At the tenth annual Kathy Jaffe Challenge in 2008, IAC Chapter 52 inaugurated a new trophy named for ten year contest director Ron Chadwick. The IAC chapter that fields the four highest ranked competitors at the Kathy Jaffe Challenge holds title to the trophy for one year. The Flying-W Airport Resort (N14), current Chapter 52 headquarters and contest host, displays the trophy engraved with the number of each IAC chapter that earns the title.
The purposes of the trophy are:
To win title to the trophy, a chapter must claim the highest four competitors ranked at the Kathy Jaffe Challenge. To be eligible for ranking, a competitor must qualify by current IAC rules for category qualification, and achieve seventy percent (70%) or more of the possible points in the Known program. Qualified competitors rank first by their category, highest to lowest, then by their overall placement in that category at the Kathy Jaffe Challenge. Example Computation
Lauran Paine, Jr. wrote about Ron and the Trophy in the December, 2008 issue of EAA Sport Aviation. Read it here, reproduced with permission.
The 2008 winner of the Ron Chadwick Chapter Supremacy Award is Chapter 52. Chapter 52 won the title, closely contended by Chapter 11, by virtue of performances from Sergey Prolagayev, Kirill Barsukov, Jim Wells, and Rob Marsicano. Way to go 52!
The 2008 Unlimited Known had 3520 possible points. Qualification in Unlimited required 2464 points (70% of 3520 possible). Only Steven Grohsmeyer qualified with 2575.63 points, and Steven did not declare a chapter affiliation.
The Advanced category requires 1799 points (70% of 2570) or better on the Known, achieved by only the top placing three of the six Advanced pilots, ranked in order, Sergey Prolagayev (52), Bill Finagin (11), and Scott Francis (11). That's two for Chapter 11 and one for 52.
Contention fell to the Intermediate Category where Chapter 52 is shining. All but one of the pilots qualified with the minimum 1428 points (70% of 2040) on the Known. Larry Bashore in first place added one to the count for Chapter 58. Wes Liu in third added one to the count for Chapter 35. Kirill Barsukov, Jim Wells, and Rob Marsicano in second, fourth, and fifth added to Sergey Prolagayev's placement to win the title for Chapter 52.