email Loren Marburg at

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