Cape May Airport to Host Annual Aerobatic Contest May 30-June 1

CAPE MAY AIRPORT — Cape May Airport (WWD) officials announced that the Airport will once again host “AcroBlast,” an aerobatic contest sponsored by Chapter 58 of the International Aerobatics Club (IAC). The event will take place beginning May 30 and conclude June 1, 2014.

According to Tom Berry, Airport Manager, the event is one of many regional contests held throughout the United States during the spring, summer and fall. “We’re pleased to welcome the membership of Chapter 58 for its annual “AcroBlast” competition,” Berry said. “The IAC encourages education, idea exchange, practice sessions and – contests like “AcroBlast” so its membership become better and safer pilots.”

Berry added that the event is not airshow, but a contest designed to promote precision flying and pilot education in a controlled environment.

In aerobatic competitions, every competitor flies a series of flights that are graded by a team of judges. The judges grade each individual figure flown, as well as how well the sequence is positioned within the aerobatic box. The figures are graded on Precision of the lines and angles, roundness of full and partial loops, symmetry of figures, as well as other factors outlined in contest rules.

Approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, the contest is undertaken in cooperation with the Delaware River and Bay Authority, Cape May County, and the Township of Lower.

About the Delaware River and Bay Authority:

The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, and the Delaware City – Salem Ferry Crossing. The Authority also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers – two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All agency operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities.